Quick Glance: Fire claims over 100 lives and injures 150 at Iraq wedding celebration
- A fire that spread through a hall hosting a Christian wedding in northern Iraq claimed the lives of at least 100 people and injured 150 others, authorities reported on Wednesday. The death toll is expected to rise.
- The fire occurred in Iraq's Nineveh province, in the Hamdaniya area, according to authorities.
- This area is predominantly Christian and located just outside the city of Mosul, approximately 335 kilometers (205 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad.
- Television footage showed flames engulfing the wedding hall as the fire rapidly spread.
Quick Glance: Travis King in US Custody after North Korea Expulsion
- US soldier Travis King after crossing border into North Korea
- No trace of Travis King since he left South Korea in July
- 23-year-old reconnaissance specialist illegally entered North Korea in July
- According to North Korean media, he fled due to 'inhuman treatment' and racism within the US military
Quick Glance: Rich Countries Import Solution to Nursing Shortages
- Investigation reveals international bidding wars for healthcare workers
- Exploitation of nurses and strain on poorer health systems
- AMN Healthcare reports 300% increase in foreign nurses placed in US hospitals
- Pandemic intensifies demand for Filipino nurses and triggers mass resignations
Quick Glance: Thousands of Armenians Flee Nagorno-Karabakh
- Over 28,000 Armenians leave Karabakh
- Roads out of the enclave overwhelmed
- Death toll rises after fuel depot fire
- US urges Azerbaijan to allow observers and aid
Quick Glance: Sara Duterte's 2022 Letter Sparks Confidential Fund Controversy
- Vice President Sara Duterte received P125 million in confidential funds in 2022, despite requesting twice that amount from the DBM.
- The biggest controversy Sara Duterte has faced since becoming vice president began with a letter she wrote.
- The total amount she said she needed was not insignificant - P403.46 million for various purposes, including a request of P250 million for confidential expenses.
- Lastly, the OVP sought P250 million in confidential funds for the "safe implementation of the various projects and activities under the Good Governance program."
Quick Glance: Dollar Reaches 10-Month High as US Yields Spike; Yen Slides
- The dollar reaches a 10-month high against a range of major currencies, supported by US bond yields at 16-year highs.
- The yen moves cautiously deeper into the intervention danger zone.
- The US dollar index reaches its highest level since November at 106.1.
- Rising commodity prices have provided some support to the Australian and New Zealand dollars, although they have been mostly sideways in recent months.
Chief of Army Staff Gen Asim Munir on Wednesday said the Pakistan Army would continue to play its role in upholding peace and stability in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ... Show more
Quick Glance: KP Women Exhibit 'Resilience' in Face of 'Fight against Terrorism': Gen Munir
- Women in KP demonstrate their resilience despite the prolonged fight against terrorism.
- Gen Munir encourages women of the province to participate in the progress and development of KP and the newly merged districts.
- Pakistan Army will continue to fulfill its role in ensuring peace and stability in KPK to provide a secure environment for economic development.
Quick Glance: Bank of America CEO: Fed prevails against inflation for now
- Bank of America Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan speaks before Senate committee on banking
- The Federal Reserve has emerged victorious in the battle against inflation for now
- Interest rates are expected to remain high for a longer period
- Moynihan was en route to Washington following his remarks in New York
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Quick Glance: ISKCON accused of selling cows to butchers
- According to BJP MP Maneka Gandhi, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) sells its cows to butchers.
- ISKCON dismisses the allegations as unsubstantiated and false.
- A veterinary doctor's letter and statements from local politicians were presented as evidence.
- ISKCON emphasizes that the cows and bulls are cared for throughout their lives and not sold.
Quick Glance: Biden recognizes two Pacific nations to counter China
- President Joe Biden officially recognizes the Pacific nations of Cook Islands and Niue to counter China's influence.
- The recognition of the two nations aims to maintain a "free and open Indo-Pacific region".
- The deals to recognize the two nations will also combat illegal fishing, address climate change in a vulnerable region, and boost economic growth.
- The Cook Islands and Niue together form a sprawling economic zone in the South Pacific.
Quick Glance: China combats separatist arrogance with drills near Taiwan
- China conducts drills near Taiwan to counter the arrogance of separatist forces.
- Taiwan reports increased military activity from China, including land exercises.
- China aims to resolutely combat Taiwan's independence aspirations.
- The People's Liberation Army defends national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
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Quick Glance: VIDEO: Pakistan Cricket Team Arrives in India for World Cup 2023
- The Pakistan cricket team, led by captain Babar Azam, arrived at India's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad on Wednesday ahead of World Cup 2023.
- Upon reaching India, the Pakistani contingent of 18 players and 13 support personnel will be escorted by a convoy of 20 security vehicles to the hotel.
- The team will participate in a training session the next day and is scheduled to play their first warm-up match against New Zealand on September 29.
- Prior to departing for India, the national team captain, Babar Azam, requested prayers from cricket fans.
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Quick Glance: India examines America's friendship
- Relations between Canada and India have significantly deteriorated.
- Many in India believe that the Americans have abandoned Mr. Trudeau.
- Instead of raising the alarm, it expressed concerns and urged India to cooperate with the Canadian investigation.
- India may have underestimated the strength of Western solidarity.
Quick Glance: Visa-Free Travel for Israelis Announced
- Israel will join the US Visa Waiver Program, allowing Israeli citizens to enter the United States without a visa and vice versa, according to the Biden administration.
- Israeli citizens are expected to enter the US visa-free by November 30, according to an official.
- They can stay for up to 90 days under the program.
