The World Health Organization strengthened its air quality guidelines on Wednesday, saying air pollution was now one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, causing 7 million premature deaths a year.
Former US vice president Mike Pence and other conservative leaders are expected to attend a forum in Budapest from Thursday to discuss demographics and family values, cementing Hungary's reputation as a bastion of conservatism in the EU.
The coronavirus may have been silently spreading in the US in as early as September 2019, a preprint research paper suggested.
Tractor convoys trundled thousands of oil palm seedlings to new homes on farms across southeastern India in September, as the world's top importer of edible oil rolls out an ambitious $1.5 billion plan to boost output.
Two children die every week in Al-Hol, one of the overcrowded Syrian camps where families with suspected links to the Islamic State group are stranded, Save the Children said Thursday.
Two children die every week in Al-Hol, one of the overcrowded Syrian camps where families with suspected links to the Islamic State group are stranded, Save the Children said Thursday.
Norway's centre-left election winners meet on Thursday for three-way talks to determine whether they can form a majority coalition government, with oil, taxes and EU relations among the sticking points.
The US on Wednesday authorized the use of boosters of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for people aged over 65, as well as adults at high risk of severe disease and those in high-exposure jobs.
Peruvian workers laying gas pipes found the remains of eight people buried in a common tomb with food and musical instruments some 800 years ago, an archaeologist said Wednesday.
The US shares responsibility for gun violence in Mexico, which is why the Mexican government filed a lawsuit against 11 US arms manufacturers and dealers, Mexican Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday cast UN climate talks in Glasgow in November as a last chance for humanity as he made a passionate appeal for the world to slash carbon emissions.
The coronavirus may have been silently spreading in the US back in September 2019, an analysis of a preprint database from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) suggests.
When the remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded his New York City neighborhood, Johnson Ho had to wade through sewage water to save four downstairs neighbors driven from their apartments.
Manila mayor, Francisco Domagoso, said on Wednesday he will run for the Philippine presidency in the 2022 election.
European allies rallied cautiously around France on Tuesday after the US and Australian decision to strip Paris of a submarine supply contract, but some warned the dispute should not torpedo trade talks.
A group of leftist US Democrats came under heavy fire Tuesday after reportedly vowing to nix a short-term spending bill over a $1 billion allocation for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system.
Britain has signed a deal enabling it to restart production of captured carbon dioxide for three weeks, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said Tuesday, after a shortage of the gas had sparked renewed food supply concerns.
The United Nations expressed deep concern Tuesday at mass deportations of Haitian migrants from the US, warning they could go against international law.
Germany reacted with shock and outrage on Tuesday as a 20-year-old gasoline station worker was shot dead by a customer who was angry about being asked to wear a mask while buying beer.
A rare quake rattled southeastern Australia early Wednesday, shaking buildings, knocking down walls and sending panicked Melbourne residents running into the streets.
Sudan's fragile transitional government said it foiled an attempted coup Tuesday involving military officers and civilians linked to the ousted regime of longtime former president Omar al-Bashir.
South Africa's energy regulator on Tuesday approved generating licenses for three controversial floating power plants, stoking environmental concerns as Africa's most industrialized nation grapples with electricity shortages.
Construction industry workers took to the street for the second day following a two-week ban on the sector in the Australian city of Melbourne in response to construction sites being linked to new COVID-19 infections.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday convened a high-level event to galvanize global action toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Canadians returned Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to power Monday in hotly contested elections against a rookie conservative leader, but he failed to gain an absolute majority, according to projections by television networks.
The mild-mannered hero of "Hotel Rwanda" credited with saving hundreds of lives during the 1994 genocide, Paul Rusesabagina evolved into Kigali's sharpest-tongued critic before being convicted of terrorism.
The US announced Monday it will lift COVID-19 travel bans on all air passengers in November if they are fully vaccinated and undergo testing and contact tracing.
France's top diplomat said Monday that he hoped a meeting of foreign ministers in New York this week would build positive momentum towards kick-starting stalled talks over the Iran nuclear deal.
Mexico's Supreme Court on Monday struck down a part of the country's health law that allowed medical personnel to refuse to carry out abortions on the grounds of conscientious objection.
More than 10 percent of Australia's shark species are at risk of extinction, a government report has found.
The EU's top court on Monday ordered Poland to pay Brussels a daily fine of 500,000 euros ($586,000) for failing to shut a massive coal mine that angered neighboring Czech Republic.
Hundreds of firefighters were battling to protect several groves of giant sequoias in the US on Monday, warning the enormous ancient trees were at risk from out-of-control blazes.
Between 5,000 and 10,000 people are being evacuated after a volcano began erupting on the La Palma island of Spain's Canary Islands on Sunday afternoon.
The Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Monday slammed the US and UK's move to provide Australia with the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines, and said it will definitely take corresponding measures if the deal has a slightest adverse impact on North Korea's national security, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
The US military admitted on Friday that a US drone strike in late August in Kabul of Afghanistan killed as many as 10 civilians, including 7 children.
