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Russia-Ukraine War: Protests in Russia after Vladimir Putin's call for mobilisation.

Video: Putin's partial military call-up sparks massive protests in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin's partial mobilization of reservists announcement on Wednesday sparked rare and massive protests in Russia leading to almost 1,200 arrests, Associated Press reported. The move, which came after setbacks for Putin's troops nearly seven months after Russia's February invasion of Ukraine, is a way for the Russian President to bolster his forces in Ukraine. The move sent Russians scrambling to buy plane tickets to flee the country fearing the call-up.

Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant generates about a third of the country's electricity. (image for representation)

Bulgaria's only nuclear power plant to shut down reactor after radioactive coolant leak

Bulgaria's only nuclear power plant will shut down one of its reactors on Saturday -- its third stoppage so far this year -- after a leak of radioactive coolant was discovered. Two previous incidents including generator malfunctions at Kozloduy's reactors, located in northwest Bulgaria on the Danube River, have triggered shutdowns in June and October. It added that there was "no change in the radiation situation in the working areas and at Kozloduy's site".

More media workers were killed covering the war in Ukraine – 12 in total -- than in any other country this year, according to the IFJ.

30% spike in number of journalists killed doing their work in 2022 over previous year

Elon Musk on 'citizen journalism' and 'oligopoly on information' in fresh tweet More media workers were killed covering the war in Ukraine – 12 in total -- than in any other country this year, according to the IFJ. Most were Ukrainian but also included those of other nationalities such as American documentary filmmaker Brent Renaud.

Screen grab of 21-year-old murder victim Pawanpreet Kaur from a video update released by Peel Regional Police. (BY ARRANGEMENT)

Canada police continue investigation into killing of Indian-origin woman

Canadian law enforcement on Thursday located a bicycle that was used by the suspect in the search for the killer of a 21-year-old Indo-Canadian woman, authorities said in a video release. Kaur was identified as Pawanpreet Kaur, a resident of the township of Brampton in the Greater Toronto Area.

EuroMillions Lottery: A woman fills out a grid of a lottery ticket for EuroMillions.

'Christmas gift': Belgian village's 165 people win $151 million in mega lottery

A group of 165 people, belonging to a Belgian village, won a collective jackpot of $151.18 million in the EuroMillions lottery. Belgian National Lottery, each resident won around ?868,000 ($9,17,967) in the lottery. Read more: Don't miss: Three brutal Prince Harry digs at royal family in Netflix docuseries The residents from Antwerp province's Olmen had made equal payments for purchasing the tickets at their local newsagent as Tuesday's draw saw more than 27 million entries.

The announcement came just as the federal police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), suspended a contract for radio frequency (RF) equipment over the company’s links to Beijing (REUTERS/ REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

Canada looks to update FDI laws amid China concerns

The Canadian government on Thursday tabled a bill to update security measures for foreign direct investments into the country, even as it cancelled a contract with a telecommunications company over ties with China. Amendments to the Investment Canada Act were moved in parliament, the most significant review in over a decade meant to address ?evolving national security concerns,? according to a release from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

Airfares Hike: An aeroplane prepares to land at an airport.

Are you planning international travel next year? How much airfares may rise

Air travel costs will increase significantly next year all over the world, a report said. The Airfares will increase by as much as 12 per cent on Europe-Asia routes and 10 per cent for America-Asia flights, a report by American Express Global Business Travel said. The report also said that one of the biggest airfare rises will be for business-class tickets within Australia, which are forecast to rise by about 19 per cent.

Russia-Ukraine War: A man carries brushwood for a wood stove to an apartment house basement used as a bomb shelter.

Russia shells eastern front, Ukraine says, as war aims appear to shift

Russian forces have shelled the entire front line in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian officials said, part of what appears to be the Kremlin's scaled-back ambition to secure only the bulk of territory it has claimed. Five civilians were killed and two wounded in Ukrainian-controlled parts of Donetsk over the previous day, the region's governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said early on Friday.

Dalai Lama: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama at the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamsala.

'Genuine compassion is the best weapon': Dalai Lama on world peace

People are spending a lot of money on weapons which is "totally wrong", Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama said on Friday as he underlined the need for creating a peaceful world. Genuine compassion is the best weapon to defend oneself, he said at the inaugural session of a two-day conference, 'SEE Learning: A Worldwide Initiative for Educating the Heart and Mind', here. Read more: These are world's strongest passports in 2022.

Passport offices will attend to applicants for both ‘Normal’ and ‘Tatkaal’ categories. (HT Photo)

These are world's strongest passports in 2022. India's rank is…

Passport Index 2022 published by Arton Capital ranked the world's strongest and weakest passports. Read more: Don't miss: Three brutal Prince Harry digs at royal family in Netflix docuseries India ranked 87 in the world's strongest passport list, while UAE ranked first in the rating of passports for 2022. The Passport Index is based on the 139 members of the United Nations and six territories were considered for the list.

A Canada flag flies in Hamilton, Ontario.

Canada adds sanctions on Russia, Iran, Myanmar over human rights

Canada on Friday imposed fresh sanctions on Russia, Iran and Myanmar, citing alleged human rights violations by their governments. The measures included sanctions against 33 current or former senior Russian officials and six entities involved in alleged "systematic human rights violations" against Russian citizens who protested against Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the Canadian foreign ministry said in a statement.

Afghanistan: An Afghan woman walks on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan.

UN rights chief deplores 'systematic exclusion' of Afghanistan women

The U.N. humans rights chief Volker Turk said on Friday that Afghan women and girls are being systematically excluded from virtually all aspects of life under the Taliban. Read more: Merit over birthplace: US Congress set to debate this change for Green Cards "...The continued systematic exclusion of women and girls from virtually all aspects of life is unparalleled in this world," Turk told journalists at a Geneva press briefing.

Xinjiang: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk is seen.

UN human rights chief 'determined' to follow up with China on Xinjiang

U.N. human rights chief Volker Turk on Friday said he was determined to engage with China over the findings of a report issued by his predecessor that said China's treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslims in its Xinjiang region may constitute crimes against humanity. "I will personally continue engaging with the authorities. I'm very determined to do so," he said, adding that "hope springs eternal."

Prince Harry-Meghan Markle: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is seen.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle claims now proven to be completely untrue

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Netflix docuseries was released as the couple made claims against the royal family while talking of their life after stepping down from their roles in 2020. The first three episodes of the couple's highly-anticipated six-part series, Meghan & Harry, landed on streaming giant Netflix- and it's already causing quite a stir. But some of the claims have now proven to be untrue.

A satellite image shows cyclone 'Mandous' as it approaches the Indian coast. (PTI Photo)

Sri Lanka shuts schools as cyclonic storm Mandous raises pollution

Schools were closed across Sri Lanka on Friday due to high air pollution levels as a cyclonic storm passed by its coast, raising strong winds and rain, with forecasts that it will make landfall on India's southeastern coast around midnight. Authorities deployed nearly 400 disaster relief personnel in Tamil Nadu state, and urged people to stock up on essentials and be prepared to move to shelters as cyclone 'Mandous' approached.

Russia-Ukraine War: Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen.

Vladimir Putin says West's desire for global dominance increases conflict risks

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said the West's desire to maintain its dominance on the world stage was increasing the risks of conflict. The Russian leader was speaking in a video message to a summit of defence ministers from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and a group of ex-Soviet countries that was published by the Kremlin.

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