International

Tropical storm makes landfall in northern Japan

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — A tropical storm hit northern Japan on Wednesday but there were no immediate reports of damage and Olympic football matches in the region were due to go ahead. Local authorities issued non-mandatory evacuation orders and set up emergency shelters as Tropical Storm Nepartak made landfall in northern Japan’s Miyagi region shortly before 6:00 am (2100 GMT Tuesday). The storm is passing south of Morioka city in Iwate prefecture, bringing “strong” but […]

WATCH: Stories of how the INC’s Aid to Humanity helped communities in the Americas amid the pandemic

  In this special report, Eagle News America continues its coverage of the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s (Church Of Christ’s) 107th Anniversary, and tells the stories of how the Church has made a positive impact on communities in the Americas amid the pandemic. EBC’s correspondents in North and South America report the various Aid to Humanity events and other socio-civic activities of the INC, through the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation, that helped various communities across the […]

Earth’s ‘vital signs’ worsening as humanity’s impact deepens

by Patrick GALEY PARIS, France (AFP) — The global economy’s business-as-usual approach to climate change has seen Earth’s “vital signs” deteriorate to record levels, an influential group of scientists said Wednesday, warning that several climate tipping points were now imminent. The researchers, part of a group of more than 14,000 scientists who have signed on to an initiative declaring a worldwide climate emergency, said that governments had consistently failed to address the root cause of […]

Biden accuses Russia trying to disrupt 2022 elections

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday accused his Russian counterpart of seeking to disrupt the 2022 congressional elections by spreading “misinformation.” “Look at what Russia is doing already about the 2022 elections and misinformation,” Biden said during a trip to the office of the director of national intelligence near Washington, referring to information he receives during his daily briefing. “It’s a pure violation of our sovereignty.” He also lashed out at Russian President Vladimir Putin. […]

Biden names longtime aide as EU envoy as ties grow

  US President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated his longtime aide Mark Gitenstein as ambassador to the European Union as his administration looks to prioritize relations with the 27-nation bloc. Gitenstein served under former president Barack Obama as ambassador to EU member Romania, where he has ancestral ties, using his position to push against abuses of power and in favor of privatization in the young democracy. Biden has vowed to revitalize ties with allies and […]

Former US President Obama joins NBA Africa as partner

Former US President Barack Obama has joined NBA Africa as a strategic partner, advancing social responsibility efforts across the continent, the NBA announced on Tuesday. Obama will support programs and partnerships that provide greater gender equality and economic inclusion. Obama will have a small equity stake in the new venture, which over time he intends to use to fund Obama Foundation youth and leadership programs across Africa, according to the league. NBA Africa conducts league […]

Hong Kong court convicts man in first national security trial

A Hong Kong court convicted a former waiter of terrorism and inciting secession on Tuesday in the first trial conducted under a national security law that was imposed by China to stamp out dissent. The watershed ruling lays down a new marker in the city’s changing legal landscape and confirms certain slogans are now outlawed in the international finance hub. Tong Ying-kit, 24, was charged with terrorism for driving a motorbike into three police officers […]

NBA will keep play-in tournament for playoff spots next season

NBA team owners approved a proposal on Tuesday to continue the play-in tournament for the 2021-22 season, keeping the expanded competition for the last playoff spots in each conference. The plan, agreed upon by the league and the NBA Players Association, follows the same format as the play-in event used in the 2020-21 campaign. Teams that finish the regular season with the seventh-highest through 10th-highest winning percentages in each conference will compete for the seventh […]

Record-shattering heatwaves caused by pace of warming: study

Heatwaves that obliterate temperature records as in western Canada last month and Siberia last year are caused by the rapid pace, rather than the amount, of global warming, researchers said Monday. The findings, reported in Nature Climate Change, suggest that humanity is likely to see a lot more deadly scorchers in the coming decades. “Because we are in a period of very rapid warming, we need to prepare for more heat events that shatter previous […]

Atlanta spa shooter pleads guilty to four murder charges

The man accused of killing eight people at a string of Atlanta-area spas pleaded guilty on Tuesday to four murder charges, ensuring he will spend the rest of his life in prison, US court documents showed. A judge in Cherokee County, Georgia, where one of the spas was located, sentenced Robert Aaron Long to four life sentences without parole, plus 35 years, based on a plea deal that spared the 22-year-old from the death penalty, […]

Osaka says painful home Olympic defeat ‘sucks’

by Martyn WOOD Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka conceded the pressure of trying to win an Olympic gold at home was a “bit much” after a 6-1, 6-4 defeat to Marketa Vondrousova ended her title dreams on Tuesday. Osaka, who lit the Olympic cauldron and was one of the faces of the Games, struggled in an error-strewn display that blew the draw wide open after the earlier exits of world number one Ashleigh Barty and […]