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Kremlin dismisses isolation of Russia as impossible

International Desk The isolation of Russia, even as far as technology goes, is impossible, despite such schemes by unfriendly countries, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday. “No one is talking about isolation. It is impossible to isolate Russia, despite the fact that countries unfriendly, or rather hostile to us, are trying to isolate us economically, politically, and in ...

US Capitol riot probe puts Trump at heart of ‘attempted coup’

International Desk A congressional panel investigating last year’s mob assault on the US Capitol laid out its case Thursday that Donald Trump and his claims of a stolen election were at the heart of what amounted to an “attempted coup” to remain in power. In a prime-time presentation of its findings from a year-long probe, the special committee sought to ...

Gunmen kill 32 people in volatile northwest Nigeria

International Desk Gunmen killed 32 people and razed dozens of houses in the latest attacks in Nigeria’s volatile northwestern state of Kaduna, local authorities said Thursday. Heavily-armed criminal gangs known as bandits in northwest and central Nigeria have raided villages to kidnap or kill residents for years but have become increasingly brazen. In recent months, they have attacked a passenger ...

Authorities: 3 dead, trooper wounded in Maryland shooting

International Desk An employee opened fire at a manufacturing business in rural western Maryland on Thursday, killing three coworkers before the suspect and a state trooper were wounded in a shootout, authorities said. Washington County Sheriff Doug Mullendore said that three victims were found dead at Columbia Machine Inc. in Smithsburg and a fourth victim was critically injured. The sheriff ...

Global Covid-19 cases near 539 million

Online Desk The overall number of Covid-19 cases is now approaching 539 million amid a rise in new infections in parts of the world. According to the latest global data, the total case count mounted to 538,715,936 while the death toll from the virus reached 6,328,141 on Friday morning. The US has recorded 87,114,740 cases so far and 1,035,320 people ...

Lavrov’s visit to Ankara showed Russia-Turkey relations are normal: Expert

International Desk The latest contacts between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara were an important sign bilateral relations are proceeding at the normal level, politician and economist Aydin Sezer, Turkey’s former trade representative to Russia, said about bilateral foreign-minister-level talks on Wednesday, reports TASS. “The Cavusoglu-Lavrov contacts were an important indication that relations ...

Monkeypox outbreak tops 1,000 cases, WHO warns of ‘real’ risk

International Desk The risk of monkeypox becoming established in non-endemic nations is real, the WHO warned Wednesday, with more than a thousand cases now confirmed in such countries. World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the UN health agency was not recommending mass vaccination against the virus, and added that no deaths had been reported so far from the ...

‘Fierce battle’ in key east Ukraine city largely under Moscow control: Zelensky

International Desk Russian forces are now largely in control of the key eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk amid fierce fighting, Kyiv said Wednesday, as UN chief Antonio Guterres starkly warned the war’s impact on the world was worsening. The strategic city has become the focus of Russia’s offensive as it seeks to seize an eastern swathe of Ukraine, after being ...

UK’s PM looks to reset leadership after confidence vote

International Desk Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Thursday outline plans to tackle Britain’s cost-of-living crisis, as he seeks to move on from a damaging series of scandals and a confidence vote called by his own MPs. Johnson won the vote but with 40 percent of his own side refusing to back him, he was likened to a “Monty Python” ...

Six dead in armed attack on Mexican high school students

International Desk Gunmen killed five high school students and an adult in a street shooting in central Mexico, local authorities said on Tuesday. According to police, shooters opened fire on a group of students on Monday night, killing three males and two females aged between 16 and 18, as well as a 65-year-old woman who was in the same area. ...