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WHO: More than 300 million suffer from depression as world ages

The global number of people with depression has risen by 18 per cent to 322 million in the past decade, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday, demanding greater attention for high-risk groups.

Trump-style rhetoric is making world more dangerous, Amnesty says

Divisive and "poisonous" language used by politicians such as US President Donald Trump is putting vulnerable populations at risk and making the whole world a more dangerous place, Amnesty International charged on Wednesday.

Report: US and Russia supply over half of global arms

The United States and Russia supplied more than half of the world's arms over the past five years, a period that saw arms transfers reach their highest volume since the end of the Cold War, a Swedish-based research institute said Monday.

Guterres: UN reform is necessary in light of terrorism, conflict

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Saturday that fundamental reform of the United Nations is required to tackle new global challenges including international terrorism, war and conflict.

Russia 'disappointed' with Pence's remarks on Ukraine conflict

Russia is "disappointed" with US Vice President Mike Pence's comments regarding Moscow's implementation of a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine, a senior Russian lawmaker says.

Pence reassures allies of Trump's NATO support, tough Russia stance

US Vice President Mike Pence sought to reassure European allies on Saturday of his country's "unwavering" support of NATO, amid unease about President Donald Trump's unpredictable foreign policy stance, particularly towards Russia.

Boris Johnson: No crises in Ukraine, Syria with Trump in charge

The crises in Ukraine and Syria wouldn't have happened had Donald Trump been US president at the time, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Friday.

NATO needs to adapt to remain credible, says Mattis at Munich talks

NATO needs to adapt to remain credible, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis said Friday, while also affirming US President Donald Trump's commitment to the military alliance for international allies.

World leaders await chance to gauge Trump foreign policy in Munich

World leaders and foreign and defence officials will get an opportunity to get a better handle on the foreign policy goals of US President Donald Trump on Friday as the Munich Security Conference enters its first day.

Merkel "likely" to meet Pence next week at Munich security talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is "very likely" to meet US Vice President Mike Pence at next week's Munich Security Conference, her spokesman said Friday.

Air travel grew 6.3 per cent last year as passengers hit new record

The annual number of air passengers reached a record 3.7 billion last year as demand for air travel rose 6.3 per cent, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said Thursday in Geneva.

UNICEF launches 3.3-billion-dollar appeal for 2017

In order to help more than 48 million children in need in 48 countries, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) launched an appeal on Tuesday for donations of 3.3 billion dollars in 2017.

Rise of populist movements will exacerbate corruption, watchdog says

Populist movements gaining traction in the United States, Europe and elsewhere will hinder efforts to fight corruption, Transparency International said Wednesday as it released its annual corruption index.

Militants in Ukraine, Turkey and Yemen fuel rise in global attacks

The number of attacks worldwide by terrorists and militants soared by 26 per cent to more than 24,000 last year, fuelled by a huge escalation of violence in Ukraine, Turkey and Yemen, a closely-watched report has said.

Protests and parties around the world mark Trump inauguration

Groups of demonstrators took to the streets in cities around the world on Friday to both lament and celebrate the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president.

Financial leaders in Davos optimistic about US, but see trade risk

The US economy will likely profit from the planned policies of its new president, as long as Donald Trump does not turn his protectionist plans into reality, Western financial leaders said Friday at the World Economic Forum.

Analysts: Trump could signal the end of globalization as we know it

The inauguration of Donald Trump as US president could mark the dawn of a new economic era in which trade becomes more difficult and the world becomes divided into distinct regions, major Swiss bank Credit Suisse says in a study.

Scientists say 2016 was warmest on record, for third consecutive time

Last year was the warmest since recordkeeping began in 1880, US government scientists said Wednesday, making 2016 the third year in a row to break records.

China warns against trade war ahead of Trump inauguration

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned against a new trade war and presented China as a global champion of free commerce Tuesday at the World Economic Forum, where the change in US administration dominates the discussions.