Slovenian police used water cannons and tear gas on Wednesday to disperse thousands protesting against toughened COVID-19 restrictions.
Ebola survivors can relapse and trigger outbreaks at least five years after infection, and long-term follow-up of former patients is needed to prevent devastating flare-ups, according to new research.
In her 16 years in power, Chancellor Angela Merkel took a leading role not only in charting Germany's course but influencing the path taken by Europe too.
Devastating Australian wildfires released twice as much climate-warming carbon dioxide than previously thought, but also triggered vast algae blooms thousands of miles away that may have soaked up significant extra carbon, according to studies published Wednesday.
New Zealand will not lift a decades-long ban on nuclear-powered vessels entering its waters in the wake of key ally Australia's decision to develop a nuclear submarine fleet, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday.
Indonesia is in talks with the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as six drug companies to become a global hub for manufacturing vaccines, its health minister told Reuters.
Business Roundtable, an association of over 200 chief executive officers (CEOs) of America's leading companies, on Wednesday warned US congressional leaders of the prospect of an economic crisis if they fail to swiftly raise the debt limit.
Rich countries should end vaccine nationalism that is to blame for a supply crunch in Africa and slowing down efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in the continent, experts said at a webinar on accelerating COVID-19 vaccination in Africa on Wednesday.
Bangladeshi Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi and his counterpart Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Dan Tehan have signed a framework on trade and investment between the two countries.
The leader of Canada's main opposition party on Wednesday said a surge in inflation in August highlighted the failure of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's economic policies, and urged Canadians to vote out the government in an election on Monday.
Chinese COVID-19 vaccines producers Sinopharm and Sinovac will expand supply to Singapore while the country is studying the possibility of using non-mRNA vaccines as booster shots.
A day after winning Norway's general election, left-wing parties on Tuesday kicked off thorny talks to form a government replacing the center-right party that was in power for eight years.
The government of the Faroe Islands, an autonomous Danish territory, faced an outcry on Tuesday over the culling of more than 1,400 white-sided dolphins in a day in what was said to be the single biggest hunt in the northern archipelago.
To ensure gains are fully sustained, the rapidly increasing number of people vaccinated is vital.
Death is a constant companion for indigenous defenders of nature in the violence-ridden country, and Umenza has already survived three attempts on her life.
New Zealand's current account deficit narrowed to $2.13 billion in the June 2021 quarter, the country's statistics department Stats NZ said on Wednesday.
As the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday opened its 76th session, UNGA President Abdulla Shahid urged member states to embrace hope and initiate a new narrative after a challenging year with climate change, conflict, and COVID-19.
Republican leaders in Congress on Tuesday continued to withhold support for efforts by the Democratic majority to increase the US debt ceiling.
A small nocturnal marsupial that once roamed the Australian mainland has been brought back from the brink of extinction after a decades-long conservation effort, authorities said Wednesday.
The United Arab Emirates marks one year since normalizing ties with Israel on Wednesday, a move which drew Palestinian anger but that leaders hope could reap a trillion dollars in economic exchanges.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has hit almost all sectors in India, especially the country's education sector. Ever since the disease started to spread in 2020, schools and educational institutions across India were the first to shut down in a bid to protect children.
A massive study spanning two million Danes concluded that exposure to noise results in stress, fatigue, poor sleep and, in turn, even more stress, which ultimately increases the chances of developing dementia.
On Monday, gas futures on the European market hit $750 per 1,000 cubic meters.
All children aged 12-15 will be offered COVID-19 vaccinations, Britain announced Monday, following the advice of four top medical officers.
In the 30 years that Josephine Muthoni has lived in Nairobi's Mukuru slum, she has never had a steady supply of clean water.
Tropical Storm Nicholas gained strength as it tracked up the Texas coast hours before its expected landfall late Monday, threatening to unleash a dangerous deluge of rainfall on the southern US state, meteorologists warned.
Reduced agricultural production, water scarcity, rising sea levels and other effects of climate change could cause up to 216 million people to leave their homes and migrate within their own countries by 2050, the World Bank has warned.
A South Korean politician who once said he aspired to be a "successful Bernie Sanders" is leading the field to replace Moon Jae-in as president after rising to prominence with an aggressive pandemic response and a populist economic agenda.
A US-based lawyer for Britain's Prince Andrew on Monday forcefully rejected claims in a civil lawsuit by a woman who accused the prince of sexually assaulting her when she was 17, and challenged whether the case could even be brought.
The US Central Command is "still assessing" the results of a drone strike late August in Kabul, Afghanistan, which was alleged to have killed multiple civilians, the Pentagon said on Monday.
President Joe Biden hit the hustings in California on Monday, warning voters they risk a Donald Trump-style governor if they vote to recall the state's leader.
Construction workers in the Australian state of Victoria are being targeted in a vaccination blitz as the state government battles to contain its soaring number of COVID-19 cases.
