Russia denies looking for pretext to invade Ukraine

Russia denies looking for pretext to invade Ukraine

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 | AP | Moscow

Russia's top diplomat on Monday angrily rejected US allegations that it was preparing a pretext to invade Ukraine as Russian troops have remained concentrated near border. The White House said Friday that US intelligence officials had concluded that Russia had already deployed operatives to rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine to carry out acts...

Rich nations dump near expiry Covid jabs on poor countries

Saturday, 15 January 2022 | IANS | London

Third world nations were offered about 100 million Covid-19 vaccines that were near expiry, which countries were forced to dump, according to UN's children's fund Unicef. According to Unicef's head of supply Etleva Kadilli, more than 100 million vaccines were, in December alone, rejected by countries as they were unable...

Pakistan Taliban confirms ex-spokesman's killing in Afghanistan

Friday, 14 January 2022 | PTI | Peshawar

The Pakistani Taliban on Thursday confirmed the weekend killing of a former spokesman in neighbouring Afghanistan and vowed to avenge the murder.The outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, which is known as TTP, announced on Twitter death of man known as Mohammad Khurasani, which is an alias. His real name was Khalid Balti....

Strike paralyses Lebanon as economic conditions worsen

Friday, 14 January 2022 | AP | Beirut

Schools, universities and many shops were closed in Lebanon on Thursday as a general strike by public transportation and labour unions paralysed the crisis-hit Mideast nation. Protesters closed the country's major highways as well as roads inside cities and towns, starting at 5 a.M., to protest fuel prices that have increased...

Polish Church says it’s wrong to ask if abuse victim is gay

Friday, 14 January 2022 | AP | WARSAW, Poland

Poland’s Catholic bishops have strongly criticized a local diocese for asking a court to determine whether a man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest is gay, and whether the sexual contact may have consequently been pleasurable for him. The victim, Janusz Szymik, who is now 48, was...

Biden redoubling focus on testing amid shortages, confusion

Friday, 14 January 2022 | AP | Washington

The Biden administration is redoubling its efforts to expand supply and accessibility of COVID-19 testing as it faces mounting criticism over long lines and supply shortages for testing nationwide and confusion about when to get tested amid the omicron surge. The White House announced Wednesday that a dedicated stream of 5...

US Prez highlighting federal ‘surge' to help weather Omicron

Friday, 14 January 2022 | AP | Washington

 President Joe Biden is highlighting the federal government's efforts to "surge" military medical personnel to help overwhelmed medical facilities weather the spike in coronavirus cases and staff shortages due to the highly transmissible omicron variant. Starting next week, 1,000 military medical personnel will begin arriving to help mitigate staffing crunches at...

US discourages India from acquiring Russian S-400 missile defence systems: President Biden's nominee

Friday, 14 January 2022 | PTI | Washington

The US has made clear to India that it is "discouraging" it from proceeding with its acquisition of S-400 missile defence systems from Russia but Washington will have to weigh "important geostrategic considerations" while taking a decision on growing calls for a presidential CAATSA waiver to New Delhi, President Joe...

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