War crime allegations mount as winter threatens Ukrainians

Kiev accused retreating troops of rendering key infrastructure, including water and electricity stations, useless Russians have killed, tortured and kidnapped Ukrainians in a systematic pattern that could implicate top officials in war crimes, a senior US official said Monday, while Kiev said it had discovered four Russian torture sites in newly liberated Kherson. Moscow, in … Read more

South Africa’s Ramaphosa begins Charles III’s first state visit as King

King Charles III welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to London on Tuesday for his government’s first state visit, with climate change, trade and the Commonwealth expected to feature on the agenda. Charles and Queen Consort Camilla were joined by Heir apparent Prince William and his wife Catherine to greet Ramaphosa and First Lady Tshepo … Read more

S.Africa’s Ramaphosa leads in race for ANC president despite scandal

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has a solid lead in the race for the head of the ruling African National Congress (ANC). Ramaphosa, 70, has polled 2,037 nominations from party branches against 916 for his rival Zweli Mkhize, 66, an ex-health minister who resigned last year over corruption allegations, the party said. The ANC, Nelson … Read more

S.Africa’s Ramaphosa leads in race for ANC president despite scandal

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has a solid lead in the race for the head of the ruling African National Congress (ANC). Ramaphosa, 70, has polled 2,037 nominations from party branches against 916 for his rival Zweli Mkhize, 66, an ex-health minister who resigned last year over corruption allegations, the party said. The ANC, Nelson … Read more

Recession-hit UK needs more migrant workforce: business group

Britain needs more migrant workers to boost productivity as it faces a toxic mix of rising inflation and contracting growth, the country’s main business lobby group warned Monday. Britain is in the middle of stagflation – skyrocketing inflation and negative growth – for the first time most of us can probably remember. Originally published as … Read more

UK-Iranian women torn over World Cup support

When England took on Iran at the World Cup on Monday, a group of British-Iranians were conflicted over who to support given the crackdown on protests at home. A group of British-Iranian women – many of them activists who have demonstrated against the Tehran regime in London – gathered in a pub in west London … Read more

Iran’s players choose not to sing the national anthem at the World Cup

Iran’s World Cup players opted not to sing their national anthem in clear support for anti-government protesters in their home country on Monday, as European teams dropped rainbow-themed armbands. The seven teams said they felt they had no choice but to scrap the plan due to the risk of their captains being penalized by the … Read more

Shallow earthquake kills 62, injures hundreds on Indonesian island of Java

A shallow 5.6-magnitude earthquake on Monday killed at least 62 people, injured hundreds and left others missing. A magnitude 6.2 earthquake in Sulawesi in January 2021 killed more than 100 people and left thousands homeless. dsa-agn/jfx/pbt Originally published as Shallow earthquake kills 62, injures hundreds on Indonesian island of Java

Indonesia earthquake kills 44

A shallow 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook Indonesia’s main island on Monday, killing at least 44 people and injuring hundreds, local officials said. Buildings were damaged and a landslide ensued. The quake struck in the Cianjur region of West Java, according to the United States Geological Survey, and was felt as far as the capital Jakarta, where … Read more

Kazakhstan holds presidential elections after a turbulent year

Kazakhs voted on Sunday for a presidential election that is expected to tighten incumbent Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s grip on power months after deadly unrest sparked a historic shift in the Central Asian country. The last polls in the former Soviet Republic closed at 3pm GMT and the first exit polls are expected around 6pm GMT. Last … Read more