January 14, 2020

Saudi Arabia executed record number of prisoners in 2019: Report

Nawadoln/iStock(LONDON) -- Saudi Arabia executed the highest number of prisoners in recent years in 2019, a year that saw the kingdom come under intense scrutiny over its human rights record, a new report says. In total, 184 people were executed last year, including 90 foreign nationals, according to a report by the legal charity Reprieve. Of those executed, 82 had been executed for smuggling narcotics and 57 for committing murder, according to Reprieve's execution tracker. There has been..
January 14, 2020

US sanctions Venezuelan lawmakers ahead of day of protests

Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration has sanctioned seven Venezuelan officials accused of colluding with President Nicolás Maduro to take over the country's legislature, the last opposition-controlled institution in the country torn apart by political chaos and a humanitarian and economic crisis. Over one year after recognizing the president of the legislature, known as the National Assembly, as the country's legitimate leader, the U.S. effort to oust Maduro..
January 14, 2020

Ash streams, lava spews: Vivid images after Taal Volcano erupts in Philippines

Joppi/iStock(MANILA, Philippines) -- Ash and smoke are continuing to spew from the main crater of the Taal Volcano in the Philippines. Weak sporadic lava is flowing from the volcano, with steam-laden plumes from the crater reaching 1.2 miles high, according to the Philippines Institute of Volcanology & Seismology. After the volcanic tremors began on Sunday morning, the crater was erupting a stream of ash and pebbles up to 9 miles in the sky. Since Sunday afternoon, more than 100 volcanic earthqu..
January 14, 2020

Wedding in the Philippines continues despite volcano eruption

artisteer/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Love was in the air along with ash, smoke and lightning during one couple's wedding in the Philippines on Sunday. As thousands fled after the Taal Volcano erupted, one wedding photographer captured the natural phenomenon as the backdrop for the newlyweds. Chino Vaflor and Kat Bautista Palomar tied the knot at a venue less than 10 miles from the country's most active volcano near the capital of Manila, according to Randolf Evan Photography, who shared the ..