Saturday, August 13, 2022


Over 140 humanitarian aid workers killed in 2021: UN

GENEVA: More than 140 aid workers were killed over the course of 2021, the Geneva-based UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Friday.

Japan to implement measures to combat inflation

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday said he will instruct relevant officials within his government to implement steps to combat inflation as rising prices are hugely impacting companies and consumers.

Pakistan forex reserves fall to near 3-year low

ISLAMABAD: The State Bank of Pakistan's (SBP) foreign currency reserves fell to their lowest level in almost three years at $7.83 billion as of August 5 from $8.385 billion a week earlier on debt payments, data from the central bank showed.

Crimea blasts have weakened Russia's Black Sea Fleet: UK

LONDON: Explosions at the Saki military airfield on Ukraine's occupied Crimean Peninsula have significantly weakened the naval aviation of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, the UK's Ministry of Defence said on Friday.

4 police officers killed, 113 arrested in Sierra Leone protest

FREETOWN: A statement issued by the Sierra Leone police said that four police officers were killed in the nationwide protest, while 113 protesters were arrested by the police.

Ukraine nuke plant not at immediate risk: IAEA

KIEV:Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said that there is "no immediate threat" to safety at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant despite continued shelling, but the situation could however change "at any moment".

Armed man, demanding frozen assets, takes hostages at Lebanon bank

BEIRUT:Amid a severe economic crisis in Lebanon, an armed man held hostages inside a bank in Beirut, demanding access to his frozen assets, security officials and witnesses said.

Trump premises searched for papers related to nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON: The FBI agents were looking for documents relating to nuclear weapons, among others, in the unprecedented search they conducted of the premises of former US President Donald Trump earlier this week in Florida, according to a stunning news report.

Ukraine needs to implement 107 regulations under Association Agreement with EU

KIEV: Ukraine has to implement 107 regulations and directives under the Association Agreement with the European Union (EU), the country's Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Olha Stefanishyna said.

The decisive vote that turned Democrat Joe Manchin from 'villain' to 'hero'

The decisive vote that turned Democrat Joe Manchin from 'villain' to 'hero'

China overtakes US as world leader in scientific research output, 'high impact' studies

TOKYO: China has overtaken the US as the world leader in both scientific research output and "high impact" studies, according to a report published by Japans science and technology ministry.

Ukraine wants Switzerland to represent interests in Russia

GENEVA: Ukraine wants Switzerland to represent its interests in Russia after the break-off of diplomatic relations, the Swiss Foreign Ministry in Bern announced on Thursday.

London's Heathrow says airport travel chaos is easing

LONDON: London's Heathrow airport has insisted that the recent travel chaos is beginning to ease after telling airlines to cut their flight programmes to tackle delays and cancellations.

Spain accepts 294 more refugees from Afghanistan

MADRID: Spain has taken in 294 more Afghans in need of protection nearly one year after the last US soldiers left the country and a hardline Taliban government took over.

Over 400 private schools close in Afghanistan: Report

KABUL: More than 400 private schools across Afghanistan have closed their doors due to various reasons, including economic problems, a local news outlet said in a report on Thursday.

Modi-Shehbaz Sharif meeting likely during SCO summit: Report

ISLAMABAD: Narendra Modi and Shehbaz Sharif, the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan, are likely to have a meeting during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, diplomatic sources told a media outlet.

Aus state to hand out free masks to curb Covid spread

MELBOURNE: Authorities in Australia's Victoria state have announced that free masks will be handed out to the community in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Russian journo raided for discrediting army

MOSCOW: Russian authorities raided the home of journalist Marina Ovsyannikova for allegedly discrediting the country's army.

China again threatens to take Taiwan by force if necessary

BEIJING: Amid the continuing tensions over Taiwan, China on Wednesday again threatened to take the democratic self-governing island by military means if necessary.

German tourism almost back to pre-Covid level

BERLIN: Tourism in Germany continues to recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, with overnight stays almost reaching pre-crisis levels in June.

