Women drive fast train to Mecca as Saudi workforce evolves

Agence France Presse 01/30/2023

JEDDAH — Driver Tharaa Ali takes her seat at the helm of a high-speed train ferrying pilgrims to Mecca, a beneficiary of conservative Saudi Arabia’s bid to employ its booming female workforce. Saudi women only gained the…

Ugandan court orders woman to pay ex for breakup

Agence France Presse 01/30/2023

KAMPALA, Uganda–A Ugandan court has ordered a woman to pay her ex-fiance more than $2,800 for breaking off their engagement after he paid for her studies, saying she caused “inconvenience and psychological anguish.” According to court documents…

NBA: Celtics earn controversial OT win over Lakers

Agence France Presse 01/29/2023

Jaylen Brown scored 37 points and pulled down nine rebounds to help the Boston Celtics avoid a season-worst, four-game losing streak by beating the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 125-121 in overtime on Saturday. The Lakers led 105-102…

Senior US general warns of possible looming war with China

Agence France Presse 01/28/2023

WASHINGTON — A four-star US Air Force general has warned of a conflict with China as early as 2025 – most likely over Taiwan – and urged his commanders to push their units to achieve maximum operational…

Brooke Shields describes rape in Sundance documentary

Agence France Presse 01/21/2023

Brooke Shields revealed she was raped as a young Hollywood actress in new documentary “Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields,” which premiered at the Sundance film festival on Friday, Jan. 20. The former supermodel did not reveal the identity…

Hopes of survivors in Nepal plane crash ‘nil,’ local officials say

Agence France Presse 01/17/2023

POKHARA, Nepal  — Nepali rescue workers scoured a debris-strewn ravine Monday for three missing bodies from the mangled wreckage of a plane that crashed with 72 people on board, with hopes of any survivors now “nil,” according to…

Russia declares popular actor ‘foreign agent’

Agence France Presse 01/14/2023

MOSCOW, Russia—A popular Russian actor, who has spoken about Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine and recently said he would be ready to fight alongside Kyiv’s troops, was labeled a “foreign agent” on Friday, Jan. 13. Artur Smolyaninov is…

Shock in France over boy’s suicide after homophobic bullying

Agence France Presse 01/14/2023

Metz, France — The suicide of a 13-year-old French boy who was subjected to homophobic bullying at school has prompted expressions of shock in the country and warnings that homophobia kills. Prosecutors have opened an investigation into…

Naoya Inoue ready to rampage through super-bantamweight division

Agence France Presse 01/13/2023

Japan’s Naoya Inoue announced his move up to boxing’s super-bantamweight division Friday and set his sights on becoming undisputed world champion again, just one month after claiming all the bantamweight belts. The unbeaten Inoue, nicknamed “Monster”, became…

Shakira sets social media alight with song haranguing ex Gerard Pique

Agence France Presse 01/13/2023

BOGOTÁ, Colombia—Colombian star Shakira set social media alight on Thursday, Jan. 12, with the release of her latest song, in which she takes aim once again at ex-partner Gerard Pique, a retired Spanish footballer. The song “BZRP…

90% of people in China province infected with COVID-19–official

Agence France Presse 01/09/2023

BEIJING — Almost 90 percent of people in China’s third most populous province have now been infected with Covid-19, a top official said Monday, as the country battles an unprecedented surge in cases. Kan Quancheng, director of…

Prince Harry faces growing criticism over memoir revelations

Agence France Presse 01/09/2023

LONDON — Prince Harry faced a backlash Friday over his memoir “Spare”, with criticism from the media, commentators, army veterans and even the Taliban, while Buckingham Palace kept silent on its widely leaked contents. Days before the…

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