Monday, 23 May, 2022

International

US Supreme Court leak suggests abortion law repeal

The US Supreme Court could be about to overturn the nationwide legal right to abortion, according to an unprecedented leaked draft of a court document. In a 98-page draft opinion, Justice Samuel Alito writes that the 1973 Roe v Wade decision legalising abortion across the US is

Muslims perform Eid-ul Fitr prayers in Makkah and Madinah

Hundreds of Muslims gathered in Makkah and Madinah to perform the Eid Al-Fitr prayers in the early hours of Monday morning, the Saudi Press Agency reported. In Makkah’s Grand Mosque, Imam Sheikh Saleh bin Abdullah bin Humaid led the prayer.  The Eid prayer at the

Mariupol civilians evacuated from steelworks bunker

Dozens of civilians have been evacuated from Mariupol to both Russia-controlled and Ukraine-controlled territory after weeks under siege. Some have left the Azovstal steelworks, the last hold-out of Ukrainian troops in the strategically significant city. Russia said dozens of

Russia asks US, NATO to stop supplying arms to Ukraine

Russia’s foreign minister has again urged the United States and NATO to stop supplying Kyiv with arms if they are “really interested in resolving the Ukraine crisis”, Chinese state media has reported. “If the US and NATO are really interested in resolving the

At least 10 killed in Kabul mosque blast

A powerful blast hit a mosque in western Kabul during prayers, killing at least 10 and wounding 20, the latest in a spate of attacks on Afghan places of worship and civilian targets during the holy month of Ramadan. Besmullah Habib, deputy spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry,

US accuses Russia of depravity and brutality

The US defence department has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of acting with "depravity" in his invasion of Ukraine. Spokesman John Kirby became visibly emotional as he asked how anyone "moral" could justify the atrocities committed by Russia. Ukrainian

Ukraine war: Putin warns against foreign intervention

Any country trying to intervene in the Ukraine war will face a "lightning-fast" response, Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned. "We have all the tools no-one can boast of... we will use them if necessary", he said, in what is seen as a reference to ballistic

Putin tells UN chief Guterres he still has 'hope' in Ukraine talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin told the visiting UN chief Tuesday (April 26) that he still had hope for negotiations to end the conflict in Ukraine. "Despite the fact that the military operation is ongoing, we still hope that we will be able to reach agreements on the diplomatic

Russia's Gazprom cuts gas supplies to Poland, Bulgaria

Russia’s Gazprom has suspended gas deliveries to Poland and Bulgaria, citing the two countries’ refusal to pay in Russian roubles, a demand made by President Vladimir Putin after the West sanctioned Moscow over its war in Ukraine. In a statement on Wednesday, the Russian

Suu Kyi sentenced to five years in jail for corruption

A court in military-ruled Myanmar has found former leader Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of corruption, the latest verdict in a series of secret trials. Ms Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since February 2021 when a military coup ousted her elected government. The 76-year-old Nobel

Russia warns nuclear war risks now ‘considerable’

Russia’s foreign minister told the world not to underestimate the considerable risks of nuclear conflict, and Nato’s supply of weapons to Ukraine “in essence” meant that the Western alliance was engaged in a proxy war with Russia.   Interviewed by Russian

Blinken, Austin pledge Zelenskyy more military aid

Summary Antony Blinken and Lloyd Austin promise Ukraine $322m in military aid, after meeting President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv. They also say US diplomats will start returning to the western city of Lviv in the coming week. Ukraine will try to establish humanitarian routes

US President Biden accepts Bennett invitation to visit Israel

United States President Joe Biden will visit Israel following an invitation from Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. While both governments confirmed on Sunday that Biden had accepted the invitation to visit Israel in the coming months, neither side gave a date for the expected

Macron defeats Le Pen and vows to unite divided France

Emmanuel Macron has won five more years as France's president after a convincing victory over rival Marine Le Pen, who nevertheless secured the far right's highest share of the vote yet. He won by 58.55% to 41.45%, a greater margin than expected. The centrist leader told

French vote as Macron aims to beat far-right Le Pen

France will head to the polls on Sunday to decide whether to give centrist Emmanuel Macron five more years as president or replace him with far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. After a divisive election campaign, Ms Le Pen faces an uphill battle with her 44-year-old opponent polling

Explosion at Nigerian illegal oil refinery kills more than 100

More than 100 people were killed overnight in an explosion at an illegal oil refining depot in Nigeria’s Rivers state, a local government official and an environmental group said. “The fire outbreak occurred at an illegal bunkering site and it affected more than 100 people

Russia plans to take southern Ukraine -Commander 

Russia is aiming to take full control of southern Ukraine as well as the eastern Donbas region, a senior Russian commander says. Maj Gen Rustam Minnekayev was quoted in state media as saying that goal would allow Moscow to form a land bridge to Crimea, which it annexed in 2014. He

António Guterres to meet Putin, Zelenskyy separately for peace

António Guterres will be traveling to Russia and Ukraine to meet with both the Foreign Ministers and Presidents of these countries, according to United Nations.  A spokesperson for Secretary-General António Guterres informed correspondents in a note that on Tuesday,

Afghanistan: At least 31 dead and injured in four blasts

Dozens of people have been killed or injured in four explosions across Afghanistan on Thursday, local officials and journalists have said. The first explosion tore through a Shia mosque in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. At least 31 people were killed, and 87 were wounded, a health

5 dead after small plane crashes in Haiti

A small plane crashed Wednesday in the bustling Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, killing at least five people and injuring several others, authorities said. The plane was headed to the southern coastal city of Jacmel when it tried to land in the community of Carrefour and hit a truck