God bless you, continue to work: Pope tells Swedish teen climate activist

VATICAN CITY, April 17: Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg brought her campaign to the Vatican on Wednesday and met Pope Francis, who sees eye-to-eye with her on the dangers of climate change. The Swede, 16, sat in the front row…

Myanmar pardons more than 9,000 prisoners in New Year amnesty

YANGON, April 19: Myanmar began releasing more than 9,000 prisoners on Wednesday, with many drug offenders among the first to walk free, but just two political detainees, after the president declared an amnesty on the first day of the traditional…

Notre-Dame of Paris ‘saved’ after fire destroys steeple

Paris, April 16: French firefighters Monday won an hours-long battle to save the main structure of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, after a colossal fire caused the spire of the historic edifice to crash to the ground and wiped out centuries…

Notre-Dame Cathedral: Some facts about the 850-year-old world heritage

Days before Easter, a devastating fire defaced Paris damaging its 850-year-old UNESCO world heritage landmark, the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Paris, as also the world, watched in horror as the orange flames brought down the spectacular Gothic spire of the historic edifice,…

UN owes India $38 million for peacekeeping Ops, highest to any country

UNITED NATIONS, April 16: The United Nations owes India $38 million, the highest it has to pay to any country, for the peacekeeping operations as of March 2019, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said as he voiced concern over…

China makes little of India’s concerns over Belt and Road Initiative

BEIJING, APRIL 15: China said on Monday the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) doesn’t “involve territorial disputes” and is transparent, dismissing New Delhi’s concerns that part of the connectivity project violates India’s sovereignty as it passes through Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK). China’s…

South Korean president calls for 4th summit with Kim Jong Un

Seoul, April 15: South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday he’s ready for a fourth summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to help salvage faltering nuclear negotiations between the North and the United States. Moon’s comments came after…

Iran flood death toll rises to 76

Tehran, April 15: Seventy-six people have been killed in Iran by floods in recent weeks, according to a new toll published on Sunday, with warnings still in place for large swathes of the country. “With the death of five people…

‘If I were Boeing, would rebrand plane’: Trump on 737 Max crisis

Washington, April 15: US President Donald Trump lambasted the Boeing 737 Max plane on Monday, saying it should be improved with unspecified new features and given a new name. The model has suffered two deadly crashes in a matter of…

‘Gangnam style’ sex crime: K-pop scandals uncover dark side of Seoul’s flashiest district

SEOUL, APRIL 14: On a recent weekend night, the dance floor at one of the hottest clubs in Seoul’s swanky Gangnam district held only a few dozen people surrounded by mostly empty tables. A few months ago, the nightclub would…