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In hot water? Study says warming may reduce sea life by 17%

Washington, June 11 (AP/UNB) — The world’s oceans will likely lose about one-sixth of their fish and other marine life by the end of the century if climate change continues on its current path, a new study says. Every degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) that the world’s oceans warm, the total mass of sea animals is projected to drop by ... Read More »

Officials say 95 dead in new ethnic massacre in central Mali

Bamako, Jun 10 (AP/UNB) — Unknown assailants killed at least 95 people in a central Mali village overnight, government officials said Monday, the latest massacre in a growing ethnic conflict driven by fear and suspicion over alleged ties to extremist groups once limited to the West African country’s north. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack on ... Read More »

Pakistani ex-president arrested in money laundering case

Islamabad, Jun 10 (AP/UNB) — Pakistan’s anti-graft body on Monday arrested former President Asif Ali Zardari, widower of assassinated ex-Premier Benazir Bhutto, in a multi-million dollar money laundering case that has shaken the country. The development came hours after a court in Islamabad rejected a request by Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur for an extension of their bail that ... Read More »

Tree symbolizing Trump-Macron friendship has died

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – The photo of Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron planting an oak tree in the garden of the White House symbolized the friendship shown by the two leaders. But relations between them have since frayed — over issues ranging from Iran to trade — and the tree, a diplomatic source said this ... Read More »

Xi, Putin lead bilateral ties into new era of int’l cooperation

St. Petersburg,  June 8 (Xinhua/UNB) — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia showed that the consensus on deepening mutual trust between the two countries is unbreakable and that China’s belief in win-win cooperation is unshakable, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Friday. Xi wrapped up a three-day visit to Russia on Friday, during which he ... Read More »

No bail for man accused of Times Square plot

New York, Jun 8 (AP/UNB) — A New York City man accused of planning a terrorist attack on Times Square is being held without bail. Ashiqul Alam was arraigned Friday on charges he bought illegal guns from an undercover agent to move the plot forward. Federal prosecutors said in court that the 22-year-old is a flight risk and a danger ... Read More »

Theresa May officially steps down as Tory leader

Dhaka, June 7 (UNB) – Theresa May will officially step down as the leader of the Conservative Party on Friday, but will remain as prime minister until her successor is chosen. Mrs May announced her resignation two weeks ago, saying it was a matter of deep regret that she had been unable to deliver Brexit. Eleven Conservative MPs are vying ... Read More »

Aung San Suu Kyi finds common ground with Orbán over Islam

On a rare trip to Europe, Myanmar leader and Hungary PM discuss issue of ‘growing Muslim populations’ Hannah Ellis-Petersen Thu 6 Jun 2019 06.12 BST Last modified on Fri 7 Jun 2019 02.39 BST From her failure to speak out against ethnic cleansing to imprisoning journalists, the reputation of Aung San Suu Kyi in the west has taken a battering ... Read More »

Probe finds ‘state actor’ led attack on tankers

International investigators believe last month’s attacks on oil tankers in a United Arab Emirates port were led by a foreign state using divers on speed boats who planted mines on the vessels. They did not name Iran, which the U.S. has blamed for the attacks. That’s what United Nations ambassadors from the Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Norway told a closed ... Read More »

Sudan protesters say 40 bodies pulled from Nile in Khartoum

Sudan, June 6 (AP/UNB) — More than 40 bodies of people slain by Sudanese security forces were pulled from the Nile River in the capital of Khartoum, organizers of pro-democracy demonstrations said Wednesday, and new clashes brought the death toll in three days of the ruling military’s crackdown to 108. The Sudan Doctors Committee, one of the protest groups, reported ... Read More »

Militant attack kills 10 police in Sinai: Cairo

Egypt, June 5 (AP/UNB) — Islamic militants attacked a checkpoint in Egypt’s restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, killing at least 10 policemen, security officials said. The attack took place as Muslims in the city of el-Arish were holding prayers marking the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which follows the holy month of Ramadan, early in the morning. ... Read More »

Eid Wednesday says Minister Abdullah in revised decision

Dhaka, June 4 – Holy Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated in the country on Wednesday as the Shawwal moon was sighted in Bangladesh sky on Tuesday. The decision was taken at the second meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee on Tuesday night after reassessing the information about the Shawwal moon sighting. State Minister for ... Read More »

35 dead as Sudan troops move against democracy protesters

Sudan, June 4 (AP/UNB) — Sudan’s ruling military moved to crush the protest movement opposing its grip on power as security forces overran the main sit-in site in the capital Monday, unleashing furious volleys of gunfire, burning down tents and killing at least 35 people, witnesses and protest leaders said. With the assault, the generals signaled an end of their ... Read More »

Pentagon tells White House to stop politicizing military

Seoul, Jun 3 (AP/UNB) — The Pentagon has told the White House to stop politicizing the military, amid a furor over a Trump administration order to have the Navy ship named for the late U.S. Sen. John McCain hidden from view during President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Japan. Trump’s top aide scoffed at the idea that anyone working for ... Read More »

Pro and anti-Israel protests draw hundreds in Berlin

Berlin, June 2 (AP/UNB) — Hundreds of people including prominent German politicians and members of the Jewish community are protesting against a larger, anti-Israel rally in Berlin. Police in the German capital of Berlin kept the competing protests on Saturday apart. The annual al-Quds — Arabic for Jerusalem — march against Israel drew more than 1,000 participants, with some chanting ... Read More »

