iStock(NEW YORK) — Iran held its 11th parliament election on Friday amid the toughest sanctions on the country and after a few hectic months, domestically. The competition for more than 290 seats in the parliament seems an already-won game for the conservative parties in the absence of many well-known reformist
iStock/akinbostanci(CAIRO) — Egypt’s restrictions on what it deems inappropriate forms of art have reached a new height with a ban on a popular genre of street music, striking a chord with conservatives and drawing sharp rebuke from intellectuals and young music enthusiasts. Singers of mahraganat, which literally translates to “festivals”
iStock/nigelcarse(SEOUL, South Korea) — South Korea’s number of newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus more than doubled Saturday to a total of 433 — an eightfold jump in just four days. “The situation is entering a new phase,” Vice Health and Welfare Minister Kim Kang-lip told reporters. But the
iStock/johnandersonphoto(NEW YORK) — The Earth’s coral reefs, some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems in the world, are facing a number of serious threats. Beyond large-scale events like climate change, local stressors, including persistent sunscreen pollution, are contributing to their destruction, experts say. While coral communities can be found
kali9/iStock(VANCOUVER, Canada) — A man in Vancouver, Canada attempted to steal a float plane early Friday morning, Canadian authorities confirmed. At around 3:30 a.m., authorities responded to reports that a man tried to steal a Seair charter aircraft, according to Vancouver police. The aircraft did not make it airborne, instead
Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) — Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will not use their Sussex Royal brand in their new roles as non-working members of Britain’s royal family. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘SussexRoyal’ in any territory post Spring 2020,”
narvikk/iStock(NEW YORK) — Hysteria over the novel coronavirus epidemic has sparked violent protests in Ukraine, fueled by panic and disinformation around the outbreak — even though the country has no confirmed cases of the virus. Protests and violent clashes with police broke out in several places Thursday, as Ukraine’s authorities
KeithBinns/iStock(WASHINGTON) — An agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban to reduce violence in Afghanistan will begin Friday at midnight local time, according to U.S., Afghan and Taliban officials. If the seven-day truce is deemed successful, the two sides plan to sign a historic agreement on Feb. 29, where U.S.
iStock(NEW YORK) — In a rapid development, Iranian authorities reported 18 cases of novel coronavirus and four deaths over the course of two days, the World Health Organization detailed at a Friday news conference. Lebanon also reported its first coronavirus case Friday, in a traveler from Iran, WHO officials said.
jarun011/iStock(LONDON) — Hundreds of Chinese inmates have been infected with the novel coronavirus as the outbreak spreads to prisons across China. He Ping, an official at China’s Ministry of Justice, told reporters at a daily briefing Friday that officials have been fired after more than 500 cases of the newly