Wednesday, February 8, 2023

International

China, US tensions rise over suspected Chinese spy balloon

The U.S. was tracking a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon spotted over American airspace, and China said Friday that it would look into those reports, as the discovery further strained already tense relations between Beijing and Washington.The Pentagon decided not...

France, Israel agree to deepen strategic partnership

French President Emmanuel Macron and visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to deepen the strategic partnership between the two countries and strengthen bilateral relationship in all areas, the Elysee said in a statement on Friday.During a working dinner...

EU officials hold Kyiv talks in show of support for Ukraine

Top European Union officials were due to meet Friday in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a show of support for the country as it battles to counter Russia’s invasion and strives to join the EU as well...

ASEAN foreign ministers meet amid Myanmar crisis

Southeast Asian foreign ministers met in Indonesia’s capital on Friday for talks overshadowed by the deteriorating situation in military-ruled Myanmar despite an agenda focused on food and energy security and cooperation in finance and health. Myanmar belongs to the...

US to send Ukraine longer-range bombs in latest turnaround

After months of agonizing, the U.S has agreed to send longer-range bombs to Ukraine as it prepares to launch a spring offensive to retake territory Russia captured last year, U.S. officials said Thursday, confirming that the new weapons will...

SC issues notice to Centre on pleas against blocking of BBC documentary

The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice on petitions challenging the Centre's decision to ban BBC documentary on 2002 Gujarat riots. The apex court declined to pass an interim order, but directed the Centre to place before it the...

‘Government has nothing to do with Adani issue,’ says Pralhad Joshi

 Amid continued disruptions in both houses of Parliament over US-based research firm Hindenburg's allegations against Adani group, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Friday said that the government has nothing to do with the matter and the opposition is...

US should show sincerity and help Sri Lanka: China

 In a counter-attack to a recent comment made by a US government official on Sri Lankas debt restructuring process to obtain the $2.9 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout, China said that Washington should show sincerity by helping the...

Conflict, climate shocks force over 3.5mn kids out of school in Ethiopia

More than 3.5 million children do not have access to school due to the impacts of conflict and climate shocks across Ethiopia, the Unicef said. Unicef in its Ethiopia Education Cluster Quarterly Newsletter said that various man-made and natural shocks...

Average grades for Sunak on 100 days as UK PM

As the incumbent British Prime Minister has completed 100 days in office, The Times, a centre-right daily, headlined: "How Rishi Sunak's first 100 days as PM have been shaped by strikes and scandals." The leftist Guardian's heading was: "Ratings sink...

Shehbaz confesses terrorists roam around in Pakistan

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has confessed that terrorists roam around in Pakistan but there is no safe haven for them,. He also ruled out that any terrorists were settled on any tract of Pakistan, Samaa TV reported. Although they roam...

Israel forces, Gaza militants clash

Israel struck targets in the Gaza Strip early Thursday hours after Palestinian militants fired a rocket at Israel, the military said, the latest in an uptick of violence in the region.Israeli aircraft struck a rocket production workshop in the...

Myanmar: People observe ‘silent protest’ as military rulers extend emergency

Myanmar’s Junta has extended the country’s state of emergency by another six months. This could likely delay elections that the military had pledged to hold in August this year.As citizen groups across Myanmar observed a “silent protest” on the...

Iran blames Israel for drone attack; threatens retaliation

Iran on Thursday blamed Israel for a drone attack that targeted a military workshop in its central city of Isfahan over the weekend, warning that it “reserves its legitimate and inherent right” to retaliate.Iran’s mission to the United Nations,...

Brother of UK ex-PM, resigns as director of Adani linked firm

Lord Jo Johnson, younger brother of former British prime minister Boris Johnson, has resigned his non-executive directorship of a UK-based investment firm linked with the now-withdrawn Adani Enterprises Follow-on Public Offer (FPO).‘The Financial Times’ newspaper referenced UK Companies House...