Russian cabinet resigns following President Vladimir Putin’s proposal of constitutional changes

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed constitutional changes on Wednesday that would give him scope to extend his grip on power after leaving the presidency, and picked a new prime minister after Dmitry Medvedev and his cabinet stepped down. Most importantly, Putin suggested diminishing the powers of the presidency and beefing up those of the prime… Read More Russian cabinet resigns following President Vladimir Putin’s proposal of constitutional changes

Pope Francis names first woman to senior Vatican diplomatic post

Pope Francis on Wednesday named the first woman to hold a high-ranking post in the Secretariat of State, the male-dominated Vatican’s diplomatic and administrative nerve center. Italian lay woman Francesca Di Giovanni, 66, will assume a newly-created post in a division known as the Section for Relations with States where she takes the rank of… Read More Pope Francis names first woman to senior Vatican diplomatic post

One dead, six injured following explosion at chemical factory in Spain

One person was killed, another was missing and six were injured in an explosion and fire at a chemical factory in northeastern Spain, local authorities said. Black smoke billowed above the factory in Tarragona, following what rescue services called a “chemical accident”. However, authorities said there was no evidence of any “toxic cloud”. Two of… Read More One dead, six injured following explosion at chemical factory in Spain

Ukraine asks Iran to return black boxes from crashed plane

Ukraine’s prosecutor’s office and security service have asked Iranian authorities to give Kiev black boxes from the crashed Ukrainian plane, the prosecutors office said on Wednesday. A top Ukraine security official said this week that a senior investigator from Iran was expected to visit Ukraine soon and determine whether a Ukrainian laboratory would be suitable… Read More Ukraine asks Iran to return black boxes from crashed plane

Protests erupt in Iran following military admittance of shooting down Ukrainian plane

Protests erupted across Iran for a second day on Sunday, piling pressure on the leadership after the military admitted it had mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian airliner at a time when Tehran had feared U.S. air strikes. “They are lying that our enemy is America, our enemy is right here,” a group of protesters outside… Read More Protests erupt in Iran following military admittance of shooting down Ukrainian plane

Iran says its military shot down Ukrainian plane in error

Iran said on Saturday its military had mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian plane killing all 176 aboard, saying air defenses were fired in error while on high alert in the tense aftermath of Iranian missile strikes on U.S. targets in Iraq. Iran had previously vigorously denied bringing the plane down. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who… Read More Iran says its military shot down Ukrainian plane in error

Scores killed as Ukrainian airliner crashes after take-off in Iran

A Ukrainian airliner crashed and burst into flames shortly after take-off from Tehran early on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board. Debris and smouldering parts from the Boeing 737, which carrier Ukraine International Airlines said was last serviced two days ago, were strewn across a field southwest of the Iranian capital as rescue workers… Read More Scores killed as Ukrainian airliner crashes after take-off in Iran

Samsung Electronics set to unveil new devices on February 11

Samsung Electronics said on Sunday that it will introduce new, innovative devices in San Francisco on Februry 11, with the electronics giant widely expected to unveil its new foldable phone and a new version of its flagship S model. The move comes as the world’s top smartphone maker seeks to maintain its lead in the… Read More Samsung Electronics set to unveil new devices on February 11