American, Russians to blast off for ISS as war rages in Ukraine

BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN: A US astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are set to blast off to the International Space Station Wednesday on a Russian-operated flight despite soaring tensions between Moscow and Washington over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Nasa’s Frank Rubio and Russia’s Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin are scheduled to take off from the Russia-leased Baikonur … Read more

‘Humour over rumour’: Taiwan eyes Ukraine messaging model if China attacks

TAIPEI: Taiwan is looking at Ukraine’s ways of communicating its message to the outside world at a time of conflict, by making use of tools such as satellites and deploying humour, the digital minister said on Wednesday. China’s war games and blockade drills around Taiwan last month, following a visit to Taipei by US House … Read more

Children ‘going to bed hungry’ in bankrupt Sri Lanka: UN

COLOMBO: Children in Sri Lanka are “going to bed hungry” because of the island nation’s economic crisis, the UN said Friday, warning other South Asian countries could be approaching similar shortages. Sri Lanka is grappling with its worst downturn on record after running out of foreign currency to buy imports, leaving scarce supplies of food, … Read more

Expanding Nato squares up to Russia as Putin slams ‘imperial’ alliance

MADRID: The United States vowed to reinforce Europe’s defenses in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraineas Nato declared Moscow the West’s greatest threat — prompting Vladimir Putin to lash out at the alliance’s “imperial ambitions”. Meeting in Madrid Wednesday, Nato leaders said Russia “is the most significant and direct threat to allies’ security and … Read more