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Vienna returns as world’s ‘most liveable city’

International Desk The Austrian capital Vienna has made a comeback as the world’s most liveable city, according to an annual report from the Economist published Thursday. The Ukrainian capital Kyiv was not included this year after Russia invaded the country in late February, while Russian cities Moscow and St Petersburg fell in the rankings over “censorship” and the impact of ...

EU debates Ukraine candidacy as Russia makes life ‘hell’ in east

International Desk EU leaders will gather in Brussels Thursday to discuss calls to formally grant war-torn Ukraine “candidate status” to join the bloc, as Russian forces slowly advance in the eastern Donbas region despite fierce resistance from Kyiv’s military. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he had been conducting a “telephone marathon” on his country’s behalf in the run-up to the ...

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall to divorce: New York Times

International Desk Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and model Jerry Hall are getting divorced, the New York Times reported Wednesday, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. It will be the fourth divorce for the 91-year-old Murdoch, who married Hall, 65, in London in March 2016. The Australian Murdoch is worth more than $17 billion, according to Forbes. The New York ...

Global Covid cases surpass 546 million

Online Desk The overall number of Covid cases has now crossed 546 million amid a rise in new infections in parts of the world. According to the latest global data, the total case count mounted to 546,626,378 while the death toll from the virus reached 6,345,658 Thursday morning. The US has recorded 88,443,398 cases so far and 1,039,771 people have ...

San Francisco subway train shooting kills 1, wounds another

International Desk One man was killed and another was wounded in a shooting on a San Francisco subway train Wednesday that ended in the city’s historically LGBTQ neighborhood just days before Pride celebrations, police said. The shooting occurred shortly before 10 a.m. on a commuter train as it pulled away from a residential station toward the station in the city’s ...

First Sarmat ICBM to go on combat alert in Russia by yearend, says Putin

International Desk The first Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system will go on combat alert in Russia at the end of 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday, reports TASS. “The Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully test-launched. The first such ICBM system is set to go on combat alert already at the end of this year,” the ...

Afghan earthquake: At least 1,000 people killed and 1,500 injured

International Desk A powerful earthquake has killed at least 1,000 people and injured 1,500 in eastern Afghanistan, an official of the ruling Taliban told the BBC. The Taliban appealed for international help for the rescue effort as pictures showed landslides and ruined mud-built homes in the province of Paktika. The quake struck shortly after 01:30 (21:00 GMT Tuesday) as people ...

Afghanistan earthquake kills at least 250 people

International Desk A powerful earthquake has killed at least 250 people and left scores injured in Afghanistan, a local official has told the BBC. Pictures shared on social media showed people on stretchers, rubble and ruined homes in Paktika province. A local government official told the BBC the death toll of more than 250 was likely to rise, and that ...

BJP-led NDA announces tribal leader Draupadi Murmu as Presidential candidate

International Desk The BJP parliamentary board on Tuesday named Draupadi Murmu, a tribal leader of the party from Odisha, as the ruling NDA’s candidate for the presidential election. BJP president J P Nadda announced her name at a press conference following a meeting of the party top brass. Murmu (64), a former Jharkhand governor, will be the first tribal woman ...

Biden says ‘not likely’ to visit Ukraine on upcoming Europe trip

International Desk US President Joe Biden said Monday he will probably not visit Ukraine during a trip to Europe that starts this week. Biden first said “that depends” when asked if he planned to visit Ukraine. But then he said “on this trip, not likely,” as he spoke to reporters who pressed him about such a possibility as he strolled ...