Ukraine war: Putin endorses evacuations from occupied Kherson

Ukraine war: Putin endorses evacuations from occupied Kherson

Russian President Vladimir Putin has publicly approved the evacuation of civilians from parts of Russian-occupied Kherson in southern Ukraine. Kyiv’s forces have been steadily advancing on the strategic port city. Mr Putin said people living in dangerous areas should leave as “the civilian population should not suffer”. At least 70,000 people are reported to have been moved already from Kherson – the only major city gained by Moscow since its troops invaded in February. Civilians at risk from shelling and attacks should be “removed”, Mr Putin said, during the Unity…

No choice’: Musk defends Twitter layoffs, says company losing $4 million per day

No choice’ Musk defends Twitter layoffs, says company losing $4 million per day

Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, has claimed that the major round of layoffs at the microblogging platform was necessitated by the millions of dollars the company was losing every day. To soften the blow, he clarified that all those losing their jobs were offered three months of severance pay, “which is 50 per cent more than legally required”. “Regarding Twitter’s reduction in force, unfortunately there is no choice when the company is losing over $4M/day. Everyone exited was offered 3 months of severance, which is 50% more than legally required,”…

Ukraine war: Russian tactics on eastern front ‘crazy’, says Zelensky

Ukraine war Russian tactics on eastern front 'crazy', says Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russian commanders of “craziness” in their efforts to capture the eastern town of Bakhmut. The town – which sits in the Donetsk region and had a pre-war population of 70,000 – has been the center of Russian attacks for months. Despite a looming Ukrainian advance on the key city of Kherson, Mr. Zelensky said the attacks continued in force. Taking the town would be a symbolic victory for Russia. “This is where the craziness of the Russian command is most evident,” Mr Zelensky said…

Explainer: Why was Liz Truss tenure so short – and now what?

Liz Truss resignation

LONDON: British Prime Minister Liz Truss took office last month with hopes and promises of reinvigorating the British economy and putting it on the path to long-term success. It didn’t go to plan. Instead, Truss’ tenure was scarred by turmoil as her economic policies threatened the country’s financial stability, driving the pound to record lows, sparking chaos on bond markets, and increasing mortgage costs for millions of people. Though Truss took office amid a cost-of-living crisis, the war in Ukraine and the lingering effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, her decision…

Who are the candidates to replace UK PM Liz Truss?

Who are the candidates to replace UK PM Liz Truss

LONDON: Liz Truss said on Thursday she would resign as British prime minister just six weeks after she was appointed. A leadership election will be completed within the next week to replace Truss, the shortest-serving prime minister in British history. George Canning held the record, serving 119 days in 1827 when he died. 1922 Committee chair Graham Brady set out some details on how the successor would be chosen and said he would give further information on the process later in the day. Given the divisions in the party, there…

IAF fighter jets scrambled after bomb threat on Iranian plane in Indian airspace

IAF fighter jets scrambled after bomb threat on Iranian plane in Indian airspace

IAF fighter jets were scrambled from Jodhpur and Punjab to intercept an Iranian aircraft following reports that a bomb was on board. The bomb threat was received when the plane, headed to China, entered Indian airspace on Monday. Inputs were received by security agencies in Delhi about the possibility of a bomb on board, which triggered an alert. Mahan Air contacted the Delhi airport’s Air Traffic Control after the airline received a bomb threat for an immediate landing there, an ATC source told ANI. Permission for an immediate landing at…

‘India, Pak haven’t established peace’: Turkey prez Erdogan raises Kashmir issue during UNGA address

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday raked up the Kashmir issue once again saying “India and Pakistan have not established peace between them yet.” Addressing the world leaders at the high-level United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday raked up the Kashmir issue once again, saying “India and Pakistan have not established peace between them yet.” “India and Pakistan, after having established their sovereignty and independence 75 years ago, still haven’t established peace and solidarity between one another. This is much unfortunate. We…

More than 80 dead in Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan border clashes

More than 80 dead in Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan border clashes

Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan border clashes: At least 81 people were killed in clashes between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan this week, in the worst violence the countries have seen in years, while the international community called for calm. The situation on the contested border between the two Central Asian neighbours was however calm on Sunday afternoon, according to Kyrgyz authorities. Clashes regularly erupt between the two former Soviet republics, as around half their 970-kilometre (600-mile) border is still to be demarcated. Tajikistan said on Sunday that 35 of its citizens were killed, the first…

Strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan, building collapses

Strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan, building collapses

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the sparsely populated southeastern part of Taiwan on Sunday, the island’s weather bureau said, derailing train carriages, causing a convenience store to collapse and trapping hundreds on mountain roads. The weather bureau said the epicenter was in Taitung county and followed a 6.4 magnitude temblor on Saturday evening in the same area, which caused no casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey measured Sunday’s quake at a magnitude 7.2 and at a depth of 10 km (six miles). Taiwan’s fire department said all four people were rescued…

Modi, Xi, Putin Among Top Leaders To Attend First In-person SCO Summit 2022 After COVID

Modi, Xi, Putin Among Top Leaders To Attend First In-person SCO Summit After COVID

SCO Summit: The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will hold its first in-person summit in Samarkand in Uzbekistan on Thursday after two years, shaking off the COVID fears and providing a rare opportunity for all its eight heads of state to meet on the sidelines of the event to have face-to-face talks on pressing global and regional issues of common concern. The last in-person SCO summit was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in 2019. After that, the 2020 Moscow summit was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while the 2021 summit…