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Zelensky urges G7 to help end Ukraine war by winter

ELMAU CASTLE: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged world powers to do their utmost to help end Russia’s invasion by the end of the year, as G7 leaders planned new sanctions and vowed to support Kyiv “as long as it

Iran, US to resume indirect nuclear talks in Qatar

TEHRAN: Iran and the United States plan to resume indirect talks this week in Qatar, in a fresh bid to revive the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, both sides said. The talks will be separate from broader EU-mediated negotiations in Vienna

India arrests Modi critic who runs fact-checking website

NEW DELHI: Indian police arrested the co-founder of a top fact-checking website who has been a vocal critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, his colleague said. Mohammed Zubair was arrested in Delhi after being called in for questioning in

17 people found dead in South African nightclub

EAST LONDON: At least 17 young people were found dead at a nightclub in a township in South Africa’s southern city of East London on Sunday, police said. “We got a report about 17 (people) that died in a local

World powers agree not to import gold from Russia

BERLIN: World powers on Sunday agreed to ban gold import from Russia, in new concerted action to cut off Moscow’s financial lifeline as G7 leaders met in southern Germany to lock down new support for Ukraine. US President Joe Biden

Bankrupt Sri Lanka runs out of fuel

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has virtually run out of petrol and diesel after several expected shipments were delayed indefinitely, the energy minister said while apologising to motorists for the worsening fuel crisis. Kanchana Wijesekera said oil cargoes that were due last

Deepest shipwreck: US WWII ship found off Philippines

PHILIPPINES; A US navy destroyer sunk during World War II has been found nearly 7,000 meters (23,000 feet) below sea level off the Philippines, making it the world’s deepest shipwreck ever located, an American exploration team said. The USS Samuel B

TikTok releases first album of viral hits

PARIS: Some of the biggest viral hits on TikTok have been given the full orchestral treatment and will get a traditional release on CD and vinyl this summer, the platform announced. The tie-up with Warner Classics is the first time

Putin defends Russia’s stance on global food crisis

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow’s military action in Ukraine was not responsible for the global food crisis, instead blaming the West for preventing the export of Russian grain. “The food market is unbalanced in the most serious way,”

Injury forces Halep out of Bad Homburg on eve of Wimbledon

BERLIN: Simona Halep’s Wimbledon hopes suffered a blow Friday when she withdrew from the semi-finals of the WTA tournament in Bad Homburg with a neck injury. Halep, the 2019 Wimbledon champion, was forced out of the grass-court tournament in Germany

EU grants candidate status to Ukraine

LONDON: The European Parliament voted in favor of granting European Union candidate status to Ukraine as fighting in the war-torn country continues, four months after the Russian invasion. Of the 588 votes, an overwhelming 529 were in support of the

Musk says Twitter deal remains deadlocked over fake users

DOHA: Business magnate Elon Musk has that his $44 billion move to take over Twitter remained held up by “very significant” questions about the number of fake users on the social network. Musk was reluctant to talk about the deal

One of world’s oldest known mosques uncovered in Israel

ISRAEL: A team of Israeli archaeologists has identified and excavated what is one of the oldest known mosques in the world. The small 7th-century CE prayer hall was uncovered on Wednesday during salvage excavations ahead of the construction of new

Arizona fires sweep land rich with ancient sites, artifacts

FLAGSTAFF: As Jason Nez scans rugged mountains, high desert and cliffsides for signs of ancient tools and dwellings unique to the U.S. Southwest, he keeps in mind that they’re part of a bigger picture. And, fire is not new to

Geoffrey Rush to get Crystal Globe award at Czech film festival

PRAGUE: Oscar-winning Australian actor Geoffrey Rush will receive the Crystal Globe award for his “outstanding contribution to world cinema” at the Karlovy Vary film festival next month, organizers said on Tuesday. The 70-year-old Rush won the Academy Award for Best

BMW to put one billion euros into electric vehicles in Austria

FRANKFURT: German auto manufacturer BMW said on Monday it would invest “around one billion euros” ($1.1 billion) in the production of electric vehicles at a plant in Austria from 2025. Altogether, 600,000 units a year should roll off the line

UK set for biggest rail strike in decades

LONDON:  UK’s railway network this week faces its biggest strike action in more than three decades in a row over pay, as soaring inflation erodes earnings, triggering fears of wider industrial action. Last-ditch talks to avert a strike broke down

Afghan Taliban release five UK citizens

LONDON: Afghanistan has released five UK nationals from detention, London said Monday, adding that it regretted the episode and offering apologies to the authorities in Kabul. “Pleased the UK has secured the release of 5 British nationals detained in Afghanistan,”

Apple store workers vote to form their first US union

SAN FRANCISCO: A majority of employees at a US Apple store have voted to form a union, a first for the tech giant, which has so far tried to discourage unionizing attempts. Of the 110 employees at the Towson, Maryland

Emmanuel Macron loses parliament majority in stunning setback

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday lost his parliamentary majority after major election gains by a newly formed left-wing alliance and the far right, in a stunning blow to his plans for major second-term reform. The result from Sunday’s

Education key to fighting racism, says WI legend Holding

PARIS: Educating the young is the most effective way of combatting racism as armed with the facts they can challenge their peers, West Indies cricket legend and anti-racism campaigner Michael Holding said. The 68-year-old — nicknamed  Whispering Death  when he

US approves Covid vaccines for children below five

WASHINGTON: US health authorities cleared the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines for children aged five and younger, in a move President Joe Biden greeted as a “monumental step” in the fight against the virus. The United States has become the

Bitcoin plunges below $20,000

NEW YORK: Bitcoin plunged below $20,000 on Saturday, shedding nine percent from the previous day to fall to $18,740, its lowest level since December 13, 2020. With investors increasingly wary of risk, the world’s most popular crypto asset has lost

TikTok says Oracle to keep US user data safe

SAN FRANCISCO: TikTok said Oracle will store all the data from its US users, in a bid to allay fears about its safety in the hands of a platform owned by ByteDance in China. The popular video snippet sharing service

Saudi crown prince to visit Turkey in first since Khashoggi murder

ISTANBUL: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will visit Turkey next week, a Turkish official said Friday, as Ankara and Riyadh heal a bitter rift following the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. It is Prince Mohammed’s first

England set new record for highest ODI total of 498

AMSTELVEEN: England made history by scoring 498-4 against the Netherlands, which is the highest team total in men’s ODI history in the first fixture of the three-match series at VRA Cricket Ground on Friday. In Amstelveen, Phil Salt, Dawid Malan,

EU leaders back Ukraine membership bid in trip to war-torn Kyiv

KYIV: The European Union s most powerful leaders on Thursday embraced Ukraine s bid to be accepted as a candidate for EU membership, in a potent symbol of support in Kyiv’s battle against Russia’s invasion. French President Emmanuel Macron, Germany s

US condemns BJP officials’ remarks on Prophet (PBUH)

WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday condemned remarks by Indian ruling party officials about the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) that have sparked an uproar in Muslim countries. “We condemn the offensive comments made by two BJP officials,” State Department spokesman Ned

‘Still believes nuclear talks can yield deal’ says Iran

TEHRAN: Iran has said it still believes that negotiations can succeed to revive the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, despite a recent rebuke from the UN nuclear watchdog. Tehran last week condemned as “unconstructive” a move by the International

NATO chief urges ‘more heavy weapons’ for Ukraine

THE HAGUE: Western countries must send Ukraine more heavy weaponry as it battles Russia s advance in the east of the country, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. “Yes, Ukraine should have more heavy weapons,” Stoltenberg told a press conference