When the test scores came out, Lucas Siqueira, 27, was really excited. His high mark on the Foreign Service exam earned him a coveted position at Brazil’s highly competitive Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Siqueira considers himself to be mixed race, … Read the rest
The wider media has been quick to herald Phiona Mutesi a chess “prodigy.” She certainly faced odds, too: Born into poverty in Uganda, a young girl, learning and then competing in the world’s most competitive and ubiquitous board game. What … Read the rest
As the deadly outbreak of Ebola has subsided, people in several west African countries are flocking to eat bushmeat again after restrictions were lifted on the consumption of wild animals.
Ivory Coast, which neighbours two of the three countries where … Read the rest
The race to be the next Secretary-General of the UN has only pale front-runners. The Secretary-General is chosen by the Security Council.
Antonio Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal and head of the UN refugee agency, has been the … Read the rest
The president of Equatorial Guinea may not be a household name – however those who have survived his brutal regime claim he is pure evil.
Teodoro Obiang Nguema, 74, has ruled over the country since 1979.
Known as “torturer-in-chief”, his … Read the rest
Syrian state media is reporting that multiple bomb blasts have struck government and military targets around the country.
State television Monday morning reported blasts in the coastal city of Tartus, the central city of Homs, the suburbs of the capital … Read the rest
China, Russia and Iran have come together in a tripartite alliance supporting the Syrian government in the war against radical fundamentalist insurgents.
The main targets of this alliance are Islamic State and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, formerly al-Qaeda’s affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, … Read the rest
The Islamic State continues to think up horrifying new methods to execute captives, deserters, and accused spies.
In the latest atrocity, six accused spies were reportedly publicly executed in an Iraqi town by dipping them into vats of boiling tar.… Read the rest
Critics and social media have savaged NBC’s early coverage of the Rio Olympics — and the early ratings verdict from Nielsen has not been any kinder.
But it seems doubtful all of the losses can be chalked up to people … Read the rest
Almost 60 percent of countries are at high risk of using slave labor in their supply chains, according to a new global index launched on Thursday.
By assessing incidents of human trafficking or slavery, national laws, and the quality of … Read the rest
Rio loves putting lipstick on pigs. The government claims to be environmentally-conscious, but it’s not quite true.
According to the Associated Press, “the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with … Read the rest
A quarter of jobs in Britain’s business services sector will be taken over by robots in the next 20 years because of falling technology costs and rising wages, a new report claims.
According to Deloitte, there is a “high chance” … Read the rest
Police in Canada are investigating a possible hate crime after an article appeared in an Arabic-language community newspaper in London, Ontario, that said Jews inflated the number of Holocaust victims from between “100,000 and 600,000” to six million.
Beneath the … Read the rest
MOSCOW, July 15. /TASS/. A new regiment set of the S-400 Triumf antiaircraft missile system will be delivered to Crimea in August after trials, Chief of Staff, Deputy Commander of the 18th Air Defense Missile Regiment within the 31st Air … Read the rest