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Mondo Duplantis talks 2018 accomplishments, future plans, success Special

2018 was the year of Mondo Duplantis in the sport of pole vault. Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis chatted with Digital Journal about his 2018 accomplishments and he opened up about his plans for the future.

Some of the world's worst serial killers

Paris - Ex-Russian policeman Mikhail Popkov, found guilty Monday of 56 murders while already in jail for 22, is one of the most prolific serial killers of recent times.Here is a recap of some of the others, starting with two more serial killers from Russia.

Road accident deaths swell to 1.35 million each year: WHO

Geneva - Road accidents kill someone every 24 seconds, with a total of 1.35 million traffic deaths around the world each year, the World Health Organization said Friday, demanding global action.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights: a 70-year-old aspiration

Paris - On December 10, 1948 -- three years after the Allied victory over the Nazis -- the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the hopes of creating a better world after the horrors of the war.

Markets tumble as Huawei arrest rekindles US-China trade fears

London - World markets slumped Thursday as the arrest of a top executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei raised doubts over the recent trade truce agreed by US President Donald Trump and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Oil prices surge more than 5% on cut pledge, US-China deal

Fpo - Oil prices soared more than five percent on Monday after Russia and Saudi Arabia renewed a pact to cap output, while the US agreed to halt raising tariffs on Chinese imports, stalling a trade row that many feared could hit demand for the commodity.

Mondo Duplantis: Top 5 finalist for 'Male World Athlete' of 2018

On November 20, it was announced by the IAAF that Swedish pole vaulter is a Top 5 finalist for the "Male World Athlete of the Year" award.

Oil's plunge knocks wind out of Wall Street

New York - Plunging oil prices and a weakened Boeing knocked the wind of out Wall Street on Tuesday, ending hopes of a quick rebound from Monday's sell-off.

Chemical weapons body faces 'difficult moment', new chief warns

Den Haag - The world's chemical arms watchdog is confronting a "difficult moment" after a series of recent attacks and a Russian spy scandal, the body's new chief told AFP Tuesday.

Saudi minister calls for 1 mln bpd global oil output cut

Abu Dhabi - Saudi Arabia's energy minister called Monday for a global output cut of one million barrels per day to re-balance the market, as Riyadh unveiled plans to cut production by 500,000 bpd from December.

Oil producers see oversupply, call for new strategies

Abu Dhabi - Major oil producers said Sunday that crude supply next year would outstrip demand, calling for new strategies based on production adjustments.

Major oil producers to consider cuts after price slide

Dubai - Major oil producers meet in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to consider reverting to output cuts after a sharp slide in crude prices revived fears of a 2014-style crash.

Baby boom for some nations, bust for others: study

Paris - Soaring birth rates in developing nations are fuelling a global baby boom while women in dozens of richer countries aren't producing enough children to maintain population levels there, according to figures released Friday.

Chinese-style 'digital authoritarianism' grows globally: study

Washington - Governments worldwide are stepping up use of online tools, in many cases inspired by China's model, to suppress dissent and tighten their grip on power, a human rights watchdog study found Thursday.

Trump: Saudi explanation of Khashoggi death credible

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Friday he found Saudi Arabia's explanation about the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi credible and termed it an "important first step.

Stock losses muted in Asia after global rout

Apo - Some Asian stock markets opened in the red Friday, but losses were relatively muted as traders took a breather after a global rout sparked by fears over higher US interest rates.

'Domino effect' hits stocks as Trump slams Fed

London - A global stock market downturn worsened Thursday as investors, spooked by a plethora of economic woes, dumped shares that suddenly looked dangerously overvalued.

Asian markets cautious after US volatility

Fpo - Asian stocks began Wednesday mixed after a volatile session for US equities and as yields on Treasury bonds retreated from a seven-year peak.

Review: Mondo Duplantis' amazing journey in the men's pole vault in 2018 Special

Digital Journal looks back at Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis' amazing year in the men's pole vault, which includes a European championship win, as well as two world junior records in the indoor and outdoor pole vault seasons respectively.

'High uncertainty' hurting global growth, OECD says

Paris - Global expansion is likely to slow as tensions kickstarted by US President Donald Trump's protectionist policies hit world trade, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said Thursday.

Legalised pot: a rarity around the world

Montr - Canada is about to legalise recreational use of marijuana, which will make it the second nation in the world to do so after Uruguay more than five years ago.

Most big exporters failing to check foreign bribery: report

Frankfurt Am Main - Countries that strictly enforce a worldwide pact against foreign bribery are far outnumbered and outweighed by those that turn a blind eye, a report published Wednesday by watchdog Transparency International found.

The death penalty around the world

Paris - The use of the death penalty is declining: more than two-thirds of countries have abolished or ceased to use it and executions continued to decrease in 2017, Amnesty International says.

Voice assistants tool up in hope of a bright future

Berlin - Some two years after stepping into the spotlight, voice assistants are learning new languages and connecting to ever-more devices around the home -- but mass adoption and widespread ease with the new technology remain some way off.

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.
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