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South Asia

Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa sings the national anthem of Sri Lanka during the country's Independence Day celebration in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Feb. 4, 2022. (AP file image)

Sri Lanka PM Mahinda Rajapaksa proposes Constitutional amendment

Mahinda Rajapaksa intends to propose a new Constitutional Amendment to the Cabinet in order to fulfil the people's aspirations

The Russian foreign minister said both his country and India had agreed to keep in close touch on the situation in the strife-torn nation, pointing to the contributions that neighbours and old powerful actors in the region can make in the Afghan peace process. —  AP

Russia stresses on need for participation of Talibans in Afghanistan peace process

The exclusion of a group will not lead to implementation of peace agreement and that it is fraught with the risk of hostilities, says Lavrov

Rajapaksa, who enjoys immunity from prosecution while he is president, fled the country on Wednesday before resigning to avoid the possibility of arrest  (AP file image)

Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya leaves for Singapore from Maldives

Rajapaksa has departed from the Maldives on Saudi Airline flight SV 788 to Singapore, sources said

 A Pakistan International Airlines passenger jet. (AP)

Pakistan set to operate special charter flights to Kabul soon

Pakistan becomes the first foreign commercial aeroplane service to operate in Afghanistan since the Taliban took over the war-torn nation

Protestors burn an effigy of acting President and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as they demand his resignation in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, July 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Voting begins to elect Sri Lanka's new president in three-cornered contest

A candidate has to cross the magical figure of 113 in the 225-member House to win the election

Asia

 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks in a meeting of ruling Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. (Korea News Service via AP)

North Korea blames US for Ukraine crisis

North Korea, in a muted response issued in the form of a commentary, said the US was to blame for the unfolding disaster

 Israel's ex-premier and leader of the Likud party Benjamin Netanyahu addresses supporters at campaign headquarters in Jerusalem early on November 2, 2022, after the end of voting for national elections. - Netanyahu inched towards reclaiming power after projected election results showed a majority government was within reach for the veteran right-winger, but the outlook could shift as ballots are counted. (Photo: AFP)

Israel's Netanyahu appears to edge toward victory after vote

The early results also showed that Netanyahu had overcome his detractors, who claimed he was not fit to rule while on trial for corruption

United Nations Headquarters in New York (AFP file image)

UN body expresses concern over slavery in China and forced marriages among Indians

UN investigator also speaks of bonded labour among Dalits in India

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan. (Photo:PTI/File)

Pakistan likely to remain on FATF's grey list for four more months: Report

Pakistan has been on the grey list of the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force since June 2018

Middle East

Yemeni pro-government fighters from the UAE-trained Giants Brigade, gather on the outskirts of Ataq city, on their way to the frontline facing pro-Iran Huthi fighters, on January 28, 2022.  (Saleh Al-OBEIDI / AFP)

UAE intercepts Yemen rebel missile in third week of attacks

The defence ministry of the UAE said it responded to the attack by destroying the missile launch site in Yemen's northern Al-Jawf region

Women wearing face masks to protect from coronavirus, play with a dog in the medieval core in central Nicosia, Cyprus. (Photo: PTI)

New coronavirus variant 'Deltacron' emerges in Cyprus

In total, 10 of the mutations from Omicron were found in the 25 samples taken in Cyprus

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks to Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi on the sideline of the summit of Caspian Sea littoral states in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on June 29, 2022.  (AP file image)

Putin heads to Tehran for talks with leaders of Iran, Turkey

Putin is seeking to bolster ties with Tehran, a fellow target of severe U.S. sanctions and a potential military and trade partner

 The spokesperson emphasised the fact that the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had kept flying in and out of Kabul under "difficult circumstances" when others had ceased their operations. (AP Image)

Pakistan opens air route to Afghanistan for commercial cargo

Earlier on Thursday, Pakistan International Airlines said that it had immediately suspended its operation in Kabul citing 'security reasons'

People inspect the rubble of a prison facility hit by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike that killed at least 87 people, in a stronghold of Houthi rebels on the border with Saudi Arabia, in the northern Saada province of Yemen, (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

UAE shoots down 2 ballistic missiles fired by Houthis over Abu Dhabi

The attack came a week after Yemen's Houthi rebels targeted a fuel depot in Abu Dhabi and the city's main airport

Africa

Sandile Cele, a researcher at the Africa Health Research Institute in Durban, South Africa, works on the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. (Photo: AP)

