Dutch royals can marry same-sex partners without risking the throne, the government says

Dutch royals can marry same-sex partners without risking the throne, the government says

The Dutch Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander in The Hague, the Netherlands, last month. Photo: sander Koning / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images Updated October 13, 2021 16:32 ET The Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001. Now the government says that any king or queen in the … Read more

Governments’ climate promises are not enough to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, the IEA says

Governments’ climate promises are not enough to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, the IEA says

World governments are unlikely to prevent dangerous climate change, even though the high promises made by lawmakers and business in recent months are being successfully implemented, the International Energy Agency said on Wednesday. Whether lawmakers continue with the policy measures already in place or follow up on their latest promises, rising temperatures will exceed the … Read more

China targets news media in Xi Jinping’s campaign to expand Communist Party control

China targets news media in Xi Jinping’s campaign to expand Communist Party control

SINGAPORE – China’s Communist Party is shaking control of news media and online commentary, warning private investors and cracking down on what it calls disinformation as it continues a campaign to make itself more powerful across the economy and Chinese society. The country’s central economic planning agency on Friday released a draft regulation that promised … Read more

The Taliban allow teenage Afghan girls back in some provincial schools – but not in Kabul

The Taliban allow teenage Afghan girls back in some provincial schools – but not in Kabul

The Taliban have given middle and high school girls the opportunity to resume studies in several provinces in northern Afghanistan, as an indication of how the Islamist group’s policy on key issues is affected by cultural differences in the country. In September, the Taliban reopened high schools for male students throughout Afghanistan, but said nothing … Read more

Ethiopia launches offensive against Tigray forces

Ethiopia launches offensive against Tigray forces

Ethiopian ground troops, backed by regional militias from the Amhara region, launched coordinated attacks from several fronts along Tigray’s southern border, government and rebel officials said on Tuesday. Government troops deployed heavy artillery and tanks – backed by drones and airstrikes – targeted main supply routes and at least the three towns of Wegeltena, Geregera … Read more

The EU promises money to Afghans in need, but donors are struggling to provide aid

The EU promises money to Afghans in need, but donors are struggling to provide aid

Finance ministers from the world’s 20 largest industrialized and developing economies also asked the World Bank to explore ways to redirect funding in existing programs to international agencies operating in Afghanistan. Finance executives are considering tapping the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund, according to a person familiar with negotiations. The fund had provided about $ 3 … Read more

The Taliban allow teenage Afghan girls back in some provincial schools – but not in Kabul

The Taliban allow teenage Afghan girls back in some provincial schools – but not in Kabul

The Taliban have given middle and high school girls the opportunity to resume studies in several provinces in northern Afghanistan, as an indication of how the Islamist group’s policy on key issues is affected by cultural differences in the country. In September, the Taliban reopened high schools for male students throughout Afghanistan, but said nothing … Read more

Their diagnosis of dementia does not mean that they remain silent

Their diagnosis of dementia does not mean that they remain silent

As the number of people with dementia grows, more of them speak out to challenge assumptions about what they can and cannot do. Dementia affects more than 55 million people worldwide, and more than double that number is expected to receive a diagnosis of the chronic condition by 2050, according to the World Health Organization. … Read more

The IMB chief struggled to keep up with investigations into the World Bank’s data rig

The IMB chief struggled to keep up with investigations into the World Bank’s data rig

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund said it has full confidence in Kristalina Georgieva as CEO, putting an end to weeks of uncertainty, while the board investigated her role in a World Bank data processing scandal in which she had been chief executive. The study focused on whether Georgieva had sought to increase … Read more

In Poland, protesters fear the court will have to rule on EU exit

In Poland, protesters fear the court will have to rule on EU exit

WARSAW – Tens of thousands of protesters marched through Warsaw and other Polish cities late Sunday to oppose a ruling that EU legal rulings have become incompatible with the Polish constitution, a decision protesters fear could lead Poland to follow Britain out of the bloc. Protesters waving EU and Polish flags held banners reading “I’m … Read more