Sunday, 26 Mar, 2023


At least 23 killed in Mississippi tornado, storms

At least 23 people have been killed after a tornado and severe storms swept through the US state of Mississippi. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) said there were “dozens injured” and four people missing as search and rescue teams combed through the

UN accuses Russia, Ukraine forces of ‘summary executions’ of prisoners

On Friday, the UN (United Nations) expressed “deep concern” regarding what it called summary executions of prisoners of war by both Russian and Ukrainian forces on the battlefield. These allegations came shortly after Kyiv accused Russian forces of killing a captured

Pro-Iranian forces in Syria warn US of response to air strikes

Pro-Iranian forces in Syria have said they have a “long arm” to respond to further United States air strikes on their positions, after tit-for-tat missile and drone attacks in Syria over the last 24 hours. The online statement, released late on Friday and signed by the

Europe migrant crisis: 34 missing off Tunisian coast

At least 34 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa - including children and babies - are missing off the Tunisian coast after their boat capsized. It is the fifth migrant boat to sink in two days, with seven people confirmed dead so far, and 67 still missing. Authorities believe the boat

2.3 billion people lack safe drinking water globally: World Bank

More than 2.3 billion people lack safe drinking water globally, according to the World Bank Group. In a statement on the bank’s website on Wednesday (March 22), World Bank president David Malpass said the global economic cost of water insecurity is nearly US$500 billion per year.

457 arrested, 441 police injured in France unrest: minister

A total of 457 people were arrested and 441 security forces injured on Thursday during nationwide protests against French President Emmanuel Macron’s pensions reform, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said. Speaking to the CNews channel on Friday morning, Darmanin also said that

India’s Rahul Gandhi disqualified from parliament

India’s main opposition leader Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified as a member of parliament, a day after being convicted in a defamation case and sentenced to two years in jail. “Rahul Gandhi… stands disqualified from the member of Lok Sabha from the date of his

China finds huge high-quality gold mine

China has discovered a super-large gold deposit, the Xilaokou gold mine in Rushan, East China's Shandong Province, with an estimated reserve of 50 tons, China Media Group reported on Saturday.  After eight years of prospecting, the Xilaokou gold mine has become the largest

Brazil police raid leaves 13 dead in favela near Rio

A police raid on a favela near Rio de Janeiro Thursday left at least 13 people dead, including the suspected leader of a crime gang active in the north of Brazil, local media reported. “There are 13 dead, two individuals detained and a large number of weapons seized,”

Rahul Gandhi jailed for 2 years in defamation case

Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi has been sentenced to two years in prison by a local court in a criminal defamation case. Mr Gandhi was convicted by the court in Gujarat state for his 2019 comments about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surname during an election rally. He

World Bank puts cost of rebuilding Ukraine at $411 billion

A World Bank report released Wednesday puts the cost of Ukraine's recovery and rebuilding from Russia's invasion at $411 billion over the next decade, with the cost of cleaning up the war rubble alone at $5 billion. The report provides both sweeping and closely detailed looks

ICC concerned by Russia’s ‘threats’ over Putin warrant

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has expressed concern over “threats” from Russia following its issuing of a war crimes arrest warrant for President Vladimir Putin. The ICC’s statement of concern on Wednesday came after former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

Kishida, in Ukraine, assures Zelenskyy of continued support

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made an unannounced visit to Ukraine's capital Kyiv on Tuesday ahead of a Group of Seven summit he will host in May, vowing as he stood alongside President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to keep supporting the country in its struggle against Russia's

End of Ukraine war no closer after Putin-Xi talks

China's peace plan for Ukraine could be used as a basis to end the war, Vladimir Putin has said. But Mr Putin said the plan could be put forward only when they are ready "in the West and Kyiv". The Russian leader met Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday in Moscow to

Ramadan in Saudi Arabia, Qatar from Thursday 

The holy month of Ramadan will start on Thursday, authorities in Qatar and Saudi Arabia have announced, based on the expected sighting of the crescent moon. Saudi Arabia’s supreme court declared on Tuesday evening that Wednesday would be the last day of the Islamic calendar month

13 killed as strong earthquake rattles Pakistan, Afghanistan

At least 3 killed and 44 people injured in Afghanistan after an earthquake of 6.6 magnitude shook Afghanistan and Pakistan. The total death toll due to the natural disaster is expected to be at least 13.  Strong earthquake tremors felt in Delhi NCR. The quake measuring 7.7

US urges Xi to press Putin over 'war crimes' in Ukraine

Chinese President Xi Jinping should press Vladimir Putin to "halt the war crimes" in Ukraine, the US has urged. The two will meet again on Tuesday for official talks during Mr Xi's first visit to Moscow since the invasion. The White House's National Security

Russia Kalibr missile cargo hit in transit to Crimea: Ukraine

Ukraine has reported the destruction of “multiple” Russian cruise missiles as they were being transported by rail to Russia’s Black Sea fleet in Crimea. Ukraine’s military agency said late on Monday that multiple Kalibr cruise missiles were destroyed by an

IMF approves crucial $3B bailout for bankrupt Sri Lanka

The International Monetary Fund said Monday that its executive board has approved a nearly $3 billion bailout program for Sri Lanka over four years to help salvage the country’s bankrupt economy. About $333 million will be disbursed immediately and the approval will also open up

Israelis, Palestinians agree on steps to curb rising violence

Israeli and Palestinian officials have agreed at a meeting in Egypt to take steps to lower tensions ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The talks in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Sunday stressed the need to prevent any disruptive actions at Jerusalem’s