All eyes on Berlin as Libya rivals, world powers set for talks
Libya was thrown into turmoil following the killing of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 Berlin, Germany – The two leading parties in Libya‘s war, as well as representatives from their foreign backers and other nations, are expected to gather in Germany on Sunday for a highly-anticipated... Read more
World’s Shortest Man Khagendra Thapa Magar Dies
Khagendra Thapa Magar was first declared the world’s shortest man in 2010 after his 18th birthday The world’s shortest man who could walk, as verified by Guinness World Records, died on Friday at a hospital in Nepal, his family said. Khagendra Thapa Magar, who measured 67.08cm (two... Read more
Threat of ‘Explosive Eruption’ at Taal Stalks Filipino Evacuees
New openings on the slope of the volcano, the widening of road cracks in nearby towns, and a receding shoreline around Taal Lake could also indicate bigger eruptions, experts said The number of residents displaced by an erupting volcano in the northern Philippines has risen to 162,000,... Read more
Brazil’s Bolsonaro Fires Culture Chief Over Nazi-linked Comments
Alvim, who has disavowed Nazism, has defended his speech as merely a ‘rhetorical coincidence’ Outrage has rained on Brazil‘s government from across the political spectrum after the culture secretary used language similar to that of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels in launching an arts initiative focused on... Read more
Over a Thousand Likely Infected by Wuhan Virus in China
The latest outbreak centred around a seafood market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan The number of people infected by a mystery SARS-like virus that has killed two people in China is likely hundreds more than officially reported, researchers have said on Friday. The news comes... Read more
South Korea to Decide Fate of First Transgender Soldier
Views on sexuality and gender issues in South Korea have been slowly changing, nevertheless, a strong bias against sexual minorities persists Military officials in South Korea will determine next week whether to discharge a soldier who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, officials said... Read more
In Afghanistan, Being an Artist Is a Dangerous Job
On the afternoon of Feb. 26, 2015, the artist Kubra Khademi strapped a suit of metal armor over her clothes and headed outside. The armor, which she had cobbled together in the workshop of a local blacksmith, had bulbous breasts and an ample bottom. It was the centerpiece of... Read more
Iran’s President Lashes Out at Europeans Over Crumbling Nuclear Deal
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Under growing pressure at home and abroad, Iranian leaders attempted on Wednesday to calm domestic anger over the downing of a passenger jet last week, while lashing out at European nations that have formally accused Iran of breaking the 2015 agreement to curb its nuclear program.... Read more
Japan is not Considering Signing a Regional Trade Pact Without India
TOKYO (BLOOMBERG) – Japan is not considering signing a regional trade pact without India, the top Japanese negotiator said on Friday (Nov 29), ahead of a series of diplomatic exchanges in the coming weeks that include a visit to Delhi by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. India announced this month... Read more
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone Dies at 101
TOKYO (REUTERS) – Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone has died at the age of 101, NHK television said on Friday (Nov 29), after a career during which he hobnobbed on the world stage with Ronald Reagan, and battled with bureaucrats at home to enact sweeping reforms. But while... Read more