International

Good jobs, good education, better health care voted as priorities in survey for a better world

GENEVA – Over 7 million people from 194 countries have participated in MY World, the United Nations survey for a better world. The survey places good jobs in the top 3 priorities for post-2015. MY World survey participants have voted for six out of 16 issues which are most important to them and their families – from better health care to clean water and sanitation, to freedom from discrimination. Their votes represent the hopes and […]

Georgian politicians brawl during parliament session

A brawl broke out between Georgian politicians during a parliament session on Friday (December 26), as deputies came to blows over the selection process of the country’s delegations in international bodies. The debate on party quotas became heated when senior parliamentarian Tina Khidasheli suggested the United National Movement party have their quota decreased. “Quota shares must be brought to reality for all delegations, because of the fact that (OurGeorgia) Free Democrats is now not in […]

7 killed in Colombia plane crash

A small passenger plane crashed in northern Colombia on Wednesday (December 24), killing all six passengers and the pilot, who had warned air traffic control of a mechanical fault moments before, the website of the “El Tiempo” newspaper reported. The Cessna aircraft operated by Alas, a small regional airline, disappeared while flying theBucaramanga to Malaga route in Santander province, the newspaper’s website said, adding all seven bodies were found inside or near the plane. The […]

‘Kiev joining NATO dangerous for Europe’ – Russia

According to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Ukraine’s pursuit of NATO membership posed a danger to European security and that the West was using Kiev’s bid to join the Atlantic alliance as a way to fuel confrontation betweenRussia and Ukraine. The Kiev parliament’s renunciation of Ukraine’s neutral status this week as a step toward joining NATO has outraged Moscow and deepened the worst confrontation between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War. Lavrov […]

CDC worker monitored for possible Ebola exposure in lab error

A technician at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus due to a laboratory error, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing federal officials. The worker will be monitored for signs of infection for 21 days, the disease’s incubation period, and a group of fewer than 12 other employees who entered the lab where the mistake happened will also be assessed for exposure, the […]

Lean holiday season looms for Iraqi displaced by IS as funding dwindles – WFP

They used to be symbols of an oil-fuelled boom, but the unfinished buildings in Iraq’s Kurdish north are now crammed with people fleeing violence in the rest of the country. Of the two million people displaced by Islamic State offensives in Iraq this year, almost half sought refuge in Kurdistan, inflating the semi-autonomous region’s population by around 20 percent and putting acute strain on its resources. The concrete frames of future shopping centers and supermarkets […]

Former HK chief secretary convicted for corruption

Former Hong Kong chief secretary Rafael Hui was sentenced by Hong Kong’s High Court on Tuesday to seven-and-a-half years for corruption and misconduct. Hui was ordered to pay the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government a fine of 11.182 million H.K. dollars (about 1.437 million U.S. dollars). Hui was convicted on five counts of misconduct and corruption, which makes him the highest-ranking official in Hong Kong’s history to be found guilty of taking bribes. […]

UN Security council discusses Nokor human rights

The UN Security Council today kicked off a debate on human rights in the Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Korea, with a call that a case be referred to the International Criminal Court. Ivan Šimonović. Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, said, “Rarely has such an extensive charge-sheet of international crimes been brought to this Council’s attention.” Šimonović said a UN-backed report before the council had reported, “Victims of extermination. Of murder, enslavement and torture. Of rape, […]

North Korea’s Internet links restored amid U.S. hacking dispute

North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony Pictures, experienced a complete Internet outage for hours before links were restored on Tuesday, a U.S. company that monitors Internet infrastructure said. New Hampshire-based Dyn said the reason for the outage was not known but could range from technological glitches to a hacking attack. Several U.S. officials close to the investigations of the attack on Sony Pictures said […]

Cyber attack of NoKor is not an Act of War – Obama

[youtube id=eRYi3-LiJF0] United States President Barack Obama said that the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was “not an act of war” on North Korea which it suspected for hacking the controversial movie, “The Interview.” For several years now, North Korea has been on the radar of the U.S. long been on the wrong side of the United States.  Whatever tension there was between the two has just become more severe. The recent massive hacking of […]

North Korea suffers Internet outage, hacking may be to blame, says U.S. expert

(Reuters) – North Korea experienced Internet outages on Monday, a U.S. company that monitors Internet infrastructure said, adding that the reason for the problems was not known. “For the past 24 hours North Korea’s connectivity to the outside world has been progressively getting degraded to the point now that they are totally offline,” said Doug Madory, director of Internet analysis at New Hampshire-based Dyn Research. “There’s either a benign explanation – their routers are perhaps […]

U.N.: Children maimed, raped, tortured, killed in 2014

The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF has declared 2014 a devastating year for children, with as many as 15 million caught in conflicts in Central African Republic, Iraq,South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and the Palestinian territories. UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said earlier this month the high number of crises meant many of them were quickly forgotten or failed to capture global headlines, such as inAfghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. […]