Category: World

Vietnam to transform the world’s beauty pageant industry with Miss Global 2023, supported by the UN

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, December 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Vietnam has made major changes to the global beauty rankings through remarkable achievements in recent international pageants. Grasping that opportunity, Vietnam announced to host Miss Global – one of the world’s most prestigious beauty pageants in 2023 for women and single moms aged 18-35. This …

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro Poised to Skip Lula’s Inauguration, Visit US Instead

(Bloomberg) — Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro seems poised to skip the inauguration of his successor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Jan. 1, shunning a traditional power handover ceremony in Brasilia to spend New Year’s Eve celebrations in the US. Most Read from Bloomberg While Bolsonaro has kept mum in public about his plans, Brazil’s official …

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National Guard checks homes in Buffalo for blizzard victims

BUFFALO, NY (AP) — The National Guard went door to door in parts of Buffalo on Wednesday to check on people who lost power during the area’s deadliest winter storm in decades, and authorities faced the tragic possibility of finding more victims amid melting snow. Already, more than 30 deaths have been reported in western …

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Judge Cites Jan. 6 Committee to Reject Alleged Rioter’s Defense

(Bloomberg) — A federal judge in Washington rejected a proposed defense from a man accused of taking part in the Jan. 6 riot that he was just following orders of then-President Donald Trump. Most Read from Bloomberg In his opinion Wednesday, US District Court Judge John Bates cited the Jan. 6 committee’s finding that Trump …

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Female Iranian chess player competes at tournament without wearing hijab

An Iranian chess player has become the latest sportswoman from the Islamic Republic to participate in an international competition without the country’s mandatory headscarf. Iranian news outlets Khabarvarzeshi and Etemad, in reports on Monday, said Sara Khadem had competed at the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, without the hijab – …

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Milan Reports 50% of Passengers on China Flights Have Covid

(Bloomberg) — Italian health authorities will begin testing all arrivals from China for Covid after almost half of the passengers on two flights to Milan were found to have the virus. Most Read from Bloomberg The country is now sequencing those tests to see if there are new variants coming from China, the Health Ministry …

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Iraq prime minister orders crackdown on trademark violations

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister has ordered a crackdown on local businesses operating under the names of international brands without legal permission, his office said Wednesday. The move by the premier, Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, comes after The Associated Press reported last week that Iraq has become a major center of trademark violations and piracy. …

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UK’s Sunak Braces for ‘Massive Disruption’ From Strikes

(Bloomberg) — Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s spokesman, Jamie Davies, told reporters the government acknowledges the strikes hitting the UK are causing “massive disruption.” Most Read from Bloomberg “If you look at rail specifically, it has hindered people’s ability to go to work, to get to school, to go about their daily lives,” Davies said on …

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Vatican says health of retired Pope Benedict XVI ‘worsening’

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says the health of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has undergone a “worsening in the last hours” due to his age and that doctors are constantly monitoring the 95-year-old’s condition. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said Pope Francis, who asked the faithful earlier Wednesday to pray for Benedict, went to visit …

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