Tributes continue to pour in for Colin Powell

18 October 2021, 8:02 PM
Tributes are continuing to pour in for former Republican US Secretary of State Colin Powell who died of COVID-19 related complications
COVID-19 cases in Australia’s Victoria hit record daily high 14 October 2021, 2:25 AM

COVID-19 infections in Australia's Victoria hit a pandemic record on Thursday as Melbourne, the state capital, looks to exit its lockdown next week, several days ahead of plan, helped by a faster-than-expected vaccine uptake.

One Syrian soldier killed, three wounded in Israeli air attack 14 October 2021, 1:30 AM

One Syrian soldier was killed and three others wounded in an Israeli air attack on Syria's Palmyra area in the province of Homs on Wednesday evening, the Syrian Defense Ministry said.

Russia can help Europe, not using gas as a weapon says Putin 13 October 2021, 8:33 PM

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday Russia was not using gas as a weapon and was ready to help ease Europe's energy crunch as the EU called an emergency summit to tackle skyrocketing prices.

China says military drills near Taiwan are a ‘just’ move 13 October 2021, 9:34 AM

Chinese military exercises near Taiwan are targetted at forces promoting the island's formal independence and are a "just" move to protect peace and stability, China's Taiwan Affairs Office said on Wednesday.

Central African Republic war crimes suspect ‘beat’ prisoners: ICC prosecutor 13 October 2021, 7:53 AM

A former Central African Republic "Seleka" faction commander took part in beatings and mistreatment of prisoners suspected of supporting ousted President Francois Bozize, an International Criminal Court prosecutor said on Tuesday.

COVID-19 curbs in Sydney could ease early amid surge in vaccinations 13 October 2021, 3:41 AM

New South Wales could ease more restrictions in Sydney a week earlier than planned on October 18 as Australia's most populous state races towards its 80% double-dose vaccination target, the government said on Wednesday.

New York must allow religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandate, judge rules 13 October 2021, 3:19 AM

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that New York state cannot impose a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on healthcare workers without allowing their employers to consider religious exemption requests.

US, Taliban had ‘productive’ talks on humanitarian aid – State Department 13 October 2021, 2:18 AM

The United States and the Taliban had "productive discussions" on the issue of humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan during meetings in Qatar over the weekend, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Tuesday, describing the talks as "largely positive."

Storm Pamela wanes, will re-strengthen before hitting Mexico’s bread basket – NHC 13 October 2021, 2:10 AM

Storm Pamela weakened on Tuesday on its path toward Mexico's western coast, although the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicted it will strengthen into a hurricane again before crashing into the fertile farm state of Sinaloa.

Hundreds evacuated as red-hot lava threatens homes in Spain’s La Palma 12 October 2021, 9:06 PM

Over 700 residents were ordered to abandon their homes on Tuesday on the Spanish island of La Palma as red-hot lava advanced towards their neighbourhood.

G20 tackles Afghan humanitarian crisis at special summit 12 October 2021, 2:02 PM

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi hosted a special summit of the Group of 20 major economies on Tuesday to discuss Afghanistan, as worries grow about a looming humanitarian disaster following the Taliban's return to power.

German SPD expects to lead new coalition this year as talks deepen 12 October 2021, 9:15 AM

Germany's Social Democrats began in-depth exploratory coalition talks on Monday with two smaller parties and expressed confidence the three would form a new government this year following an inconclusive national election.

Sydney COVID-19 cases ease further as focus shifts to reviving economy 12 October 2021, 3:31 AM

Sydney's COVID-19 cases fell to the lowest in two months on Tuesday as authorities rolled out support measures for businesses, shifting their focus to rejuvenating the economy after the city exited a nearly four-month lockdown a day earlier.

N Korean leader says US, S Korea threaten peace with military buildup 12 October 2021, 2:25 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country's weapons development is self defence in the face of hostile policies from the United States and a military buildup in South Korea that is destabilising the peninsula, state media said on Tuesday.

