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US seeks allies as split emerges over global plastics pollution treaty

By   /  September 28, 2022  /  World News  /  No Comments

WASHINGTON D.C. — The United States is seeking to form a coalition of countries to drive negotiations on a global plastic pollution treaty, weeks after a similar group involving several other Group of Seven (G7) nations was launched, according to a document seen by Reuters. The move underlines its desire to keep the treaty’s focus […]

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Energy, taxes, pensions first challenges for Italy’s Meloni

By   /  September 27, 2022  /  World News  /  No Comments

ROME — Giorgia Meloni, widely expected to be named Italy’s first woman prime minister after Sunday’s elections, will have to tackle a raft of pressing economic problems as soon as her government takes office. The country’s laborious institutional proceedings mean that will not happen for at least a month, during which outgoing Prime Minister Mario […]

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Hong Kong-Los Angeles business class fares hit $13,000 in rush to fly

By   /  September 27, 2022  /  World News  /  No Comments

TRAVEL to and from Hong Kong is easier now that hotel quarantine has ended. It is also more expensive. Much more expensive. A business class ticket between Hong Kong and Los Angeles leaving Friday and returning on Oct. 7 cost HK$102,270 ($13,029) Monday with Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., the only carrier offering the nonstop service […]

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New coins, banknotes, stamps and cypher for Britain’s King Charles

By   /  September 27, 2022  /  World News  /  No Comments

LONDON —  Britain will gradually see coins, banknotes and stamps bearing the image of King Charles, while the new monarch’s cypher will also appear on government buildings and red mail pillar boxes, manufacturers and Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday. As the country begins adapting to its first new head of state for 70 years, the […]

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Putin grants Russian citizenship to US whistleblower Snowden

By   /  September 27, 2022  /  World News  /  No Comments

PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin on Monday granted Russian citizenship to former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, nine years after he exposed the scale of secret surveillance operations by the National Security Agency (NSA). Mr. Snowden, 39, fled the United States and was given asylum in Russia after leaking secret files in 2013 that revealed vast domestic […]

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NASA’s DART spacecraft hits target asteroid in first planetary defense test

By   /  September 27, 2022  /  World News  /  No Comments

NASA’s DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) spacecraft successfully slammed into a distant asteroid at hypersonic speed on Monday in a test of the world’s first planetary defense system, designed to prevent a potential doomsday meteorite collision with Earth. Humanity’s first attempt to alter the motion of an asteroid or any celestial body played out in […]

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Canada to remove all COVID travel restrictions from Oct. 1

By   /  September 27, 2022  /  World News  /  No Comments

OTTAWA — Canada will drop all coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) restrictions for travelers from Oct. 1, including vaccination and masking requirements for flights and trains, the government said on Monday. The move is likely to boost the Canadian travel industry, already booming after months of lull during the pandemic. Canadian carriers were also pressing for […]

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Energy, inflation crises risk pushing big economies into recession — OECD

By   /  September 27, 2022  /  World News  /  No Comments

PARIS — Global economic growth is slowing more than was forecast a few months ago in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as energy and inflation crises risk snowballing into recessions in major economies, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Monday. While global growth this year was still expected at […]

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Digital nomad hotspots grapple with housing squeeze

By   /  September 27, 2022  /  World News  /  No Comments

LISBON/MEXICO CITY — Among the glitzy new apartment buildings springing up in Mexico City’s Juarez neighborhood, fashionable coffee shops are taking the place of taco stands and English is replacing Spanish on signs and posters aimed at an influx of newcomers. The remote work boom sparked by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has lured large numbers […]

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Iran protests Western stance on mass protests over woman’s death

By   /  September 26, 2022  /  World News  /  No Comments

DUBAI — Iran summoned the British and Norwegian ambassadors over what it called interference and hostile media coverage of the nationwide unrest triggered by the death of a woman detained by morality police. Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian also criticized US support for “rioters” — the label Tehran has used for many who have joined the […]

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