Tuesday, 06 Dec, 2022

International

Ukraine war: Vladimir Putin visits Crimea bridge after October bomb attack

Russia's president Vladimir Putin has inspected a Crimean bridge that was damaged by a bomb attack in October. Images of Russian state television showed Putin driving across the reconstructed bridge during a visit on Monday afternoon. He also spoke to workers and discussed the

‘No diplomatic solution’ to Russia’s war in Ukraine: Nobel winner

There is currently no diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine, a co-founder of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Russian rights organization Memorial said Sunday. “I am absolutely convinced that there is not a diplomatic solution with Putin’s regime, so long as it is still

Airplane crash in Gulf of Mexico leaves 2 dead, 1 missing

A private airplane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast Saturday night, with two people confirmed dead as authorities searched for a third person believed to have been on the flight, police said. Authorities in Venice, Florida, initiated a search Sunday after 10 a.m.

Global arms sales rise for 7th year despite supply chain issues

Sales of arms and military services by the world’s 100 biggest defence companies rose 1.9 percent to $592BN in 2021 despite supply chain issues that held up shipments of critical components, according to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

US intelligence expects slower pace of Ukraine war to continue

The slowed pace of fighting in Ukraine is set to continue over the next several months and the United States sees no evidence that Ukraine’s will to resist Russia has diminished, despite Moscow’s crippling attacks on the Ukrainian power grid, a senior US intelligence official

Protest-hit Iran says reviewing mandatory headscarf law

Iran said on Saturday it is reviewing a decades-old law that requires women to cover their heads, as it struggles to quell more than two months of protests linked to the dress code. Protests have swept Iran since the September 16 death-in-custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket fired from enclave

The Israeli air force said it had carried out overnight air strikes against sites of the Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip after a rocket was fired from the Palestinian enclave toward Israeli territory. The Israeli army reported on Saturday evening a rocket had been fired from

Europe would be in trouble without US - Finnish PM

Finnish PM Sanna Marin has said Europe is "not strong enough" to stand up to Russia's invasion of Ukraine on its own, and has had to rely on US support. During a visit to Australia, the leader of the pending Nato member said Europe's defences must be strengthened.

Appeals court rejects Trump lawsuit in Mar-a-Lago documents case

A federal appeals court panel has scrapped former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit aimed at derailing the FBI’s investigation of classified records stashed at his Mar-a-Lago estate after he left the White House. The three-judge panel’s unsparing ruling moves to shut

Ukraine war: Zelensky aide reveals up to 13,000 war dead

Up to 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since the start of Russia's invasion, a senior official has said. Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said between 10,000 and 13,000 troops had died. It is rare for Ukraine to give figures for

Japan, S Korea, US slap sanctions on N Korea over missile tests

Japan, South Korea and the United States have imposed sanctions on North Korean officials connected to the country’s illicit weapons programmes, with Washington saying Pyongyang’s ballistic missiles “pose grave risks to the region and the entire world”. The US

US Senate votes on deal to dodge nationwide railroad strike

The United States Senate has passed a bill forcing railroad unions to accept a deal that would increase wages to avoid a nationwide strike that was anticipated to have devastating economic effects. The legislation was approved on Thursday by a vote of 80 to 15 and it now heads to

China accuses UK of ‘gross interference’ over Taiwan visit

China has accused a committee of British legislators visiting Taiwan of “gross interference” in its internal affairs and warned that it could be “met with forceful responses”. The ongoing visit to Taiwan by members of the British parliament’s Foreign

Bill Clinton tests positive for COVID

Former President Clinton announced on Twitter Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms.  Clinton tweeted that he is “doing fine overall” and is grateful to be fully vaccinated and boosted.  “I’m grateful

China signals zero-Covid relaxation after protests

China's top Covid official has signalled a possible relaxing of the country's strict zero-tolerance approach to the virus, after nationwide protests calling for an end to lockdowns and greater political freedom. Anger over China's zero-Covid policy -- which involves mass

UN warns of social unrest after ‘striking’ drop in global wages

Global wages fell in 2022 for the first time since the global financial crisis due to soaring living costs, threatening to worsen inequality and drive social unrest, the United Nations labour agency has warned. Monthly wages dropped 0.9 percent in real terms in the first half of 2022

Ukraine urges allies to speed up support for winter of war

Ukraine urged Nato members on Tuesday to speed up weapons deliveries and help restore its shattered power grid, as Western allies vowed to bolster support to aid Kyiv through winter in the face of Russia’s attacks. Moscow has unleashed waves of strikes against Ukraine’s

Prannoy Roy: How Gautam Adani will run India's top news network NDTV

Radhika and Prannoy Roy, founders of leading Indian news network New Delhi Television (NDTV), have resigned as directors of a group promoting their company, bringing a conglomerate led by Gautam Adani, one of the world's richest man, closer to taking over the media firm. The BBC looks

48500-year-old 'zombie virus' revived by scientists in Russia

Scientists have triggered new fears of a pandemic after resurrecting a “zombie virus” that’s been under the ice of a frozen lake in Russia for 48,500 years – a new world record. A team of researchers from Russia, Germany and France discovered the “zombie

China Covid: Chinese protesters say police seeking them out

People in China who attended weekend protests against Covid restrictions say they have been contacted by police, as authorities begin clamping down. Several people in Beijing said police had called demanding information about their whereabouts. It is unclear how police might have