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Month: July 2024

Russian officials say Ukrainian drone attack damages oil refinery

Officials in Russia’s Krasnodar region said Monday a Ukrainian drone attack damaged an oil refinery. The Tuapse refinery, owned by Russian oil giant Rosneft, sustained a fire that was later put out, officials said. The same plant was damaged by…

India ed-tech firm Byju’s founder faces reckoning as startup implodes

NEW DELHI —  Byju Raveendran, an Indian mathematics whiz who soared from teacher to startup billionaire before his education-technology company imploded this year, now faces his biggest test. The future of Raveendran’s eponymous Byju’s online coaching firm rests with India’s…

Iraq to import electricity from Turkey

Baghdad —  Iraq said Sunday a new power line will bring electricity from Turkey to its northern provinces as authorities aim to diversify the country’s energy sources to ease chronic power outages. The 115-kilometer (71-mile) line connects to the Kisik…

What to know about Kids Online Safety Act and its chances of passing

The last time Congress passed a law to protect children on the internet was in 1998 — before Facebook, before the iPhone and long before today’s oldest teenagers were born. Now, a bill aiming to protect kids from the harms…

Mayor: Barcelona will raise tourist tax for cruise passengers

Madrid —  Barcelona will raise the tourist tax for cruise passengers visiting the city for less than 12 hours, the mayor said in an interview published on Sunday. Jaume Collboni said the current tourist tax for stopover cruise passengers was…

Gaza: What human rights mean to displaced youth

In a lively interactive dialogue, OHCHR’s Ajith Sunghay had invited the young students to discuss what human rights means to them. In turn, they shared their pain and hopes, sending messages to the world demanding an end to the war so…

UN chief expresses deep concern over Israel strikes on Yemen, and risk of regional escalation

In statement, Mr. Guterres noted that Israel had claimed responsibility for the strikes, which took place on Saturday, as a response to previous attacks on Israel by the Houthis – formally known as Ansar Allah – a group which controls…

Zelenskyy calls for long-range weapons after drone attack on Kyiv

KYIV —  Ukraine needs long-range weapons to protect its cities and troops on the frontline from Russian bombs and drones, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Sunday after a massive overnight drone and missile attack. Russia launched its fifth drone…

India’s battery storage industry grows

BENGALURU, India —  At a Coca-Cola factory on the outskirts of Chennai in southern India, a giant battery powers machinery day and night, replacing a diesel-spewing generator. It’s one of just a handful of sites in India powered by electricity…

Australia warns of ‘malicious websites’ after cyber outage

sydney —  Australia’s cyber intelligence agency said on Saturday that “malicious websites and unofficial code” were being released online claiming to aid recovery from Friday’s global digital outage, which hit media, retailers, banks and airlines. Australia was one of many…