Tuesday, 27 Feb, 2024


Courting young voters, Biden announces new student debt relief

US President Joe Biden, elected in 2020 largely thanks to young voters, on Wednesday announced he was extending his student loan forgiveness program by canceling the loans of an additional 150,000 Americans. "While a college degree is still a ticket to a better life, that ticket

Brazil foreign minister says Israeli counterpart ‘lying’ in Gaza spat

Brazil’s foreign minister on Tuesday accused his Israeli counterpart of “lying” as a diplomatic spat escalated over President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s comparison of Israel’s military campaign in Gaza to the Holocaust. Mauro Vieira, whose country is

US veto sent wrong message over Gaza: China 

China has sharply criticised the US for vetoing a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. Beijing said the move sent the "wrong message" and effectively gave a "green light to the continued slaughter". The White House said the

Pakistan parties reach agreement on coalition government

Two political parties in Pakistan have reached a formal agreement to form a new government following an election mired in controversy. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) will be backed by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in a new administration, they jointly announced. Both

Widow indicted in 2021 assassination of Haiti President

A judge investigating the July 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse issued a final report on Monday that indicts his widow, Martine Moïse, ex-prime minister Claude Joseph and the former chief of Haiti's National Police, Léon Charles, among others. The

Russia 'hiding' Navalny's body, says his widow 

Adding to the anguish felt by the late Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny's family, his mother and his team have reportedly been denied access to his body and told by investigators that the official probe into his death is being extended, and it's unclear how long it will

Israel’s occupation of Palestine: ICJ arguments continues

Oral proceedings continue at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the legal consequences of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. South Africa, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Bangladesh and Belgium present early arguments. More than 50 states and at

US man sues lottery after being told $340m win is error

A Washington DC man who thought he won a jackpot worth $340m (£270m) has sued Powerball and the DC Lottery, who claim they published his numbers by mistake. John Cheeks said he felt "numb" when he first saw Powerball's winning numbers matched his ticket in January

Farmers to resume Delhi march over crop prices

Protesting Indian farmers say they will resume marching to capital Delhi this week after rejecting a government proposal to buy some crops at assured prices on a five-year contract. The protesters began marching last week but were stopped around 200km (125 miles) from Delhi. Since

Israel indicates March deadline for offensive in Rafah

Israeli war cabinet member Benny Gantz has warned that unless Hamas frees all hostages held in Gaza by 10 March an offensive will be launched in Rafah. It is the first time Israel has said when its troops might enter Gaza's overcrowded southern city. Global opposition is growing

64 shot dead in Papua New Guinea ambush

At least 64 people have died in an ambush in Papua New Guinea's remote Highlands region. The victims were shot dead during a tribal dispute in the Enga province over the weekend, a national police spokesman told the BBC. The Highlands area has long struggled with violence, but

Israel-Gaza war: Latest ceasefire talks not very promising - Qatar

Talks to agree a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza were "not very promising" in recent days, mediator Qatar has said. Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said he remained optimistic, but added "time is not in our favour". It comes as

Pakistan official admits involvement in rigging election results

A senior bureaucrat in Pakistan has said he helped rig Pakistan’s elections, a week after polls marred by allegations of manipulation returned no clear winner. On Saturday, Liaqat Ali Chattha, commissioner of the garrison city of Rawalpindi, where the country’s powerful

Navalny's team accuses Russia of 'hiding' his body

Alexei Navalny's mother has been unable to recover his body after his death in an Arctic jail, a close aide to the dead Russian opposition leader says. Kira Yarmysh said his mother, Lyudmila, was told his body would only be handed over once a post-mortem examination had been

Former Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra released on parole

Thailand's convicted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has arrived at his mansion in the capital Bangkok after being released on parole. The billionaire was freed from a police hospital, where he had been serving a one-year jail sentence for corruption and abuse of power.

Over 100 Detained at Memorials for Navalny in Russia

Russian police have detained more than 100 people at spontaneous memorials for deceased opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the OVD-Info rights group said Saturday. The 47-year-old Kremlin critic was serving a 19-year prison sentence in the Arctic when authorities announced his death,

Imran Khan's PTI to sit in opposition in Pakistan parliament

As the political uncertainty about who will form the government in light of the February 8 general election continues, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) yesterday announced that it would form the opposition in the Centre and Punjab as per party founder Imran Khan's directives. PTI

Japan now successfully launches H3 rocket 

Japan has successfully launched its next-generation rocket into orbit, the country’s space agency has announced, after two failed attempts cast a pall over Tokyo’s space ambitions. The H3 had a “successful liftoff” at 9:22am Tokyo time (12:22 GMT) on Saturday

Putin and 'his thugs' responsible for Navalny's death: Biden 

Joe Biden says Vladimir Putin is wholly responsible for the death in a Russian jail of Alexei Navalny. Speaking at the White House, in his first comments following news that one of the Russian leader’s most vocal critics was dead, the US president said “like millions of

Trump ordered to pay $354m to New York for lying to banks

Former President Donald Trump must pay nearly $355m (£281m) to New York state for lying about the values of his properties, a judge has ruled. Judge Arthur Engoron also banned him from serving as a company director or taking out loans from banks in the state for three years.