Friday, 21 Jan, 2022

International

Kyle Rittenhouse: Biden angry after teen cleared of shootings

US President Joe Biden has said he is angry after a teenager who shot dead two men during racial unrest last year in Wisconsin was cleared. The president expressed dismay at the verdict in a written statement after earlier telling reporters he supported the jury's decision. Kyle

Kamala Harris: First woman to get US presidential powers

US Vice-President Kamala Harris became the first woman to - briefly - be given presidential powers while Joe Biden underwent a regular health check. Ms Harris, 57, was in control for 85 minutes, while Mr Biden was placed under anaesthesia for a routine colonoscopy on Friday. Mr

New Law: Pakistan allows chemical castration of serial rapists

Sex offenders convicted of multiple rapes in Pakistan could face chemical castration after Parliament passed a new legislation that aims to speed up convictions and impose tougher sentences. The bill is a response to public outcry against a recent spike in cases of women and children

Afghanistan ‘on the brink of catastrophe’: UN envoy

The UN envoy for Afghanistan says the country is “on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe”, urging the international community to find ways to provide financial support to the Afghan people, who “feel abandoned”. Deborah Lyons said an estimated 60 percent of

China overtakes US as the richest country in the world

Global wealth tripled over the last two decades, with China leading the way and overtaking the US for the top spot worldwide, Bloomberg reported. A report by McKinsey & Co. that examines the national balance sheets of ten countries representing more than 60 per cent of the

Xi Jinping and Joe Biden hold virtual meeting

On the morning of 16 November, President Xi Jinping had a virtual meeting with US President Joe Biden. The two sides had thorough and in-depth communication and exchanges on issues of strategic, overarching and fundamental importance shaping the development of China-US relations and on

Xi, Biden wrap up ‘virtual’ meeting amid rising tension

US President Joe Biden called for better and more “honest” communication between China and the US during a virtual call with Chinese President Xi Jinping where both leaders played up their close relationship. The two leaders were holding discussions over video conference at

I had concerns about marriage: Malala Yousafzai

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who married her partner Asser Malik last week, has addressed the "concerns" about marriage she had previously voiced to British Vogue. Appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr show, the 24-year-old Pakistani women's rights activist

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping: What they want from talks

US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold a virtual summit on Monday as tensions between the countries deepen. The competing superpowers surprised many last week by issuing a joint declaration to address climate change, at talks in Glasgow, Scotland. But

Ecuador prison riot: New fighting at Guayaquil jail kills 68

At least 68 prisoners have been killed in new fighting at an Ecuadorean prison where more than a hundred inmates died in clashes between rival gangs in September, officials say. The riot at the Litoral Penitentiary in the city of Guayaquil reportedly began on Friday evening. Police

COP26: New global climate deal struck in Glasgow

A deal aimed at staving off dangerous climate change has been struck at the COP26 summit in Glasgow. The Glasgow Climate Pact is the first ever climate deal to explicitly plan to reduce coal, the worst fossil fuel for greenhouse gases. The deal also presses for more urgent emission

Manipur: Colonel, his wife, son among 7 dead in terrorist attack 

An Indian Army Colonel, his wife and son, and four soldiers were killed in an ambush by terrorists near the border with Myanmar in Manipur. The terror attack - one of the deadliest in the region in recent times - took place at 10 am in Manipur's Churachandpur district, sources have

Cautious welcome for US-China climate agreement

Activists and politicians have cautiously welcomed an unexpected US-China declaration that vowed to boost climate co-operation. The EU and UN described the move as encouraging and an important step, but Greenpeace said both countries needed to show more commitment. The US and China

COP26 draft text calls for tougher emissions pledges by 2022

The United Nations climate agency has published a first draft (PDF) of the political decision countries will likely issue at the end of the COP26 summit being held in the Scottish city of Glasgow. Negotiators from nearly 200 countries will work from the draft released on Wednesday to

Poland detains refugees, increases troops at Belarusian border

Poland has detained hundreds more migrants and refugees who attempted to enter the country from Belarus overnight and deployed 3,000 more soldiers to strengthen the border. Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak told broadcaster PR1 on Wednesday that it was “not a calm

Poland blocks hundreds of migrants at Belarus border

Poland says it has repelled attempts by migrants to enter the country at its eastern border with Belarus, warning that thousands more were on the way. Video footage showed hundreds of people near a barbed-wire border fence, which some tried to force their way through. The Polish

Deadly fire ‘decimates’ school in southern Niger

At least 26 schoolchildren have been killed when their classrooms made out of straw and wood were engulfed in a blaze in southern Niger a local governor told the AFP news agency. “Right now, we have 26 dead and 13 injured, four of them seriously,” said Chaibou Aboubacar,

Kuwaiti government resigns amid standoff

Kuwait's government has submitted its resignation to the ruling emir, Al Qabas and Al Rai newspapers reported, in a move that could help end a standoff with opposition lawmakers that has hindered fiscal reform. It was the second time a government headed by Prime Minister Sheikh

UK pledges £290m to help poor nations with climate 

The UK is pledging £290m to help poorer countries cope with the impact of climate change, as the COP26 climate change summit enters its second week. Government ministers from around the world are in Glasgow for more talks. They will discuss how to support poorer countries and

Sierra Leone tanker explosion death toll reaches 98 

At least 98 people have died after a massive explosion when a fuel tanker collided with a lorry in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. Fuel spilled before igniting and the resulting inferno engulfed bystanders and vehicles at a busy junction. Footage broadcast by local media