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Barcelona mayor announces hike in tourist tax for cruise passengers

Barcelona mayor announces hike in tourist tax for cruise passengers
Barcelona mayor announces hike in tourist tax for cruise passengers

Barcelona mayor announces hike in tourist tax for cruise passengers

In recent weeks, anti-tourism activists have staged protests in popular holiday destinations across Spain, such as Palma de Mallorca, Malaga and the Canary Islands, saying visitors drive up housing costs and lead to residents being unable to afford to live in city centres

In recent weeks, anti-tourism activists have staged protests in popular holiday destinations across Spain, such as Palma de Mallorca, Malaga and the Canary Islands, saying vis...

Barcelona mayor announces hike in tourist tax for cruise passengers

Hong Kong’s Bouncy ‘Wonders’ Leave Some Wondering, ‘Why?’

Hong Kong’s Bouncy ‘Wonders’ Leave Some Wondering, ‘Why?’
Hong Kong’s Bouncy ‘Wonders’ Leave Some Wondering, ‘Why?’

Hong Kong’s Bouncy ‘Wonders’ Leave Some Wondering, ‘Why?’

Inflatable replicas of famous monuments popped up in a park, raising questions about art and Hong Kong’s changing place in the world.

Inflatable replicas of famous monuments popped up in a park, raising questions about art and Hong Kong’s changing place in the world....

Hong Kong’s Bouncy ‘Wonders’ Leave Some Wondering, ‘Why?’

Apart from oil, here's what Turkey is searching for in Africa amid growing influence

Apart from oil, here's what Turkey is searching for in Africa amid growing influence
Apart from oil, here's what Turkey is searching for in Africa amid growing influence

Apart from oil, here's what Turkey is searching for in Africa amid growing influence

At a time when many African countries are turning away from their former colonial rulers, Turkey has looked to fill the void left behind. "Erdogan presents himself as an alternative to the West," said Selin Gucum, author of a study on Turkish interests in Africa for Paris's Observatory of Contemporary Turkey

At a time when many African countries are turning away from their former colonial rulers, Turkey has looked to fill the void left behind. "Erdogan presents himself as an alter...

Apart from oil, here's what Turkey is searching for in Africa amid growing influence

Bangladesh Supreme Court scraps job quotas that led to deadly protests, says jobs must be offered on merit

Bangladesh Supreme Court scraps job quotas that led to deadly protests, says jobs must be offered on merit
Bangladesh Supreme Court scraps job quotas that led to deadly protests, says jobs must be offered on merit

Bangladesh Supreme Court scraps job quotas that led to deadly protests, says jobs must be offered on merit

Bangladesh Supreme Court has ruled that almost all government jobs must be offered on merit

Bangladesh Supreme Court has ruled that almost all government jobs must be offered on merit...

Bangladesh Supreme Court scraps job quotas that led to deadly protests, says jobs must be offered on merit

Taiwan President urges people to protect sovereignty, oppose Chinese annexation

Taiwan President urges people to protect sovereignty, oppose Chinese annexation
Taiwan President urges people to protect sovereignty, oppose Chinese annexation

Taiwan President urges people to protect sovereignty, oppose Chinese annexation

Speaking to the DPP's annual convention, President Lai said those who fought to bring democracy to Taiwan - martial law only ended in 1987 - had a clear understanding of the island's place in the world. They "did not hesitate to shed blood and used their lives to debunk the mistaken idea that 'Taiwan is a base to retake the mainland', and instituted the national policy of putting Taiwan first," said Lai, who is also DPP chairman

Speaking to the DPP's annual convention, President Lai said those who fought to bring democracy to Taiwan - martial law only ended in 1987 - had a clear understanding of the i...

Taiwan President urges people to protect sovereignty, oppose Chinese annexation

Manila shoal resupply missions to remain Philippine operation in South China Sea amid US support

Manila shoal resupply missions to remain Philippine operation in South China Sea amid US support
Manila shoal resupply missions to remain Philippine operation in South China Sea amid US support

Manila shoal resupply missions to remain Philippine operation in South China Sea amid US support

The Second Thomas Shoal, which hosts a tiny Philippine garrison stationed on a deliberately beached old warship, has been a focus of escalating confrontations between Chinese and Philippine ships in recent months as Beijing steps up efforts to push its claims to the South China Sea

The Second Thomas Shoal, which hosts a tiny Philippine garrison stationed on a deliberately beached old warship, has been a focus of escalating confrontations between Chinese ...