War must end with Crimea's liberation: Zelensky

KIEV: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the ongoing war with Russia will not end until the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which was annexed by Moscow, is liberated.

Fertility rate rises in England, Wales for 1st time since 2012

LONDON:The fertility rate in England and Wales has increased for the first time since 2012, official figures have confirmed.
There were 624,828 live births registered in England and Wales in 2021, up 1.8 per cent from 2020, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Tuesday.

Russia installs air defence system at Ukrainian nuke plant

MOSCOW: Russian forces have started installing an air defence system at Europe's largest nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhya, in occupied Ukraine, after shelling triggered fears of a catastrophic accident.

Four months on, anti-govt protests in Sri Lanka fizzle out

COLOMBO:Demonstrations planned by Sri Lankan opposition parties and trade unions have fizzled out, with smaller crowds turning up to mark the fourth month of an anti-government protest campaign launched in the wake of the ongoing economic crisis.

UK braces for new heatwave

LONDON:The UK is bracing for days of extreme temperatures in the latest heatwave, as the Met Office has issued a four-day amber warning for extreme heat in parts of England and Wales for Thursday to Sunday.

Tanzania wishes Kenya peaceful general elections

DAR ES SALAAM:Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has wished neighbouring Kenyans peaceful general elections as they went to the polls to vote for their leaders.

US court sides with House in fight over Trump tax returns

 WASHINGTON:The US House Ways and Means Committee can use a federal law to gain access to the tax returns of former President Donald Trump, a federal appeals court in Washington has ruled.

Belarusian Opposition leader Tsikhanouskaya offers alternative cabinet

 VILNIUS(Lithuania): Belarusian Opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has presented an alternative team of people prepared to rule the country, in order to replace leader Alexander Lukashenko.

NATO is closer, more united than ever before: Biden

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden underlined the strength of NATO as Finland and Sweden join the alliance, amid altered security architecture in the West following Russia's continued war against Ukraine.

Kenyans voting for President, Parliament in close polls

NAIROBI: Kenyans are voting on Tuesday to elect a President and a new Parliament, with around 22 million people eligible to cast their ballots in a closely fought election.

Meta AI chatbot says Zuckerberg 'too creepy' and Trump will always be US president

SAN FRANCISCO: Meta (formerly Facebook) just unveiled an artificial intelligence (AI) conversational chatbot asking the public to give feedback. The initial reports are scary as the chatbot named BlenderBot 3 thinks Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is "creepy and manipulative" and Donald Trump will always be the US president.

Pak news channel pulled off air for anti-military segment

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani authorities have suspended transmission of a leading television news channel after a segment was aired about the armed forces that was deemed a threat to national security.

NHPC gets nod to develop 12,00 mw energy in Nepal

KATHMANDU: In a major development, the Sher Bahadur Deuba government has allowed India's NHPC to study and develop two hydroelectric projects that will have the combined potential of generating 1,200 megawatts of energy.

Key al-Aqsa Brigades member killed in West Bank raid: Israel

TEL AVIV: Authorities in Israel on Tuesday said that a leading member of the al-Aqsa Brigades -- the military arm of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement -- during a military operation in the West Bank.

3 sentenced for hate crimes for killing African-American man

WASHINGTON : Three US white men were sentenced for federal hate crimes over the murder of African-American man Ahmaud Arbery in 2020.

Not the first time that TTP commander 'Omar Khalid Khorasani' has been killed

ISLAMABAD: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander Omar Khalid Khorasani was reportedly killed in an IED blast in Afghanistan on Sunday evening.

FBI raids ex-US Prez Trump's home in Florida

WASHINGTON: Former US President Donald Trump has said that his residence in Florida has been "raided" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Biden authorises largest weapons assistance to Ukraine

WASHINGTON: The administration of US President Joe Biden has announced that the US will provide Ukraine with $1 billion worth of additional security assistance, the largest one-time weapons package since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

800 fire fighters battle blaze in German national park

Is Russia the real winner of the Taiwan crisis?

NEW DELHI: The sudden chill in the US-China relations, brought about by Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, illuminates a new security crisis in the Indo-Pacific region.