IMF raises China growth forecast, but warns of sharper slowdown

China's economy will expand by 6.5 per cent this year, the International Monetary Fund said on Monday, as it warned that the growth, driven by government spending, will not be sustainable. 

IMF: Global economic activity projected to pick up pace in 2017-18

A positive shift in the world economy in the second half of last year prompted the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to leave unchanged its projections for higher global growth in 2017 and 2018, it announced Monday.

Study: Suicide bombings kill more in 2016 than ever before

Last year was the deadliest recorded for suicide bombings, with around 5,650 people killed worldwide, according to a study by the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies on Friday.

Arms sales or world peace? Weapons business puts Europe in tough spot

The European Union and its members are often among the first to speak out when conflict breaks out in other regions. But doing so sometimes means ignoring the fact that the weapons used in this far-off fighting were sold by European firms in the first place.

After Afghanistan: protecting journalists in conflict zones

As the nature of warfare changes, so do the risks for journalists who cover war. Many news organizations now hire specialist staff to assess these risks and prepare correspondents for the dangers they may face.

Not all bad news: 2016 one of safest years for flying on record

For many, 2016 was a year of bad news, but flight safety experts in Germany and the Netherlands have pointed out one positive: Flying is becoming increasingly safer.

Times Square NYE party goes as planned, aside from Mariah Carey gaffe

An estimated 1 million revellers packed into New York's Times Square on Saturday amid heightened security measures for a New Year's Eve party that passed without incident

Europe ready to ring in new year amid heightened security

Europe was gearing up for New Year's Eve celebrations on Saturday after Australia kicked off the party with a dazzling fireworks display, with police and event organizers across the globe boosting security in response to recent attacks.

Celeb deaths, terrorism on minds of partygoers as world greets 2017

Celebrations in Australia and elsewhere in the Pacific region kicked off a night of revelry on Saturday under stringent security as partygoers elsewhere round the globe geared up to ring in the new year.

Sydney warms up for NYE party with purple firework tribute to Prince

More than a million people around Sydney's harbour foreshore cheered as purple fireworks rained down from the Harbour Bridge to the sounds of Prince's hit Purple Rain Saturday evening.

Germany on alert for eve of 2017 after year overshadowed by violence

With a recent terrorist attack in Berlin fresh in the minds of people throughout Germany, New Year's Eve celebrations across the country are taking place under intensified security measures.

In bots we trust: Meet your new best friend, co-worker and servant

Chatbots are everywhere online: Soon you might not know if you're chatting with a real person or a well-designed programme. One bot even promises to keep you alive after you die. What does the future hold?

UN report: three-quarters of human traffic victims are women

Nearly three-quarters of human trafficking victims worldwide are girls and women, according to a United Nations report released Wednesday.

Most journalists killed in 2016 were targeted, media watchdog says

Most of the 74 journalists and media producers killed in 2016 were deliberately targeted, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Monday.

Survey: France leads in huge overestimation of Muslim populations

France leads the way as people in most Western nations overestimate the size and growth of their countries' Muslim populations by "staggering" margins, a report said on Wednesday.

Nobel Peace laureate Santos: Colombia peace deal is "ray of hope"

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos receives the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize to a standing ovation in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.

European investors shrug at Renzi resignation after failed referendum

European markets on Monday shrugged off this weekend's failed constitutional reform referendum in Italy with both shares and the euro ending the day higher.

Western arms firms keep lead role in global sales

Defence firms in the United States and Western Europe dominated global arms sales in 2015, but sales by companies in Russia and South Korea were also rising, a Swedish-based research institute said Monday.

Falconry, yoga added to world intangible cultural heritage list

Falconry and yoga are among a number of pursuits that have been added to a list of the world's intangible cultural heritage, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said Thursday.

HIV infections among adolescents could rise 60 per cent by 2030

New HIV infections among adolescents could rise from 250,000 last year to nearly 400,000 annually by 2030, if progress against the virus stalls, the UN children’s fund UNICEF said Thursday.