Six months after being arrested on coup charges by a Bolivian government allied to her political rival Evo Morales, ex-president Jeanine Anez is still awaiting a trial date.
Turkey is one of the important regional powers to play an important role in the Afghan issue. Given its ties with the country in the past, the stance of Turkey on the Taliban and the new government is worthy of attention. Global Times reporters Xie Wenting and Bai Yunyi (GT) interviewed Turkish Ambassador to China, Abdulkadir Emin Onen (Onen), on the Afghan issue as well as the upcoming refugee problems.
When her first electricity bill arrived, Hollie Osborne's dream of a "forever home" for herself and her two-year-old son began to fade.
Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob's coalition and the main opposition bloc is set to sign a cooperation pact on Monday to ensure political stability during the COVID-19 pandemic, in a move that could also help the premier with any confidence vote.
Authorities of the Australian state of New South Wales said on Monday that greater freedoms promised at 80 percent rates of vaccination would not necessarily be granted to the unvaccinated.
Sudan is mulling the allocation of six investment sectors for Saudi Arabia under a plan to attract investment to address the country's economic issues.
South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday announced plans to introduce COVID-19 "vaccine passports" amid widespread scepticism of the jab, ahead of an easing of movement restrictions this week.
SpaceX is set to launch four people into space on Wednesday on a three-day mission that is the first to orbit the Earth with exclusively private citizens on board, as Elon Musk's company enters the space tourism fray.
Britain, host of the COP26 climate change summit in 2021, called Monday for net zero global shipping emissions by 2050 and the launch of non-polluting commercial vessels by 2025.
A former principal accused of sexually abusing children at a Jewish ultra-Orthodox school in Australia appeared by video link on Monday on the opening day of pre-trial hearings.
US Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday she was "deeply concerned" about the alleged torture of a Saudi aid worker while in detention in Saudi Arabia.
Argentina's main opposition party landed a blow against the ruling Peronists on Sunday, winning key races in a congressional primary vote that is a strong leading indicator of how voters will cast ballots in the midterm election in November.
Abimael Guzman, historic leader of Peru's Shining Path guerrillas - blamed for one of the insurgencies in Latin America - died Saturday in a military prison at the age of 86.
Pope Francis arrives in Budapest on Sunday morning to celebrate a mass, with eyes focused on his meeting with the anti-migration Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Armed drones attacked Arbil international airport, which lies near the US consulate in this northern Iraq city, Kurdish security forces said in a statement Saturday.
Thousands of medics rallied in Warsaw on Saturday for better pay and conditions, criticizing the government for failing to compensate them for the added workload during the pandemic. Nurses, doctors and paramedics marched through central Warsaw, holding a minute's silence outside the presidential palace in memory of the 500 medics killed during the pandemic.
Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who has been asked to appear for questioning in connection with the July slaying of the country's president, on Saturday slammed what he called "diversionary tactics" used by investigators.
A leading figure in Guinea's opposition on Saturday urged regional bloc ECOWAS not to impose economic sanctions on Guinea's new military regime, describing the recent coup as a "welcome development."
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis presented on Saturday evening the government's updated economic policy for the next few months, promising a new model of development that will be beneficial to all. "Greece is changing" was the main slogan in 2021 during the customary keynote economic policy speech at the 85th Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), the country's largest annual trade fair held in the port city of Thessaloniki in northern Greece.
Community groups in Australia's pandemic-hit cities are battling misinformation in multiple languages as they race to vaccinate a way out of "traumatic" lockdowns. Beneath the minarets of a mosque in west Sydney, 500 people are booked in for vaccine appointments at a pop-up clinic, part of a burgeoning network of initiatives by minority communities trying to fill a void left by Australia's mostly Anglo-centric officialdom.
UN nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi is set for talks in Iran on Sunday that may ease a standoff between Tehran and the West just as it threatens to escalate and scupper negotiations on reviving the Iran nuclear deal.
Blackpool, on the Irish Sea north of Liverpool and Manchester, embodies the rise and fall of the quintessential British seaside resort.
The words "9/11" have been frequently appearing again in news reports recently, jogging memories of the cataclysmic event 20 years ago. 20 years is a long time, memories might have faded for some people of the changes, large and small, that have occurred on US soil and around the world since the attacks.
As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks approaches, countless Americans, especially those who lived through the disaster, are confused, disillusioned and angry that their country has spent so much to end up with this ironic result and an increasingly murky future.
US' withdrawal from Afghanistan adds to the tally of world powers that have failed in the heart of Eurasia. The war in Afghanistan, which started in 2001, seems to have come to an abrupt end in 2021. What does this mean for the world?
Ten people died in a fire Wednesday evening at a hospital treating coronavirus patients in North Macedonia, authorities said. The fire broke out following an explosion in a COVID-19 clinic in Tetovo in the northwest of the Balkan country, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who immediately headed to the town.
Solar power could account for nearly half of the US' electricity supply by the middle of the century, according to a government study released Wednesday.