Monday, 23 May, 2022

International

Russian soldier pleads guilty in first war crimes trial of Ukraine conflict

A 21-year-old Russian soldier has pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed civilian, in the first war crimes trial in Ukraine since the war started. Vadim Shishimarin admitted shooting a 62-year-old man a few days after the invasion began. He faces life in jail. The prisoner was brought

Rajiv Gandhi's assassin to walk free after 31 years

AG Perarivalan, one of the convicts in former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, who has been behind bars for 31 years, will be released, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday.  The verdict could pave the way for the release of other six convicts in the case,

Finland, Sweden formally submit applications to join Nato

Finland and Sweden formally applied to join the Nato alliance on Wednesday (May 18) at allied headquarters, setting in motion an accession process that is expected to take only a few weeks. “The applications you have made today are an historic step. Allies will now consider the

Give arms for fight against junta, Myanmar resistance urges West

The defence chief of Myanmar's shadow government has called for international help to arm its resistance forces fighting the ruling military, requesting support similar to that being given to Ukrainians battling invading Russian troops. The people of Ukraine and Myanmar's

Global pollution kills 9m people a year - Study

A new study blames pollution of all types for 9 million deaths a year globally, with the death toll attributed to dirty air from cars, trucks and industry rising 55% since 2000. That increase is offset by fewer pollution deaths from primitive indoor stoves and water contaminated with

Sri Lanka down to last day of petrol: Ranil Wickremesinghe 

Sri Lanka's new prime minister says the country is down to its last day of petrol as it faces its worst economic crisis in more than 70 years. In a televised address, Ranil Wickremesinghe said the nation urgently needs $75m (£60.8m) of foreign currency in the next few days to

France names first female Prime Minister in 30 years

Elisabeth Borne has been named the new Prime Minister of France, the first time in 30 years that a woman has held the position. Borne will replace Jean Castex in the role, the Elysée Palace said in a statement on Monday, becoming only the second woman ever to serve as Prime

Ukrainian soldiers evacuated from Mariupol steelworks

More than 260 Ukrainian soldiers, many of them wounded, have been evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in the port city of Mariupol, appearing to cede control of the city to Russia after 82 days of bombardment. Ukraine’s deputy defence minister Hanna Maliar said late

Turkey won’t approve Sweden and Finland’s Nato bids: Erdogan

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that he would not approve Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership if they sanction Ankara. “First of all, we would not say ‘yes’ to those who impose sanctions on Turkey joining NATO, which is a security

Wheat prices hit record high after Indian export ban

Wheat prices surged to a new record high in European trading on Monday after India decided to ban exports of the commodity as a heatwave hit production. The price jumped to 435 euros ($453) per ton as the Euronext market opened, up from the previous record of 422 euros reached on

Delhi suffers as temperature hits 49C

An intense heatwave is sweeping through northern India with temperatures hitting a record 49.2C (120.5F) in parts of the capital, Delhi. This is the fifth heatwave in the capital since March. Officials in many parts of the country have asked people to take precautions as

One killed, five wounded in California church shooting

A gunman has opened fire in a southern California church, killing one person and wounding five others before churchgoers detained the suspect and hog-tied him in what officials called an act of “exceptional heroism”. The shooting was reported shortly before 1:30pm on Sunday

North Korea: More than a million Covid cases feared

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has lambasted health officials and ordered the army to help distribute medicine, as a wave of Covid cases sweeps through the country. More than a million people have now been sickened by what Pyongyang is calling a "fever", state media said.

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud elected president of Somalia

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was chosen as Somalia's new president on Sunday, returning to the helm for a second stint five years after he was voted out. Mohamud defeated the incumbent, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, in a runoff after three rounds of voting in an election that has been

329 MPs to choose president of Somalia

By the end of Sunday, Somalis should know who their next president is, but this long-delayed vote only involves the country's 329 MPs and takes place in a heavily fortified area. The unusual circumstances highlight Somalia's security issues, as well as the lack of democratic

Rajiv Kumar takes charge as 25th CEC of India

Rajiv Kumar took over as the new chief election commissioner on Sunday, a day after his predecessor Sushil Chandra retired. Kumar will oversee the upcoming Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Tripura,

Finland to apply for Nato membership: President Niinisto

Finland's President Sauli Niinisto said on Sunday (May 15) Helsinki will apply for Nato membership, as Sweden's ruling party holds a decisive meeting that could pave the way for a joint application. The president and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin are expected to submit a

Palestinians commemorate 74th Nakba Day

On May 15, 1948, Israel was established as a Jewish-majority state at the expense of the forced expulsion of about 750,000 Palestinians. The day has subsequently been commemorated annually as Nakba Day. The word “Nakba” means “catastrophe” in Arabic, and

Manik Saha sworn in as Tripura CM

A day after Tripura Chief Minister Biplap Kumar Deb stepped down, BJP leader Manik Saha took oath as the eleventh CM of the northeastern state on Sunday (May 15) The change of guard was announced on Saturday, a year ahead of the assembly elections in the state. Saha was elected leader

10 dead in Buffalo supermarket attack in New York state

Ten people have been killed in a shooting in New York state that is being investigated as a racially-motivated hate crime. An 18-year-old man wearing military gear was arrested after a stand-off at the scene in the city of Buffalo. The suspect entered a busy supermarket on Saturday