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At least 20 dead in South African club; cause not yet known

  • It is unclear what led to the deaths of the young people, who were reportedly attending a party to celebrate the end of winter school exams.
Police are seen outside a township pub in South Africa's southern city of East London.(AFP)
Police are seen outside a township pub in South Africa's southern city of East London.(AFP)
Published on Jun 27, 2022 01:14 AM IST
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US Supreme Court decision spurs French government into action

  • The landmark ruling by the conservative-majority court on Friday overturned almost five decades of constitutional protections for abortion in the United States, allowing individual states to regulate the procedure.
France was one of several US allies to condemn the decision, with President Emmanuel Macron denouncing a threat to women’s freedom.(Agencies)
France was one of several US allies to condemn the decision, with President Emmanuel Macron denouncing a threat to women’s freedom.(Agencies)
Updated on Jun 27, 2022 01:10 AM IST
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G7 unveils rival to China’s BRI

  • “Together with G7 partners, we aim to mobilise $600 billion by 2027 in global infrastructure investments,” the White House said shortly ahead of a speech by Biden unveiling the proposal.
President Joe Biden speaks and formally launches the global infrastructure partnership, on the margins of the G7 Summit in Elmau, Germany.(AP)
President Joe Biden speaks and formally launches the global infrastructure partnership, on the margins of the G7 Summit in Elmau, Germany.(AP)
Updated on Jun 27, 2022 05:45 AM IST
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Russia slides towards default as payment deadline expires

  • A grace period on about $100 million of missed bond payments - blocked because of wide-ranging sanctions - was set to end on Sunday night, fast approaching as this paper was going to print.
Foreign currency exchange rates for US dollars, Russian rubles and British pounds displayed outside an exchange bureau in Riga, Latvia.(Bloomberg)
Foreign currency exchange rates for US dollars, Russian rubles and British pounds displayed outside an exchange bureau in Riga, Latvia.(Bloomberg)
Published on Jun 27, 2022 12:21 AM IST
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Russian missiles rock Kyiv as G7 leaders hold summit

  • One person died and four people, including a seven-year-old girl, were taken to hospital following the early morning strikes, said city mayor Vitali Klitschko.
Smoke rises after a missile strike in Kyiv, Ukraine.(REUTERS)
Smoke rises after a missile strike in Kyiv, Ukraine.(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 27, 2022 12:04 AM IST
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The genesis and the impact of America’s abortion ban verdict

Friday’s judgment is undoubtedly a victory for Republican Party, social conservatives and the country’s Christian Right.
Abortion-rights activists outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Friday. (AP)
Abortion-rights activists outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Friday. (AP)
Updated on Jun 27, 2022 12:08 PM IST
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At G7 roundtable, leaders mock bare-chested horseback rider Putin

The G7 leaders discussed efforts to further isolate Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, which has killed thousands of people and driven millions from their homes.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, U.S. President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and France's President Emmanuel Macron attend a round table for their first working session of G7 group at Bavaria's Schloss Elmau Castle, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.(REUTERS)
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, U.S. President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and France's President Emmanuel Macron attend a round table for their first working session of G7 group at Bavaria's Schloss Elmau Castle, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 10:37 PM IST
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Four G7 powers impose gold export ban on Russia, announces Britain

  • Worth 12.6 billion pounds ($15.5 billion) to the Russian economy in 2021, gold – a refuge commodity in times of turmoil – is a major export for the country.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (REUTERS)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (REUTERS)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 09:53 PM IST
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Bangladesh’s Padma Bridge is a Chinese success story, claims media

China’s official media has closely tracked the development of the bridge, given that the China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group (MBEC) has been behind its construction
Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurating the 6.15km long Padma Bridge at Mawa point in Munshiganj. (AFP)
Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurating the 6.15km long Padma Bridge at Mawa point in Munshiganj. (AFP)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 04:44 PM IST
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Curious case of Pakistan's Sajid Mir, mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks

  • This is the curious case of Sajid Mir, one of the masterminds of the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, India, in 2008.
(File/Reuters)
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Updated on Jun 26, 2022 03:38 PM IST
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US president Joe Biden says ‘G-7 to ban Russian gold in response to Ukraine war’

