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Cambodian king appoints Hun Sen's son as new PM

Published On: August 7, 2023 08:24 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

PHNOM PENH, Aug 7 : Hun Manet was appointed Cambodia's new leader by the king on Monday, after having effectively been given the post from his father who ruled for nearly four decades.

TikTok unveils changes to meet tough new EU rules

Published On: August 5, 2023 08:15 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

BRUSSELS, Aug 4: Video-sharing platform TikTok announced Friday changes to meet strict EU rules including allowing European users to turn off the addictive feature that shows content based on their interests. Under the new rules, internet giants will be forced to take stronger action on data privacy, child protection, disinformation and hate speech.

Still no answers three years after Beirut mega-explosion

Published On: August 3, 2023 08:36 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

BEIRUT, Aug 3: One of history's biggest non-nuclear explosions rocked Beirut on August 4, 2020, destroying swathes of the Lebanese capital, killing more than 220 people and injuring at least 6,500.

Only four nations doing enough to stub out smoking: WHO

Published On: August 1, 2023 10:00 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

GENEVA, Aug 1: Only four countries -- Brazil, Mauritius, the Netherlands and Turkey -- have adopted all the anti-tobacco measures recommended in the fight against the "deadly scourge" of smoking, the World Health Organization said Monday.

Pilot lands plane in sea off France after engine breakdown

Published On: July 31, 2023 08:45 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

MARSEILLE, July 31: A pilot landed his tourist plane in choppy waters off southern France on Sunday after the aircraft's engine broke down, with all occupants surviving unharmed, firefighters said.

India's endangered tiger population tops 3,600

Published On: July 30, 2023 08:37 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

NEW DELHI, July 30: India's wild tiger population is estimated to now exceed 3,600, according to new government figures released Saturday, in a vindication of conservation efforts for the endangered species.

G20 environment meeting ends without agreement on climate crisis

Published On: July 29, 2023 08:20 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

CHENNAI, India, July 29: Environment ministers from G20 nations failed to agree on peaking global emissions by 2025 and other crucial issues to address the global climate crisis at their meeting in India on Friday, France's representative said.

Putin hosts African leaders in Russia after grain deal exit

Published On: July 28, 2023 08:27 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

MOSCOW, July 28 : The Russian president will on Thursday host leaders of African countries for a summit in his native Saint Petersburg, as the continent braces for the consequences of Moscow's withdrawal from the Ukraine grain export deal.

IMF raises 2023 economic outlook but warns of slowing global growth

Published On: July 27, 2023 07:30 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

WASHINGTON, July 27: The International Monetary Fund has slightly upgraded its outlook for world growth this year on the back of resilient service sector activity in the first quarter and a strong labor market, the lender said Tuesday.

Hardline Cambodian PM Hun Sen to step down after four decades

Published On: July 26, 2023 09:03 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

PHNOM PENH, July 26: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, one of the world's longest-serving leaders, said Wednesday he will resign and hand power to his eldest son after almost four decades of hardline rule.

Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang removed from office

Published On: July 25, 2023 06:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

BEIJING, July 25: China's foreign minister Qin Gang was removed from office on Tuesday, state media reported, after not being seen in the public eye for a month.

Every 1C of warming means 15% more extreme rain, researchers say

Published On: July 24, 2023 10:30 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Every degree Celsius of warming increases the density of major downpours by 15 percent at elevations above 2,000 metres, they reported in the journal Nature.

Top Indian wildlife official removed after 8 cheetahs die

Published On: July 19, 2023 01:15 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

NEW DELHI, July 19: A top Indian wildlife official has been removed after a scheme to relocate cheetahs from Africa saw eight felines die, raising questions about the high-profile project.

World must prepare for more intense heatwaves: UN

Published On: July 19, 2023 08:10 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

GENEVA, July 19: The world should prepare to face increasingly intense heatwaves, the United Nations warned on Tuesday, as countries across the Northern Hemisphere reeled from soaring temperatures. "These events will continue to grow in intensity, and the world needs to prepare for more intense heatwaves," John Nairn, a senior extreme heat advisor at the UN's World Meteorological Organization (WMO), told reporters in Geneva.

Scorching heatwaves set to break records around the globe

Published On: July 18, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

ROME, July 18: Unforgiving heat scorched parts of the Northern Hemisphere on Monday, triggering health warnings and fanning wildfires in the latest stark reminder of the effects of global warming.

Rahul Gandhi appeals to India's top court over conviction

Published On: July 16, 2023 10:26 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

NEW DELHI, July 16: Top Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi appealed to the country's highest court on Saturday over his conviction for defamation, days after a lower court refused to intervene, media reports said.

World hunger stops rising but remains elevated: UN

Published On: July 13, 2023 09:15 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

WASHINGTON, July 13: World hunger stopped rising in 2022 after growing for seven years but remains above pre-pandemic levels and far off track to be eradicated by 2030, UN agencies said Wednesday. Between 691 million and 783 million people faced hunger last year, with a midrange of 735 million, the five agencies said in a report.

US economy adds 209,000 new jobs as hiring slows

Published On: July 8, 2023 07:45 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

WASHINGTON, July 8: Hiring in the United States slowed in June, the Labor Department said Friday, with fewer new jobs created than many had expected, a signal that the economy is showing signs of cooling.

In AI tussle, Twitter restricts number of posts users can read

Published On: July 3, 2023 03:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

NEW YORK, July 3: Elon Musk announced Saturday that Twitter would temporarily restrict how many tweets users could read per day, in a move meant to tamp down on the use of the site's data by artificial intelligence companies. The platform is limiting verified accounts to reading 10,000 tweets a day. Non-verified users -- the free accounts that make up the majority of users -- are limited to reading 1,000 tweets per day. New unverified accounts would be limited to 500 tweets.

German inflation rises to 6.4% in June

Published On: June 30, 2023 08:32 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 30: German inflation climbed in June after several months of deceleration, official data showed Thursday, complicating the picture for the European Central Bank as it battles stubbornly high prices in the eurozone.