U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday the United States was imposing visa restrictions on Chinese Communist Party officials responsible for restricting freedoms in Hong Kong. The move comes ahead of a three-day meeting of China’s parliament from Sunday expected to enact new national security legislation for Hong...
The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck southern Mexico on Tuesday has risen to 10 people, authorities said, as locals began clearing the rubble and assessing the damage from the temblor. The area surrounding the popular Huatulco beach resort in the southern state of Oaxaca was hardest hit...
Nigerian music star Innocent ‘2Face’ Ujah Idibia, has been appointed a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) made the announcement via Instagram. "2Baba has been a committed high-level Supporter of UNHCR’s LuQuLuQu campaign - a pan-African movement of people from all...
Accounts by former U.S. National Security Adviser, John Bolton, of discussions between leaders of the United States and the two Koreas, in his upcoming book, are inaccurate and distorted, South Korea said on Monday. Bolton gives details in the book of conversations before and after three meetings between U.S. President...
Kenya was elected to the UN Security Council on Thursday after defeating Djibouti in a run-off vote. The east African nation will replace South Africa in the non-permanent seat. It received 129 votes against Djibouti's 62. Niger and Tunisia are the other representatives of the African continent. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta said...
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the key federal law prohibiting discrimination in the workplace protects gay, lesbian or transgender employees from being disciplined or fired based on their sexual orientation. Two of the court’s Republican appointees, Neil Gorsuch and John Roberts, joined the court’s Democratic appointees to deliver the...
Cameroon's conflict with English-speaking separatists has been rated as the most-neglected crisis in the world for the second year running by the Norwegian Refugee Council. The African nation's Anglophone minority are fighting for autonomy after what they term as decades of marginalisation by the central government and the French-speaking majority. Some...
The World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its advice on face masks, saying they should be worn in public to help stop the spread of coronavirus. The global body said new information showed they could provide "a barrier for potentially infectious droplets". Some countries around the world already recommend or mandate...
Pope Francis has spoken out against the killing of George Floyd. "Dear brothers and sisters in the United States, I have witnessed with great concern the disturbing social unrest in your nation in these past days, following the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd," the Pope said from the Vatican. He...
 UN Secretary-General António Guterres has appealed for restraint and social cohesion as violent protests grow across the United States over police brutality. Guterres’ spokesman, Mr Stéphane Dujarric, conveyed his message while addressing UN correspondents on Monday. “The situation we are seeing today we have seen in different parts of the world...
The world has been told to brace for an invasion of millions of 17-year cicadas that will emerge from the ground this year. As many as 1.5 million cicadas per acre may emerge, and people living in Southwest Virginia, parts of North Carolina and West Virginia could witness this unique...
As the pressure on him continues to mount, US President Donald Trump has sent a letter to the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO), threatening to pull US funding permanently over Covid-19. The letter, which outlined a 30-day deadline for the body to commit to "substantive improvements" or risk...
The novel coronavirus pandemic should lead us to look out for the vulnerable, the displaced and our seriously ill planet, Pope Francis said on Friday. The appeal was part of a message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which the Catholic Church celebrates on Sept, 27. It is normal for...
China on Thursday denied suspicions reportedly raised by U.S. intelligence sources that the coronavirus might have originated in a medical laboratory rather than a food market in the city of Wuhan. Though more research was needed to clarify the origin of the virus, there was no evidence to suggest it...
The events of this year alone, starting with the bushfires in Australia and moving to the outbreak of COVID-19, underscored the ever-growing complexity of our global shared challenges and expose the weaknesses of the current dominant economic system, and how it deepens inequalities between individuals and countries. We ask...
Pope Francis, holed up in the Vatican by Italy’s coronavirus epidemic, held his first virtual general audience on Wednesday, thanking medical staff but urging the world not to forget the plight of Syrian refugees. Most of Francis’ general audiences are held in St. Peter’s Square and attract tens of thousands...
President of the United Nations General Assembly (PGA), Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande, has called for strong coordination and coherence in the organisation’s activities on the coronavirus epidemic. The advice comes as the world looks up to the UN and its relevant agencies, especially the World Health Organisation, for guidance in the...