12 people killed in Virginia Beach shooting; suspect dead

Virginia Beach, Jun 1 (AP/UNB) — A longtime city employee opened fire at a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday, killing 12 people and sending terrified co-workers scrambling for cover before police shot and killed him, authorities said. Four other people were wounded in the shooting, including a police officer whose bulletproof vest saved his life, said Virginia Beach ... Read More »

Saudi King Salman urges international effort to thwart Iran

Saudi Arabia, May 31 (AP/UNB) — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman opened an emergency summit of Arab leaders in Islam’s holiest city of Mecca on Friday with a call for the international community to use all means to confront Iran, but he also said the kingdom remains committed to peace. King Salman delivered his remarks at Arab summits in Mecca that ... Read More »

Mamata refuses to join Indian PM Modi’s oath invite

New Delhi/Kolkata, May 29 (UNB) – Mamata Banerjee, after claiming she would try to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s oath ceremony in Delhi on Thursday as a constitutional duty, pulled a 180-degree today saying: “Please excuse me”. The Bengal Chief Minister, in a curt letter posted on Twitter, referred to the BJP’s allegation that 54 of its workers had been ... Read More »

Knife attack at Japan bus stop wounds 19, kills at least 1

Tokyo, May 28 (AP/UNB) — A man swinging a knife attacked commuters waiting at a crowded bus stop just outside Tokyo during Tuesday morning’s rush hour, wounding at least 19 people, including 13 children, Japanese authorities said. Media reports said that two people were killed, though the local fire department reported one death. The victims were lined up at a ... Read More »

Trump says he backs Japan’s efforts to talk with Iran

Tokyo, May 27 (AP/UNB) — President Donald Trump on Monday backed the Japanese prime minister’s interest in using his country’s good relations with Iran to help broker a possible dialogue between the U.S. and its nemesis in the Middle East. Trump, who has said he’s open to having a dialogue with Iran, has sought to downplay fears of military conflict, ... Read More »

Don’t want to continue as CM, Mamata of West Bengal tells party

Kolkata, May 25(UNB) – Mamata Banerjee, addressing her first press conference after her party’s national election setback in Bengal, said she did not want to continue as Chief Minister and had told her Trinamool Congress that, acoording to NDTV. “I have told my party, for six months I have been unable to work. I was a powerless Chief Minister. I ... Read More »

India’s ruling party takes 303 of 542 seats in election win

New Delhi, May 25 (AP/UNB) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with leaders of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday following his thunderous victory in national elections. Modi met with his outgoing Cabinet ministers and later presented his resignation along with theirs to President Ram Nath Kovind. The president asked the officials to continue to serve until ... Read More »

Theresa May says she’ll quit as Torry leader June 7

London, May 24 (AP/UNB) — Bowing to the inevitable, Theresa May announced Friday that she will step down as U.K. Conservative Party leader in two weeks, admitting defeat in her attempt to take Britain out of the European Union and sparking a contest to replace her as prime minister. May said she will quit as head of the governing party ... Read More »

Let’s work for peace- Pak PM. Peace my primacy- India PM

Dhaka, May 24, – Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday congratulated his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi after the BJP swept the national election in trends released by the Election Commission, reports NDTV. “I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia,” ... Read More »

India’s Modi paints image of Hindu ascetic called to power

New Delhi, May 24 (AP/UNB) — The man in the saffron robe sat cross-legged with his eyes closed, back to the wall of a cave framed by the Himalayas. This was India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest production, traveling to a remote mountain temple with a preferred TV news crew to show the world India’s leader meditating days before the ... Read More »

Pentagon proposing a troop buildup in Mideast

Washington, May 23 (AP/UNB) — The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, U.S. officials said. The officials said no final decision has been made yet, and it’s not clear if the White House would ... Read More »

Preserving biodiversity vital to reverse tide of climate change

The food people eat around the world is becoming “alarmingly homogenous” according to UN data, even though access to a wide variety of nutritious food has never been greater. That warning comes as the world marks the International Day for Biological Diversity on Wednesday, which this year highlights the impact of environmental neglect on food security and public health. Biodiversity ... Read More »

Bonda tribe of India’s Odisha hit by changing climate

by Tanmoy Bhaduri The Bonda people, living in hilltop villages on the Kondakamberu mountain range in Odisha, are one of the 13 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) in the state. • Rising temperatures and deforestation, along with poor development and insurgency by radical groups, have impacted the traditional practices and lifestyle of the Bonda tribal community. • Community members are ... Read More »

Saudis say they will defend themselves, as Trump warns Iran

Dubai, May 20 (AP/UNB) — Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday after the kingdom’s energy sector was targeted this past week amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf. U.S. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, warned Iran that it will face destruction if it seeks a fight, ... Read More »

Bahrain orders its citizens to leave Iraq, Iran

Dubai, May 19(AP/UNB) — Bahrain is ordering all of its citizens to immediately leave Iraq and Iran, amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf. Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry made the announcement via its state-run news agency Saturday afternoon. It cited the “unstable situation in the region and the grave developments and threats that threaten security and stability.” Baharin is a small, ... Read More »