Manila shoal resupply missions to remain Philippine operation in South China Sea amid US support

US homeland security chief slams misogyny amid security fiasco

US homeland security chief slams misogyny amid security fiasco
US homeland security chief slams misogyny amid security fiasco

US homeland security chief slams misogyny amid security fiasco

The Secret Service has defended itself against such accusations in the past, with a spokesman telling US media just weeks before the assassination attempt that agents 'are held to the highest professional standards... at no time has the agency lowered these standards'

The Secret Service has defended itself against such accusations in the past, with a spokesman telling US media just weeks before the assassination attempt that agents 'are hel...

US homeland security chief slams misogyny amid security fiasco

Hundreds of Microsoft IT experts deployed to restore services global shutdown

Hundreds of Microsoft IT experts deployed to restore services global shutdown
Hundreds of Microsoft IT experts deployed to restore services global shutdown

Hundreds of Microsoft IT experts deployed to restore services global shutdown

Airport and airline operations faced significant disruptions due to the outage, with airlines issuing advisories to passengers. IndiGo, SpiceJet and Akasa saw disruptions in their online check-in and boarding processes across their networks, forcing them to switch to manual mode. Several users reported disruptions on the outage-tracking website Downdetector, and many took to X (now Twitter) to vent their frustration on the 'Blue Screen of Death' error messages

Airport and airline operations faced significant disruptions due to the outage, with airlines issuing advisories to passengers. IndiGo, SpiceJet and Akasa saw disruptions in t...

Hundreds of Microsoft IT experts deployed to restore services global shutdown

Curfew extended in Bangladesh as PM Sheikh Hasina asks protesters to wait for top court's verdict

Curfew extended in Bangladesh as PM Sheikh Hasina asks protesters to wait for top court's verdict
Curfew extended in Bangladesh as PM Sheikh Hasina asks protesters to wait for top court's verdict

Curfew extended in Bangladesh as PM Sheikh Hasina asks protesters to wait for top court's verdict

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said the curfew will be relaxed from 3 pm to 5 pm on Sunday for people to run essential errands

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said the curfew will be relaxed from 3 pm to 5 pm on Sunday for people to run essential errands...

Curfew extended in Bangladesh as PM Sheikh Hasina asks protesters to wait for top court's verdict

India’s elderly population to double by 2050: UNFPA chief urges preparedness in healthcare, housing, pensions

India’s elderly population to double by 2050: UNFPA chief urges preparedness in healthcare, housing, pensions
India’s elderly population to double by 2050: UNFPA chief urges preparedness in healthcare, housing, pensions

India’s elderly population to double by 2050: UNFPA chief urges preparedness in healthcare, housing, pensions

The number of individuals, aged 60 and above, is projected to double to 346 million by 2050, there is a pressing need for increased investment in healthcare, housing and pension schemes. "...especially for older women who are more likely to live alone and face poverty". India boasts a substantial youthful population, with 252 million people aged between 10 and 19 years, the UNFPA India head said

The number of individuals, aged 60 and above, is projected to double to 346 million by 2050, there is a pressing need for increased investment in healthcare, housing and pensi...

India’s elderly population to double by 2050: UNFPA chief urges preparedness in healthcare, housing, pensions

The World’s Most Fashionable Judoka Is Looking for Clothes in His Size

The World’s Most Fashionable Judoka Is Looking for Clothes in His Size
The World’s Most Fashionable Judoka Is Looking for Clothes in His Size

The World’s Most Fashionable Judoka Is Looking for Clothes in His Size

Teddy Riner has long had trouble finding stylish apparel for his 6-foot-8 frame. Could it be time to create his own line?

Teddy Riner has long had trouble finding stylish apparel for his 6-foot-8 frame. Could it be time to create his own line?...

The World’s Most Fashionable Judoka Is Looking for Clothes in His Size

Japan's youth hesitant about marriage; govt seeks to assist amid population crisis

Japan's youth hesitant about marriage; govt seeks to assist amid population crisis
Japan's youth hesitant about marriage; govt seeks to assist amid population crisis

Japan's youth hesitant about marriage; govt seeks to assist amid population crisis

The agency referenced a survey of single individuals aged 25 to 34, which revealed that 43.3% of men and 48.1% of women had not met potential partners in 2021. Many participants admitted they had not taken steps to improve their chances, such as attending matchmaking events or seeking introductions through friends

The agency referenced a survey of single individuals aged 25 to 34, which revealed that 43.3% of men and 48.1% of women had not met potential partners in 2021. Many participan...