Biden and his counterparts will huddle on the summit's opening day Sunday to discuss how to secure energy supplies and tackle inflation, aiming to keep the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine from splintering the global coalition working to punish Moscow.
US president Joe Biden says ‘G-7 to ban Russian gold in response to Ukraine war’(AP)
US president Joe Biden says ‘G-7 to ban Russian gold in response to Ukraine war’(AP)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 02:05 PM IST
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‘Do something’: Joe Biden signs rare bipartisan gun control legislation

Calling it a ‘monumental day’, US President Joe Biden acknowledged that the law doesn’t go far enough but claimed it would save lives
US First Lady Jill Biden looks on as US President Joe Biden signs the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on Saturday. (AFP)
US First Lady Jill Biden looks on as US President Joe Biden signs the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on Saturday. (AFP)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 01:51 PM IST
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Sri Lanka hikes fuel prices as US delegation arrives

The announcement came a day after Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said there would be an indefinite delay in getting new shipments of oil.
People wait in a long queues to buy fuel for their vehicles at a filling station in Colombo, Sri Lanka.(AP)
People wait in a long queues to buy fuel for their vehicles at a filling station in Colombo, Sri Lanka.(AP)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 12:44 PM IST
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China’s Dandong warned of risks for continuous Covid flareups

The Chinese city of Dandong, which borders North Korea, reported seven asymptomatic cases for Saturday -- half the total number of cases in all of mainland China for the day.
China’s Dandong warned of risks for continuous Covid flareups (STR / AFP)
China’s Dandong warned of risks for continuous Covid flareups (STR / AFP)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 12:16 PM IST
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Your body belongs to Christ: Anti-abortionists see divine hand in court ruling

Texas has been among those states leading the charge to restrict access to abortions. A law that came into effect last year bans the procedure when fetal heart activity can be detected -- usually around six weeks, a time few women are even aware they are pregnant.
bortion rights activists hold signs during a protest in front of the Supreme Court building following the announcement to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling on June 25, 2022 in Washington, DC. (AFP)
bortion rights activists hold signs during a protest in front of the Supreme Court building following the announcement to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling on June 25, 2022 in Washington, DC. (AFP)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 08:46 AM IST
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Staff found planting spy device in Imran Khan's room. Here's what happened next

Former Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan has alleged that his life is in danger, claiming he has recorded a video naming people who are involved in a conspiracy to eliminate him.
Former Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan gestures during a press conference in Islamabad.(AFP / File)
Former Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan gestures during a press conference in Islamabad.(AFP / File)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 08:46 AM IST
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Was cash strapped Sri Lanka duped by China in Hambantota Port?

Chinese built Hambantota has become a millstone around Sri Lanka's neck as the seaport has landed Colombo in a dragon debt trap and is a commercially unviable with little hope of traffic revival in future.
Two car-shipping carriers berthed at Sri Lanka's Chinese-built Hambantota Port.(AFP)
Two car-shipping carriers berthed at Sri Lanka's Chinese-built Hambantota Port.(AFP)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 07:37 AM IST
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US WWII destroyer found off Philippines

  • The USS Samuel B Roberts went down during a battle off the central island of Samar on October 25, 1944 as US forces fought to liberate the Philippines -- then a US colony -- from Japanese occupation.
Images showed the ship's three-tube torpedo launcher and gun mount.(AFP)
Images showed the ship's three-tube torpedo launcher and gun mount.(AFP)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 06:37 AM IST
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Taliban's urgent appeal to West after deadly earthquake ravages Afghanistan

The 6.1-magnitude quake that struck the east of the country early on Wednesday destroyed or damaged 10,000 homes and injured about 2,000 people.
Taliban's urgent appeal to West after deadly earthquake ravages Afghanistan(TOLO news)
Taliban's urgent appeal to West after deadly earthquake ravages Afghanistan(TOLO news)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 05:53 AM IST
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Fresh transport strikes hit UK, mainland Europe

