Thursday, February 2, 2023

International

Antony Blinken urges Israel-Palestinian calm as violence soars

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Israel and the Palestinians on Monday to ease tensions amid a spike in violence that has put the region on edge. The bloodshed has alarmed the Biden administration as it attempts to...

Tropical storm leaves 30 dead, 20 missing in Madagascar

Flooding and landslides caused by the passage of tropical storm Cheneso across Madagascar caused 30 deaths, left 20 people missing and affected tens of thousands across the Indian Ocean island nation, according to a provisional assessment Monday.The storm made...

NATO chief asks S. Korea to ‘step up’ military aid for Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg asked South Korea on Monday to “step up” military support for Ukraine, suggesting it reconsider its policy of not exporting weapons to countries in conflict, reports AFP. Stoltenberg is in Seoul on the first...

Covid still an emergency but nearing ‘inflection’ point

The coronavirus remains a global health emergency, the World Health Organization chief said Monday, after a key advisory panel found the pandemic may be nearing an “inflexion point” where higher levels of immunity can lower virus-related deaths.Speaking at the...

N.Korea slams NATO chief’s visit to Seoul as ‘prelude’ to war

North Korea on Monday denounced a visit to Seoul by Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO Secretary General, as a "prelude" to war, saying the move could bring a "new Cold War" to the Asia-Pacific region. In an article carried by the...

Boris Johnson says Putin ‘threatened him with missile strike’ before war

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had "threatened him with a missile strike during an extraordinary phone call" ahead of Moscow launching its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. He made the remarks...

Khalistani supporters, Indians clash in Australia; 2 arrested

 A scuffle broke out between the Indian diaspora and Khalistan supporters in Australia during a referendum called by the banned Sikhs For Justice for the creation of an independent Sikh state, local media reported. The brief fracas broke out at...

Israel announces punitive measures against Palestinians after shooting attacks

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced punitive measures against the Palestinians, including strengthening the West Bank settlements, in response to the two shooting attacks since Friday evening. The measures were approved by the Prime Minister's security cabinet, composed of...

Police unit involved in fatal U.S bashing disbanded

Memphis police on Saturday permanently deactivated the unit of the five officers who fatally beat a young Black man, the latest instance of police brutality to elicit nationwide calls for reform, reports AFP.The shocking death of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols...

Israeli police seal home of synagogue attacker

Israeli police on Sunday sealed up the east Jerusalem home of a Palestinian attacker who killed seven people and wounded three outside a synagogue, one of several punitive measures approved by Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet overnight.The move came following a...

At least 24 dead in Peru bus accident: police

At least 24 people died Saturday when a bus carrying 60 passengers, including an unknown number of Haitians, plunged over a cliff in northwestern Peru, police said, reports AFP. They had earlier stated the count in Piura province as...

Indian-Americans in California protest against BBC series on Modi

The Indian community on Saturday held a protest against the BBC documentary series “India: The Modi Question” at Fremont in the San Francisco Bay area of California, reports ANI.About 50 members, under the banner of “Indian Diaspora”, chanted slogans...

Pak faces monumental crisis as economy tumbles

Amid a rapidly tumbling economy, the writing on the wall for Pakistan’s future is clear - that the country faces another monumental crisis in its history.Following the State Bank’s removal of a cap on Pakistan’s foreign currency exchange rate,...

‘Assets will be used for our defence’: Ukraine sanctions Russian firms

Ukraine imposed sanctions against 182 Russian and Belarusian companies, and three individuals, in the latest of a series of steps by President Volodymyr Zelensky to block Moscow’s and Minsk’s connections to his country, reports Reuters.“Their assets in Ukraine are...

N.Korea rejects alleged arms trading with Russia, warns of ‘undesirable result’

A senior North Korean official on Sunday rejected alleged weapons transactions with Russia, warning the US of an "undesirable result" if it continues to spread such rumours. Kwon Jong-gun, director-general in charge of US affairs at North Korea's foreign ministry,...