Japan's youth hesitant about marriage; govt seeks to assist amid population crisis

Indian-origin man shot dead in US two weeks after marrying a Mexican girl

Indian-origin man shot dead in US two weeks after marrying a Mexican girl
Indian-origin man shot dead in US two weeks after marrying a Mexican girl

Indian-origin man shot dead in US two weeks after marrying a Mexican girl

Dasaur, reported to be hailing from Agra, and Viviana ZaMora, had just got married on June 29, a little over two weeks before his death. The suspected shooter, police said, was detained at the scene. "Upon further investigation and after consultation with Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, that individual was released," the police spokesperson said, indicating the shooter may have acted in self-defence

Dasaur, reported to be hailing from Agra, and Viviana ZaMora, had just got married on June 29, a little over two weeks before his death. The suspected shooter, police said, wa...

Indian-origin man shot dead in US two weeks after marrying a Mexican girl

'I took a bullet for democracy,' says Trump as he gets back on campaign trail after assassination attempt

'I took a bullet for democracy,' says Trump as he gets back on campaign trail after assassination attempt
'I took a bullet for democracy,' says Trump as he gets back on campaign trail after assassination attempt

'I took a bullet for democracy,' says Trump as he gets back on campaign trail after assassination attempt

Trump's proclamation came a week after he was left with a wounded ear after an assassination attempt on him at a rally in Pennsylvania

Trump's proclamation came a week after he was left with a wounded ear after an assassination attempt on him at a rally in Pennsylvania...

'I took a bullet for democracy,' says Trump as he gets back on campaign trail after assassination attempt

Fear grips Georgia as 'Russia-style' laws take hold

Fear grips Georgia as 'Russia-style' laws take hold
Fear grips Georgia as 'Russia-style' laws take hold

Fear grips Georgia as 'Russia-style' laws take hold

The government argues the law is needed to curb harmful foreign actors trying to destabilize the South Caucasus nation of 3.7 million. Many journalists and activists say its true goal is to stigmatize them and restrict debate before an election scheduled for October. It could also threaten Georgia’s bid to join the European Union

The government argues the law is needed to curb harmful foreign actors trying to destabilize the South Caucasus nation of 3.7 million. Many journalists and activists say its t...

Fear grips Georgia as 'Russia-style' laws take hold

Trump slams Biden, Harris in his first rally after assassination attempt, distances himself from Project 2025

Trump slams Biden, Harris in his first rally after assassination attempt, distances himself from Project 2025
Trump slams Biden, Harris in his first rally after assassination attempt, distances himself from Project 2025

Trump slams Biden, Harris in his first rally after assassination attempt, distances himself from Project 2025

The former president went on to state that 'he owed his life to immigration' because he had turned his head to right toward a chart about border crossings fractionally before the bullet whizzed past his head, grazing his ear

The former president went on to state that 'he owed his life to immigration' because he had turned his head to right toward a chart about border crossings fractionally before ...

Trump slams Biden, Harris in his first rally after assassination attempt, distances himself from Project 2025

Canada's Alberta, British Columbia evacuates towns amid ravaging wildfires

Canada's Alberta, British Columbia evacuates towns amid ravaging wildfires
Canada's Alberta, British Columbia evacuates towns amid ravaging wildfires

Canada's Alberta, British Columbia evacuates towns amid ravaging wildfires

Wildfires raging through the northern part of Canada's Alberta have forced evacuations of three communities, a provincial body said on Saturday, as the oilrich province continues to fight five different 'wildfires of note' in separate areas.

Wildfires raging through the northern part of Canada's Alberta have forced evacuations of three communities, a provincial body said on Saturday, as the oilrich province contin...

Canada's Alberta, British Columbia evacuates towns amid ravaging wildfires

This Week in Explainers: Why Donald Trump is the newsmaker of the week

This Week in Explainers: Why Donald Trump is the newsmaker of the week
This Week in Explainers: Why Donald Trump is the newsmaker of the week

This Week in Explainers: Why Donald Trump is the newsmaker of the week

From surviving an assassination attempt at a rally in Pennsylvania to formally accepting the Republican Party nomination, it has been a rollercoaster of a week for Donald Trump. In our weekly roundup, we talk about the attack, Usha Vance, the wife of JD Vance, and more

From surviving an assassination attempt at a rally in Pennsylvania to formally accepting the Republican Party nomination, it has been a rollercoaster of a week for Donald Trum...

