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Washington blocks more than $1 bn in Russian oligarch’s US assets

International Desk The United States on Thursday blocked a US-based company worth more than $1 billion linked to Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov, saying the ally of President Vladimir Putin used it to funnel and invest shadowy funds. The Treasury Department said that Kerimov, a billionaire active in Russian politics, secretly managed the Delaware-based Heritage Trust which put its money into ...

Ukraine war pushes France to rethink coal power station closure

International Desk France has become the latest country to reconsider its energy options because of the war in Ukraine, announcing Sunday it was looking into reopening a recently closed coal-fired power station. The energy transition ministry said it was considering reopening the station at Saint-Avold in eastern France this winter, “given the situation in Ukraine” and the effect it was ...

Global Covid cases top 549 million

Online Desk The overall number of Covid cases has now crossed 549 million amid a rise in new infections in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe. According to the latest global data, the total case count mounted to 549,002,912 while the death toll from the virus reached 6,350,864 on Monday morning. The US has recorded 88,794,286 cases so far ...

Detained Tunisia ex-PM Jebali hospitalised: lawyer

International Desk Tunisia’s former prime minister Hamadi Jebali, on hunger strike after being arrested earlier this week on money-laundering allegations, was rushed to intensive care on Saturday, his lawyer said. “His condition rapidly deteriorated because he is on an intense hunger strike and he didn’t take his medicine” for cardiovascular conditions and diabetes, lawyer Zied Taher told AFP. Police had ...

Sri Lanka hikes fuel prices as US delegation arrives

International Desk Sri Lanka hiked fuel prices on Sunday, creating further pain for ordinary people as officials from the United States arrived for talks aimed at alleviating the island’s dire economic crisis. Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) said it raised the price of diesel, used widely in public transport, by 15 percent to 460 rupees ($1.27) a litre while upping petrol ...

Moscow tightens economic grip on southern Ukraine

International Desk Little appears to have changed for Alexei Andrusenko, the head of a foundry in Ukraine’s southern city of Berdyansk, who is happy to have kept all his staff since Moscow took control of the city. Andrusenko and his 50 or so employees continue showing up to work every morning to the grey building in the outskirts of the ...

Putin defends Russia’s stance on global food crisis

International Desk Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday 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,” Putin said, addressing a “BRICS Plus” virtual summit that brought together the leaders of 17 countries, including China, ...

Biden slams ‘extreme’ Supreme Court for ‘tragic error’ on abortion

International Desk An angry President Joe Biden called on voters Friday to rise up over the Supreme Court’s “tragic error” in ending the constitutional right to abortion, warning that an “extreme ideology” is already targeting other rights. “The court has done what it has never done before — expressly take away a constitutional right that is so fundamental to so ...

18 migrants die in mass attempt to enter Spain’s Melilla

International Desk At least 18 African migrants died when a huge crowd tried to cross into the Spanish enclave of Melilla in northern Morocco, according to an update from Moroccan authorities. Around 2,000 migrants approached Melilla at dawn Friday and more than 500 managed to enter a border control area after cutting a fence with shears, the Spanish government’s local ...

Two killed as Nio electric car falls from third floor office in Shanghai

International Desk Chinese electric carmaker Nio says that two people were killed when one of its vehicles fell from the third floor of its headquarters in Shanghai. One member of staff and a person from a partner company died in the crash. The incident took place on Wednesday at about 17:20 local time, the firm said. The people who died ...