Former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing dies at 94

Former President Valery Giscard d’Estaing, who championed European integration and helped modernise French society in the 1970s, has died at the age of 94 after contracting COVID-19. Giscard’s foundation said he passed away in his family home in the Loir-et-Cher region of central France. He had been admitted to hospital in September with respiratory complications,… Read More Former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing dies at 94

Islamic State launches rocket attack on oil refinery in northern Iraq

A rocket hit a small oil refinery in northern Iraq on Sunday, causing a fire at a fuel storage tank and forcing a complete shutdown of operations after the blaze spread to a nearby pipeline network, two refinery officials said. Islamic State claimed responsibility for attacking the Siniya refinery, in a statement posted on the… Read More Islamic State launches rocket attack on oil refinery in northern Iraq

Ethiopia launches manhunt for Tigray regional leaders

The Ethiopian government launched a manhunt on Sunday for leaders of a rebellious faction in the northern region of Tigray after announcing federal troops had taken over the regional capital Mekelle and military operations were complete. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said hospitals in Mekelle are running low on supplies such as… Read More Ethiopia launches manhunt for Tigray regional leaders

At least thirty security personnel dead following car bomb attack in Afghanistan

A car bombing in the Afghanistan’s central province of Ghazni killed at least 30 Afghan security force members on Sunday, officials said, and casualties could increase given the intensity and location of the blast. Baz Mohammad Hemat, director of the provincial hospital in Ghazni, said 30 bodies and 24 injured people had been transported there.… Read More At least thirty security personnel dead following car bomb attack in Afghanistan

Former Zappos chief executive Tony Hsieh dies at 46

Tony Hsieh, former chief executive officer and founder of online shoe and clothing retailer Zappos, died on Friday, the company said in a statement. The Las Vegas, Nevada-based company did not mention the cause of his death but TechCrunch reported, citing a spokesperson for Hsieh, that he died from injuries sustained in a house fire… Read More Former Zappos chief executive Tony Hsieh dies at 46

Pope Francis installs new cardinals, including first African-American

Pope Francis on Saturday installed 13 new cardinals, including the first African-American to hold the high rank, further expanding the pontiff’s impact on the group that will one day elect his successor. The cardinals were installed in a ceremony, known as a consistory, that was markedly slimmed down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of… Read More Pope Francis installs new cardinals, including first African-American

Iranian supreme leader promises retaliation for killing of prominent nuclear scientist

Iran’s supreme leader promised on Saturday to retaliate for the killing of the Islamic Republic’s top nuclear scientist, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pledged to continue the work of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who Western and Israeli governments believe… Read More Iranian supreme leader promises retaliation for killing of prominent nuclear scientist

Eight dead, thousands displaced after cyclone hits Somalia’s Puntland region

A cyclone that hit parts of Somalia this week killed eight people and displaced thousands, flooded farmlands and could worsen a locust plague, an official and United Nations agencies said. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said on Thursday Tropical Cyclone Gati made landfall in the semi-autonomous Puntland region on Sunday… Read More Eight dead, thousands displaced after cyclone hits Somalia’s Puntland region