Friday, 21 Jan, 2022

International

British Airways cancelled flights to US amid 5G travel row

British Airways is among the airlines which cancelled US flights over fears the 5G rollout could impact navigation systems onboard some incoming planes. The action is in response to fears that the activation of the C-band strand of the mobile phone service near American airports on

Ukraine tension: Biden says he thinks Putin will 'move in'

US President Joe Biden has said he thinks his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will "move in" on Ukraine, but does not want "full-blown war". Asked at a news conference about the threat of a Russian invasion, he said: "My guess is he will move in, he has to

Tonga: First foreign aid plane from New Zealand arrives

The first foreign aid plane has arrived in Tonga, carrying much-needed water and supplies for the Pacific nation. New Zealand said its military plane landed at Tonga's main airport after workers cleared ash from the runway. Other planes and ships sent by New Zealand and

NATO chief invites Russia to new talks as Ukraine tensions mount

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has invited Russia to more talks on the Ukraine crisis as fears mount over a possible breakout of conflict in Europe, but Moscow says it wants answers from the West over its sweeping wish list of security demands before engaging in further

Tonga undersea cable needs 'at least' four weeks to repair: NZ

A key undersea cable that was destroyed in a volcano eruption in Tonga may take at least four weeks to be repaired, said New Zealand's foreign ministry. The cable was severed during a volcanic eruption on Saturday, crippling communications and cutting the Pacific island off from

43 Migrants Dead As Boat Capsizes Off Morocco

Forty-three migrants including three infants died after their boat capsized off the coast of Tarfaya in southern Morocco, Spanish organisation Caminando Fronteras said Monday. Ten people were rescued from the shipwreck, the organisation's spokesperson told AFP. The survivors had

Afghanistan twin quakes kill at least 22 in poorest areas

At least 22 people have been killed so far after back-to-back earthquakes struck the west of Afghanistan on Monday, officials said. According to data from the US Geological Society (USGS), the 4.9 and 5.3 magnitude quakes affected the north-west province of Badghis, where it caused

North Korea fires two suspected ballistic missiles, Seoul says

North Korea has fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles into the sea in its fourth weapons test this month, South Korea’s military said, as Pyongyang continues a wave of missile launches that have triggered condemnation at the United Nations. South Korea’s Joint

Tsunami threat over after huge Pacific volcano eruption 

The threat of further tsunamis around the Pacific after Saturday's huge underwater volcano eruption near Tonga has passed, a monitoring group says. On Sunday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said the threat had receded but coastal areas should remain alert for strong or

Tsunami hits Tonga after giant volcano eruption

Tsunami waves caused by a giant underwater volcanic eruption have hit the Pacific country of Tonga. Social media footage showed water washing through a church and several homes, and witnesses said ash was falling over the capital, Nuku'alofa. A Tsunami warning sent residents

North Korea fires railway-borne missiles as US tension rises

North Korea confirmed on Saturday it test-launched ballistic missiles from a train in what was seen as an apparent retaliation against new sanctions imposed by the United States. North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the drill was aimed at “checking

Russia-Ukraine: US warns of 'false-flag' operation

Russia is plotting to stage acts of provocation to create a pretext to invade Ukraine, a US official has said. A Pentagon spokesman said Russian operatives were planning a "false-flag" operation, to allow Moscow to accuse Ukraine of preparing an attack. Russia has dismissed

3 Killed as Guwahati-Bikaner Express derails in West Bengal

Twelve coaches of the Guwahati-Bikaner Express train derailed near the Maynaguri town of Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal today.  At least three people have been killed and over 20 injured, Moumita Godala Basu, District Magistrate of Jalpaiguri, said. The injured were first

North Korea claims third hypersonic missile test

North Korea says it has conducted another hypersonic missile test, under the watch of its leader Kim Jong-un. State media said the missile fired on Tuesday had successfully made a turn before hitting its target in the sea some 1,000km (621 miles) away. It marks North Korea's

Suu Kyi jailed for 4 more years 

A military-run court in Myanmar has found civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was overthrown in last February’s coup, guilty on at least three charges and sentenced her to four more years in prison. The 76-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner was detained as the military seized

19 killed in New York apartment block blaze

At least 19 people, including nine children, have died after a fire in a New York apartment building. Another 32 people were sent to hospital, several of whom are in a critical condition, according to New York Mayor Eric Adams. Fire department Commissioner Daniel Nigro said they had

Saudi princess released from jail

A Saudi princess and her daughter have been released from a high-security jail after being held for nearly three years without charge, campaigners say. Princess Basma bint Saud was detained in March 2019 as she prepared to fly to Switzerland for medical treatment. It is not known

Ahmaud Arbery killers get life in prison

A white father and son convicted of killing a black jogger have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. A jury found Travis and Gregory McMichael and their neighbour, William Bryan, guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery in February 2020. Bryan also received

Kazakhstan unrest: Dozens killed in crackdown

Security forces in the Central Asian state of Kazakhstan say they have killed dozens of anti-government rioters in the main city, Almaty. They moved in after protesters tried to take control of police stations in the city, a police spokeswoman said. Twelve members of the security

Saudi Arabia sets 10-day mandatory interval between two Umrahs

The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has set an interval of 10 days between the issuance of two Umrah permits for pilgrims of all age groups. A pilgrim, who obtained a permit to perform Umrah, can book an appointment for a second Umrah through the Eatmarna or Tawakkalna applications at