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Russia is not squeaky clean and not ashamed: Lavrov

International Desk Since the Russian army attacked Ukraine nearly four months ago, thousands of civilians have been killed and whole towns reduced to rubble, while millions of Ukrainians have fled their homes. But on Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov looked me in the eye and told me things were not as they seemed. “We didn’t invade Ukraine,” he claimed. ...

Two dead, one wounded in another US shooting

International Desk A shooting at a church in the US state of Alabama left two people dead and one wounded Thursday, police said. It happened at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in the town of Vestavia Hills and a suspect is in custody, the town’s police department said on Facebook. The shooting took place as the church was holding a potluck ...

MoU signed to promote Buddhist learning, practice

International Desk New Delhi-based International Buddhist Confederation and Mongolia’s Ganden Tegchenling Monastery signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote national and international cooperation in the field of Buddhist learning, practice, pilgrimage and wisdom. The MoU was signed at Ganden Tegchenling Monastery when the Holy Kapilavastu Relics of Lord Buddha from India are displayed to the public. The pact was ...

Kremlin comments on Turkey’s proposed military operation in Syria

International Desk Russia does not believe a potential military operation by Turkey against Kurdish militias in Northern Syria would “contribute to stability and security” in the Arab Republic, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Wednesday. President Vladimir Putin’s Special Envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentyev noted that, in Moscow’s eyes, such an incursion on the part of Ankara “would be ...

Plague: Ancient teeth reveal where Black Death began, researchers say

International Desk Researchers believe they have discovered the origins of the Black Death, more than 600 years after it killed tens of millions in Europe, Asia and north Africa. The mid-14th Century health catastrophe is one of the most significant disease episodes in human history. But despite years of research, scientists had been unable to pinpoint where the bubonic plague ...

Xi Jinping tells Putin he is ready to help settle Ukrainian crisis

International Desk In a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin China’s leader Xi Jinping expressed his readiness to help settle the Ukrainian crisis, China’s central television said on Wednesday. “All parties concerned must take a responsible stance, thus promoting the correct settlement of the crisis in Ukraine,” the broadcaster quotes Xi as saying. “China is prepared to keep playing ...

Zelensky ‘grateful’ for new US arms package to Ukraine

International Desk Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Wednesday he was “grateful” for a new American arms package to Kyiv after speaking to US President Joe Biden. “The United States announced new strengthening of our defence, a new $1 billion support package,” Zelensky said in an evening address. “I am grateful for this support, it is especially important for our defence ...

Saudi embassy in Washington now on ‘Jamal Khashoggi Way’

International Desk The street in front of Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Washington was renamed Wednesday for Jamal Khashoggi as activists vowed never to forget the slain journalist despite President Joe Biden’s planned visit to the kingdom. The capital’s local government changed signs on one block in front of the imposing embassy to read “Jamal Khashoggi Way” in honor of the ...

Suspect confesses to burying bodies of two men missing in Amazon

International Desk One of two men arrested over the disappearance of a British journalist and an Indigenous expert in the Brazilian Amazon confessed to having buried the pair in the jungle, federal police said Wednesday after human remains were found. Dom Phillips and his guide Bruno Pereira went missing June 5 in a remote part of the Amazon that is ...

Hunger crisis could swell already record global displacement: UN

International Desk Russia’s war in Ukraine has pushed global displacement numbers above 100 million for the first time, and the UN warns the resulting hunger crisis could force many more to flee their homes. Efforts to address the global food insecurity crisis, which has been dramatically aggravated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, is “of paramount importance… to prevent a larger ...