Swiss defend title of world's richest people

The Swiss are the richest people in the world, with an average wealth of 561,900 dollars per adult, Credit Suisse said in its annual global wealth report on Tuesday, confirming Switzerland's top ranking for the 16th year in a row.

Millions more access HIV treatment, but young women remain vulnerable

The number of people around the world receiving treatment for HIV has doubled in five years, the UN HIV/AIDS programme UNAIDS said on Monday.

WHO declares end of Zika global health emergency

Zika no longer constitutes a global health emergency because intensified research during the past months has provided a better understanding of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in Geneva on Friday.

Terrorism deaths in OECD countries increase more than sevenfold

The number of deaths caused by terrorism increased more than sevenfold in developed countries in 2015, as attacks orchestrated or inspired by the extremist group Islamic State spread across the world, according to the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

Brightest moon in 68 years to light up skies as supermoon

The full moon on Monday will be the largest ever seen since 1948 as the satellite reaches its closest point to Earth to form what is known as a supermoon.

European shares end on downbeat note as Trump rally fades

European shares ended the trading session on Thursday on a downbeat note after a Trump rally earlier in the day spurred by hopes about the US President-elect economic agenda faded.

Asia, Australia join global rallies after Trump’s shock win

Financial markets in Asia and Australia bounced back strongly Thursday, following sharp rebounds on Wall Street and European bourses amid easing concerns about US president-elect Donald Trump.

Markets in turmoil amid shock of "horror scenario" of Trump win

 Global stocks plunged, the price of gold soared and the dollar slumped on Wednesday in the wake of investors' "horror scenario" - US Republican candidate Donald Trump winning the White House.

Global markets plunge, gold soars in wake of Trump victory

Markets in Asia tumbled Wednesday as US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won the key battleground states of Florida, Ohio and North Carolina.

Global market cautious as voters go to the polls in the US

Global financial markets were waiting cautiously on Tuesday for the outcome of the US presidential election.

Financial markets cast their vote in US election - for Clinton

Global financial markets showed a clear preference for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on the eve of the US presidential election, gaining strength Monday as the cloud of the email scandal that has dogged her campaign seemed to lift.

Climate accord goes into effect in "historic day for the planet"

An agreement to limit global temperature rise caused by greenhouse gas emissions to below 2 degrees, adopted during a UN summit in Paris last year, entered into force on Friday.

WHO: Children targeted in digital marketing for unhealthy foods

More measures are needed to regulate marketing for unhealthy foods that target children online, a European health agency said Friday.

One journalist killed every five days, UNESCO report says

One journalist is being killed every five days as a result of their work, according to figures released in a UNESCO report on Wednesday, coinciding with the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

Pope Francis ends historic visit to Sweden after celebrating Mass

Pope Francis ended a historic two-day visit to Sweden on Tuesday by celebrating Mass in the southern city of Malmo, and calling for more unity among Christians.

Pope, Lutheran leaders commit to unity at Reformation commemoration

Pope Francis and Lutheran church leaders pledged to work for greater unity, push for justice and alleviate human suffering during joint commemorations of the Protestant Reformation in Sweden on Monday.

Pope, Lutheran leaders to meet in Sweden for Reformation anniversary

Pope Francis and Lutheran church leaders will commemorate once one of the most divisive events in the history of Christianity on Monday. The upcoming anniversary year gives them a chance to signal more unity between Catholics and Protestants.

Conservationists slam Norway at whaling conference

Conservationist groups Wednesday criticized an ongoing meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) for failing to highlight whaling nation Norway's activities.

Bob Dylan website drops reference to Nobel Prize in Literature

US singer-songwriter Bob Dylan's official website has removed a reference to his Nobel Prize in Literature, news reports said Friday.

Obama: Emissions agreement addresses "rapidly growing threat"

US President Barack Obama welcomes a global agreement to phase out a type of greenhouse gas used in air conditioners and refrigerators that "represents a rapidly growing threat to the health of our planet."

