China air force, referring to Taiwan, says it can safeguard ‘territorial integrity’

China air force, referring to Taiwan, says it can safeguard ‘territorial integrity’

BEIJING: China will “resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity”, an air force spokesman said on Sunday, referring to Taiwan, as tensions rise over the self-ruled island. Air force spokesman Shen Jinke was quoted by state media as saying at a military airshow that the air force has many types of fighter jets capable of […]

Pelosi confirms trip to Asia, but no mention of Taiwan

Pelosi confirms trip to Asia, but no mention of Taiwan

BEIJING: The speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, confirmed Sunday she will visit four Asian countries this week but made no mention of a possible stop in Taiwan that has fueled tension with Beijing, which claims the island democracy as its own territory. Pelosi said in a statement she is leading a […]

Drone explosion hits Russia’s Black Sea Fleet HQ

KYIV: A drone-borne explosive device detonated Sunday at the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, injuring six people, officials said. The explosion at the headquarters in the city of Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014 caused the cancellation of observances of Russia’s Navy Day holiday. The Black Sea Fleet’s […]

Chinese booster rocket makes uncontrolled return to Earth, says US officials

WASHINGTON: A Chinese booster rocket made an uncontrolled return to Earth on Saturday, leading US officials to chide Beijing for not sharing information about the potentially hazardous object’s descent. US Space Command “can confirm the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Long March 5B (CZ-5B) re-entered over the Indian Ocean at approx 10:45 am MDT on […]

In race for monkeypox vaccines, experts see repeat of COVID

In race for monkeypox vaccines, experts see repeat of COVID

London: Moves by rich countries to buy large quantities of monkeypox vaccine, while declining to share doses with Africa, could leave millions of people unprotected against a more dangerous version of the disease and risk continued spillovers of the virus into humans, public health officials are warning. Critics fear a repeat of the catastrophic inequity […]

Ukraine says Russian attacks hit Kharkiv, Mykolaiv

Ukraine says Russian attacks hit Kharkiv, Mykolaiv

Kyiv: Russia launched nighttime attacks on several cities in Ukraine, Ukrainian officials said Saturday as they and officials in Moscow blamed each other for the deaths of dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war in a separatist-controlled area of the country’s east. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the United Nations and the International Committee of the […]

Not Pak Army chief’s job to reach out to US over IMF loan: Imran Khan on Gen Bajwa

Not Pak Army chief’s job to reach out to US over IMF loan: Imran Khan on Gen Bajwa

Islamabad: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday criticised Army chief General Qamar Bajwa for seeking help from the US over a much-needed IMF bailout for the country, saying it is not the job of the head of the military to deal with economic matters and his intervention means the country is getting weaker. […]

Blow to Sunak campaign as ex-candidate backs rival for UK PM

London: Rishi Sunak’s campaign to be elected the Conservative Party leader and the next British Prime Minister suffered a blow on Saturday as a former candidate endorsed his rival Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. Tom Tugendhat, the Tory backbencher and chair of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee who was in the initial shortlist before being knocked […]

Iraqi protesters breach Parliament building in Baghdad

Baghdad: Thousands of followers of an influential Shiite cleric breached Iraq’s parliament on Saturday, for the second time this week, to protest government formation efforts lead by his rivals, an alliance of Iran-backed groups. The alliance called for counter-protests, raising the spectre of civil strife. Iraqi security forces initially used tear gas and sound bombs […]

Russia, Ukraine trade blame for deadly attack on POW prison

Russia, Ukraine trade blame for deadly attack on POW prison

Kyiv: Russia and Ukraine accused each other Friday of shelling a prison in a separatist region of eastern Ukraine, an attack that reportedly killed dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war who were captured after the fall of a key southern city in May. Both sides said the assault was premeditated with the aim of covering […]

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