S. Africa’s Ramaphosa starts Charles III’s first state visit as king

King Charles III on Tuesday welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to London for the first state visit of his reign, with climate change, trade and the Commonwealth expected to be on the agenda. Charles and Queen Consort Camilla were joined by heir to the throne Prince William and his wife Catherine to greet Ramaphosa … Read more

‘Stop killing us’: anger and hope at LGBTQ club vigil

There were tears, hugs, anger and some smiles at a park in Colorado Springs on Monday, when hundreds gathered to pay tribute to the victims of a murderous gunman who stormed an LGBTQ club. Groups huddled clutching candles, sharing memories of the five people whose lives were ended in the horrific violence of Saturday night, … Read more

‘Two dead’ as Iran protests swell on anniversary of lethal 2019 crackdown

Iranian security forces shot dead at least two protesters Tuesday, a rights group said, the demonstrations sparked by Mahsa Amini’s death swelled on the anniversary of a bloody 2019 crackdown. The protesters were responding to a call to commemorate those slain in the 2019 crackdown, giving new momentum to the demonstrations sparked by the death … Read more

Spain’s former king appeals for immunity over UK harassment case

Spain’s former king, Juan Carlos I, on Tuesday summarized a UK court battle to win immunity over harassment claims by his former lover, just as a new podcast featuring her claims is released. Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, 58, is seeking personal injury damages from the 84-year-old former monarch, who ruled Spain from 1975 until his abdication … Read more

Veteran French designer Philippe Starck now looks to space

Philippe Starck, the prolific French architect and designer who has made everything from lemon juicers to wind turbines, shows no sign of slowing down and is increasingly turning his eye to space. Visiting an exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris featuring some his early work, the 73-year-old seemed bemused by the volume … Read more

Defiance by candlelight as Kyiv adapts to blackouts

When their apartment block in northern Kyiv goes dark just after 6:00 pm as scheduled, residents Iren Rozdobudko and Igor Zhuk are ready. She lights a candle, he switches on his head torch, and they settle in for a quiet evening. To ease the strain on the grid and avoid a total blackout, national energy … Read more

Myanmar hot-air balloon festival returns with a bang

Thousands of people have gathered in the hills of central Myanmar for the annual Tazaungdaing light festival that marks the end of the rainy season with a fiery nighttime display of exploding hot-air balloons. The celebrations in the former British hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin have not been held for two years because of … Read more

US Powerball jackpot grows to record $1.9 bn

The US Powerball jackpot grew to a staggering $1.9 billion -– the largest prize in world history -– after yet another week without a winner, ensuring a new surge in lottery fever across the country. The winning numbers for Saturday’s draw were 28, 45, 53, 56 and 69, with a Powerball of 20. The Powerball … Read more

Pope holds Bahrain mass as death row families urge intervention

About 30,000 flag-waving worshipers attended an open-air mass held by Pope Francis in mainly Muslim Bahrain on Saturday, marked by a small protest by relatives of death row prisoners. Police briefly detained around 10 people who had protested outside a school where he was due to speak and asked to meet with the pontiff, according … Read more

Pope holds open-air mass for 30,000 worshippers in Bahrain

About 30,000 flag-waving worshipers joined an open-air mass held by Pope Francis in mainly Muslim Bahrain on Saturday, the highlight of his outreach mission to the Gulf. Some of the congregation had tears in their eyes as they expected to see the 85-year-old at Bahrain National Stadium, the kingdom’s biggest venue. As a 100-strong, multinational … Read more