S. Africa’s Ramaphosa starts Charles III’s first state visit as king

King Charles III on Tuesday welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to London for the first state visit of his reign, with climate change, trade and the Commonwealth expected to be on the agenda. Charles and Queen Consort Camilla were joined by heir to the throne Prince William and his wife Catherine to greet Ramaphosa … Read more

Russian, US pressure mounts on Turkey over Syria threat

International pressure mounted Tuesday on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan not to launch a threatened ground offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria. Ankara launched a series of air strikes in Operation Claw-Sword on Sunday — hitting dozens of Kurdish militant targets across Iraq and Syria — and announcing that its military was once again “on … Read more

Italy’s draft budget centres on energy aid

Italy’s new far-right government unveiled its 2023 draft budget on Tuesday, with most of the nearly 35 billion euros in spending going on the energy crisis rather than flashy electoral promises. More than 21 billion euros will go towards supporting households and businesses in the face of soaring utility bills, leaving little left over for … Read more

Shallow quake kills 162, injures hundreds on Indonesia’s Java island

A shallow 5.6-magnitude earthquake killed at least 162 people, with hundreds injured and others missing, when it toppled buildings and triggered landslides on Indonesia’s main island of Java on Monday, officials said. Doctors treated patients outdoors after the quake, which was felt as far away as the capital Jakarta, left hospitals in the West Java … Read more

Millions of lives at risk as winter bites in war-torn Ukraine

Millions of Ukrainian lives are at risk this winter as the country’s power grid struggles under a barrage of Russian attacks, the World health Organization warned on Monday. Moscow has been targeting energy infrastructure, launching missile strikes that have left homes across the country without electricity as temperatures plunge. “This winter will be about survival,” … Read more

South African appeal court orders Zuma back to jail

An appeal court in South Africa said on Monday that former president Jacob Zuma was unlawfully given medical parole from a jail term last year and should return to prison to complete his sentence. Zuma, 80, had been handed a 15-month term in June 2021 for contempt of court, a move that triggered deadly unrest. … Read more

44 dead as Indonesia quake shakes Java island

A shallow 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook Indonesia’s main island Java on Monday, killing at least 44 people and injuring hundreds, local officials said, with buildings damaged and a landslide triggered. The quake was centered in the Cianjur region of West Java, according to the United States Geological Survey, and was felt as far away as the … Read more

Kazakhstan holds presidential elections after turbulent year

Kazakhs on Sunday voted in presidential elections expected to cement incumbent Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s grip on power, months after deadly unrest spurred a historic shift in the Central Asian country. The last polling stations in the former Soviet republic closed at 1500 GMT, and the first exit polls are expected around 1800 GMT. Last January, Kazakhstan … Read more

Kazakhstan votes with President facing little opposition

Kazakhs on Sunday voted in presidential elections expected to cement incumbent Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s grip on power, months after deadly unrest spurred a historic shift in the Central Asian country. At 1200 GMT, three hours before the 10,000 polling stations in the country closed, turnout stood at 67.85%. First exit polls are expected at 1800 GMT. … Read more

Malaysians vote in tightly contested election

Malaysians headed to the polls on Saturday with jailed ex-leader Najib Razak’s graft-tainted party seeking to cement its grip on power in a race analysts say is too close to call. About 21 million registered voters are expected to troop to polling centers throughout the day amid fears heavy monsoon rains could disrupt the polls … Read more