Monday, 20 Mar, 2023


Israelis, Palestinians agree on steps to curb rising violence

Israeli and Palestinian officials have agreed at a meeting in Egypt to take steps to lower tensions ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The talks in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Sunday stressed the need to prevent any disruptive actions at Jerusalem’s

Iran’s Raisi welcomes invitation from king to visit Saudi Arabia

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has favourably received an invitation from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to visit the kingdom following the reconciliation deal between the two countries, an Iranian official has said. “In a letter to President Raisi … the King of Saudi

Will Xi-Putin summit deliver a breakthrough on Ukraine war?

Chinese President Xi Jinping is on his way to Moscow, on a “voyage of friendship”, “cooperation” and “peace”, weeks after Beijing unveiled a 12-point position paper calling for a ceasefire in the Russia-Ukraine war and days after it mediated a surprise

Pakistani police file terrorism charges against former PM Khan

Police in the Pakistani capital have filed charges against former Prime Minister Imran Khan, 17 of his aides and scores of supporters, accusing them of terrorism and several other offences.  Sunday's charges come in the backdrop of clashes between the supporters of Khan and

North Korea fires short-range ballistic missile, South Korea says

North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile toward the sea off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula on Sunday, according to South Korea and Japan, the latest in a barrage of weapons tests from the nuclear-armed state. The missile, launched from the Dongchang-ri site on the west

Quake kills 13 in Ecuador, 1 in Peru

A strong earthquake has shaken Ecuador and Peru, killing at least 14 people, damaging homes and buildings, and sending panicked residents into the streets. The US Geological Survey reported a magnitude 6.7 earthquake on Saturday in Ecuador’s coastal Guayas region. The tremor was

Putin visits Russian-occupied Mariupol in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a working trip to Mariupol, a Ukrainian city in the Donetsk region which has been occupied by Moscow’s forces since May of last year. Putin flew to Mariupol by helicopter, the TASS agency reported on Sunday, citing the Kremlin. Putin

22 killed in Myanmar monastery massacre

At least 22 people were shot dead at close range in central Myanmar last week, according to a doctor's post-mortem report, in what opponents of military rule say was a massacre of civilians conducted by the army. A spokesman for Myanmar's junta, which staged a coup two years

ICC's arrest warrant against Putin has no meaning: Russia

The International Criminal Court's arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin has no meaning for the country as the nation had withdrawn from the ICC treaty in 2016, a spokeswoman for the ministry of foreign affairs said, according to a report by CNN.  Maria

Biden welcomes court's Putin arrest warrant 

US President Joe Biden has welcomed the International Criminal Court's issuing of an arrest warrant against his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. The ICC accused President Putin of committing war crimes in Ukraine - something President Biden said the Russian leader had

ICC judges issue arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin

The international criminal court in The Hague has issued arrest warrants for Vladimir Putin and his children’s rights commissioner Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, for the “unlawful deportation” of Ukrainian children. The court’s pre-trial judges assessed there

Pakistani court suspends arrest warrant for ex-PM Imran Khan

A top Pakistani court on Friday suspended an arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Imran Khan, giving him a reprieve to travel to Islamabad and face charges in a graft case without being detained. Khan has been holed up at his home in the eastern city of Lahore since Tuesday, after

China’s Xi to visit Putin in Russia next week 

Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a three-day visit to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin next week, Beijing and Moscow announced Friday, with “strategic cooperation” on the agenda. “On March 20-22, 2023, at the invitation of Vladimir Putin, president of the

Cyclone Freddy death toll in Malawi hits 326

The death toll in Malawi from Cyclone Freddy has risen to 326, the country's president said Thursday, bringing the total number of victims across southern Africa to more than 400 since February. Rescuers were unearthing more bodies as the chances of finding survivors faded after

UK’s Royal Mint launches Ramadan gold bar with Kaaba design

The Royal Mint, the United Kingdom's oldest company and the official maker of British coins, has launched a gold minted bullion bar for the Muslim community depicting the Kaaba, the holiest site for millions of Muslims. Created in consultation with the Muslim Council of Wales, and

Pak high court bars police operation to arrest ex-PM Khan until Friday

A Pakistani high court ordered police on Thursday to postpone an operation to arrest Imran Khan for another day, defusing a surge in violence that saw supporters of the former prime minister fighting pitched battles with security forces. Khan’s aide Fawad Chaudhry said the Lahore

Iran says 110 arrested over suspected schoolgirl poisonings

Iranian police said Wednesday that 110 suspects have been arrested in connection with the suspected poisoning of thousands of girls in schools across the country. Students say they have been sickened by noxious fumes in incidents dating back to November that have mainly occurred in

Taiwan ally Honduras seeks diplomatic switch to China

Taiwan is in danger of losing one of its few formal allies, Honduras, as the Central American nation seeks official relations with China. Honduran President Xiomara Castro said the pivot aims to expand foreign engagements. Taiwan promptly cautioned Honduras against falling into

Clashes continue in Pakistan as police try to arrest Imran Khan

Clashes between Pakistan's police and supporters of former Prime Minister Imran Khan have persisted outside his home in the eastern city of Lahore, a day after officers went to arrest him for failing to appear in court on graft charges. The police operation triggered clashes

Storm Freddy: Malawi declares state of disaster as more than 200 killed

More than 200 people are now confirmed dead in Malawi after Tropical Storm Freddy ripped through southern Africa for the second time in a month. Huge amounts of brown water have cascaded through neighbourhoods, sweeping away homes. Malawi's commercial hub, Blantyre, has recorded