Thursday, June 20, 2024


Kim vows 'full support' for Russia's war in Ukraine, strengthening strategic ties

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Wednesday expressed "full support" for Russia's war in Ukraine and pledged to strengthen strategic cooperation with Moscow as he held summit talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Pyongyang amid deepening concerns about their military cooperation.

Israeli drone strike kills military officer in Syria

DAMASCUS: The Israeli military killed a Syrian officer in a drone strike in southern Syria on Wednesday morning, the Syrian Ministry of Defence said.

Fire, explosion at Chad ammunition depot leave many dead, injured

CHAD: Fire and explosion at a weapons and ammunition depot in the Chadian capital, N'Djamena, left many people dead and injured, government sources said on Wednesday.

EAM Jaishankar to visit Sri Lanka as India amplifies 'Neighbourhood First' policy

NEW DELHI: In what would be his first bilateral visit after the formation of the BJP-led NDA government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S. Jaishankar will travel to Colombo on Thursday, reaffirming New Delhi's 'Neighbourhood First' policy.

Death toll rises to 13 as heavy rains, floods hit China

BEIJING: At least 13 people died in heavy rains, floods and landslides in southern China, while scores more were missing, state television reported.

Ukrainian drone attack causes fire at Azov oil depot in Russia

MOSCOW: A Ukrainian drone attack has caused a fire at an oil depot in Azov in the Rostov region of Russia, regional emergency services were quoted by local media as saying on Wednesday.

Canada Parliament 'honours' slain Khalistani terrorist Nijjar with moment of silence

NEW DELHI: The Canadian Parliament has marked the first anniversary of the death of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar by holding a moment of silence in the House of Commons.

US: Putin's visit to North Korea a 'cause for concern'

WASHINGTON: Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to North Korea is "cause for great concern", the US government said.

4 killed as 5.0-magnitude earthquake strikes Iran

TEHRAN: At least four people were killed and more than 120 others injured in a magnitude-5.0 earthquake that jolted Kashmar County in the northeastern Iranian province of Khorasan Razavi, the media reported.

Israel's Netanyahu urges US to lift restrictions on weapons shipments

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the White House to lift all restrictions on weapons shipments to Israel, imposed by US President Joe Biden's administration over the Israeli ground offensive in Gaza's Rafah.

Latvia's President Rinkevics visits border with Russia

RIGA: Latvian President Edgars Rinkevics visited the border fence being built on his country's eastern EU external border with Russia.

Italian Senate approves constitutional reform by Meloni govt

ROME: The Italian Senate has approved a controversial constitutional reform put forward by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's government.

More protests against Netanyahu's govt in Israel

TEL AVIV: Thousands of people again protested in Israel against the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and in favour of the release of hostages still being held in the Gaza Strip.

US envoy urges to de-escalate Lebanese-Israeli border tensions

BEIRUT: US envoy Amos Hochstein has called for urgent de-escalation in cross-border fire exchanges between Hezbollah and Israel, the media reported.

Fire breaks out at Danish pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk

COPENHAGEN: A fire broke out at a building of Danish pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk in Copenhagen, local media reported.

US Secret Service agent robbed at gunpoint during Biden's California trip

LOS ANGELES: A Secret Service agent was robbed at gunpoint during US President Joe Biden's trip to Southern California over the weekend, local police said.

17 killed in Israeli action in Gaza Strip: Palestinian authorities

TEL AVIV: At least 17 people were killed in Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian authorities reported on Tuesday.

'Illegal, aggressive, reckless': China slammed for provocative moves against Philippines in South China Sea

NEW DELHI: The Australian government on Tuesday expressed its grave concern over the "dangerous and illegal actions" by China against Philippine vessels within the Philippines' Exclusive Economic Zone on Monday.

Putin praises North Korea's support for Russia's war against Ukraine

MOSCOW: Ahead of his visit to North Korea on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Pyongyang for its support in Moscow's fight against Ukraine.

