Saturday, 02 Jul, 2022

International

SC asks Nupur Sharma "apologise to the whole country"

The Supreme Court today blamed suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma for igniting tension with her comments on Prophet Muhammad and said she should "apologise to the whole country". "The way she has ignited emotions across the country. This lady is single-handedly

Amartya Sen fears India’s current situation 

Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen has expressed his concerns over the current political and social scenario in India. "I think if someone asks me if I'm scared of something, I would say 'yes'. There is a reason to be afraid now. The current situation in the country

Russian missile attacks kill 18 in Odesa: Ukrainian officials

Russian missiles have hit an apartment building and a resort near Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa, killing at least 18 people, according to Ukrainian officials. Dozens more were also wounded in the early morning attack on Friday, which came amid an uptick in missile strikes

Hong Kong: Xi Jinping defends China's rule at handover anniversary

China's "one country two systems" model of ruling Hong Kong has worked in protecting the city and must continue long term, says Xi Jinping. The Chinese leader mounted a stern defence of the political system in a speech in Hong Kong, following recent international

US Supreme Court limits Biden's power to cut emissions

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has lost some of its power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court represents a major setback to President Joe Biden's climate plans. He called it a "devastating decision" but said it

NATO declares China a security challenge for the first time

NATO has listed China as one of its strategic priorities for the first time, saying Beijing’s ambitions and its “coercive policies” challenge the Western bloc’s “interests, security and values”. The alliance’s new blueprint, or Strategic

Taliban-US Huddle in Doha on Afghan Frozen Funds

The United States and the Taliban are scheduled to hold talks in Qatar later this week that are expected to focus on economic and banking sanctions on Afghanistan, where last week’s devastating earthquake has worsened a humanitarian crisis. Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan

Putin condemns NATO’s ‘imperial ambitions’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned NATO’s “imperial ambitions”, accusing the military alliance of seeking to assert its “supremacy” through the Ukraine conflict. The Russian leader also said on Wednesday that he would respond in kind if NATO

Ferdinand Marcos Jr sworn in as Philippines president

Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son and namesake of the Philippines’s late dictator, has been sworn in as the country’s new president. Marcos Jr’s inauguration on Thursday marks a stunning political comeback for one of Asia’s most famous political dynasties, 36 years

At least 52 inmates die in Colombia prison riot and fire

At least 52 inmates were killed and 26 more injured early Tuesday (Jun 28) after a fire broke out during a prison riot in southwestern Colombia, the national prisons agency said. The tragedy occurred when rioting inmates set a fire at around 2am, attempting to prevent police from

Canada bank shooting: 6 officers injured, 2 suspects killed

Officials in Saanich, B.C., have lifted a shelter-in-place advisory, after six police officers were injured when gunfire erupted during a botched bank robbery Tuesday. Three officers were from the Saanich Police Department while the other three officers are members of the Victoria

Turkey supports Finland and Sweden Nato bid

Nato member Turkey has agreed to support Sweden and Finland's membership of the alliance. It had initially opposed the Nordic countries' bids to join. Turkey was angered by what it saw as their willingness to host Kurdish militants. Sweden and Finland could not join Nato

Udaipur: India state on alert after murder over Prophet Muhammad row

The murder of a Hindu man in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan has sparked religious tensions in the area. The victim, a tailor named Kanhaiya Lal, was killed in Udaipur district on Tuesday by two Muslim men, who filmed the act and posted it online. They claimed the act was in

U.S. strike kills Yemeni al-Qaeda-linked commander in Syria

U.S. Central Command said its forces conducted “a kinetic strike” in Syria's Idlib province, targeting Abu Hamzah al Yemeni A drone strike by the U.S.-led coalition in northwestern Syria killed a senior member of an al-Qaeda-linked group, Syrian opposition activists and

Syria civilian death toll over 306,000 since 2011: UN

The UN human rights office said on Tuesday that 306,887 civilians had been killed in Syria during the conflict since March 2011 in what it said was the highest estimate yet. UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said this analysis would give a “clearer sense of the severity and

Toxic gas leak at Jordan's Aqaba port kills 13, injures hundreds

A leak of toxic chlorine gas at Jordan's Red Sea port of Aqaba has killed 13 people and injured more than 260 others, state media report. Authorities said a chemical storage container fell while being transported as a result of a crane malfunction. CCTV footage showed the

Russian missile strike kills 16 in shopping mall, Ukraine says

A Russian missile hit a crowded shopping centre in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk on Monday, killing and injuring scores of people, the Ukrainian authorities said. Ukraine’s president, Volodoymyr Zelenskiy, said more than 1,000 people were inside the building at the

46 migrants found dead inside tractor-trailer in Texas 

At least 46 people, believed to be migrants, have been found dead in an abandoned lorry on the outskirts of San Antonio, Texas. A fire official said 16 people including four children had also been taken to hospital. The survivors were "hot to the touch" and suffering from

Busy Ukraine shopping centre hit by Russian strike

As we've been reporting, missile strikes have hit a busy shopping centre in the town of Kremenchuk in the Poltava region in Ukraine. At least two people have been confirmed dead, and 20 injured, according to the deputy head of the office of the president. President Zelensky

More than 30,000 flee to Chad to escape violence in Cameroon: UN

More than 30,000 people in northern Cameroon have fled to Chad after the violence at the weekend that killed at least 22 people, the United Nations’ refugee agency has said. Violence broke out in the border village of Ouloumsa on Sunday in a dispute between herders, fishermen and