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U.S., NATO in proxy war against Russia, says Croatian president

Zagreb, Croatia | Xinhua | Croatian President Zoran Milanovic has said that the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are engaged in a proxy war against Russia through Ukraine, Croatian media reported on Monday. “Washington and NATO are waging a proxy war against Russia through Ukraine,” Milanovic was …

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UK teachers, nurses to strike further over pay disputes

London, UK | Xinhua | Further strikes were announced by teachers and nurses in the United Kingdom (UK) on Monday, amid the continued cost-of-living crisis and lengthy disputes over pay. If progress is not made in negotiations by the end of January, February will see the most widespread strike so far …

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Russian revenues from oil, gas business grow 28 pct in 2022

Moscow, Russia | Xinhua | Russia’s budget revenues in 2022 from the oil and gas industry increased by 28 percent or by 2.5 trillion rubles (36.4 billion U.S. dollars) from the previous year, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said Monday. Despite sanctions by unfriendly countries, oil production in Russia amounted …

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Italy’s most-wanted mafia boss arrested in Sicily

Rome, Italy | Xinhua | After 30 years on the run, notorious mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro was arrested in Sicily, the Italian authorities said on Monday. He was captured by the police at a private health clinic where he was receiving treatment in Sicilian capital Palermo. Messina Denaro, 60, is …

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UN chief condemns deadly attack at DR Congo church

United Nations | Xinhua | United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned a deadly attack at a church in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), his spokesman said on Sunday. Citing preliminary reports, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman, said at least 12 civilians were killed and 50 others injured when …

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UN agency says past 8 years warmest on record

Geneva, Switzerland | Xinhua | Soaring greenhouse gas levels and accumulated heat have led to the warmest eight years on record, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Thursday. According to temperature data gathered by WMO, 2022 was the eighth consecutive year when annual global temperatures reached at least one degree Celsius …

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NEPAL PLANE CRASH: 36 bodies recovered

Kathmandu, Nepal | Xinhua | At least 36 dead bodies have been recovered after a local passenger plane with 72 people onboard crashed in the Pokhara region in central Nepal on Sunday, a local official said. Thirty-six dead bodies have been brought out from the wreckage and the fire has …

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Social protection needs to be re-thought as world ages, says UN report

United Nations, USA | Xinhua | The United Nations calls on countries to rethink policies and expand opportunities as the world ages, the world body said in a new report launched on Thursday. The World Social Report 2023 recommends that countries “rethink long-held policies and practices associated with livelihoods and work” …

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