World leaders pledge to cut methane emissions, stop deforestation at COP26 climate summit

Leaders at the COP26 global climate conference pledged on Tuesday to stop deforestation by the end of the decade and slash emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane to help slow climate change. The second day of the two-week summit in Glasgow, Scotland also saw some overdue moves by wealthy nations to provide long-promised financial… Read More World leaders pledge to cut methane emissions, stop deforestation at COP26 climate summit

Australia eases international border restrictions for the first time in pandemic

Australia eased its international border restrictions on Monday for the first time in the pandemic, allowing some of its vaccinated public to travel freely and many families to reunite, sparking emotional embraces at Sydney’s airport. After 18 months of some of the world’s strictest coronavirus border policies that banned citizens from coming back into the… Read More Australia eases international border restrictions for the first time in pandemic

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan orders for expulsion of ten Western ambassadors over call for release of Osman Kavala

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he had ordered the foreign ministry to declare 10 ambassadors from Western countries ‘persona non grata’ for calling for the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala. Kavala has been in prison since late 2017, charged with financing nationwide protests in 2013 and with involvement in a 2016 failed coup.… Read More Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan orders for expulsion of ten Western ambassadors over call for release of Osman Kavala

Pope Francis launches two-year global process for deliberations on Catholic Church future

Pope Francis on Sunday launched a two-year worldwide consultative process that could change the way the Roman Catholic Church makes decisions and leave its mark long after his pontificate is over. Proponents see the initiative called “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission” as an opportunity to change the Church’s power dynamics and give… Read More Pope Francis launches two-year global process for deliberations on Catholic Church future

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp back online following hours of global outage

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are reconnected to the global internet, nearly six hours into an outage that paralyzed the social media platform. Facebook and its WhatsApp and Instagram apps went dark at around noon Eastern time (1600 GMT), in what website monitoring group Downdetector said was the largest such failure it had ever seen. Around… Read More Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp back online following hours of global outage

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp globally down due to technical issues

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went offline for users across the globe, the social media giant said on Monday, as it worked on restoring the services after being hit by one of its longest outages. The disruption, which hit Facebook’s platforms minutes before noon, comes a day after a whistleblower accused the firm of repeatedly prioritizing… Read More Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp globally down due to technical issues

Taiwan formally applies to join Pacific trade pact

Taiwan has formally applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the official Central News Agency said on Wednesday, less than a week after China said it too had submitted an application. Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua will give details on Thursday, the agency quoted Deputy Economy Minister Chen Chern-chyi as saying.… Read More Taiwan formally applies to join Pacific trade pact

Buildings damaged as magnitude-6.0 earthquake strikes near Australian city of Melbourne

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck near Melbourne on Wednesday, Geoscience Australia said, one of the country’s biggest quakes on record, causing damage to buildings in the country’s second-largest city and sending tremors throughout neighbouring states. The quake’s epicentre was near the rural town of Mansfield in the state of Victoria, about 200 km (124 miles)… Read More Buildings damaged as magnitude-6.0 earthquake strikes near Australian city of Melbourne