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Ukraine retreats from key city in major Russian gain

SIVERSK    -   The Ukrainian army retreated from the strategic city of Lysychansk Sunday, as Russia claimed a major victory by seizing control of the entire eastern Lugansk region. The Ukrainian withdrawal followed weeks of fierce fighting and marked a decisive breakthrough for Moscow’s forces more than four months after their invasion and after…

1.7 million locked down in China’s Anhui province

BEIJING    -   China placed 1.7 million people under lockdown in central Anhui province, where authorities reported nearly 300 new cases Monday in the latest of a string of outbreaks testing Beijing’s no-tolerance approach to Covid-19. The country is the last major economy wedded to a zero-Covid strategy, responding to all cases with strict…

3 killed in Copenhagen mall shooting, 22-year-old suspect arrested

COPENHAGEN    -    Three people were killed and several wounded in a shooting at a Copenhagen mall Sunday, Danish police said, adding they had arrested one suspect, a 22-year-old Dane. The young man, who according to witnesses was armed with a large rifle, was arrested peacefully shortly after police arrived at the large Fields shopping mall,…

Qatar, US discuss efforts to revive Iran nuclear deal

DOHA   -    Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani held talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the latest developments of efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal, the state news agency QNA reported. This came during a phone call made by the Qatar minister with the chief US diplomat on Sunday. Bilateral ties…

12 bodies found after South China Sea typhoon shipwreck

BEIJING    -    Twelve bodies have been found following a shipwreck in the South China Sea over the weekend that left more than two dozen crew members missing, Chinese authorities said Monday. The announcement came days after an engineering vessel 160 nautical miles (296 kilometres) southwest of Hong Kong suffered substantial damage and broke into…

Ukraine not expecting any move from NATO on Kviy’s membership

NATO will not change its stance on Ukraine's membership in the near future, the country's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Monday. Speaking to a Ukrainian news site, Kuleba said he does not currently see any potential for NATO to change its policy regarding Ukraine's membership. Highlighting Ukraine's determination to integrate into…

Hundreds of anti-coup protesters in Sudan defy security forces

KHARTOUM - Hundreds of Sudanese protesters demanding an end to military rule took to the streets of the capital Khartoum and its suburbs for a fourth straight day Sunday, witnesses said. A violent crackdown by the security forces during mass rallies on Thursday killed nine people, the deadliest day for several months in the long running protests…

Battle rages for Ukraine city, Belarus says downed missiles

SLOVIANSK - Fighting raged as Russian troops intensified their offensive in parts of the hard-fought Ukrainian city of Lysychansk on Sunday, after Belarus announced its military had intercepted missiles fired by Kyiv’s forces. “The Russians are entrenching themselves in a district of Lysychansk, the city is on fire,” Sergei Gaidai, governor of the…

Shelling kills ‘many’ in Ukraine’s Sloviansk: Mayor

KYIV - Shelling from multiple rocket launchers killed “many” people on Sunday in Ukraine’s eastern city of Sloviansk, which has come under attack from advancing Russian troops, its mayor said. “Shelling from multiple rocket launchers on Sloviansk, the heaviest for a long time. There are 15 fires. Many dead and wounded,” Vadim Lyakh said in a video…

Sydney floods: Tens of thousands told to evacuate

SYDNEY - A man has died and thousands of people have been told to evacuate their homes amid torrential rain and flash flooding in Australia’s largest city, Sydney. Roads have been cut off, with 18 evacuation orders in western Sydney alone and warnings of more to come. “This is a life-threatening emergency situation,” Stephanie Cooke, emergency…

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