Saturday, 10 Jun, 2023


Kenya starvation cult death toll climbs to 201

The number of victims of a starvation cult in Kenya’s Shakahola forest has risen to 201 after 22 more bodies were recovered, according to a regional governmental official. “Our forensic team was able to exhume 22 bodies today, but we have not reported any rescue,”

Imran Khan calls for nationwide protests

Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan called for nationwide "freedom" protests on Sunday, after his brief arrest and detention last week triggered deadly unrest. The one-time cricket superstar -- who has been tied up in dozens of legal cases since being ousted from

Turkey decides on future with or without Erdogan

Turks vote on Sunday, in the most pivotal elections in their modern history, to decide if Recep Tayyip Erdogan remains as president after 20 years in power. His main rival, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, promises to scrap many of the powers acquired by President Erdogan after he survived a failed

EU, US to pledge joint action over China concerns

Washing­ton and the EU will pledge joint action to tackle concerns focused on China about non-market practices and coordinate their export controls on semiconductors and other goods at a meeting this month, a draft statement showed. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken,

Ukraine claims gains in Bakhmut after Russia denials

Ukraine says it has recaptured ground in Bakhmut, a rare advance after months of grinding Russian gains in the eastern city. Kyiv said its forces advanced 2km (1.2 miles) in a week. Russia said its troops had regrouped in one area. The claims signal a momentum shift in Bakhmut - but

2 Palestinians killed in Israel raid as Gaza attacked for 5th day

Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians and wounded three others in the occupied West Bank as air strikes hit the Gaza Strip for a fifth-straight day. The Palestinian health ministry said the Israeli attack on Saturday occurred in the Balata refugee camp in the northern West Bank

Imran Khan returns home after arrest, riots

Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan arrived at his Lahore residence on Saturday after being freed on bail following days of legal drama and nationwide riots over his arrest on corruption charges.  Khan was swooped on by dozens of paramilitary troops and arrested during

Imran Khan gets bail for 2 weeks in Al-Qadir Trust case 

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday granted bail to former prime minister Imran Khan in the Al-Qadir Trust case, a day after the Supreme Court ruled his arrest “unlawful”. A two-member special division bench comprising Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Saman

President Alvi holds hours-long meeting with Imran Khan

After the Supreme Court declared Imran Khan's arrest "illegal", President Dr Arif Alvi visited Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman late Thursday evening at the rest house in the Police Lines, where he is staying till his appearance before the Islamabad High Court today

Pak used excessive force against Imran's supporters: HRW

Pakistan police "fired on and used excessive force" against protesters after the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan on corruption charges on May 9, 2023, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. The government is cutting off mobile internet services, and

SC orders immediate release of Imran after terming arrest ‘unlawful’

The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered the “immediate release” of PTI Chairman Imran Khan after terming his arrest in the Al-Qadir Trust case unlawful. The top court also directed the former prime minister to approach the Islamabad High Court (IHC). The directives

India's Russia oil imports jumped tenfold in 2022, says bank 

India's imports of Russian oil rose tenfold last year, according to Indian state-controlled lender Bank of Baroda. The figures show Asia's third largest economy saved around $5bn (£4bn) as it ramped up crude purchases from Moscow. It comes as Western countries have

Over 71m people internally displaced worldwide in 2022: Report

The war in Ukraine helped push the global total of people left internally displaced by conflict or natural disasters to a record high of 71.1 million last year, according to a report released Thursday by the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. By

Germany approves tougher migration measures

Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the heads of Germany’s 16 states on Wednesday agreed on new measures to tackle soaring migration after crunch talks. In the first four months of 2023, some 101,981 asylum applications were filed in Germany, an increase of 78% from the same period in

Shehbaz gets clean chit in money laundering case

The National Account­ability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday told an accountability court that it found no evidence of corruption or money laundering against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, his family members and others. A prosecutor submitted a supplementary reference in the court,

Pakistan deploys troops to quell riots over ex-PM Khan's arrest

Pakistan's political turmoil intensified late Wednesday (May 10) with violent nationwide protests swelling and the government deploying the military, following the arrest of former prime minister Imran Khan who was ordered to be held for another eight days on new corruption charges.

7.6-magnitude quake rattles Tonga

A 7.6-magnitude earthquake rattled the Pacific island nation of Tonga in the early hours of Thursday but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The quake struck at 1602 GMT about 100 kilometres (60 miles) off Tonga's remote volcanic island of Niuatoputapu at a depth of 210

King Salman invites Syria president to attend Arab League summit

King Salman has invited Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad to attend an upcoming Arab League meeting that will take place on May. 19 in the Kingdom, Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday. The invitation to the meeting was handed over by the Kingdom’s ambassador to Jordan,

Two Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in occupied West Bank

Israeli forces have killed two Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said, a day after Israel pounded the Gaza Strip with missiles that killed 15 people in separate attacks over several hours. The health ministry identified the slain men as Ahmad Jamal

Tense mood grips Pakistan ahead of Imran Khan's hearing

Pakistan remains on edge ahead of former prime minister Imran Khan's hearing on corruption charges, a day after his dramatic arrest. Local media have reported at least two deaths amid demonstrations by his supporters in Pakistan. Amid the chaos, police said Mr Khan's hearing