Russia's Pacific Fleet starts military exercises

VLADIVOSTOK: Russia's Pacific Fleet began deploying its forces as part of the exercises scheduled to take place from June 18 to 28, local media reported on Tuesday.

Eight dead in hospital fire in Iran

TEHRAN: Eight people have died in a fire at a hospital in Iran, according to media reports.

Four missing after rain triggered mountain torrents, landslides in China

BEIJING: Torrential rains triggered mountain torrents and landslides in the city of Changji, northwest China's Xinjiang.

Three killed in Toronto office building shooting

OTTAWA: Three people, including the shooter, were killed in a shooting incident in Toronto, the largest city in Canada.

Jake Sullivan's Delhi visit to deepen already strong US-India partnership: John Kirby

NEW DELHI: White House National Security Communications Advisor John Kirby has said that US NSA Jake Sullivan's visit to New Delhi will further deepen the already strong US-India ties to create a safer and more prosperous Indo-Pacific.

China, Australia ink MoU to restart strategic economic dialogue

BEIJING: The Chinese and Australian governments have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to restart strategic economic dialogue with a focus on forward-looking economic issues.

11 dead, over 60 missing in shipwrecks off Italian coast

ROME: Two shipwrecks occurred on Monday off the Italian coasts, killing at least 11 migrants, while another 66 remain missing, the Italian authorities said.

US: Six dead, five injured in Georgia house fire

NEW DELHI: A fire broke out at a house in the US' Georgia state on Monday, leaving six people including three children dead and five others injured, according to media reports.

S.Korea to preside over UNSC debate on North Korean cyber threats

SEOUL: South Korean Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul will preside over a UN Security Council (UNSC) open debate on North Korea's growing cyber threats in New York later this week, Seoul's Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Injuries reported in Czech military training area blast

PRAGUE: An ammunition explosion was reported at a military training area in Libava, east Czech Republic, according to the Czech army.

PM Modi congratulates South African President Ramaphosa on re-election

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Cyril Ramaphosa on his re-election as the President of South Africa.

Afghan supreme leader calls for unity among citizens

KABUL: The Supreme Leader of the Afghan caretaker government, Hibatullah Akhundzada, on Monday, called upon Afghans to stay united and support his administration, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Vietnamese banks no longer crowded with gold buyers after online registration opens

HANOI: Long queues of gold buyers were no longer seen in front of Vietnamese bank offices after four state-owned commercial banks started online gold purchasing registration, local media reported on Monday.

Netanyahu dissolves Israeli war cabinet after resignations

TEL AVIV: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his war cabinet on Monday, a spokeswoman for the Prime Minister confirmed.

4 killed, 2 missing after torrential rains in China

BEIJING: Four people were killed, and two others are missing after landslides caused by torrential rains swept through Wuping County, east China's Fujian province, according to local authorities on Monday.

S.Korea, China to hold '2+2' diplomatic security talks on Tuesday

SEOUL: South Korea and China will hold "two plus two" talks of their senior foreign and defence officials this week, Seoul's Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a gathering expected to coincide with Russian President Vladimir Putin's likely visit to North Korea.

6 killed in road mishap in Philippines

MANILA: Six people have died, including three children, and four others have been critically injured after the tricycle they were riding collided head-on with a truck on a highway in General Santos city in the southern Philippines, the police said on Monday.

Attack that killed 8 IDF soldiers caused by anti-tank missile: Israeli media

TEL AVIV: The Israeli army assumes that an anti-tank missile was used in an attack on an Israeli armoured vehicle in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, which killed eight soldiers, Israeli media reported on Monday.

Heavy rain, floods causes severe damage in China

BEIJING: Heavy rainfall and flooding have caused severe damage in southern China, causing landslides and making roads impassable.

China accuses Philippines of ramming coastguard vessel in South China Sea

BEIJING: China on Monday accused a Philippines naval vessel of deliberately infringing its territorial waters in the South China Sea and ramming a Chinese coastguard vessel.

Five terrorists killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province

ISLAMABAD: Five terrorists were killed in an operation by security forces in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, a military statement said.