UK opens new licensing round for North Sea oil despite environmentalist outcry

The British government opened a new licensing round for North Sea oil and gas exploration Friday despite criticism from environmentalists and scientists who say the move undermines the country’s commitment to fighting climate change. The Conservative government argues that extracting more fossil fuels from the North Sea will create jobs and strengthen U.K. energy security, … Read more

South Korean K-pop group BTS faces possible mandatory military service

South Korea’s military appears to want to conscript members of the K-pop supergroup BTS for mandatory military duties, as the public remains sharply divided over whether they should be given exemptions. Lee Ki Sik, commissioner of the Military Manpower Administration, told lawmakers on Friday that it’s “desirable” for BTS members to fulfill their military duties … Read more

Prince William ‘furious’ at ousting of Queen Elizabeth’s private secretary in power struggle

The Prince of Wales was said to be ‘angry’ after Lord Geidt was forced out of the Royal Household – Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Prince William was “furious” about the way in which Queen Elizabeth II’s private secretary was forced out following a power struggle with the then Prince of Wales and the Duke of York, … Read more

Iran denies killing 16-year-old with batons amid nationwide protests, claim she fell off roof

Iran on Friday denied reports that its security forces killed a 16-year-old girl by striking her with batons amid nationwide protests and claimed instead she committed suicide by falling off a roof. Protests over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini last month received renewed vigor this week following allegations on social media that Sarina Esmaeilzadeh was … Read more

White House denies Venezuela deal as critics warn any Maduro regime deal is a mistake

vene The Biden administration denied plans to relax sanctions on Venezuela to allow American businesses to operate in the country and unfreeze vital financial assets.  “Our sanctions policy on Venezuela remains unchanged,” National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said in a statement. “We will continue to implement and enforce our Venezuela sanctions. As we have … Read more