November 28, 2019

Iran’s supreme leader blames US for protests over fuel costs as Mike Pompeo voices support for demonstrations

BalkansCat/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the widespread protests across the country in the past 12 days a "dangerous conspiracy" against the Islamic Republic plotted by the United States. Last week, thousands of Iranians took to the streets in cities across the country to protest a dramatic increase in fuel prices. Police and security forces have confronted protests with severe violence. Khamenei's charge comes one day after U.S. Secretary of Sta..
November 27, 2019

Apple catches heat for showing Crimea as part of Russia on local apps

200mm/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Apple is drawing international condemnation for changing some of its devices to now recognize Crimea as a territory of Russia in local apps, five years after the illegal annexation of the land from Ukraine. Crimea and the city of Sevastopol are now identified as part of the Russian Federation on Apple's Maps and Weather apps, according to a statement from the Federation Assembly of the Russian Federation's State of Duma. Russia invaded the long-disputed region..
November 27, 2019

Bodies of victims found in refrigerated truck in UK arrive in Vietnam

MichaelPenhallow/iStock(LONDON) -- The bodies of some of the 39 Vietnamese nationals found dead in a tractor-trailer near London last month have been returned to their homeland. "Today, the first victims have been repatriated by plane from London and are now en route to their home provinces," British ambassador to Vietnam Gareth Ward said in a video message posted online Wednesday. "I hope that this can bring some small comfort to their families and loved ones." Ward noted that he has been "keep..
November 27, 2019

Could this be the end of Black Friday in France?

iStock(PARIS) -- France's Former Minister of Ecology Delphine Batho wants to end Black Friday in France in the name of the fight against "overconsumption." Originating in the United States, Black Friday promotions have managed to conquer French storefronts and, in just a few years, quickly found a home in French society. According to the Federation of e-commerce and distance selling called Fevad, the overall turnover of online commerce in France jumped 69% during Black Friday promotions in ..