Tue, 17 May 2022
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UAE strongman Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed named new president

The United Arab Emirates' de facto leader Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan was elected president of the Gulf Arab state by a federal supreme council on Saturday (April 14), solidifying his rule over the Opec oil producer and key regional...

US gunman deliberately sought black victims - mayor

The man suspected of shooting dead 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, deliberately sought a site with a high black population, authorities say. The suspect, Payton Gendron, 18, drove more than 320km (200 miles) to carry out the...

Curfew lifted for Buddhist festival in crisis-hit Sri Lanka, new PM picks cabinet

A nationwide curfew was fully lifted on Sunday to allow Sri Lankans to celebrate the Buddhist festival of Vesak, while new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assembled a cabinet to resolve the island nation's economic and political crisis. The...

Indian woman disguises herself as man for three decades to raise daughter

A 57-year-old woman from Tamil Nadu, India, disguised herself as a man for 30 years in order to raise her daughter alone. After she shared to truth, her incredible story has gone viral on the internet. Three decades ago, Pechiyammal, 20, from...

Ten killed in 'racially motivated' shooting at US grocery store

A heavily armed 18-year-old man shot 10 people dead on Saturday at a Buffalo, New York grocery store in a "racially motivated" attack that he live-streamed on camera, authorities said. The gunman, who was wearing body armour and a helmet, was...

Debate in Spain over 'menstrual leave' plan

Spain's plan to become the first European nation to allow women to take "menstrual leave" from work has sparked a debate that has split the country's leftist coalition government and unions. Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's government is...

Violence clouds Jerusalem funeral of Al Jazeera journalist

Thousands of people packed Jerusalem's Old City on Friday for the burial of veteran Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, after Israeli police stormed the funeral procession. Television footage showed pallbearers struggling to stop Abu Akleh's...

US tells Southeast Asian leaders summit marks 'new era' for ties

US President Joe Biden said on Friday a first summit in Washington with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) marked the launch of a "new era" in the relationship between the United States and the 10-nation bloc....

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed passes away

The United Arab Emirates’ long-ailing ruler, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has died on Friday (May 13). He was 73.  "The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced official mourning and flags at half-mast for a period of 40 days,...

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka appoints new PM to replace president's brother

Sri Lanka's president swore in a new prime minister Thursday to replace his brother, who was banned from leaving the country after his supporters launched violent attacks on a protest against the nation's dire economic crisis. The new premier,...

Over six million refugees have fled Ukraine: UN

More than six million refugees have fled Ukraine since Russia's invasion began on February 24, figures from the UN refugee agency said on Thursday. A total of 6,029,705 people had fled Ukraine as of May 11. Many had gone to neighbouring countries...

Chinese jet aborts takeoff, catches fire

A Tibet Airlines plane caught fire On Thursday (May 12) at China's Chongqing airport after going off the runway, state media reported, adding there had been some injuries among the passengers. According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, the...

Anti-IS coalition meets on countering jihadists' revival

The global coalition against the Islamic State group met Wednesday in Morocco to coordinate efforts to prevent the jihadists staging a revival in the Middle East and North Africa. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was to have co-hosted the...

North Korea declares Covid-19 'severe emergency': State media

North Korea on Thursday confirmed its first-ever case of Covid-19, with state media declaring it a "severe national emergency incident" after more than two years of purportedly keeping the pandemic at bay. The official KCNA news agency said...

Al Jazeera journalist killed by Israeli forces in West Bank

Veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh was shot dead by Israeli troops Wednesday as she covered a raid on Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, an AFP photographer reported.  Al Jazeera and the Palestinian health ministry...

Ukraine's EU bid will take decades - Macron

It will take decades for Ukraine to be accepted into the European Union, France's Emmanuel Macron has said. In a speech to the EU's parliament in Strasbourg, he instead suggested Ukraine could join a "parallel European community" while it awaited...

Sri Lankan MP among five killed as Prime Minister quits amid violent protests

The Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Monday amid the island nation's worst economic crisis since independence that has led to widespread protests, prompting authorities to impose a nationwide curfew and deploy army troops in...

Grenade attack wounds nine at Philippine polling station

Nine people were wounded when five grenades exploded outside a polling station in a restive region of the southern Philippines hours before voting began in national elections, police said Monday. Elections are a traditionally volatile time in a...

60 feared dead in Ukraine school bombed by Russia, governor says

As many as 60 people were feared to have been killed in the Russian bombing of a village school in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk, the regional governor said on Sunday (May 8). Governor Serhiy Gaidai said Russian forces dropped a bomb on...

Civilians now out of besieged Ukraine steel plant

All elderly people, women and children have been evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, Ukraine and Russia have announced. The operation began a week ago, co-ordinated by the UN and Red Cross, which have not confirmed the...

Rollercoaster gets stuck leaving riders hanging upside down for 45 minutes

A rollercoaster at Carowinds amusement park in North Carolina, US, suddenly stopped working and left riders hanging upside down for 45 minutes, Fox 59 reported. Riders got trapped in the Flying Cobra, which sends riders through a 360-degree loop....

Andrew, Harry and Meghan won't appear on Jubilee balcony

Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony as part of opening celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The monarch will be joined on 2 June only by “members of the Royal Family...

Sri Lanka declares state of emergency amid unrest

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday night declared a state of emergency amid public protests caused by the economic crisis. In a special gazette issued by the president, it stated that emergency law was declared in the interests of...

Death toll climbs to 22 in Havana hotel blast, gas leak suspected

The death toll from a powerful explosion at a five-star hotel in central Havana climbed to 22 Friday with more than 50 people injured after a suspected gas leak, according to official tallies. Rescuers pulled four newly discovered bodies out of...

China building collapse death toll rises to 53

Fifty-three people died in a building collapse in central China, authorities said Friday, announcing the end of the rescue mission in a disaster which has been blamed on illegal construction. The commercial building in Changsha city caved in last...

Over 300 rescued from Mariupol, as Zelenskyy pleads for more UN help

Over 300 Ukrainians were evacuated from the battered city of Mariupol on Wednesday as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asked the UN to help to rescue the remaining wounded trapped underneath the giant Azovstal steel plant. Speaking to the nation in...

Russian strikes pound Ukraine on eve of new EU sanctions

Russian forces pounded targets in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, unleashing rockets on a steel plant that is Ukraine's last redoubt in the port city of Mariupol as the European Union prepared to slap oil sanctions on Moscow. Scores of evacuees who...

Israel slams Russian claims on Hitler over Ukraine war

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Monday slammed his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov for alleging Adolf Hitler may have "had Jewish blood" and summoned Moscow's ambassador for "clarifications". Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine on...

British royals mark seventh birthday of Princess Charlotte with new photos

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate published three photographs of their daughter Charlotte on Sunday to mark her seventh birthday. The photographs of Charlotte, who turns seven on Monday (May 2), were taken by Kate in Norfolk, eastern...

Mariupol civilians evacuated from steelworks bunker

Dozens of civilians have been evacuated from Mariupol to both Russia-controlled and Ukraine-controlled territory after weeks under siege. Some have left the Azovstal steelworks, the last hold-out of Ukrainian troops in the strategically...

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