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Ukraine’s Zelensky visits southern front as battles rage

International Desk Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the war-torn southern frontline on Saturday for the first time since the Russian invasion as “fierce battles” raged again in the eastern Donbas region. Making a rare trip outside Kyiv, where he is based for security reasons, Zelensky travelled to the hold-out Black Sea city of Mykolaiv and visited troops nearby and in ...

India scores big at WTO, ministerial conference sees some landmark decisions

International Desk India changed the narrative and controlled it well from beginning to end at the WTO ministerial conference that saw some landmark decisions and the country’s image has risen phenomenally in the world community, sources said. There was a ministerial conference outcome after seven years. There were ministerial decisions on all items except agriculture, which was expected. A total ...

‘I am good’: Biden falls from bike but is unhurt

International Desk US President Joe Biden took a tumble as he was riding his bicycle near his beach home in the state of Delaware Saturday morning, but was unhurt. A video from a White House pool report showed the 79-year-old president immediately getting up after his fall. He then says: “I’m good.” He was biking with First Lady Jill Biden ...

Remains of UK journalist Phillips identified in Brazil

International Desk The remains of one of the two bodies found in the Amazon rainforest are those of UK journalist Dom Phillips, Brazilian police have confirmed. They say the identification was based on dental records. The second body – believed to be that of indigenous expert Bruno Pereira – is still being examined. Mr Phillips, 57, and Mr Pereira, 41, ...

Afghanistan: Deadly explosion rocks Sikh temple in Kabul

International Desk An assault on a temple of Afghanistan’s tiny Sikh community has left one worshipper and a Taliban member dead as well as the unidentified attackers. The temple in the capital Kabul was hit by a bomb early in the morning when up to 30 people were inside. It is the last remaining Sikh temple in the capital. Community leaders ...

Europe braces for blistering June weekend heat

International Desk France, Spain and other western European nations braced on Saturday for a sweltering June weekend that is set to break records and sparked concern about forest fires and the effects of climate change. Temperatures already nudged over 40 degrees Celsius in parts of France on Friday. The weather on Saturday will represent a peak of a June heatwave that ...

Zelensky looks far from enthusiastic as Macron leans in for an awkward hug in Kyiv

International Desk Emmanuel Macron has copped flak in recent days from Ukrainian officials after urging them not to ‘humiliate’ Russia, suggesting they should negotiate with Vladimir Putin to build an ‘off-ramp’ from a war he started. So the French President may not have been surprised when he was shown the cold, or rather hard, shoulder by Zelensky on a visit ...

9 dead, 40 injured in Mexico pilgrimage bus crash

International Desk At least nine people were killed and 40 injured in southern Mexico on Friday when a bus carrying people on a religious outing overturned. The civil defense office in the southern state of Chiapas said the crash occurred before dawn Friday in the township of Tila. The passengers had attended a Feast of Corpus Christi event, and were ...

31 dead in Assam, Meghalaya floods, 3,000 villages under water

International Desk The flood situation in Assam and Meghalaya of India has deteriorated with rising water levels in major rivers and 31 people losing their lives, amid incessant rain triggering landslides in many places across the two states, reports NDTV. Main 10 points: At least 19 lakh people in 28 districts of Assam have been affected by the floods with ...

Sonia Gandhi got fungal infection after Covid, health being monitored: Congress

International Desk Sonia Gandhi, who was hospitalised a couple of days ago after testing positive for coronavirus, has got a fungal infection and her health is being constantly monitored, the Congress said on Friday. The health update comes days after she was admitted at Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. In an official statement shared by the Congress’s Jairam Ramesh, the ...