Tuesday, 05 Mar, 2024

International

At least 35 die as surprise snowfall and heavy rains hit Pakistan

At least 35 people died while dozens more were injured as freezing rain and unexpected snowfall hit remote areas of Pakistan over the weekend. Twenty-two children were among the fatalities, many of whom were crushed in landslides that buried their homes, disaster management authorities

Haiti gangs demand PM resign after mass jailbreak

Haiti's government declared a 72-hour state of emergency on Sunday after armed gangs stormed a major prison. At least 12 people were killed and about 3,700 inmates escaped in the jailbreak. Gang leaders are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, whose whereabouts

States can’t ban Trump from presidential ballot: US SC

The US Supreme Court has struck down efforts by individual states to disqualify Donald Trump from running for president using an anti-insurrection constitutional clause. The unanimous ruling is specific to Colorado, but it also overrides challenges brought in other states. Colorado

Children starving to death in northern Gaza - WHO

Children are dying of starvation in northern Gaza, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief says. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the agency's visits over the weekend to the Al-Awda and Kamal Adwan hospitals were the first since early October. In a post on social media, he

Shehbaz Sharif sworn in as Pakistan’s new premier for 2nd term

Pakistan's newly elected Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was sworn in on Monday, three weeks after the Feb. 8 elections. President Arif Alvi administered the oath to Shehbaz at a ceremony at the President’s Office. Shehbaz, the younger brother of three-time Prime Minister

Around 170 people executed in Burkina Faso attacks

Around 170 people were “executed” in attacks on three villages in northern Burkina Faso a week ago, a regional prosecutor has said, as violence flares in the country. Aly Benjamin Coulibaly said in a statement on Sunday that he had received reports of the attacks on the

38 Ukrainian drones intercepted in Crimea, says Russia

A series of explosions have rocked Crimea, after a reported Ukrainian drone attack on the peninsula which was illegally annexed by Russia in 2014. Video posted online shows a blast allegedly near a fuel depot in the south-eastern city of Feodosiya. Russian officials said 38 drones

Nikki Haley beats Trump in Washington DC primary 

Nikki Haley has defeated Donald Trump in the Republican primary in Washington DC. This is her first victory over the former president in the 2024 campaign to become the Republican presidential candidate. She lost in South Carolina, her home state. But she is the first woman to win a

Haiti gangs free 4,000 inmates in mass jailbreak

Armed gangs have stormed the main prison in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince, releasing many inmates. The vast majority of about 4,000 men held there have now escaped, a local journalist told BBC News. Among those detained were gang members charged in connection with the 2021

US urges more aid for starving Gazans

US Vice-President Kamala Harris says people in Gaza "are starving" and has urged Israel to "significantly increase the flow of aid" there. She said "there must be an immediate ceasefire for at least the next six weeks", which would "get the [Israeli]

More than 30 Pakistani killed in heavy rain

More than 30 people have died in rain-related incidents in Pakistan during days of heavy downpours, with thousands of schools closed, officials said Sunday.  Widespread heavy rain since Thursday has caused severe disruption in some areas of the country, including the closure of

Shehbaz Sharif elected Pakistan PM for second term

Pakistani legislators have elected Shehbaz Sharif as the country’s prime minister for the second time following a controversial election last month. The South Asian country voted on February 8 in an election marred by allegations of large-scale rigging and delayed results. On

India Navy to Open Strategic Base Near Maldives

India's navy has said it is bolstering forces on "strategically important" islands close to the Maldives, with a new base set to open just days before Male starts sending home Indian forces. Relations between India and the Maldives have soured since pro-China President

Trump moves closer to Republican nomination with string of victories

Donald Trump won a string of Republican presidential contests on Saturday, edging closer to becoming the party's candidate in November's election as he attacked his likely opponent Joe Biden. The former president won the Missouri, Michigan and Idaho caucuses comprehensively,

Imran Khan keeps winning even behind bars

Pakistan's recent elections were supposed to bring in a period of stability, badly needed to deal with crippling inflation and bitter political divides in the country, writes author and journalist Mohammed Hanif. Instead, they delivered a minority government - a shaky, reluctant

Israel-Gaza war: US carries out its first aid airdrop in strip

The US has carried out its first airdrop of humanitarian aid for Gaza, with more than 30,000 meals parachuted in by three military planes. The operation, carried out jointly with Jordan's Air Force, was the first of many announced by President Joe Biden. The head of a well-known

Iranians vote in legislative, key assembly polls amid economic concerns

Iranians are voting for a new parliament in an election marred by frustration over economic woes and restrictions on political and social freedoms. The election on Friday is the first formal measure of public opinion since antigovernment protests in 2022-2023 spiralled into some of the

Iris Apfel: US fashion designer dies aged 102

American designer and fashion icon Iris Apfel has died at the age of 102. The self-described "geriatric starlet" was known for her distinctive cropped white hair, oversized glasses, bright lipstick and chunky beads. Apfel reached the peak of her fame in the 1980s and 90s,

UN says many bullet wounds among Gaza convoy injured

Many of the people treated for injuries following a rush on an aid convoy in Gaza on Thursday suffered gunshot wounds, the UN has said. UN observers visited Gaza City's al-Shifa Hospital and saw some of the roughly 200 people still being treated. Hamas, which governs Gaza, has

Media Outlets Call For Protection of Gaza Journalists

More than 30 news organizations signed an open letter Thursday expressing solidarity with journalists working in Gaza and calling for their protection and freedom to report. The letter, coordinated by the Committee to Protect Journalists, was signed by global news agencies AFP, AP and