Algeria held a presidential election Thursday that has been fiercely opposed by a nine-month-old protest movement and was hit by unrest at several provincial polling stations. The demonstrators who forced ageing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign his two-decade tenure in April have pushed on with weekly rallies to demand far more sweeping reforms to the political system ahead of any vote. Shortly after polls opened, attackers "ransacked the ballot boxes and destroyed part of the electoral lists" in the disaffected northern mountain region of Kabylie, home to much of the ...
International Clown Day is an event to highlight funny clowns that make us laugh and smile, and it is celebrated each year in various countries. In Mexico, Clowns have taken to the streets during a parade to mark International Day of the Clown in the city of Guadalajara, and Jalisco on December 10th. Families usually take their kids to the streets in order to watch the shows made by the clowns and to enjoy the celebrations.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has chaired the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in Riyadh, Tuesday, December 10th, as Saudi Arabia has already hosted the summit on eight occasions. The country's hosting of the meeting reflected its leadership’s keenness to overcome regional challenges, GCC Secretary-General Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani added. Moreover, the six-member bloc reaffirms the need to enhance and empower military and security cooperation to maintain regional cooperation.
Michelle Obama and Julia Roberts met with high school students in Vietnam today ahead of the former first lady's visit to promote girls' education in Malaysia. The Hollywood star is travelling to Kuala Lumpur with Obama for the Obama Foundation's inaugural Leaders: Asia-Pacific convening in the capital. But before the beginning of the conference on Tuesday, Roberts and Obama visited girls at a school in Can Giuoc district of Long An province. They were joined by Jenna Bush Hager, co-host of NBC's Today show and George Bush's daughter, who interviewed ...
Among all the festivals and holidays of the Christian Church year, Christmas remains the most observed and most popular. Of course, much of that popularity, especially in the West, is due to the commercial promotion of the holiday. A very wide variety of multinational festivals and holidays are celebrated around the world, whether within particular religions, cultures, or otherwise. When does the Christmas season start? Some people say Black Friday. Some people say the day after Halloween. Then there are a group of people who believe that the Christmas season ...
France's unions agreed to start a strike to force President Emmanuel Macron to abandon pension reforms which caused great unrest in the country forcing nearly a million people on the streets. Dozens of trains, metros and flights were cancelled, and four of the country's eight oil refineries remained blocked, raising the prospect of fuel shortages. On the other hand, France's Prime Minister Édouard Philippe commented that he may uncover full details of the pension reform plans on Wednesday, insisting that the change would be gradual and "not brutal".
Doctors have warned that skin problems could be caused by the foam, which forms every monsoon season but has been particularly bad this year. Word has not got through to the hundreds of families who throng India's longest urban beach, letting children happily skip in the toxin-filled froth, according to AFP. The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board said it is analysing samples from the foam which has spread several kilometres along the beach. "It is definitely not good for people to go into the foam but they just do not ...
This December, the world watches as heads of state and government and military leaders gather at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Leaders’ Meeting in London. Upon arrival, the NATO leaders were greeted by Queen Elizabeth II, her son Charles and his wife, Camilla. The Queen put on a brave face to host a glittering NATO reception at Buckingham Palace. With the commemoration of the Alliance’s 70th anniversary, this past year has served to honor NATO’s achievements. To round off this historic year, the NATO Leaders’ Meeting in December presents an ...
In November alone, almost 3,900 asylum seekers landed on Lesbos, arriving from the Turkish coast nearby. Among them, at least 1,200 unaccompanied minors live in "extremely worrying and unsuitable" conditions for children, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The UN agency, medical charity MSF and other NGOs have called for an emergency evacuation of children and other vulnerable migrants living in "inhuman" and "miserable" conditions, according to AFP. "In the beginning of the winter it's really bad. It's raining everywhere. The tents can't hold it. ...