  • Tens of thousands of rail workers in the UK staged the latest day-long walkout over pay and job security, hampering weekend plans for those already hit by similar strikes on Tuesday and Thursday.
Demonstrators hold a banner reading put down the weapons raise up the salaries, during a transportation strike called by the COBAS union, in downtown Rome.(AP)
Demonstrators hold a banner reading put down the weapons raise up the salaries, during a transportation strike called by the COBAS union, in downtown Rome.(AP)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 04:51 AM IST
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WHO says monkeypox not currently a global health emergency

  • WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus convened a committee of experts on Thursday to advise him whether to sound the UN health agency's strongest alarm over the outbreak.
More than 3,200 confirmed cases and one death have now been reported to the WHO from more than 50 countries this year.(REUTERS)
More than 3,200 confirmed cases and one death have now been reported to the WHO from more than 50 countries this year.(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 04:39 AM IST
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After occupying key Ukraine city, Russia focuse shifts to Lysychansk

  • The capture of the industrial hub of Severodonetsk is an important strategic win for Moscow as it seeks to gain full control over the east of the country.
A smoke rises over remains of a building destroyed by a military strike, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Lysychansk, Luhansk region.(REUTERS)
A smoke rises over remains of a building destroyed by a military strike, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Lysychansk, Luhansk region.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 26, 2022 05:43 AM IST
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UK's Johnson urges G7 not to 'give up' on Ukraine

  • "Ukraine can win and it will win. But they need our backing to do so. Now is not the time to give up on Ukraine," Johnson said in a statement on the eve of a Group of Seven wealthy nations summit in the Bavarian Alps.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.(REUTERS)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 04:34 AM IST
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'Islamist terror' suspect arrested in deadly Norway attack

  • The suspect, who was already known to security services, was arrested quickly after the shooting started around 1:00 am (2300 GMT Friday) in central Oslo.
People react at the scene of a shooting in central Oslo, Norway.(AP)
People react at the scene of a shooting in central Oslo, Norway.(AP)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 04:32 AM IST
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Fresh protests as new US abortion reality takes shape

  • The deeply polarized country woke up to a new level of division: between states that will now or soon deny the right to abortion, enshrined since 1973, and those that still allow it.
Protesters gather outside of the Jackson Federal Building in Seattle to support abortion rights.(AP)
Protesters gather outside of the Jackson Federal Building in Seattle to support abortion rights.(AP)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 04:31 AM IST
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In new Indo-Pacific move, US and allies launch Partners in the Blue Pacific initiative

In recent months, China has stepped up its engagement with Pacific Island states, including by signing a security agreement with the Solomon Islands
The guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal sails through the Pacific Ocean on December 13, 2005. (REUTERS/FILE)
The guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal sails through the Pacific Ocean on December 13, 2005. (REUTERS/FILE)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 12:23 AM IST
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‘Russians fully occupy Severodonetsk’: Mayor

  • The industrial hub of Severodonetsk has been the scene of weeks of running battles, but the Ukrainian army said on Friday that its outgunned forces would withdraw to better defend the neighbouring city of Lysychansk.
A Ukrainian tank is in position during heavy fighting on the front line in Severodonetsk, the Luhansk region, Ukraine.(AP)
A Ukrainian tank is in position during heavy fighting on the front line in Severodonetsk, the Luhansk region, Ukraine.(AP)
Published on Jun 25, 2022 11:30 PM IST
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Joe Biden criticises top court for making ‘terrible decisions’

  • “Jill and I know how painful and devastating the decision is for so many Americans,” he said with First Lady Jill Biden at his side.
People in the US gather to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade. (AFP)
People in the US gather to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade. (AFP)
Published on Jun 25, 2022 11:22 PM IST
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Ukraine's Severodonetsk 'fully occupied' by Russian army: Mayor

  • "The city has been fully occupied by the Russians," mayor Oleksandr Striuk said.
A Ukrainian tank is in position during heavy fighting on the front line in Severodonetsk, the Luhansk region, Ukraine. (File photo)(AP)
A Ukrainian tank is in position during heavy fighting on the front line in Severodonetsk, the Luhansk region, Ukraine. (File photo)(AP)
Updated on Jun 25, 2022 09:29 PM IST
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