Ukrainian resistance grows in Russian-occupied areas

Ukrainian resistance grows in Russian-occupied areas

KYIV: In a growing challenge to Russia’s grip on occupied areas of southeastern Ukraine, guerrilla forces loyal to Kyiv are killing pro-Moscow officials, blowing up bridges and trains, and helping the Ukrainian military by identifying key targets. The spreading resistance has eroded Kremlin control of those areas and threatened its plans to hold referendums in […]

Russia successfully launches Iranian satellite Khayyam into orbit

MOSCOW: A Russian rocket on Tuesday successfully launched an Iranian satellite into orbit. The Soyuz rocket lifted off as scheduled at 8:52 a.m. Moscow time (0552 GMT) Tuesday from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan. About nine minutes after the launch, it placed the Iranian satellite called Khayyam into orbit. It’s named after Omar […]

First batch of Indian students stuck back home will arrive ‘very soon’: China

Over 23,000 Indian students, mostly studying medicine, are reportedly stuck back home due to covid visa restrictions. BEIJING: China on Tuesday said it has started the process for the return of Indian students stuck back home due to the covid-19 visa restrictions here and the first batch may arrive soon, raising hopes for the thousands […]

UN chief urges nuke powers to abide by no-first-use pledge

UN chief urges nuke powers to abide by no-first-use pledge

Tokyo: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged countries with nuclear weapons to stick to their no-first-use commitment of their atomic arsenals, warning that the nuclear arms race has returned amid growing international tension. This is the moment to ask the nuclear-armed countries to commit to the principle of non-first-use and to commit to […]

Gaza counts cost of strikes as truce holds between Israel, Islamic Jihad

Gaza counts cost of strikes as truce holds between Israel, Islamic Jihad

RAFAH: Palestinian Territories: Shell-shocked Gazans on Monday sifted through the rubble of three days of deadly strikes by Israel as a truce held with the Islamic Jihad and life slowly returned to normal with power restored. The sole power plant in the blockaded enclave “started working to generate electricity” after a two-day shutdown, distributor spokesman […]

‘Senseless to pressure’ Sri Lanka, says China after Colombo asks it to defer arrival of high-tech ship over India’s concerns

‘Senseless to pressure’ Sri Lanka, says China after Colombo asks it to defer arrival of high-tech ship over India’s concerns

Beijing: Riled by Sri Lanka’s request to defer the planned docking of a high-tech Chinese research vessel at the strategic Hambantota Port, China on Monday took a dig at India, saying it was “senseless to pressure” Colombo by citing the issue of security concerns. According to reports from Colombo, Sri Lanka has asked Beijing to […]

IOC to expand operations in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) will expand its operations in Sri Lanka by opening 50 fuelling stations, A top official of the LIOC said on Monday, amidst the worst economic as well as fuel crisis facing the island nation. The Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC) would invest in storage tanks and other equipment while […]

10 killed in stabbing spree in Iran’s south: media reports

TEHRAN: An attacker stabbed 10 people to death in Kerman province in southern Iran due to “personal differences”, before being arrested by police, media reported on Monday. On Sunday, “an Afghan national killed ten people due to personal differences in Rafsanjan,” Hossein Rezai, acting governor of the city, was quoted as saying by the media. […]

China seeks meeting with Sri Lanka as Colombo seeks postponement of research ship’s visit

China seeks meeting with Sri Lanka as Colombo seeks postponement of research ship’s visit

COLOMBO: China’s embassy here has sought an urgent meeting with senior Sri Lankan authorities after Colombo sought a deferment of the planned docking of a high-tech Chinese research vessel at the strategic Hambantota port over which India raised concerns, sources said. The Chinese space and satellite tracking research vessel ‘Yuan Wang 5’ was scheduled to […]

Bangladesh seeks China help to repatriate Rohingya refugees

Bangladesh seeks China help to repatriate Rohingya refugees

DHAKA: Bangladesh on Sunday sought cooperation from China to repatriate Rohingya refugees to Myanmar during a visit by Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who promised better trade ties, investment and support for infrastructure development in the South Asian nation. China had used its influence in Myanmar to broker a November 2017 agreement to repatriate about 700,000 […]