Friday, 21 Jan, 2022

International

6 killed in Christmas Day attack on restaurant in Congo

Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say at least six people have died in a suicide bomb attack on a crowded restaurant in the eastern city of Beni. Police prevented the bomber from entering the building, but he blew himself up at the entrance killing himself and five other

COVID: 4,500 flights cancelled over Christmas weekend 

Holiday travel plans around the world continue to be disrupted with thousands of flights cancelled for the Christmas weekend as Covid infections surge. Airlines have blamed shortages of healthy staff for the cancellations of nearly 2,400 flights on Friday and more than 2,300 on

Hong Kong university removes Tiananmen massacre statue

A monument at Hong Kong university that commemorates the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre was removed by workers early on Thursday despite objections by its creator from Denmark. The 8 metre (26 foot) tall Pillar of Shame, which depicts 50 torn and twisted bodies piled on top of each

Malaysia: Death toll rises after massive floods

At least 14 people have died and tens of thousands are displaced following some of the worst floods Malaysia has seen in decades. Three days of torrential rain over the weekend caused severe flooding in eight states, partially submerging a number of towns and villages. The

Philippines Super Typhoon Rai death toll surges

At least 375 people are now known to have died after a powerful storm struck the Philippines on Thursday, police say. Super Typhoon Rai - with winds of about 195km/h (120mph) - sent some 400,000 people running for safety when it hit the country's south-eastern islands. At least

Gabriel Boric to become Chile's youngest ever president

Leftist candidate Gabriel Boric has won Chile's presidential election to become the country's youngest ever leader. In what was expected to be a tight race, the 35-year-old former protest leader defeated his far-right rival Antonio Kast by more than 10 points. Mr Boric told

Tortured to death: Myanmar mass killings revealed

The Myanmar military carried out a series of mass killings of civilians in July that resulted in the deaths of at least 40 men, according to a BBC investigation. Eyewitnesses and survivors said that soldiers, some as young as 17, rounded up villagers before separating the men and

Light aircraft crash in Australia kills 4

Four people including two children died on Sunday after a light aircraft crashed into the sea near the coast of Australia’s Queensland state. Police said the aircraft, a four-seater Rockwell, crashed off the end of a runway at Redcliffe, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast

Hong Kong: Why the Legco elections are so controversial

Hong Kong is holding its first legislative council election since China introduced sweeping changes that have altered the city's political landscape. The government says the revamped electoral system will ensure only "patriots" will be allowed to stand for election and

Gas explosion kills at least 10 in Pakistan’s Karachi

A powerful gas explosion in a sewage system in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi has killed at least 10 people and injured 13 others, according to officials. Sabir Memon, a doctor at the Trauma Center in Karachi, said at least three people among those injured in Saturday’s

Russia demands Ukraine, ex-Soviet nations be barred from NATO

Russia has published draft security pacts, demanding that NATO deny membership to Ukraine and other ex-Soviet countries and roll back the deployment of troops and weapons in central and eastern Europe. The documents, published on Friday, also call for a ban on sending US and Russian

Hundreds trapped after fire in Hong Kong’s World Trade Centre

Hundreds of people are trapped on the roof of a skyscraper in Hong Kong following a fire according to media reports. Wednesday’s blaze at the 38-story World Trade Centre in Causeway Bay triggered a large response, with firefighters trying to rescue several using emergency

At least 50 killed in Haiti gas tanker explosion

At least 50 people have been killed after a truck carrying fuel exploded in the Haitian city of Cap-Haitien. The city’s Deputy Mayor Patrick Almonor said he saw “between 50 and 54 people burned alive” on Tuesday and “it is impossible to identify them.”

Global supply chain: Toyota extends Japan production stoppages

Toyota has announced that it will extend production stoppages at some factories in Japan as it continues to feel the impact of supply chain issues. The world's largest carmaker said its components factories in South East Asia had faced disruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Canada offers up to $40bn to compensate indigenous children

Canada has pledged up to C$40bn ($31bn; £23.6bn) in compensation for indigenous children and families who suffered discrimination while in foster care. In September, a top court upheld a 2016 ruling that the government underfunded First Nations services compared with those for

7.4 magnitude quake shakes Indonesia 

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia's South Sulawesi province, prompting people to evacuate homes and buildings. The earthquake happened around 10.30 local time (03:30 GMT) on Tuesday in the Flores Sea. It affected the East Nusa Tenggara region, officials

US tornadoes: At least 100 feared dead

US President Joe Biden has pledged support to states affected by a swarm of devastating tornadoes that demolished homes, levelled businesses and left at least 100 people feared dead. Describing the tornadoes as likely “one of the largest” storm outbreaks in history, Biden

G7 warns of ‘massive consequences’ if Russia invades Ukraine

Russia faces “massive consequences” if it invades Ukraine, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has said at a meeting of top diplomats from the G7 group of leading industrialised nations. There was a “very much a united voice from the G7 nations who represent 50

More than 50 feared dead in Kentucky's worst ever tornadoes

The governor of the US state of Kentucky has warned that more than 50 people are thought to have been killed by tornadoes overnight. Andy Beshear said the figure could rise to as many as 100 in what he called the worst tornadoes in the state's history. He said the number was

Russia faces consequences if Ukraine invaded - Truss

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has warned Russia it will face "severe economic consequences" if it invades Ukraine. She said G7 foreign ministers meeting in Liverpool this weekend would put on a show of unity and make clear such a move would be a "strategic mistake".