Putin Eyes Rapprochement Between Syria and Turkey at Assad Meeting

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad for talks on Wednesday as the Kremlin sought to mend ties between Damascus and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The meeting follows the surprise announcement last week of a Chinese-brokered re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Middle Eastern rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran. Ties between Erdogan and Assad … Read more

Hugh Grant Seems To Roll His Eyes After Awkward Oscars Red Carpet Interview With Ashley Graham

The Oscar for the most cranky red carpet interview goes to … The “Love Actually” star seemed to have no love for questions like: But things really seemed to take a turn for the worse (er, worser?) when the model asked Grant about his very memorable cameo in “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.” In … Read more

Florida red tide brings burning eyes, thousands of dead fish

Florida red tide washes up hundreds of dead fish

Florida’s southwest coast is experiencing a flare-up of toxic red tide algae, leading residents to complain about burning eyes and skin as thousands of dead fish wash along the shores of the Sunshine State’s renowned beaches. Nearly two tons of debris, mainly dead fish, were cleared from Pinellas County beaches and brought to the landfill, … Read more

Oregon eyes mandate for climate change lessons in schools

Energy Secretary Granholm screams about climate change during an interview at SXSW festival

Oregon lawmakers are aiming to make the state the second in the nation to mandate climate change lessons for K-12 public school students, further fueling U.S. culture wars in education. Dozens of Oregon high schoolers submitted support of the bill, saying they care about climate change deeply. Some teachers and parents say teaching climate change … Read more

M-PESA eyes global remittances market’s multi-trillion dollar surge

By Seth Onyango, bird story agency The African mobile money giant is looking to replicate its African success in new markets as the global demand for seamless, fast and affordable remittance services heats up. With global remittances set to reach US$5.4 trillion by 2030, according to a specialised UN agency, African fintech darling M-PESA, part … Read more

Africa: Nigeria U20 Boss Bosso Eyes Bronze Medal Against Tunisia

Nigeria coach Ladan Bosso has set his sights on clinching the bronze medal of the TotalEnergies U-20 Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2023. The Flying Eagles will face Tunisia in the third place match on Friday at the Cairo International Stadium at 16:00 local time (14:00 GMT). Nigeria lost 1-0 in the semi-finals to The … Read more

Oscars 2023: Michelle Yeoh eyes a victory for ‘unseen’ Asian communities

Cody Foo, who was neighbours with Yeoh in Ipoh when he was five, says: “I remember my mum wanted to hang out with her all the time. I knew she was important because my mum would call her Aunty Michelle Yeoh, not Aunty Michelle. I remember asking to play with her keychain once and she … Read more