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

S.Africa’s Ramaphosa leads in race for ANC president despite scandal

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is firmly ahead in the race for head of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), garnering more than twice as many party nominations as his sole challenger, according to a tally issued Tuesday. Ramaphosa, 70, has polled 2,037 nominations from party branches against 916 for his rival Zweli Mkhize, 66, … 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

‘Stop killing us’: anger and hope at LGBTQ club vigil

There were tears, hugs, anger and some smiles at a park in Colorado Springs on Monday, when hundreds gathered to pay tribute to the victims of a murderous gunman who stormed an LGBTQ club. Groups huddled clutching candles, sharing memories of the five people whose lives were ended in the horrific violence of Saturday night, … 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

UK-Iranian women torn over World Cup support

As England took on Iran in the World Cup on Monday, a group of British-Iranians were conflicted over who to support, given a crackdown on protests at home. At a west London pub, a group of UK-Iranian women — many of them activists who have been demonstrating in London against the regime in Tehran — … Read more

Recession-hit UK needs more migrant labour: business lobby

Britain needs more migrant labor to boost productivity as it faces a toxic mix of soaring inflation and shrinking growth, the country’s main business lobby group warned Monday. The verdict from the Confederation of British Industry came at its annual gathering in Birmingham, Britain’s second biggest city. “We come together, once more in extraordinary times,” … Read more

Ukraine says ‘torture’ sites found in Kherson

Ukraine said Monday that it had discovered four Russian torture sites in its southern city of Kherson, which Moscow’s forces quit this month leaving behind a trail of misery and destruction. The Kremlin meanwhile vowed to track down and punish those it said were responsible for the “brutal” murder of nearly a dozen Russian servicemen … Read more