Global deal reached to limit use of potent greenhouse gases

Climate change negotiators from more than 170 nations agreed Saturday to begin limiting heat-trapping greenhouse gases known as HFCs, often used in air conditioners and refrigerators.

Bob Dylan wins surprise Nobel Prize in Literature

US folk icon Bob Dylan was the surprise choice for the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature announced Thursday by the Swedish Academy.

Contract experts Hart and Holmstrom win Nobel Prize in Economics

Work on contract theory - with implications for firms, constitutional law and politics - earned US-based economists Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Monday.

Colombian president urges final push after Nobel Peace Prize win

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday called his winning the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize "great recognition" for his country and "the people who have suffered" in its long-running conflict.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos wins 2016 Nobel Peace Prize

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who Friday won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, said it was a great recognition for his country and "the people who have suffered" in its long-running conflict.

Afghanistan stands to receive 15.2 billion dollars in aid until 2020

The international community pledged 15.2 billion dollars for Afghanistan over the next four years at talks in Brussels on Wednesday, falling slightly short of an aim to renew the current level of support for the conflict-ridden country.

"Unstoppable" Paris climate accord to come into force on November 4

The Paris Climate Agreement will go into effect on November 4 after the final threshold for its entry into force has been reached, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday.

Trio wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry for "world's smallest machines"

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to a trio of researchers who figured out how to mechanically link molecules to make the world's smallest motors and machines, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Wednesday.

EU, US promise to uphold Afghanistan aid pledges for next four years

The European Union announced Wednesday that it would offer Afghanistan 1.2 billion euros (1.34 billion dollars) annually over the next four years, at an international support conference, while the United States promised to keep its funding constant.

EU lawmakers clear final hurdle for global Paris climate deal

The European Union can ratify the Paris climate deal, the bloc's legislature overwhelmingly decided Tuesday, clearing a last hurdle for the accord to go into force globally.

Nobel physics prize to trio for work on "strange" states of matter

British-born researchers David J Thouless, F Duncan M Haldane and J Michael Kosterlitz on Tuesday won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics for groundbreaking discoveries on matter.

Study finds nearly 385 million children worldwide live in poverty

Nearly 385 million children worldwide live in extreme poverty, UNICEF and the World Bank said Monday.

Nobel prize goes to Yoshinori Ohsumi for work on "cell recycling"

Japanese scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Medicine on Monday for discoveries related to autophagy, a cell-recycling system that could be used to help treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and cancer.

Report: More than two tigers trafficked per week across Asia

Trafficking of tigers continues relentlessly across Asia, with more than two of the animals illegally traded each week, according to data revealed at the world’s largest species protection conference on Friday.

EU ratification means Paris agreement could take effect next week

EU environment ministers agreed Friday to the bloc's ratification of the Paris agreement on climate change, in a move that could see conditions met for its entry into force next week.

EU pushes for tighter controls on trophy hunting at wildlife summit

The European Union was seeking tighter international controls on hunting trophy imports amid a heated debate at a key wildlife conference on Tuesday, as animal rights activists called for the entire industry to be banned.

Push for closure of domestic ivory markets sparks controversy

The United States and 29 African countries on Monday pushed for a large-scale ban on the domestic ivory trade in an attempt to stop the dramatic decline of Africa's elephant populations.

History-making Rosetta probe set for a final bow on distant comet

The comet-chaser Rosetta will be working right up to end. Two years after dropping a lander on the comet Churi, the probe itself will be landing there - and then go silent, forever.

Number of African elephants has dropped by a fifth in past decade

The number of African elephants in their home continent has dropped by more than a fifth in the past decade due to a surge in ivory poaching, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said Sunday.

Key conference to protect endangered species opens in Johannesburg

A key conference opened Saturday in Johannesburg to discuss eventual changes to trade controls on some of the world's most endangered animal species, ranging from elephants to sharks.

Leak links Argentina president's family company to Bahamas business

A holding company belonging to the family of Argentinian President Mauricio Macri appears linked to a business established in the Bahamas, according to information published Thursday by newspaper La Nacion.

