SAG-AFTRA members easily ratify new contract after actors’ strike

Members of performers union SAG-AFTRA have voted in favor of the contract that ended the actors’ strike, following a weeks-long ratification period that saw a number of actors voice concerns about the new deal. The ratification vote, which was expected, marks the end of Hollywood’s extraordinary season of labor discontent that caused widespread disruptions across … Read more

UNAMA reports increased violence against Shia, Hazara communities in Afghanistan

KABUL: The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said the country has witnessed an increase in violence against the Shia and Hazara communities in the past month in the provinces of Kabul, Balkh, and Herat, Khaama Press reported.The Khaama Press is an online news service for Afghanistan.UNAMA called for support for individuals at risk.This … Read more

EU seeks agreement on world’s first AI law

BRUSSELS: The European Union will seek to thrash out an agreement on sweeping rules to regulate artificial intelligence on Wednesday, following months of difficult negotiations in particular on how to monitor generative AI like ChatGPT.The EU is racing to approve the world’s first comprehensive AI law after the issue took on greater urgency when the … Read more

Trump declines to rule out abusing power or seeking retribution if he returns to the White House

NEW YORK: Former President Donald Trump declined to rule out abusing power if he wins the presidency again after Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity asked him Tuesday to respond to growing Democratic criticism of his rhetoric.The GOP presidential front-runner has talked about targeting his rivals – referring to them as “vermin” – and seeking … Read more

Actors Approve New SAG-AFTRA Contract with 78.33 Percent Voting in Favor

Actors are in favor of the new contract its guild has won from the studios, though not without some dissent among the ranks. SAG-AFTRA members have voted in favor of ratifying the new deal, with 78.33 percent of members who participated voting to approve the contract. The strike is officially over. The guild said on December 5 that of … Read more

Guyana ‘vigilant’ as Venezuela vows to ‘reclaim’ region

Venezuela vowed Monday to “reclaim” what it considers its right to a disputed oil-rich region bordering Guyana, which said it would remain “vigilant” although it did not expect an imminent invasion. President Nicolas Maduro on Monday said he had popular backing for laying claim to the region known as Essequibo following an overwhelming “yes” vote … Read more

Data shows Hamas attack planned for years: Israel

JERUSALEM: Digital devices and documents retrieved from Hamasmilitants after the Oct 7 attack reveal years of planning and a very high level of “detail and readines”, Israeli intelligence officers say. Data from mobile phones, computers, tablets, GPS devices, GoPro cameras, maps and notebooks “show years of planning on how to attack bases and kibbutzim,” said … Read more

At least 85 die in mistaken drone hit by Nigeria army

ABUJA: At least 85 people have been confirmed dead after a “mistaken” army drone attack on a religious gathering in northwest Nigeria, authorities said. The president on Tuesday ordered a probe into the latest in a series of mistakes in Nigeria‘s conflict zones. “Eighty-five dead bodies have so far been buried while (a) search is … Read more