‘Very influential countries’ to rise in multilateral world: Scholz

The world will see the emergence of “a lot of very influential countries” in the coming decades, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Tuesday, stressing the importance of moving toward a multilateral world. “All countries with a colonial past have to be very honest and admit that … they have a responsibility (to build) better relations … Read more

‘Child of war’ rises: WHO reelects Tedros as head of organization

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) members reelected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – who has been the first African to head the organization – as director-general on Tuesday by a strong majority for another five years, as Tedros tearfully accepted a second term while recalling his humble upbringing as “a child of war” and pleading for peace. … Read more

Gunman kills 19 children, 2 adults at elementary school in Texas

An 18-year-old gunman opened fire Tuesday at a Texas elementary school, shot and killed at least 19 children, officials said, and the gunman has also been killed by responding officers. The death toll also included two adults, according to state Sen. Roland Gutierrez, who said he was briefed by state police on the fatalities. But … Read more

US ‘appalled’ by BBC report showing China rights abuses of Uyghurs

The United States said on Tuesday it is “appalled” by “jarring” photographic evidence of China’s alleged widespread human rights abuses against its minority Muslim Uyghur and other Turkic populations. “This new reporting further adds to an already damning body of evidence of the PRC’s atrocities in Xinjiang,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters, referring … Read more

UN secretary-general urges presidential election in Libya

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling on all sides to determine a new date for elections in Libya. “A clear, consensual path to elections is, now more than ever, a political necessity,” Guterres told the UN Security Council in a report obtained by Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa). The situation in Libya is tense after a … Read more

North Korea fires safe from missiles hours after Biden leaves Asia

North Korea on Wednesday fired a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and two shorter-range weapons into the sea, after US President Joe Biden left Asia following a trip in which he agreed to new measures to deter the nuclear-armed state. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the three missiles were fired in less … Read more

Several killed in Russian assault on eastern Ukraine towns

Russian forces on Wednesday launched offensives on towns in eastern Ukraine with constant mortar bombardment, destroying several houses and killing civilians, Ukrainian officials said, as Russia focuses its attack on the industrial Donbass region. Russia is attempting to seize the separatist-claimed Donbass’ two provinces, Donetsk and Luhansk, and trap Ukrainian forces in a pocket on … Read more

More than 20 killed in one of Rio’s deadliest police operations

Police in Rio de Janeiro raided the Vila Cruzeiro favela before dawn Tuesday, setting off a fierce firefight that authorities said killed more than 20 people. The operation was aimed at locating and arresting criminal leaders, some from other states, police said in an early statement. The statement, issued Tuesday morning, said that officers were … Read more

Israeli forces kill Palestinian minor in West Bank

A 16-year-old Palestinian was shot in the head by Israeli forces and died on Wednesday after clashes in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. A ministry statement said Ghaith Rafiq Yamin was shot by Israeli forces near Joseph’s Tomb in the city of Nablus early Wednesday. Nearly 100 Palestinians … Read more

Black Americans still distrust police 2 years after George Floyd murder

African Americans still do not trust the police in the United States as the senseless killing of George Floyd by a police officer two years ago in the state of Minnesota is still vivid in their minds. On May 25, 2020, former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, placed his knee on the … Read more