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China Eastern plane crash due to intentional nose-dive

London, May 18 (IANS): Flight data indicates a China Eastern Airlines plane that crashed in March was intentionally put into a nose-dive, according to US media reports. Investigators have so far not found any mechanical or technical faults with the ...

19 May 2022

Russia-Ukraine war impact draws focus of G7 finance leaders

Koenigswinter (Germany), May 19 (PTI/AP): Finance ministers for the Group of Seven leading economies on Thursday will deal with the immediate effects of Russia’s war in Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic, overtaking their more ambitious plans to...

19 May 2022

Turkey’s leader says ”no” to Sweden and Finland’s NATO bid

Istanbul, May 19 (PTI/AP): Turkey will oppose Sweden and Finland joining NATO, the country’s president flatly stated in a video released Thursday. We have told our relevant friends we would say no’ to Finland and Sweden’s entry into...

19 May 2022

Sri Lankan armed forces ended civil war with LTTE through ‘humanitarian operation’ — Prez Rajapaksa

Colombo, May 19 (PTI): Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has praised the country’s military for ending the conflict with the LTTE in 2009 and ushering in peace through a humanitarian operation , saying there was “no hatred, anger or...

19 May 2022

Natural immunity from Omicron infection weak, limited — Study

Los Angeles, May 19 (PTI): Infection with the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 provides little long-term immunity against other variants in unvaccinated people, according to a study published in the journal Nature. In experiments using mice and blood sa...

19 May 2022

Eight out of 10 workplace sexual harassment victims face retaliation, report says

Seoul, May 19 (IANS): More than eight out of 10 people who reported sexual harassment at the workplace said they suffered from some form of retaliation, a civic group reported Thursday. Gapjil 119, which campaigns against workplace abuses, announced ...

19 May 2022

Ukraine war could soon cause global food crisis that may last for years

New York, May 19 (IANS): Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could soon cause a global food crisis that may last for years, the UN has warned, BBC reported. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the war had worsened food insecurity in poorer nations...

19 May 2022

WHO alerts as more monkeypox cases reported in Britain

London, May 19 (IANS): The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued an warning that more cases of the monkeypox virus could be reported in Britain. An investigation is underway by British health officials to detect the cause of the outbreak which h...

19 May 2022

Pakistan begins talks with IMF to resurrect enhanced bailout package to support its sagging economy

Islamabad, May 18 (PTI): Talks between Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund began on Wednesday to resurrect an enhanced bailout package to support the sagging economy of the cash-strapped country. Pakistan has repeatedly been seeking internat...

18 May 2022

China blasts US, Japan rhetoric ahead of Quad summit

Beijing, May 18 (PTI/AP): Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi criticised on Wednesday what he called negative moves by Washington and Tokyo against Beijing ahead of a meeting in Tokyo next week of the leaders of the US, Japan, Australia and India. ̶...

18 May 2022

No money to buy petrol, says Lankan government as it urges citizens not to queue up for fuel

Colombo, May 18 (PTI): Crisis-hit Sri Lanka on Wednesday revealed that it does not have foreign exchange to pay for a vessel of petrol anchored in its waters for nearly two months as it appealed to citizens “not to wait in line” for fuel....

18 May 2022

Interrogation, uncertainty for soldiers abandoning Mariupol

Kyiv, May 18 (PTI/AP): Russia said Wednesday that nearly 1,000 Ukrainian troops at a giant steelworks in Mariupol have surrendered, abandoning their dogged defense of a site that became a symbol of their country’s resistance, as the battle in t...

18 May 2022

US recruits terrorists to fight in Ukraine: Russian intel

Moscow, May 18 (IANS) Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) claimed that the US has been “actively recruiting” terrorists to fight in Ukraine. In a statement, SVR revealed that according to the intelligence it is receiving, &#...

18 May 2022

Ukraine working to pull last fighters from Mariupol mill

Kyiv, May 17 (PTI/AP): Hundreds of Ukrainian fighters defending the last holdout in Mariupol were evacuated to areas controlled by Russian-backed separatists and officials worked on Tuesday to get the rest out, signalling the beginning of the end of ...

17 May 2022

Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa-led government defeats Opposition bid to urgently debate censure motion

Colombo, May 17 (PTI): Embattled Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa-led government won two important victories in Parliament on Tuesday when its candidate for the slot of Deputy Speaker got elected while it convincingly defeated an Opposition mo...

17 May 2022

Nordic NATO bids move forward but Turkey could derail deal

Stockholm, May 17 (PTI/AP): Sweden and Finland on Tuesday pushed ahead with their bids to join NATO even as Turkey insisted it won’t let the previously non-aligned Nordic countries into the alliance because of their alleged support for Kurdish ...

17 May 2022

North Korea reports 15 more suspected COVID-19 deaths

Seoul, May 15 (PTI/AP): North Korea has confirmed 15 more deaths and hundreds of thousands of additional patients with fevers as it mobilises more than a million health and other workers to try to suppress the country’s first COVID-19 outbreak, sta...

17 May 2022

Sweden signs NATO request, Finns to formally endorse move

Stockholm, May 17 (PTI/AP): Sweden on Tuesday signed a formal request to join NATO, a day after the country announced it would seek membership in the 30-member military alliance. In neighbouring Finland, lawmakers are expected later in the day to for...

17 May 2022

Putin personally involved in Ukraine war ‘at level of colonel or brigadier’

London, May 17 (IANS): Russian President Vladimir Putin has become so personally involved in the Ukraine war that he is making operational and tactical decisions “at the level of a colonel or brigadier”, according to western military sour...

17 May 2022

North Korea’s Kim faces ‘huge dilemma’ on aid as virus surges

Seoul, May 17 (PTI/AP): During more than a decade as North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un has made self-reliance his governing lynchpin, shunning international help and striving instead for domestic strategies to fix his battered economy. But as a...

17 May 2022

‘Russia would respond to expansion of NATO military infrastructure into Finland, Sweden’

Moscow, May 17 (IANS): Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow would respond if the NATO would deploy military infrastructure on the territories of Finland or Sweden. “The expansion of military infrastructure into these territories wou...

17 May 2022

Russia to strengthen border with Finland if NATO deploys weapons

Moscow, May 16 (IANS): Russia will strengthen its border with Finland if NATO’s striking weapons are deployed in the neighbouring country amid the latter’s intention to join the military alliance, a top official said in Moscow“If NA...

16 May 2022

Ukraine asks G7 to step up arms supply, pressure on Russia

Weissenhaus (Germany), May 13 (PTI/AP): Ukraine’s foreign minister on Friday said his country remains willing to engage in diplomatic talks with Russia to unblock grain supplies and to achieve a political solution to the war in Ukraine but won&...

13 May 2022

Sri Lanka’s new PM assumes duties; Opposition says his appointment has ‘zero regard’ for voice of people

Colombo, May 13 (PTI): Ranil Wickremesinghe assumed office as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka for the sixth time on Friday even as Opposition parties SJP and JVP announced that they will not extend any support to him as his appointment has been made ...

13 May 2022

Scientists grow plants in soil from Moon for first time

Washington, May 13 (PTI): Scientists have for the first time grown plants in lunar soil brought back to Earth by astronauts in the Apollo missions, a step towards producing food and oxygen on the Moon or during future space missions. The researchers ...

13 May 2022