Muslim, Jewish leaders pay ‘historic’ joint visit to Auschwitz

Oswiecim (Poland) (AFP) Muslim and Jewish leaders on Thursday honoured Holocaust victims during what they termed an "historic" joint visit to the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz, days ahead of the 75th anniversary of its liberation. The Saudi head of the Mecca-based Muslim World League (MWL) called the visit to the Holocaust site by … Continue reading Muslim, Jewish leaders pay ‘historic’ joint visit to Auschwitz

First Indian and black African enter fashion’s elite club

Paris (AFP) Rahul Mishra and Imane Ayissi made history Thursday by becoming the first Indian and black African designers to show their clothes on the elite Paris haute couture catwalk. Only a little more than a dozen of the world's most prestigious luxury labels -- including Dior, Chanel and Givenchy -- have a right to … Continue reading First Indian and black African enter fashion’s elite club

China virus: What we know about the fatalities

Beijing (AFP) The first fatality of China's new virus would come to represent a common set of traits for those who died to the disease: he was over the age of 60 and in poor health. Since China reported the emergence of a new coronavirus at the end of December, the SARS-like virus has infected … Continue reading China virus: What we know about the fatalities

As China virus spreads, fear spreads faster

Paris (AFP) Inflamed by past scares and Hollywood disaster blockbusters, few things feed collective panic like a virus, experts said Thursday, as China locked down the epicentre of a deadly flu-like outbreak. AFP spoke to health specialists to find out why this is the case, and what can be done to limit the spread of … Continue reading As China virus spreads, fear spreads faster

Merkel says climate fight may be a matter of survival for the world

DAVOS (REUTERS BLOOMBERG) - It is important to have open dialogues as climate changes may be a matter of survival for the world, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made this point in her special address at the World Economic Forum on Thursday (Jan 23). German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the world needs an open dialogue to … Continue reading Merkel says climate fight may be a matter of survival for the world

Dutch foundation launches ‘Dieselgate’ action against VW in France

Paris (AFP) A Dutch foundation said Thursday it had launched a "joint action" in France against carmaker Volkswagen as part of a European bid for damages for millions of car owners duped in an emissions cheating scheme. The Diesel Emissions Justice Foundation (DEJF) had already initiated similar actions in the Netherlands and Belgium, and is … Continue reading Dutch foundation launches ‘Dieselgate’ action against VW in France

Royal runaways’ media war follows them to Canada

London (AFP) Prince Harry and his wife Meghan may have quit Britain for a quieter life in Canada but their battle with the media has followed them to the new front line. Harry believes "powerful forces" in Britain's tabloids are waging a ruthless propaganda war to vilify his US former actress wife -- and he … Continue reading Royal runaways’ media war follows them to Canada

Putin calls for summit of key UN Security Council members

Jerusalem (AFP) Russian President Vladimir Putin called Thursday for a summit of leaders of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, to "defend peace" in the face of global instability. His call came as Russia promotes itself as a global powerbroker, playing a decisive role in crises in the Middle East, Libya and … Continue reading Putin calls for summit of key UN Security Council members

Libya’s neighbours meet in Algiers in bid to diffuse crisis

Foreign Ministers and officials from countries neighbouring Libya pose for a family photo during a meeting to discuss the conflict in Libya, in Algiers Algeria January 23, 2020. REUTERS - RAMZI BOUDINA The meeting, organised at Algeria's initiative, began mid-morning with statements from each of the participants and continued behind closed doors, an AFP journalist … Continue reading Libya’s neighbours meet in Algiers in bid to diffuse crisis

Victor Moses signs for Inter Milan on loan

Milan (AFP) Victor Moses has signed for Inter Milan on loan from Chelsea, the Serie A club announced on Thursday, reuniting the Nigeria international with former Blues coach Antonio Conte. In a statement, Inter said that Moses -- who moved to Chelsea in 2012 and has spent long periods on loan since -- arrived in … Continue reading Victor Moses signs for Inter Milan on loan

Tinder unveils ‘panic button’ for emergency response

Washington (AFP) Tinder announced Thursday that US users would soon have a "panic button" to alert authorities to potentially dangerous situations as part of a stepped up safety initiative by the popular dating app. A new feature unveiled by Tinder will allow users to opt into the personal safety app Noonlight, which connects users to … Continue reading Tinder unveils ‘panic button’ for emergency response

US tells Thunberg to ‘study economics’ in Davos climate spat

Davos (Switzerland) (AFP) The United States' financial chief on Thursday told Swedish teen Greta Thunberg to go study before calling for a fossil fuel halt, prompting the climate campaigner to reply it doesn't "take a degree" to understand the science. The spat between US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Thunberg again highlighted the tensions over … Continue reading US tells Thunberg to ‘study economics’ in Davos climate spat