Lawyer: Ex-EU official named in Bahamas tax leak acted in good faith

Former EU commissioner Neelie Kroes acted "in good faith" when she failed to declare her directorship of an offshore company in the Bahamas, thinking that the firm had been dissolved, Dutch media on Thursday quoted her lawyer as saying.

Bangkok ranked world's number 1 travel destination, topping London

Bangkok is the world's top destination city by international overnight visitor arrivals, according to an annual ranking released Thursday.

George Soros vows to invest 500 million dollars to help migrants

Billionaire investor George Soros promised Tuesday to invest 500 million dollars in efforts to support global migrants.

Asylum applications to OECD countries doubled to 1.65 million in 2015

Some 1.65 million people applied for asylum in the world's most developed nations in 2015

EU prepares ground for blacklist of global tax havens

The European Commission has taken a first step towards compiling an EU-wide blacklist of global tax havens by the end of next year, it announced Thursday, amid broader efforts to crack down on tax evasion.

UN high commissioner: More and more states block rights observers

An increasing number of governments are denying access to UN human rights observers by claiming that no one should meddle in their internal affairs, UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Tuesday.

Post-Brexit EU should pursue military integration, Mogherini says

 European Union states should pool military resources as a way of reviving the European project following Britain's shock decision to leave the bloc, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a Thursday interview.

US religious freedom report challenges apostasy, blasphemy laws

Apostasy and blasphemy laws - especially in deeply conservative Islamic societies - are often in conflict with universally recognized human rights, an annual religious freedom report issued Wednesday by the US State Department found.

Delta cancels nearly 250 flights, warns more pain ahead

Delta Air Lines cancelled nearly 250 Tuesday flights as the company works to "reset" its operations after a computer outage grounded flights worldwide.

Delta warns of more pain as hundreds of flights cancelled, delayed

Thousands of Delta Air Lines travellers will have their flights cancelled or delayed on Tuesday as the company struggles to resume normal operations after a computer outage grounded flights worldwide.

Delta flights resume after power outage causes mass cancellations

Some Delta Air Lines flights were set for take-off after being grounded Monday morning following a power outage in Atlanta that affected the company's computer systems.

All Delta Air Lines flights grounded due to system outage

All Delta Air Lines flights are grounded due to a computer outage, the airline said Monday as it sought to bring under control a problem that threatened to strand thousands of travelers.

Elton John calls for inclusion of gays in fight against AIDS

Singer Elton John on Wednesday urged the international community to include all sexual orientations in the fight against AIDS, warning that, otherwise, the UN campaign to end the disease by 2030 "will be a disaster."

Europol: Link between Islamic State and recent terrorist attacks weak

The link between the Islamic State extremist group and a recent string of terrorist attacks in Europe and the United States is weak, said Europol on Wednesday, noting that mental illness might very well be the motivation for such lone wolf acts.

UN concerned world may not end AIDS by 2030 target

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called for faster action to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, while the head of the UN's AIDS agency warned that a lack of funding was making that target difficult to reach.

German immigration surges amid jump in EU arrivals, refugees

The number of immigrants entering Germany surged 46 per cent to a record high last year following the mass inflow of refugees and a big jump in people arriving from other parts of the European Union.

UN warns HIV infections on the rise in Eastern Europe, Central Asia

Global efforts to fight HIV are stalling as Eastern Europe and other regions have seen increasing numbers of infections since 2010, the United Nations reported Tuesday.

Europe and Asia view US favorably, fear Trump as Obama exits

US President Barack Obama is viewed as a capable leader in Europe and Asia as he nears the end of his presidency, but his potential successors are not as popular abroad, a poll released Wednesday said.

Pound, stock markets inch back up after Brexit shock

The pound edged up against the dollar on Tuesday, for the first time since Britain's vote to exit the European Union had sent it downward last week.

China's premier: No hard landing for Chinese economy

China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang attempted to reassure foreign investors Monday about slower growth and a higher debt burden.