Iceland elects Europe’s first women-majority parliament

File Photo Iceland's Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir attends a press conference in Oslo, Norway February 3, 2020. Photo Courtesy: Reuters

COPENHAGEN (Reuters): Iceland has voted more women than men into its parliament, a first in Europe, in a national election that saw the ruling left-right coalition strengthen its majority, final results showed on Sunday. Thirty-three women were voted into the 63-seat parliament in Saturday’s election, up from 24 in the last election. Iceland, a North… Continue reading Iceland elects Europe’s first women-majority parliament

Israeli troops kill 5 Palestinian gunmen in arrest clashes

This photo shows a scene after an Israeli army operation that left a few Palestinian men killed, in the West Bank village of Beit Anan, west of Ramallah, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. Photo Courtesy: AP

JERUSALEM (AP): Five Palestinian gunmen were killed in shootouts with Israeli security forces during a sweeping West Bank arrest operation cracking down on the Islamic militant group Hamas on Sunday. It was the deadliest violence between Israeli troops and Palestinian militants in the occupied West Bank in recent weeks and came amid heightened tensions following… Continue reading Israeli troops kill 5 Palestinian gunmen in arrest clashes

Melbourne earthquake: Tremor rattles southeast Australia

Melbourne's popular Chapel St shopping precinct was among areas damaged. Photo Courtesy: EPA via BBC

(BBC): A 5.8 magnitude earthquake has rattled southeast Australia, damaging buildings in the city of Melbourne. The earthquake happened about 09:15 local time (00:15 GMT) on Wednesday at Mansfield, not far from the Victorian state capital. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, “we have had no reports of serious injuries and that is very good news”.… Continue reading Melbourne earthquake: Tremor rattles southeast Australia

Americans have little trust in online security: AP-NORC poll

File Photo In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo, a man uses a cellphone in New Orleans. Photo Courtesy: AP

AP: Most Americans don’t believe their personal information is secure online and aren’t satisfied with the federal government’s efforts to protect it, according to a poll. The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MeriTalk shows that 64% of Americans say their social media activity is not very or not at… Continue reading Americans have little trust in online security: AP-NORC poll

Putin in self-isolation due to COVID cases in inner circle

File Photo In this Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting in Moscow, Russia. Photo Courtesy: AP

MOSCOW (AP): Russian President Vladimir Putin entered self-isolation after people in his inner circle became infected with the coronavirus, the Kremlin said Tuesday, adding that the leader himself tested negative for COVID-19. Putin, who is fully vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik V, held several public engagements indoors Monday and even said that he may have to… Continue reading Putin in self-isolation due to COVID cases in inner circle

US marks 20 years since 9/11, in shadow of Afghan war’s end

Visitors browse the south pool as flowers and American flags rest among the names of the fallen at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, in New York. Photo Courtesy: AP

NEW YORK (AP): Twenty years ago, the 11th of September dawned as just a date. By midnight, it was 9/11, the staggering starting point for a new era of terror, war, politics, patriotism and tragedy. The U.S. marks the milestone anniversary Saturday under the pall of a pandemic and in the shadow of a frantic… Continue reading US marks 20 years since 9/11, in shadow of Afghan war’s end

Death toll rises after Ida’s remnants hit Northeast

Damage to the side of a building from the remnants of Hurricane Ida is shown on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in the Queens borough of New York. Photo Courtesy: AP

NEW YORK (AP): The remnants of Hurricane Ida inundated large swaths of the northeastern U.S. with historic and unanticipated fury Wednesday night, killing at least 14 people in flooding in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania as basement apartments suddenly filled with water, rivers and creeks swelled to record levels and roadways turned into car-swallowing… Continue reading Death toll rises after Ida’s remnants hit Northeast

Hurricane Ida lashes Louisiana, knocks out New Orleans power

A man passes by a section of roof that was blown off of a building in the French Quarter by Hurricane Ida winds, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in New Orleans. Photo Courtesy: AP

NEW ORLEANS (AP): Hurricane Ida blasted ashore Sunday as one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S., knocking out power to all of New Orleans, blowing roofs off buildings and reversing the flow of the Mississippi River as it rushed from the Louisiana coast into one of the nation’s most important industrial… Continue reading Hurricane Ida lashes Louisiana, knocks out New Orleans power

US says drone kills IS bombers targeting Kabul airport

A destroyed vehicle is seen inside a house after a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. Photo Courtesy: AP

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP): A U.S. drone strike blew up a vehicle carrying “multiple suicide bombers” from Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate on Sunday before they could attack the ongoing military evacuation at Kabul’s international airport, American officials said. An Afghan official said three children were killed in the strike. The strike came just two days before… Continue reading US says drone kills IS bombers targeting Kabul airport

US airstrike targets Islamic State member in Afghanistan

President Joe Biden listens as he meets with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Washington. Photo Courtesy: AP

WASHINGTON (AP): Acting swiftly on President Joe Biden’s promise to retaliate for the deadly suicide bombing at Kabul airport, the U.S. military said it used a drone strike to kill a member of the Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate Saturday. The strike came amid what the White House called indications that IS planned to strike… Continue reading US airstrike targets Islamic State member in Afghanistan