Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) marks 50 years in Europe with a Grand Oratorio and Concert

By Grace Rivera and Love Ann Sison The journey of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) from its humble beginning to what is now a dynamic global success is an awe-inspiring symbol of dignity and strength, also known worldwide for its various socio-civic work in the community as well as a devout sense of unity and cohesiveness within its members. From its congregations across Asia to various nations and states, this year marks the […]

Kremlin says US Abrams tanks will ‘burn’ in Ukraine

MOSCOW, Sept 26, 2023 (AFP) – The Kremlin said Tuesday that US Abrams tanks supplied to Ukraine would not change the outcome of its offensive and would “burn”, after Kyiv received shipments of the vehicles. Kyiv announced Monday it had received deliveries of the US Abrams battle tank, boosting its forces as they seek to break through heavily-fortified Russian defensive lines. “All this can in no way affect the essence of the special military operation, […]

Russian commander reported killed by Ukraine appears in video

MOSCOW, Sept 26, 2023 (AFP) – The commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, whom Ukraine claimed to have killed in a recent missile strike, appeared in images distributed on Tuesday by Russia’s defence ministry. Kyiv said earlier this week it had killed Admiral Viktor Sokolov and 34 officers in an unprecedented strike on the fleet’s naval headquarters in the annexed Crimean peninsula last week. Sokolov was pictured in military uniform attending via video link a […]

UK cost-of-living crisis set to increase early deaths: study

  LONDON, Sept 25, 2023 (AFP) – The UK’s inflation-fuelled cost-of-living crisis is set to “cut lives short” and “significantly widen the wealth-health gap”, according to a study published by open access journal BMJ Public Health on Monday. Modelling conducted for the study predicted that the proportion of people “dying before their time” (under the age of 75) will rise by nearly 6.5 percent due to the sustained period of high prices. The most deprived […]

UK child-killer nurse to face retrial over attempted murder charge

LONDON, Sept 25, 2023 (AFP) – A British nurse jailed for life for murdering seven babies and attempting to kill six others will face a retrial on an outstanding charge of attempted murder, prosecutors said on Monday. Lucy Letby, 33, was convicted last month of killing five baby boys and two baby girls, making her Britain’s most prolific child serial killer in modern times. But the jury in the months-long trial at Manchester Crown Court […]

US Abrams tanks have arrived in Ukraine: Zelensky

By Victoria LUKOVENKO KYIV, Ukraine, Sept 25, 2023 (AFP) – Ukraine has received US Abrams battle tanks, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced Monday, boosting Kyiv’s forces as they seek to break through heavily-fortified Russian defensive lines. The announcement came just after Ukraine claimed it had killed the commander of Russia’s Black Sea fleet in a missile strike on Moscow’s naval headquarters in Crimea last week in what would be a major embarrassment for Russia. “Abrams are […]

Fighting ongoing after police officer killed in attack in north Kosovo

  BANJSKA, Kosovo, Sept 24, 2023 (AFP) – Skirmishes between gunmen and authorities in northern Kosovo were ongoing, according to Prime Minister Albin Kurti, hours after a police officer had been killed when a patrol was hit by an ambush involving firearms and explosives. Kurti said at least 30 heavily armed gunmen were now surrounded by authorities near Banjska in north Kosovo and called for their surrender. “There are at least 30 professional, military or […]

Concern mounts for ethnic Armenians in Karabakh

SHUSHA, Azerbaijan, Sept 24, 2023 (AFP) – Concern was growing for ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh on Sunday as Azerbaijani forces tightened their grip on the breakaway region. If the new ceasefire there holds, it could mark the end of a conflict between the Christian and Muslim Caucasus rivals that has raged, off and on, through the three decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union. But the years of fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh have been marked […]

Ukraine’s Zelensky bolsters war support in Canada trip

OTTAWA, Sept 22, 2023 (AFP) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met Friday with close ally Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on a visit to Canada, the third leg in a tour aimed at bolstering international support for his country’s struggle to repulse a brutal Russian invasion. Zelensky, who landed late Thursday in Ottawa, earlier this week addressed the United Nations and stopped in Washington on Thursday for meetings with the US Congress and President Joe Biden, […]

Karabakh rebels negotiate withdrawing their forces

KORNIDZOR, Armenia, Sept 22, 2023 (AFP) – Nagorno-Karabakh separatists said Friday they were negotiating the withdrawal of their troops from the disputed enclave after Azerbaijan reclaimed control in a lightning offensive. Azerbaijan on Thursday held a first round of “reintegration” talks with the ethnic-Armenian rebels after they agreed to lay down their arms in the face of the day-long military assault. The separatists said they were in talks with Baku to organise the withdrawal process […]

Russia says Crimea naval HQ hit in missile attack

MOSCOW, Sept 22, 2023 (AFP) – A Ukrainian missile attack Friday struck the headquarters of Moscow’s Black Sea fleet in annexed Crimea, killing at least one and sparking a fire in Kyiv’s latest assault by on the peninsula. Ukraine has targeted Crimea throughout Russia’s offensive but attacks on military installations there have recently intensified as Kyiv vows to recapture the peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014. “The headquarters of the fleet have been hit in […]