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Thu, 12 Dec 2019 03:34:00 +0530
Death toll from New Zealand volcano eruption rises to eight as island remains inaccessible
New Zealand officials lifted the death toll from this week's volcano eruption to eight on Thursday after two victims died in hospital, as ongoing seismic activity prevented teams from accessing the island to recover bodies.
New Zealand officials say White Island volcano remains 'highly volatile'
New Zealand officials said on Thursday the situation on White Island, the volcanic island where an eruption earlier in the week killed eight people, remains "highly volatile" with the risk of a further eruption over the next 24 hours at 40% to 60%.
India's parliament passes citizenship law, protests flare
India's Hindu nationalist government on Wednesday won parliamentary approval for a far-reaching citizenship law that critics say undermines the country's secular constitution by excluding Muslims.
Taliban attack on U.S. military base kills two, injures dozens
Suicide bombers struck the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing two people and injuring scores in a major attack that could scupper plans to revive peace talks between the United States and the Taliban.
Europe launches 'Green Deal' as Thunberg denounces climate inaction
Europe sought to bolster the world's faltering battle against climate change on Wednesday with its "Green Deal" to slash fossil fuel dependence, while teen activist Greta Thunberg rebuked global leaders for dragging their feet.
As U.S. House impeachment looms, Senate, Trump grapple over next moves
As the U.S. House of Representatives moves closer to impeaching Donald Trump, larger questions loom in the Senate, where the president may be headed for a rare conflict with his Republican allies over how any trial will be conducted.
Trump impeachment: What happens next?
U.S. House Democrats have unveiled two articles of impeachment on Tuesday, charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in his dealings with Ukraine and the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry that followed.
Ed Sheeran crowned UK's artist of the decade after 79 weeks at No 1
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has been named the "UK's Official Number 1 Artist of the Decade" after a record-breaking run of hits, the Official Charts Company said on Wednesday.
'Vindication' - Saudi Arabia hails 10% debut jump in Aramco shares
Saudi Aramco shares surged the maximum permitted 10% above their IPO price on their Riyadh stock market debut on Wednesday, in a move hailed by the government as a vindication of its towering $2 trillion valuation of the state oil company.
Timeline: Saudi Aramco's winding road to an IPO
Saudi Aramco shares surged the maximum permitted 10% above their initial public offering (IPO) price on their Riyadh stock market debut on Wednesday, closing in on the $2 trillion valuation long sought by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Tenfold rise in onion prices leaves Indians teary-eyed
As onion prices in India have soared tenfold this year, Mukesh Thoke, a restaurant owner on the outskirts of Mumbai, faces a dilemma - raise prices or take a hit on margins.
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is Time's Person of the Year
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swede who inspired millions of young people to take action against climate change, has been named Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2019.
Australian Barty named WTA Player of the Year
Australia's Ash Barty has been named WTA Player of the Year after capturing her maiden Grand Slam singles title and reaching the top of the world rankings.
Suu Kyi tell U.N.'s top court charge of Rohingya genocide is 'misleading'
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday rejected accusations of genocide committed against her country's Muslim Rohingya minority as "incomplete and misleading", and said the case should not be heard by the U.N.'s highest court.
Quotebox: Nobel Laureate Suu Kyi responds to Myanmar genocide allegations
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi responded at the International Court of Justice in The Hague on Wednesday to a suit brought by Gambia alleging her country committed genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority.
Hazardous Sydney smoke turns up heat in Australia's climate politics
Devastating bushfires that blanketed Australia's largest city with hazardous smoke this week have heightened public anger and raised political pressure on the government to do more to battle climate change.
How a mega fire spread toward Sydney
Ferry services were halted, fire alarms triggered and Sydney's famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House disappeared from view in a thick, smoky haze this week.
'We are reborn': Bougainville votes for independence from Papua New Guinea
The South Pacific islands of Bougainville have overwhelmingly voted to be independent from Papua New Guinea, the referendum commission said on Wednesday, in a historic poll that will embolden separatists as they start negotiating the terms of their sovereignty.
Netflix tests cheaper, yearly subscription plan in India
Netflix Inc is testing longer subscription plans in India as it looks to attract more users in a highly competitive market where smartphone and internet usage is soaring.
Delhi's air turns hazardous again, government issues health warnings
Air quality in capital New Delhi plummeted to "severe" on Wednesday due to a drop in temperature and wind speed that trapped pollutants in the atmosphere, prompting health warnings from the government for the 12th time in two months.