The president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, has ordered elections to be held earlier than scheduled. Azerbaijan’s Ilham Aliyev has called an early presidential election for February 7, 2024. The president on Thursday ordered officials to hold a “snap election” earlier than planned, according to a
Investigators say 14-year-old also wounded five children using a pump-action shotgun as interior ministry probes motive. A 14-year-old girl shot a fellow pupil dead and wounded five other children before killing herself at a school in the Russian city of Bryansk, officials said. Investigators on Thursday said they
The World Food Programme (WFP) says it will stop its general food assistance programme across Syria at the start of 2024 due to funding shortages. It will, however, continue to support families affected by emergencies and natural disasters through smaller, more targeted emergency interventions. This
Two months after Hamas attacked southern Israel on October 7, death and destruction have devastated the region between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Hamas fighters killed about 1,200 people and took 240 captive during their attack. Israel has responded with deadly bombardment and artillery
The floods are the latest in a series of climate shocks recorded this year across East Africa. Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan declared a state of emergency on Thursday after a blast at an explosives depot and heavy rains damaged an industrial zone and surrounding areas.
Italy, the only major Western power to have joined China’s global infrastructure initiative, is exiting in 2024. The Chinese government has lashed out at the “smearing” of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) after its only major Western partner pulled out of the infrastructure project.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter, in a rare move on Wednesday aimed at formally warning the Security Council of the global threat from Israel’s war on Gaza. Guterres has been calling for an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire” since
CNN — The gunman in a Wednesday mass shooting on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, campus that left three dead and a fourth wounded is a 67-year-old career college professor with connections to colleges in Georgia and North Carolina, a law enforcement source told CNN, but it’s unknown what connection
Fighting has escalated in Gaza’s second-largest city of Khan Younis as Israeli air strikes rain down throughout the enclave, forcing Palestinians to flee to increasingly crammed pockets of the territory’s southern edge where there is no promised security, as the war enters its third month.
The past week of Russia’s war in Ukraine was remarkable, chiefly for something that happened thousands of kilometres to the east of a hardened battlefront. In an apparent sabotage operation of breathtaking audacity, Ukrainian operatives blew up two freight trains in east Siberia travelling on
Tensions are rising in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as it prepares for presidential and parliamentary elections while struggling to contain myriad armed groups wreaking havoc in the mineral-rich east. The nation of about 100 million people is a battleground for more than 120
In a dramatic move, Guterres on Wednesday wrote to members of the Security Council and urged them to collectively call for a full humanitarian cease-fire. He said that two months of war had “created appalling human suffering, physical destruction and collective trauma across Israel and
With two wars and tense trade relations, European Union and Chinese officials open talks hoping for ‘mutually beneficial’ ties. China and the European Union should not see each other as rivals and must address their differences, leaders from both sides said in the first in-person
Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a forgotten man fighting a forgotten war. The Ukrainian president’s shooting star has lost much of its altitude and gleam as Russia’s grinding invasion approaches the two-year mark. An old war has turned into a plodding stalemate. The ballyhooed Ukrainian “offensive” has
In the windowless basement of a Manhattan church last month, Bellevue Hospital hosted a fashion show. Dozens of weight-loss surgery patients, some in evening gowns, strutted down a red carpet. While their “before” photos were projected on a screen, an M.C. read testimonials about how