This Week in Explainers: Why Donald Trump is the newsmaker of the week

Bangladesh Protests: Police given ‘shoot-on-sight’ orders as clashes become deadlier

Bangladesh Protests: Police given ‘shoot-on-sight’ orders as clashes become deadlier
Bangladesh Protests: Police given ‘shoot-on-sight’ orders as clashes become deadlier

Bangladesh Protests: Police given ‘shoot-on-sight’ orders as clashes become deadlier

The curfew was imposed at midnight on Friday and was expected to last till Sunday morning. However, there have been no announcements that the curfew will be lifted

The curfew was imposed at midnight on Friday and was expected to last till Sunday morning. However, there have been no announcements that the curfew will be lifted...

Bangladesh Protests: Police given ‘shoot-on-sight’ orders as clashes become deadlier

Seoul blasts anti-Pyongyang propaganda as North Korea launches trash filled balloons across border

Seoul blasts anti-Pyongyang propaganda as North Korea launches trash filled balloons across border
Seoul blasts anti-Pyongyang propaganda as North Korea launches trash filled balloons across border

Seoul blasts anti-Pyongyang propaganda as North Korea launches trash filled balloons across border

North Korea’s latest balloon flying is threatening to escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula. South Korea earlier warned it would conduct loudspeaker broadcasts in a fuller manner and take other stronger steps if North Korea continues provocations like balloon launches

North Korea’s latest balloon flying is threatening to escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula. South Korea earlier warned it would conduct loudspeaker broadcasts in a full...

Seoul blasts anti-Pyongyang propaganda as North Korea launches trash filled balloons across border

Trump sustained 2 cm-wide gunshot wound to ear, campaign releases letter on injury

Trump sustained 2 cm-wide gunshot wound to ear, campaign releases letter on injury
Trump sustained 2 cm-wide gunshot wound to ear, campaign releases letter on injury

Trump sustained 2 cm-wide gunshot wound to ear, campaign releases letter on injury

The memo, from Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson, a staunch supporter who served as Trump's White House physician, offers new details on the nature of the GOP nominee's injuries and the treatment he received in the immediate aftermath of the attack

The memo, from Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson, a staunch supporter who served as Trump's White House physician, offers new details on the nature of the GOP nominee's injuries and th...

Trump sustained 2 cm-wide gunshot wound to ear, campaign releases letter on injury

Dozens Dead or Missing After China Highway Collapse

Dozens Dead or Missing After China Highway Collapse
Dozens Dead or Missing After China Highway Collapse

Dozens Dead or Missing After China Highway Collapse

It was the second such rain-related disaster in less than three months, as extreme weather challenges the country’s extensive network of newly built expressways.

It was the second such rain-related disaster in less than three months, as extreme weather challenges the country’s extensive network of newly built expressways....

Dozens Dead or Missing After China Highway Collapse

Israeli Jets Bomb Sites in Yemen Linked to Iran-Backed Houthis

Israeli Jets Bomb Sites in Yemen Linked to Iran-Backed Houthis
Israeli Jets Bomb Sites in Yemen Linked to Iran-Backed Houthis

Israeli Jets Bomb Sites in Yemen Linked to Iran-Backed Houthis

The strike was retaliation for a drone attack launched from Yemen a day earlier, which evaded Israel’s defenses and hit a building in Tel Aviv, killing one person.

The strike was retaliation for a drone attack launched from Yemen a day earlier, which evaded Israel’s defenses and hit a building in Tel Aviv, killing one person....

Israeli Jets Bomb Sites in Yemen Linked to Iran-Backed Houthis

Excessive heat warnings in effect for desert and mountain communities in Southern California

Excessive heat warnings in effect for desert and mountain communities in Southern California
Excessive heat warnings in effect for desert and mountain communities in Southern California

Excessive heat warnings in effect for desert and mountain communities in Southern California

Portions of Los Angeles County, including Palmdale and Lancaster, as well as smaller towns in the San Gabriel Mountains and the Antelope Valley, can expect to see temperatures of 100 to 110 degrees.

Portions of Los Angeles County, including Palmdale and Lancaster, as well as smaller towns in the San Gabriel Mountains and the Antelope Valley, can expect to see temperatures...

Excessive heat warnings in effect for desert and mountain communities in Southern California
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