UN sounds alarm as shelling hits site of Europe’s largest nuclear plant in Ukraine

KYIV: Russia and Ukraine accused each other of new shelling near the zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant on Thursday ahead of a UNSC meeting to address concerns about the facility’s security. Both Moscow and Kyiv said there were five rocket strikes near a radioactive material storage area at the plant, Europe’s biggest nuclear facility which has … Read more

Russia to launch Iranian satellite amid Ukraine war concerns

ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN: Russia is scheduled to launch an Iranian satellite into orbit on Tuesday, but Tehran brushed off fears that Moscow might use it in the war against Ukraine. Iran’s “Khayyam” satellite is scheduled to take off from the Moscow-operated Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 0552 GMTthree weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin met Iranian … Read more

Three killed, six wounded in China kindergarten stabbing: police

BEIJING: Three people were killed and six others wounded in a knife attack Wednesday at a kindergarten in southeast China’s Jianxi province. A “gangster wearing a cap and mask” stormed the private kindergarten in Anfu county at about 10:00 am local time (0200 GMT), police said in a statement published on China’s Twitter-like Weibo. The … Read more

Pope travels to Canada on ‘pilgrimage of penance’ for indigenous abuse

EDMONTON: Pope Francis is scheduled to land in Canada on Sunday on what he has called a “pilgrimage of penance” to apologize for the abuse of indigenous hardened children at hands of largely Catholic-run residential schools. He is expected to touch down in Edmonton in the western province of Alberta at 11:20am MDT (1720 GMT) … Read more

Heavy gunfire heard at main Mali military base

KATI: Heavy gunfire was heard early on Friday at the main military base outside Mali’s capital Bamako before easing after about an hour, a Reuters reporter said. Helicopters could be heard circling above the base in the town of Kati, where mutinies in 2012 and 2020 led to successful coups, after the gunfire, which began … Read more

Fans, hoses and air con – heatwave-hit Britons seek relief

A man cools off in a fountain during the hot weather in London. LONDON: Sales of electric fans, hoses, air conditioning units and sprinklers are soaring as Britons swelter amid record temperatures, retailers said. Britain was on course for its hottest day on record on Monday with temperatures forecast to hit 40C for the first … Read more

WHO emergency committee meets on monkeypox

GENEVA: A World Health Organization committee of experts will meet on Thursday the monkeypox outbreak for the first time and decide whether it is a global health emergency. The one-day meeting, being held in private, was due to start at 1000 GMTwith a statement on the outcome likely to be issued on Friday. A surge … Read more

Sri Lanka gives emergency powers to military, police after clashes kill seven

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka gave emergency powers on Tuesday to its military and police to detain people without warrants, after a day of clashes that killed seven people and injured more than 200, in violence that prompted Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign. As the Indian Ocean nation battles its worst economic crisis in history, thousands … Read more

6.7-magnitude quake rattles Taiwan: USGS

TAIPEI: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck off the coast of Taiwan early Wednesday, rattling buildings and rousing people from their sleep but with no immediate reports of injuries or major damage. Taiwan is regularly hit by earthquakes, as the island lies near the junction of two tectonic plates. Taiwan does not issue tsunami warnings unless … Read more