Trial of new oral drug against COVID-19 begins in South Africa

South Africa has been struggling with its plans to achieve the herd immunity through vaccinations

 A throat swab is taken from a patient to test for COVID-19 at a facility in Soweto, South Africa, Dec. 2, 2021. (AP)

South Africa lifts curfew as Omicron wave subsides

Infections dropped by almost 30% last week compared to the preceding seven days while hospital admissions also declined in eight provinces

In this file photo taken on September 13, 2021 an elerly patient receives the 3rd dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine in Paris. (Photo: AFP)

WHO to meet on Friday to assess new COVID-19 variant detected in South Africa

The latest variant is the most heavily mutated version discovered so far

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaking during a televised announcement from Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas. (AFP)

Maduro announces arrest of 'American spy' near Venezuelan refineries

The arrest occurred after a 'plan to cause an explosion' was 'discovered and dismantled' at El Palito refinery, authorities say

Europe

Rishi Sunak & Liz Truss

Rebels plot to replace Liz Truss with Rishi Sunak amid UK crisis

It comes as a YouGov poll for the The Times found that almost half of Tory party supporters believe the party chose the wrong candidate

The former finance minister who had forecast much of the economic crisis unleashed by Truss' mini-budget is seen as a safe pair of hands to take charge at 10 Downing Street. (Photo: AP)

Rishi Sunak holds firm as bookies' favourite to replace Liz Truss as UK PM

The 42-year-old is holding a solid 55 per cent lead with the Oddschecker betting odds aggregator

Rishi Sunak will take charge as Britain's first Indian-origin Prime Minister after an audience with King Charles III on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Aberto Pezzali)

Rishi Sunak to take charge as UK Prime Minister after meeting King Charles

The former chancellor will then make his first prime ministerial address on the steps of 10 Downing Street

Servicemen work at the scene of a residential building following explosions, in Kyiv, Ukraine.  (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Russia strikes Kyiv as Western leaders meet in Europe

G-7 leaders were set to announce the latest in a long series of international economic steps to pressure and isolate Russia over Ukraine war

This handout picture released by the Ukrainian Presidential press service on July 8, 2022 shows Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky looking at a map during his visit to the position of the Ukrainian army in Dnipro region. (AFP)

Zelenskiy sacks Ukraine's ambassadors to India, 4 other countries

Zelenskiy announced the sacking of Ukraine's ambassadors to Germany, India, the Czech Republic, Norway and Hungary

Americas

Twitter's new owner Elon Musk. (Photo: AP)

'No choice', says Musk as he justifies massive layoffs at Twitter

The company posted a net loss of USD 270 million in the second quarter ended June 30, 2022

California State University System, that has over 23 campuses and eight off-campus centers, announced the addition to its list this month. (Photo: California State University, Fullerton)

Top university system in US adds caste to its non-discriminatory policy

This victory in getting caste protections is, though long overdue, also very historic

U.S. President Joe Biden (AFP)

"One of the most dangerous nations in world": Biden's comment on Pakistan

Biden's remarks could be seen as a setback to the Shehbaz Sharif government's bid to improve ties with the US

Law enforcement personnel walk outside Uvalde High School after shooting a was reported earlier in the day at Robb Elementary School, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (William Luther/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

Texas school massacre: 19 children, 2 adults shot dead, several critical

Texas Governor Greg Abbott named the suspect as Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old local resident and a US citizen

Oceania

People walk on the beach in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo: AP)

COVID lockdown to be lifted across New Zealand, except Auckland

The nation has been battling an outbreak of the delta variant of the coronavirus since last month

News

Indian student stabbed multiple times in Australia allegedly for cash

The incident took place on Oct 6 at about 10.30 pm, as Shubham Garg walked along the Pacific Highway, NSW Police Force said in a statement

 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. (AP)

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern cancels her wedding due to Omicron surge

New Zealanders are set to face new COVID-19 restrictions after nine cases of the omicron variant were detected in a single family

A vial of Covishield, an Indian made vaccine for COVID-19, lies at a vaccination center set up at a government run school in Bengaluru. (Photo: AP/File)

Covishield approved by Australia for international arrivals

The recognition of the vaccines will remove a significant barrier for international students seeking to study in Australia

A health worker administers vaccinations at a mobile clinic Oct. 7, 2021, in Auckland, New Zealand. (Sylvie Whinray/New Zealand Herald via AP)

New Zealand Covid cases hit record despite vaccination push

Health authorities announced 94 new virus cases, exceeding the previous daily record of 89 set in April last year during the first wave