Norway mourns 77 dead a decade after extremist attack

People lay roses outside Oslo Cathedral, on the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attack by Anders Breivik, in Oslo, Thursday, July 22, 2021. Photo Courtesy: AP

OSLO, Norway (AP): Church bells rang out across Norway on Thursday, marking 10 years since the country’s worst ever peacetime slaughter as leaders urged their country to fight the extremism that was behind the attack. On July 22, 2011, right-wing extremist Anders Breivik set off a bomb in the capital, Oslo, killing eight people, before… Continue reading Norway mourns 77 dead a decade after extremist attack

Indian photojournalist killed in Afghanistan

Danish Siddiqui was the chief photographer of Reuters in India. Photo Courtesy: BBC

BBC: Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui has been killed in Afghanistan, said the country’s ambassador in Delhi. Siddiqui, the chief photographer of Reuters news agency in India, was on assignment in Afghanistan when he died. He was embedded with a convoy of Afghan forces that was ambushed by Taliban militants near a key border… Continue reading Indian photojournalist killed in Afghanistan

Covid deaths and cases rising again globally

Workers in protective gear lower a coffin of a COVID-19 victim to a grave for burial at the Cipenjo Cemetery in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Photo Courtesy: AP

AP: COVID-19 deaths and cases are on the rise again globally in a dispiriting setback that is triggering another round of restrictions and dampening hopes for an almost normal summer of fun. The World Health Organization reported Wednesday that deaths climbed last week after nine straight weeks of decline. It recorded more than 55,000 deaths,… Continue reading Covid deaths and cases rising again globally

Wildfires rage as US West grapples with heat wave, drought

A firefighter sprays water while trying to stop the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, from spreading to neighboring homes in Doyle, Calif., Saturday, July 10, 2021. Photo Courtesy: AP

AP: Firefighters were working in extreme temperatures across the U.S. West and struggling to contain wildfires, the largest burning in California and Oregon, as another heat wave baked the region, straining power grids. The largest wildfire of the year in California — the Beckwourth Complex — was raging along the Nevada state line and has… Continue reading Wildfires rage as US West grapples with heat wave, drought

Australia reports first 2021 local COVID-19 death, highest case number

MELBOURNE (Reuters): Australia reported its first locally contracted COVID-19 death of the year on Sunday and a 2021 record 77 new cases of the virus in the state of New South Wales, which is battling an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant. State Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the numbers in and around the country’s… Continue reading Australia reports first 2021 local COVID-19 death, highest case number

More suspects arrested in assassination of Haitian president

Suspects in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise are tossed on the floor after being detained, at the General Direction of the police in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, July 8, 2021. Photo Courtesy: AP

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP): Haitian authorities have made more arrests in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, raiding Taiwan’s Embassy where several suspects are believed to have sought refuge, while also detaining two Haitian-Americans and several former Colombian soldiers allegedly tied to the plot. In all, 17 suspects have been detained and another eight are being… Continue reading More suspects arrested in assassination of Haitian president

South Africa’s ex-leader turns himself in for prison term

File Photo In this Sunday, July 4 2021, file photo former President Jacob Zuma gestures as he addresses the press at his home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. Photo Courtesy:AP

NKANDLA, South Africa (AP): Former South African president Jacob Zuma turned himself over to police early Thursday to begin serving a 15-month prison term. Just minutes before the midnight deadline for police to arrest him, Zuma left his Nkandla home in a convoy of vehicles. Zuma handed himself over to authorities to obey the country’s… Continue reading South Africa’s ex-leader turns himself in for prison term

Haiti President Jovenel Moise assassinated in attack on his residence

CNN: Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise was killed during an attack on his private residence early on Wednesday, according to the country’s acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph, who has declared a state of siege in the country. The attackers stormed Moise’s home at around 1 a.m. and fatally wounded the head of state, according to the… Continue reading Haiti President Jovenel Moise assassinated in attack on his residence

Canada weather: Dozens dead as heatwave shatters records

BBC: Dozens of people have died in Canada amid an unprecedented heatwave that has smashed temperature records. Police in the Vancouver area have responded to more than 130 sudden deaths since Friday. Most were elderly or had underlying health conditions, with heat often a contributing factor. Canada broke its temperature record for a third straight… Continue reading Canada weather: Dozens dead as heatwave shatters records

Most European troops exit Afghanistan quietly after 20 years

Soldiers of the German Armed Forces have lined up in front of the Airbus A400M transport aircraft of the German Air Force for the final roll call in Wunstorf, Germany, Wednesdat, June 390, 2021. Photo Courtesy: AP

BERLIN (AP): Most European troops have already pulled out of Afghanistan, quietly withdrawing months before the U.S.-led mission was officially expected to end — part of an anticlimactic close to the “forever war” that risks leaving the country on the brink of civil war. Germany and Italy declared their missions in Afghanistan over on Wednesday… Continue reading Most European troops exit Afghanistan quietly after 20 years