Sunday, 04 Dec, 2022

International

Brazil election: Lula makes stunning comeback

Brazil has taken a turn to the left as former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva beat far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in the presidential election. After a divisive campaign which saw two bitter rivals on opposite sides of the political spectrum go head to head, Lula won

Twin blasts kill 100 in Somalia Mogadishu bombings

Twin car bomb explosions near a busy junction in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, killed at least 100 people, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud says. Among the victims "who were massacred [were] mothers with their children in their arms", a news agency quotes the president as

Ukraine war: Wave of strikes hit major cities including Kyiv

Russia has launched massive missile strikes across Ukraine, including the capital Kyiv, causing power and water outages, Ukrainian officials say. At least two blasts were reported in Kyiv. One resident told the BBC his district was now without electricity. In the north-eastern city

India: Death toll from Gujarat cable bridge collapse reaches 141

The death toll due to the collapse of a suspension bridge in Gujarat's Morbi has increased to 141 as of Monday morning, a top police official confirmed. The toll was confirmed to the media by Rajkot Range Inspector General of Police Ashok Yadav. However, the toll according to

How Halloween parties turned deadly in popular Seoul district

Young people flocking to Seoul’s popular Itaewon district on Saturday for the first virtually unrestricted Halloween festivities in three years instead found themselves caught up in a deadly crush that killed at least 151 people. The crowd of partiers, some still in their teens

Gas tanker explosion in Baghdad kills nine, wounds many

A gas tanker has exploded in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing at least nine people and injuring several others, security forces said. The explosion, which was heard across much of Baghdad, happened near a football field in an eastern part of the city on Saturday night and sent

At least 100 killed, 300 hurt in ‘heinous’ Mogadishu car bombings

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has said at least 100 people have been killed and 300 wounded in two car bomb explosions in the country’s capital, Mogadishu. Mohamud blamed the al-Shabab armed group for the attacks and told reporters on Sunday that he expected the death

Russia halts participation in Ukraine grain agreement

Russia has suspended its participation in a landmark agreement that allowed vital grain exports from Ukraine after what it said was a drone attack on Russian ships in occupied Crimea. Russia’s defence ministry said Ukraine attacked the Black Sea Fleet near Sevastopol in the

Crush kills at least 151 at Halloween festivities in Seoul

A mass of mostly young people among tens of thousands who gathered to celebrate Halloween in Seoul became trapped and crushed as the crowd surged into a narrow alley, killing at least 151 people and injuring 82 others in South Korea’s worst disaster in years. Emergency workers

Qatar Evicts Hundreds Of Migrant Workers As World Cup Looms: Residents

Qatari authorities have evicted hundreds of migrant workers from buildings in central Doha, casting a new shadow over the countdown to the World Cup, residents and workers said Saturday. Municipal workers and security guards moved into about 12 buildings late on Wednesday to clear and

Pakistan’s ousted PM Imran Khan, supporters start march to Islamabad

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan and thousands of supporters started a long-promised march on Friday to the nation’s capital, Islamabad, to challenge the government of his successor and demand early elections. Khan maintains that his ouster in a parliament

Ukraine asks Iran not to send Russia weapons

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said he demanded Tehran stop providing Russia with weapons in a phone call with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian. Ukrainian officials and their Western allies have accused Iran of providing so-called

Death toll hits 72 as Tropical Storm Nalgae drenches Philippines

The Philippines has now recorded 72 deaths from Tropical Storm Nalgae, which has brought flash floods and landslides to provinces in the south of the country, the country’s disaster agency said. The tropical storm, which has maximum sustained winds of 95km (59 miles) per hour and

UN voices concern over Iran’s treatment of detained protesters

The UN human rights office on Friday voiced concern at Iran’s treatment of detained protesters and said authorities were refusing to release some of the bodies of those killed, as demonstrators again called for the death of the country’s top leader. The Islamic Republic has

At least 31 killed as storm submerges villages across Philippines

At least 31 people were killed as heavy rains from incoming tropical storm Nalgae caused chest-deep floods and triggered landslides in several provinces across the Philippines on Friday. The casualties were tallied so far in Maguindanao province in the southern regional island of

Israeli forces kill two Palestinians in occupied Nablus

The Israeli army has shot and killed two Palestinian men at a military checkpoint south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian officials. The Palestinian health ministry announced just before 2am (11:00 GMT) on Friday that 47-year-old Imad Abu Rasheed was killed

North Korea fires two ballistic missiles off east coast

North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and national media said. “The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said it detected the launches from the Tongchon area in Kangwon Province,” South Korea’s

Protests in Sri Lanka over economic crisis and police brutality

Thousands of Sri Lankans protested in the capital, Colombo, on Thursday with civil rights groups, trade unions and students expressing their discontent over the economic situation and the brutal suppression of previous demonstrations. Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis in

Fifteen dead in attack on Shiite shrine in Iran

At least 15 people were killed Wednesday in an attack on a key Shiite Muslim shrine in southern Iran, state media said, with the Islamic State group claiming the assault. The attack carried out by an armed "terrorist" during evening prayers at the Shah Cheragh mausoleum in

Russia undertakes nuclear drills as fighting heavy near Bakhmut

Russia's strategic forces carried out drills Wednesday, including a test launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine, further stoking concerns that a nuclear weapon could be deployed in the Ukraine war. Russian President Vladimir Putin surveyed the drills carried out by his