Small plane crash near San Diego leaves at least two dead, damages homes 12 October 2021, 12:28 AM

A small aircraft crashed a few blocks away from a high school campus near San Diego on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring two others, while also destroying homes, officials and local media said.

UN says 15 dead in attempted migrant voyage from Libya 11 October 2021, 11:40 PM

The UN refugee agency said it had recovered the bodies of 15 migrants and 177 survivors from two coastguard boats returning to Libya people who had sought to cross the Mediterranean.

Lebanon should seek US sanctions waiver to import Iran fuel, Hezbollah chief says 11 October 2021, 9:48 PM

Lebanon's Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah repeated calls on Monday for the cabinet to seek a US sanctions waiver to import Iranian fuel and alleviate crippling shortages.

SA officially removed from UK’s travel red list 11 October 2021, 6:03 AM

South Africa is officially off the United Kingdom's red list for travel. The UK will also now recognise proof of vaccines administered in South Africa, meaning travellers will not have to quarantine on arrival.

‘Taiwan won’t be forced to bow to China’ 11 October 2021, 3:10 AM

Taiwan will keep bolstering its defences to ensure nobody can force them to accept the path China has laid down that offers neither freedom nor democracy, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday, in a riposte to Beijing that its government denounced.

Yellen confident US Congress will pass minimum global corporate tax 10 October 2021, 8:50 PM

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Sunday she was confident the US Congress would approve legislation to implement the global corporate minimum tax agreed by 136 countries.

Russian plane carrying parachutists crashes, 16 killed 10 October 2021, 2:37 PM

A plane carrying a group of parachute jumpers crashed after takeoff in the Russian region of Tatarstan early on Sunday, killing 16 people and injuring six, the Emergencies Ministry said.

‘Blood, sweat, no beers’: Sydney set to ease COVID-19 curbs 10 October 2021, 11:19 AM

Sydney was set to reopen after months in lockdown, officials said on Sunday, with businesses readying themselves to welcome fully vaccinated residents from Monday.

China’s Xi vows ‘reunification’ with Taiwan 10 October 2021, 3:18 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed on Saturday to achieve "peaceful reunification" with Taiwan, and did not directly mention the use of force after a week of tensions with the Chinese-claimed island that sparked international concern.

Anti-vax protesters in Rome target PM’s office, union’s headquarters 9 October 2021, 8:59 PM

 Italian police used water cannons and tear gas on Saturday to push back hundreds of people,  demonstrating in Rome against a government drive to make the COVID-19 "Green Pass" mandatory for all workers.

US House Speaker Pelosi meets the Pope as abortion debate rages back home 9 October 2021, 5:40 PM

Pope Francis met on Saturday with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic who has come under criticism from some bishops in the United States for her support for abortion rights.

Volcanic lava in Spain’s La Palma engulfs more houses 9 October 2021, 12:47 PM

Buildings near the volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma were engulfed by rivers of lava early on Saturday, with the drama of the red-hot eruption intensified by the spectacle of flashes of lightning.

Australia braces for more COVID-19 infections as country moves towards re-opening 9 October 2021, 5:04 AM

Australia was bracing for more COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations, officials said on Saturday, even as it moves toward gradually easing pandemic restrictions with the vast majority of its people getting vaccinated against the virus.

Ten injured in drone attack at Saudi’s King Abdullah airport – SPA 9 October 2021, 3:29 AM

Ten people were injured on Friday in an explosives-laden drone attack at King Abdullah airport in the Saudi southern city of Jizan, the state news agency (SPA) said citing the Saudi-led coalition spokesperson.

US will accept WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines for international visitors 9 October 2021, 2:27 AM

The United States will accept the use by international visitors of COVID-19 vaccines authorised by US regulators or the World Health Organisation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late on Friday.

Biden’s popularity rises slightly as coronavirus cases fall – Poll 8 October 2021, 11:56 PM

US President Joe Biden's approval rating has increased somewhat over the past few weeks, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling, as coronavirus infection rates slowed.