Saturday, 01 Oct, 2022

International

North Korea fires ballistic missiles in latest tests amid tension

North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles from the Pyongyang area towards the country’s east coast, according to South Korean and Japanese officials, marking Pyongyang’s fourth missile test launch in a week. Japan’s NHK national television said multiple

Putin raises stakes in speech full of anti-Western bile

This week, one Russian newspaper, Moskovsky Komsomolets, concluded: "Vladimir Putin has nowhere to retreat. So, he'll continue to attack." Cue St George's Hall of the Kremlin Palace and the controversial signing ceremony in front of MPs, senators and officials.

US won't be intimidated by reckless Putin: Biden

President Joe Biden has warned Russia that the United States will not be intimidated by reckless threats after Vladimir Putin declared the annexation of four occupied regions of Ukrain On Friday, President Putin appeared to make a veiled threat to use nuclear weapons to defend those

Cyclone Ian strikes Carolinas, kills at least 45 in Florida

Ian, now a post-tropical cyclone, was moving farther inland Friday night after pummeling South Carolina with fierce winds and a destructive storm surge, less than two days after killing at least 45 people in Florida and leaving behind an apocalyptic path of destruction. The storm made

Putin declares 'four new regions' as Moscow annexes parts of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday declared four new regions of the country shortly after holding sham referendums in parts of occupied Ukraine. “There are four new regions of Russia,” Putin said in a televised ceremony from the Kremlin in Moscow, according to a

Suicide attacker kills at least 19 in Kabul school blast

A suicide bomber has attacked an educational institute in the Afghan capital, killing at least 19 people. As many as 27 others were wounded in the blast early on Friday, which occurred in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood of western Kabul, a predominantly Shia Muslim area home to the

Hurricane Ian heads for Carolinas after pounding Florida

A revived Hurricane Ian set its sights on South Carolina’s coast Friday and the historic city of Charleston, with forecasters predicting a storm surge and floods after the megastorm caused catastrophic damage in Florida and left people trapped in their homes. With all of South

Putin to host Kremlin ceremony annexing parts of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin was set to host a Kremlin ceremony on Friday annexing four regions of Ukraine, while his Ukrainian counterpart said Putin would have to be stopped for Russia to avoid the most damaging consequences of the war. There was a warning too from United Nations

Tehran regime faces international isolation as protests spread abroad

The Tehran regime faced growing international isolation on Thursday as a wave of unrest inside Iran spread across borders.  In Afghanistan, Taliban forces fired shots into the air to disperse a women’s rally in front of the Iranian embassy in Kabul in support of the protests

Aung San Suu Kyi, adviser jailed in Myanmar over state secrets

Myanmar’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been found guilty of breaching the country’s official secrets act by a secretive military court, the latest of a string of convictions brought by the generals who removed her from office in a coup last year. Aung San Suu Kyi was

Kamala Harris in S Korea day after North fires missiles

US vice president Kamala Harris arrived in South Korea a day after the North fired two short range ballistic missiles off its east coast. The launch, which breaches UN sanctions, comes as the US and South Korea hold joint naval drills in the waters around the Korean peninsula. South

Optus: How a massive data breach has exposed Australia

Last week, Australian telecommunications giant Optus revealed about 10 million customers - about 40% of the population - had personal data stolen in what it calls a cyber-attack. Some experts say it may be the worst data breach in Australia's history. But this week has seen more

Flooding, power cuts as Hurricane Ian crashes ashore in Florida

Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the United States, has swept into southwest Florida, flooding streets and buildings, knocking out power to more than one million people, and threatening catastrophic damage further inland. The “extremely

19 Dead, in Morocco After Drinking Toxic Alcohol, Suspect Arrested

At least 19 people have died and dozens of others were hospitalised after consuming toxic alcohol from a roadside kiosk in northern Morocco, local media reported Wednesday. Police arrested a 48-year-old suspect in connection with the incident, the Directorate General of National

Body of famed US climber found on Mt Manaslu in Himalayas

A search team in Nepal has recovered the body of famous US ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson from near the summit of Mount Manaslu in the Himalayas. Nelson, 49, was descending the world's eighth highest summit with her partner when she went missing on Monday. Rescuers found her

Massive fire in China restaurant kills 17 

A fire at a restaurant in northeastern China on Wednesday killed 17 people and injured three, according to local authorities. The blaze broke out at 12:40 pm (0440 GMT) in an eatery in the city of Changchun, the local government said in a statement posted on the Weibo social media

Russian proxies in Ukraine claim victory in annexation votes

Russian-installed officials in occupied regions of Ukraine have reported huge majorities in favour of becoming part of Russia after five days of voting in “referendums” that Kyiv and its allies have condemned as illegitimate and a sham. Hastily arranged votes took place in

India bans Islamic organization PFI for five years

Indian authorities on Wednesday declared the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its affiliates an “unlawful association” with immediate effect, banning it for five years. This comes after the authorities detained scores of members of the Islamic organization on Tuesday and

King Salman appoints Crown Prince as Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia

King Salman of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday named Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman the Kingdom’s prime minister and appointed Prince Khalid bin Salman defense minister in a Cabinet reshuffle by royal decree. The crown prince had previously been defense minister, and Prince Khalid was

Putin grants Russian citizenship to US whistleblower Snowden

President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to former US security contractor Edward Snowden, according to a decree signed by the Russian leader. Snowden is one of 75 foreign nationals granted Russian citizenship by the decree published on an official government website on