Russia steps up missile strikes on Ukraine

Russia steps up missile strikes on Ukraine

KYIV: Russian missiles hit an apartment block and kindergarten in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Sunday, in strikes US President Joe Biden condemned as “barbarism” as world leaders gathered in Europe to discuss further sanctions against Moscow. Up to four explosions shook central Kyiv in the early hours, in the first such attack on the […]

Deadly quake spells disaster for ‘isolated’ Afghanistan

Deadly quake spells disaster for ‘isolated’ Afghanistan

• Over 1,000 said to be killed, hundreds injured by tremor with epicentre around Paktika, Khost provinces • Many remote areas cut off, hospitals packed with injured • Pakistan sends first batch of relief supplies, urges world not to ‘link help with politics’ • US and UN considering aid options KABUL: A deadly 6.1 magnitude […]

6.1-magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan kills at least 280

6.1-magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan kills at least 280

An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 that rocked Afghanistan has killed at least 280 people in the country’s east, officials of the interior ministry said on Wednesday, adding that hundreds of people were injured and the toll was likely to rise as information trickled in from remote mountain villages. Most of the confirmed deaths were in […]

Israel says it’s building regional air defence alliance under US

Israel says it’s building regional air defence alliance under US

JERUSALEM: Israel is building a US-sponsored regional air defence alliance, the Israeli defence minister said on Monday, adding that the apparatus has already foiled attempted Iranian attacks and could be boosted by President Joe Biden’s visit next month. Drawing closer in recent years to US-aligned Arab states which share its Iran concerns, Israel has offered […]

Germany, Austria revert to coal amid gas supply cuts by Russia

Germany, Austria revert to coal amid gas supply cuts by Russia

BERLIN: Germany and Austria announced emergency measures on Sunday to ensure their energy needs after a drop in Russian gas supplies, including reverting to coal in what Berlin called a “bitter but indispensable” step. “To reduce gas consumption, less gas must be used to generate electricity. Coal-fired power plants will have to be used more […]

Afghan mosque blast leaves one dead, several injured

Afghan mosque blast leaves one dead, several injured

KABUL: A bomb blast at a mosque in northern Afgha­nistan killed at least one worshipper and woun­ded seven others during Friday prayers, police said. The explosion occurred in the northern province of Kunduz in a district where dozens of worshippers had been killed in April in a similar bomb attack. Provincial police spokes­man Qari Obaidullah […]

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