- Although officials say these issues have been settled, earlier this month, 15 Democratic senators urged Secretary of State Antony Blinken not to nominate Israel for the program based on the treatment of Palestinian-Americans when traveling to Israel.
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Quick Glance: Renewable Energy Keeps 1.5-Degree Goal Achievable
- IEA report emphasizes the need to move away from fossil fuels for energy transition
- IEA acknowledges progress in renewable energy expansion
- Paris Climate Agreement aims to limit global warming to below 2 degrees
- Current policies are on track for a 2.8-degree increase by the end of the century
Older customers feel badly treated by banks. In a survey, the majority of them reported blanket ...
Quick Glance: Discrimination of Older People by Banks
- Older customers feel mistreated.
- Survey reveals widespread rejection of loan applications.
- Older people perceive disadvantage in loan approval by banks.
- Survey conducted with customers from 100 different banks.
Quick Glance: Xi Jinping's Diplomacy: Shifting from Attack to Defense
- Xi is focusing on strengthening regime security amidst diplomatic headwinds.
- China's Ministry of State Security is commenting on high-level meetings with foreign leaders, which is unusual.
- The involvement of the national security apparatus in diplomacy shows that Xi is prioritizing national security in his foreign policy.
- Under Xi Jinping, national security primarily includes his personal power, the Communist Party's rule, and China's core interests in international relations.
Quick Glance: Chinese TV presenter and missing foreign minister linked: surrogate child in the US
- Fu Xiaotian, 40, had a relationship with Qin Gang, according to six sources familiar with Fu and China’s foreign policy.
- A source told the Financial Times that she confided about the surrogate pregnancy to a close associate last year.
- Two other sources confirmed that she had a child through a surrogate.
- Chinese authorities are investigating the relationship between Qin and Fu, although it remains unclear how crucial it was to his sudden disappearance in June and subsequent removal as foreign minister.
BANGKOK (AFP): Two close allies of Myanmar's top general have been removed from the ...
Quick Glance: Investigations into Corruption Involving Two Allies of Myanmar Junta Chief
- Former Home Affairs Minister Soe Htut is returning to military duty as announced by state broadcaster Myawaddy during a reshuffle of the State Administration Council.
- The military source confirmed reports that Moe Myint Tun, former chairman of the junta's investment commission, is also under investigation for corruption.
- The updated list of council members broadcast by Myawaddy did not include Moe Myint Tun, who held positions on the boards of two military-run conglomerates with interests in various industries.
- A military source told AFP, 'Lt General Soe Htut and Lt General Moe Myint Tun are being investigated in corruption cases.'
Quick Glance: Thailand's Central Bank Raises Key Rate to 2.5% in Surprise Move
- The Bank of Thailand kept its key policy rate unchanged at 2.25% on September 27th.
- Thailand's central bank defied market expectations by raising its policy rate for the eighth consecutive time in an effort to manage inflation.
China's Evergrande on verge of liquidation: The chairman of China's Evergrande group has been placed under police surveillance.
Quick Glance: Proposals for three Alabama district maps to strengthen black voters' rights
- A court-appointed special master presented three proposals on Monday to enhance the black voting-age population in a newly configured district in Alabama.
- This is the latest development in a closely watched redistricting case with implications for control of the US House of Representatives in the upcoming elections.
- Two other plans for the district would result in a black population of 48.7% or 48.5%.
- All of these exceed the approximately 40% black population in the second district, which had been rejected by federal judges as improperly diluting black political power in this Deep South state.
Quick Glance: China warns citizens about the risk of espionage
- Spies are everywhere, according to the local intelligence agency
- Even a sea-cucumber farm can be a potential target for spies
- Stories like this serve the purpose of China's intelligence agency
- The increased paranoia will make life even more challenging for foreigners in China
Quick Glance: Hi-Life customer wins NT$10 million with 2 drinks for NT$44
- Winner of Taiwan Receipt Lottery wins NT$10 million with 2 drinks for NT$44
- Winning number for NT$2 million Grand Prize: 39597522
- If the numbers on the receipt match any of these three sets in the correct order: prize NT$200,000
Quick Glance: Consequences for India's Ordered Murder in Canada
- Western countries have acquiesced to the Indian government's abuses for too long.
- India has objected to being lumped together with its violent and chaotic neighbor in the phrase "Indo-Pakistan".
- India has long been accused of assassinating militants and dissidents in its own region, but never in the friendly and orderly West.
- Canada reportedly shared intelligence about the murder with its allies in the "Five Eyes" pact.
Quick Glance: South Korea, China, Japan plan high-level talks for trilateral summit
- High-level meeting planned to discuss three-way cooperation and explore summit resumption
- South Korean Foreign Minister also met with Chung, Funakoshi, and Nong the previous day
- Talks on reviving tripartite summit diplomacy following improved relations between Seoul and Tokyo
- South Korea, as current chair of trilateral cooperation mechanism, aims to host summit within the year
Quick Glance: Qatar Airways prevents recurrence of invasive gynecological examinations
- Qatar Airways rejects invasive gynecological examinations
- Five women file a lawsuit against the airline in Australian Federal Court
- No response or apology from Qatar Airways regarding the complaints
- Qantas supports recovery of the international aviation market before allowing more flights from Qatar Airways to Australia
Quick Glance: China as Leader of the Global South
- China presents itself as a natural leader for developing countries
- China calls for greater representation of developing countries at the United Nations
- China unites its foreign policies under the common interest of developing countries
- Goal is to rally non-Western countries around China's vision for global governance
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