Monday, 15 Aug, 2022

International

ICJ to rule on Myanmar objections to Rohingya genocide case

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is set to rule on Myanmar’s preliminary objections to a genocide case brought over the military’s brutal 2017 crackdown on the mostly Muslim Rohingya. The court heard arguments on the objections in February, and ICJ President Judge

Military raids Sri Lanka protest camps, leaders arrested

The military in Sri Lanka has taken control of the presidential secretariat in the capital after “brutally assaulting” the protesters. Soldiers also destroyed tents at the adjacent GotaGoGama protest site, arrested several protest leaders and cordoned off the area together

Droupadi Murmu Is India's New President

India has got its first tribal President as Droupadi Murmu, the NDA's choice, scooped up over 50 per cent of the total vote value after three rounds of counting.  Opposition's Yashwant Sinha is far behind. Droupadi Murmu has crossed the halfway mark after three rounds

Italian PM Mario Draghi resigns 

A year-and-a-half after he was appointed as Italy's unelected head of a unity government, Mario Draghi resigned as prime minister. He told President Sergio Mattarella he was standing down after three parties in his government refused to back him in a confidence vote the night

World's oldest male giant panda in captivity dies in Hong Kong zoo

The world's oldest male panda in captivity has died in an amusement park zoo in Hong Kong on Thursday. The panda, called An An, was euthanized at the age of 35 - the equivalent of a human living till 105. Officials at Ocean Park say the decision was reached after he showed

Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as Sri Lankan President 

Sri Lanka's Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as president, amid hopes that he will pull the country out of its economic suffering. The 73-year-old took his oath at the tightly-guarded parliament complex on Thursday. Mr Wickremesinghe - the former prime minister - is seen

Death toll from Sudan ethnic clashes rises to 105: official

Ethnic clashes in Sudan’s Blue Nile state in a deadly land dispute killed 105 people and wounded 291, the state’s health minister said, providing a new toll Wednesday. Fighting broke out in the southern state on the borders with Ethiopia and South Sudan on July 11 between

Israeli Journalist Steps Into Mecca on Saudi Trip, Causing Stir

An Israeli reporter slipped into the Islamic holy city of Mecca during a trip to Saudi Arabia, sparking controversy on social media and illustrating the sensitivities of closer ties between the two countries. The journalist for Israel’s Channel 13 TV news, Gil Tamary, published a

Sri Lankan Parliament elects Ranil Wickremesinghe as President

Sri Lanka’s prime minister, Ranil Wickeremesinghe, has won a parliamentary vote electing him as president, a result that is likely to frustrate protesters who have been calling for weeks for him to resign. Wickremesinghe, who has been prime minister six times but never president,

Sri Lanka Parliament to choose president to lead past crisis

Sri Lanka’s Parliament is voting by secret ballot Wednesday for a new president to lead the country out of the deep political, economic and humanitarian crisis that toppled the previous leader and has left simmering tensions in the island nation. Prime Minister and Acting

NATO would have eventually started Ukraine war: Khamenei to Putin

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has told Russia’s President Vladimir Putin that had he not started the war in Ukraine, NATO, the “dangerous creature”, would have done it eventually. “War is a violent and difficult issue and the Islamic

Putin heads to Tehran for talks with leaders of Iran, Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Iran starting Tuesday is intended to deepen ties with regional heavyweights as part of Moscow’s challenge to the United States and Europe amid its grinding campaign in Ukraine. In only his second trip abroad since Russian tanks

Europe’s heatwave moves north as UK braces for hottest day on record

Firefighters continued to battle blazes in southern Europe as searing temperatures moved north and Britain braced for what could be its hottest day on record. Expectations are now high that on Tuesday the British record of 38.7C could be broken and 40C breached for the first time, with

At least 20 killed, 30 missing after boat capsizes in Pakistan

At least 20 people have died and another 30 are missing after a boat carrying more than 100 people capsized in a river in central Pakistan, officials said. The overloaded boat was heading to a wedding when it capsized in the Indus River in the district of Sadiqabad, the government said

US School Shooter Faces Death Penalty At Sentencing Trial

A young man who gunned down 17 people at his former high school in Parkland, Florida goes on trial Monday, with jurors set to hand down either the death penalty or a life sentence. Nikolas Cruz took an AR-15 assault rifle into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day

Zelensky fires security chief and top prosecutor

President Volodymyr Zelensky has fired the head of Ukraine's security agency (SBU) and the prosecutor general, citing many cases of treason in the two powerful organisations. He said more than 60 former employees were now working against Ukraine in Russian-occupied areas. In his

India Presidential poll 2022: Murmu v Sinha race kicks off

Polling in the Presidential election is underway at the Parliament House and the state legislative assemblies.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, chief ministers from across the country, and other MPs and MLAs cast their votes on Monday morning.

3 dead in US mall shooting; witness kills gunman

Three people were fatally shot and two were injured Sunday evening at an Indiana mall after a man with a rifle opened fire in a food court and an armed civilian shot and killed him, police said. The man entered the Greenwood Park Mall with a rifle and several magazines of ammunition

More evacuations as Mediterranean wildfires spread

France has evacuated more than 16,000 people threatened by wildfires in the south-west, as fires also spread in Spain, Croatia and Greece. Authorities in France's Gironde, a popular tourist region, have evacuated guards from campsites - the tourists left earlier. Fires have spread

Biden disputes Saudi minister’s account of meeting with MBS

President Joe Biden hints the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia was not being truthful in his account of the US leader’s meeting with the kingdom’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). Biden was referring to comments made by Adel al-Jubeir, who told Fox News he did not