Monday, 15 Aug, 2022

International

Zelenskiy seeks direct talks with Xi amid war with Russia

Ukraine is seeking an opportunity to speak "directly" with Chinese leader Xi Jinping to help end its war with Russia, President Volodymyr Zelensky said, the South China Morning Post reported on Thursday (August 4). In an interview with SCMP, the Ukrainian leader urged China

China begins ‘unprecedented’ military drills around Taiwan

China has begun large-scale military sea and air exercises around the self-ruled island of Taiwan, hours after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s departure from Taipei following a whirlwind visit that infuriated Beijing. State media reported the live-fire drills in six areas around

Taiwan: Pelosi leaves Taipei to sound of Chinese fury

US Speaker Nancy Pelosi has left Taiwan after a brief but controversial visit. Ms Pelosi - the most senior US politician to visit in 25 years - departed on Wednesday after meeting leaders in the capital Taipei. But her visit, as part of a wider Asian tour, sparked fury in Beijing

India’s faltering rice output can cause a new food crisis

Rice could emerge as the next challenge for global food supply as a shortage of rain in parts of India, by far the world’s biggest exporter, has caused planting area to shrink to the smallest in about three years. The threat to India’s rice production comes at a time when

First grain ship out of Ukraine reaches Turkish waters

The first grain ship to depart Ukraine since Russia invaded has arrived at Turkey's Bosphorus strait. The Razoni, which is carrying 26,000 tonnes of corn, will be inspected on Wednesday morning before continuing its journey to Lebanon. Russia has been blockading Ukraine's

1 dead, 5 wounded in shooting in NE Washington

One man was killed and five others were wounded in a shooting Monday night in Northeast Washington, the Metropolitan Police Department said. The circumstances of the shooting, including whether the victims even knew each other, were being investigated, Police Chief Robert J. Contee III

US Navy deploys four warships east of Taiwan as Pelosi heads to Taipei

As US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi headed to Taipei on Tuesday amid intensifying warnings from China, four US warships, including an aircraft carrier, were positioned in waters east of the island on “routine” deployments. The carrier USS Ronald Reagan had

World one misstep from ‘nuclear annihilation’: UN chief

Nuclear threats emanating from the war in Ukraine as well as in Asia and the Middle East have put the world “one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation”, the United Nations secretary-general said.  At the UN on Monday, Antonio Guterres issued the dire warning at

Al-Qaeda leader killed in US drone strike

The US has killed the leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a drone strike in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden has confirmed. He was killed in a counter-terrorism operation carried out by the CIA in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Sunday. Mr Biden said Zawahiri had "carved a

Newborn found alive in Narsingdi

A one-day-old newborn baby girl was rescued alive from a dirt drain in Narsingdi. The baby was found at Daspara area in Chinishpur Union on Sunday (July 31) around 9:30 pm. According to the police and locals, a local woman heard the sound of a newborn crying in the dirt drain near a

New Zealand fully reopens borders after Covid 

New Zealand's borders are fully open for the first time since March 2020, when they shut in an effort to keep out Covid-19. Immigration authorities will now begin accepting visitors with visas and those on student visas again. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called it an

Myanmar military extends emergency rule until 2023

Myanmar's military regime has extended its emergency rule until 2023 as the country remains riven by internal fighting following last year's coup. The junta seized power last year after overthrowing Aung Sung Suu Kyi's democratically-elected government. The military has

Ukraine war: First grain ship leaves under Russia deal

The first ship carrying grain has left a Ukrainian port under a landmark deal with Russia. Turkish and Ukrainian officials say the ship left the southern port of Odesa early on Monday morning local time. Russia has been blockading Ukrainian ports since February, but the two sides

Zelensky orders civilians to evacuate Donetsk region

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky has ordered all civilians still living in parts of eastern Donetsk region under Ukrainian control to evacuate. Speaking during a late-night address from Kyiv, Mr Zelensky warned of an intensification of fighting. "The more people leave

Russia offers big money to recruit for Ukraine war

Across Russia, volunteer battalions are being formed to deploy to the war in Ukraine, joining the so-called "special military operation" declared by President Vladimir Putin in February. From Murmansk in the Arctic Circle to Perm in the Urals and Primorsky Krai in the Russian

Iran ramps up drone production

Iran has stepped up the production of military-capable drones, delivering its technology to militant groups across the Middle East as well as to countries such as Venezuela and Sudan, the US has warned. The New York Times cited Iranian media outlets, satellite images and US defense

Russia says 40 Ukrainian prisoners killed in blast

Russia's defence ministry says 40 Ukrainian prisoners-of-war have been killed by Ukrainian shelling of a prison in separatist-held Donetsk. Officials alleged that 75 others had been injured in a rocket strike on the prison camp in Olenivka. The BBC cannot independently verify this

Some Asia economies need rapid rate hikes to cool inflation: IMF

Some Asian central banks must rapidly raise interest rates to prevent an “upward spiral” in inflation as the war in Ukraine drives surging fuel and food prices, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) official has said. While inflation in Asia remains “moderate”

Xi warns Biden against ‘playing with fire’ over Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned his US counterpart Joe Biden against “playing with fire” over Taiwan, as the pair held their fifth call as leaders at a time of simmering economic and geopolitical tensions. Chinese state media reported that Xi told Biden that the

Mamata Banerjee Sacks Partha Chatterjee 

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today removed Partha Chatterjee as a minister and from all party posts in the Trinamool Congress, five days after he was arrested for alleged corruption in recruitment of teachers. "Partha Chatterjee is being suspended from the party till