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Vienna topples Melbourne in 'most liveable city' ranking

London - Austria's capital Vienna has beaten Melbourne to be ranked the "world's most liveable city" in a new annual survey released Monday, ending the southern Australian city's seven-year reign.

Rudolf Schenker of The Scorpions talks about 'Crazy World' Tour Special

Rudolf Schenker, the guitar player, and founding member of the acclaimed German rock band The Scorpions chatted with Digital Journal about their "Crazy World" Tour.

Turkey lira crisis highlights emerging currencies plight

Paris - Much of the Turkish lira's plight may be homegrown, but it shares some key vulnerabilities with other emerging countries whose currencies are now also plunging as fear of contagion spreads, analysts say.

UN food agency sounds alarm on 'overlooked crises'

Rome - The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization on Wednesday launched a $120 million appeal for "the world's most severely underfunded crises", in Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan and elsewhere.

Protect chemical weapons ban, watchdog's chief pleads

Den Haag - The outgoing head of the world's chemical arms watchdog has urged nations not to sacrifice a century of hard-fought efforts to banish toxic weapons for the sake of short-term political disputes.

Plastic is light, versatile and here to stay — for now

Paris - Because of their role in global pollution, plastics are hugely controversial.But the resilient, supple, light and malleable materials play a key role in our lives and, according to experts, will remain crucial for a long time to come.

Business booming for plastic giants as change beckons

Paris - It's the worst enemy of environmental campaigners, but people around the world use mountains of plastic every day and business is booming for manufacturers.

World champion Joshua becomes 'fourth lion' in Wembley den

London - Britain's heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua says Wembley just added a "fourth lion to the den" as he committed to staging his next two bouts at the historic stadium.

Anti-immigrant rhetoric: is it an echo of the 1930s?

Paris - Hardline rhetoric about immigration in Europe and the United States underlines a resurgence of nationalism and has some commentators comparing the current era to the 1930s. Is the parallel justified?

War on plastic leaves manufacturers clutching at straws

Paris - For decades, plastic straws have been essential props for cocktail makers, smoothie lovers and fast food addicts.But that may be starting to change, thanks largely to vigorous environmental campaigning.

New arms race undermining landmark nuclear control treaty: experts

Paris - Fifty years after the US, Russia and other powers reached a landmark deal to halt the spread of atomic weapons, an arms race and shifting US alliances risk triggering a new scramble for the bomb, experts say.

Democracy in decline around the world, including US: study

Paris - A third of the world's population resides in countries where democracy is in retreat, including India, Turkey, Brazil, Poland, Russia and the United States, researchers reported Thursday.

Supermarkets must help end 'brutal conditions' for farmers: Oxfam

Paris - Supermarkets in the West are using their purchasing power to force suppliers to cut their prices, contributing to exploitation and even forced labour of millions of farmers worldwide, a global charity said Thursday.

Supermarkets must help end 'brutal conditions' for farmers: Oxfam

Paris - Supermarkets in the West are using their purchasing power to force suppliers to cut their prices, contributing to exploitation and even forced labour of millions of farmers worldwide, a global charity said Thursday.

Immigration fears fuel crisis in Western politics

Washington - One issue now dominates political debate within the major Western democracies, and that one issue could now divide the West upon itself: migration.

Violence pushes world's refugees to record high of 68.5 million

Wars, persecution, and violence have driven a record 68.5 million people from their homes, worldwide, more than the population of Britain or France, the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday.

Lebanese PM in Moscow to meet Putin

Beirut - Lebanon's prime minister-designate Saad Hariri will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, the eve of the FIFA World Cup, Hariri's office said.

The deadliest volcanic eruptions of the past 25 years

Paris - After Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted on Sunday killing at least 69 people, here is a list of the most deadly volcanic eruptions over the last quarter century.

City of Vancouver officially proclaims 2018 'Year of the Queer'

Vancouver - Thursday kicked off Vancouver, British Columbia's first ever "Year of the Queer" celebration, marking the anniversaries of 15 LGBTQ community organizations that have made significant contributions to the artistic, cultural and social fabric of the city.

Wall Street heads south as Trump bashes China and oil prices flare

Washington - Newly inflamed trade war fears and disappointing earnings sent US stocks lower on Thursday, running counter to gains made in European equities.

What the world is saying about historic Korea summit

Paris - World leaders and governments hailed the historic summit Friday between the leaders of North and South Korea as a step towards peace, but also sounded a note of caution about the challenges ahead.

Trump, Russia and China media attacks 'threaten democracy'

Paris - Press freedom around the world is under threat from a triple whammy of US President Donald Trump, Russia and China's bid to crush all dissent, a watchdog said Wednesday.

Canada to host the world's female foreign ministers

Toronto - Canada will host the world's small but growing band of female foreign ministers for talks ahead of this year's UN General Assembly, Canada's Chrystia Freeland announced Sunday.

Gates warns new fight needed against resurgent malaria

London - Bill Gates warned Wednesday that malaria was back on the rise again and would continue to claim more lives worldwide unless governments reinvigorated their push to eradicate the disease.

IMF sees solid near-term global growth but risks beyond

Washington - The global economy is expected to grow at a solid pace through next year, boosted by faster expansion in the United States and Europe, but after that risks will build, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday.

Syria fears, OPEC compliance propping up oil price: IEA

Paris - Fears of fresh escalation in Syria's war coupled with compliance with a pledge by the OPEC cartel and Russia to limit production are keeping oil prices at current high levels, the International Energy Agency said Friday.

US, China talking on trade frictions, says OECD boss

Apo - The United States and China are negotiating behind the scenes to ease trade tensions, the head of the OECD said Friday, stressing that "nobody wins" in a high-level trade war.

Nana Mouskouri talks 'Forever Young' CD, music career, world tour Special

Best-selling music artist Nana Mouskouri chatted with Digital Journal about her new album "Forever Young," her respected career, and her upcoming shows in North America, as part of her 2018 world tour.

Global stocks calm in hopes of US-China trade deal

New York - World markets were mostly firmer Monday as fears about a China-US trade war were tempered by hopes the two sides will be able to come to an understanding.

World's carbon emissions on the rise again: IEA

Paris - Harmful carbon emissions from energy rose in 2017 for the first time in three years, the International Energy Agency said Thursday, proof that the world's efforts to fight climate change are falling short.
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