Huge fire turns sky red in Siberia

A huge #fire broke out due to a gusty wind near the village of Svatay in #Russia’s #Sakha Republic on Thursday. The flame did not reach the village of Svatay, because a heavy rain fell on the territory of the forest fire on the same day, which practically extinguished it. Subscribe to RT! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpwvZwUam-URkxB7g4USKpg?sub_confirmation=1 RT … Read more Huge fire turns sky red in Siberia

Linkage of Counterterrorism and transnational organized crime – Security Council (6 August 2020)

Security Council meeting to address linkages between terrorism & organized crime. Challenges, lessons learned, good practices & need to support UN entities fighting these threats. Linkages between terrorism and organized crime are a growing threat facing the international community. There are increasing concerns that terrorists can benefit from organized crime, whether domestic or transnational, through, among … Read more Linkage of Counterterrorism and transnational organized crime – Security Council (6 August 2020)

Breakingviews TV: WeChat makes bigger brick in anti-China firewall

Tencent’s all-in-one messaging app is next in line for a White House ban after TikTok. Blocking WeChat, crucial within the People’s Republic, would protect overseas Chinese from Beijing’s spies, but cut them off from home. That will hasten the decoupling of the internet, Pete Sweeney says. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe Reuters brings you the latest business, finance … Read more Breakingviews TV: WeChat makes bigger brick in anti-China firewall

Spain’s ex-king ‘is in the Caribbean’ – media reports

Spain’s former king Juan Carlos has gone to the Dominican Republic after abruptly leaving his home country under a cloud of scandal, several Spanish newspapers said on Tuesday. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe Reuters brings you the latest business, finance and breaking news video from around the globe. Our reputation for accuracy and impartiality is unparalleled. Get the … Read more Spain’s ex-king ‘is in the Caribbean’ – media reports

Spain puzzles over ex-King Juan Carlos’s whereabouts – BBC News

There is intense speculation in the Spanish media about the whereabouts of embattled ex-King Juan Carlos, after his shock announcement on Monday that he was leaving the country. The 82-year-old, who is targeted by a corruption probe, announced the move in a letter posted on the royal website. It gave no details about his destination, … Read more Spain puzzles over ex-King Juan Carlos’s whereabouts – BBC News

Juan Carlos I: Locals React to Spain’s Former King’s Departure Amid Graft Scandal

Spain’s former King Juan Carlos I said he plans to leave the country he ruled for almost four decades, the latest attempt to quell a furor over allegations of wrongdoing by the once revered ex-monarch. He took the decision to depart to make it easier for his son, King Felipe VI, to exercise his duties, the former sovereign, said in … Read more Juan Carlos I: Locals React to Spain’s Former King’s Departure Amid Graft Scandal

Iran Deaths From Virus May Be Triple Official Tally, BBC Reports

The number of fatalities from coronavirus in Iran may have been almost three times larger than official counts, the BBC’s Persian news service said in a report based on data from an unidentified person close to the Iranian authorities. The pandemic may have killed as many as 42,000 Iranians by July 21 compared with some … Read more Iran Deaths From Virus May Be Triple Official Tally, BBC Reports

6th Anniversary of the genocidal campaign against the Yazidi Minority (3 August 2020)

Join LIVE United Nations officials, government representatives and Yazidi advocates including @NadiaMuradBasee and Barrister Amal Clooney in commemorating the 6th anniversary of the Yazidi Genocide. Restoring the Yazidi Community in Iraq in the Aftermath of the Genocidal Campaign. On August 3rd 2014, the so-called Islamic State (ISIL) began a genocidal campaign against the Yazidi ethno-religious … Read more 6th Anniversary of the genocidal campaign against the Yazidi Minority (3 August 2020)

Top respiratory expert Zhong Nanshan nominated for China’s highest honor

Top Chinese respiratory expert Zhong Nanshan has been nominated for the “Order of Republic,” #China’s highest honor. It’s in recognition of his outstanding work in the battle against the #coronavirus. Zhong first gained international attention in 2003 when he led efforts against #SARS. Feedback from the public will be open through Friday. No date for … Read more Top respiratory expert Zhong Nanshan nominated for China’s highest honor

Puerto Rico National Guard Rescues Residents Trapped by Hurricane Isaias

Tropical Storm Isaias was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane on Friday, July 31, a day after its tropical-storm-force winds and rain inundated the island of Puerto Rico. Footage from the National Guard shows vehicles and homes in feet of water in Mayagüez on Thursday. Troops are seen carrying a three-month-old baby and helping the … Read more Puerto Rico National Guard Rescues Residents Trapped by Hurricane Isaias

Hurricane Isaias Batters Puerto Rico with Heavy Rain, Wind, Flooding

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Isaias kept on a path early Friday toward the U.S. East Coast as it approached the Bahamas, parts of which are still recovering from the devastation of last year’s Hurricane Dorian. Isaias had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph) Friday morning and was centered about 340 … Read more Hurricane Isaias Batters Puerto Rico with Heavy Rain, Wind, Flooding

Eid al-Adha: Turkey’s President Erdogan Takes Part in Prayer at Hagia Sofia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan takes part in prayer at the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque in Istanbul. To Erdogan and his religious conservative supporters, the reconversion of the Hagia Sophia to a mosque is a milestone in Turkey’s rebirth as a powerful, Muslim nation after a century of misguided efforts to imitate the Christian West. … Read more Eid al-Adha: Turkey’s President Erdogan Takes Part in Prayer at Hagia Sofia

Tropical Storm Isaias Floodwaters Rush Down the Streets in Puerto Rico

Strong winds and heavy rains lashed the island of Puerto Rico on Thursday, July 30, as Tropical Storm Isaias made its way through the Caribbean. The National Weather Service in San Juan said the storm was packing sustained winds of up to 60 mph and producing “life-threatening flash flooding and gusty winds over Puerto Rico.” … Read more Tropical Storm Isaias Floodwaters Rush Down the Streets in Puerto Rico

Venezuela: ‘Hospitals in crisis during Pandemic’

Helping Venezuela Confront a Humanitarian Emergency amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosted by the missions of Germany and Dominican Republic to the United Nations. Key-note speakers: Human Rights Watch, Johns Hopkins University, (Bloomberg School of Public Health), and Women’s Link.