Month: October 2021

At COP26, India to launch drive to safeguard infra in small island states against natural disasters

An Indian event to launch a new initiative to make critical infrastructure in small island states resilient against natural disasters is expected to be one of the biggest sideshows at the COP26 meeting in Glasgow. IRIS, or Infrastructure for Resilient Island States, will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the presence of heads […]

Joe Biden says Russia must not manipulate natural gas flows for political purposes

US President Joe Biden met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and discussed efforts to keep Russia from manipulating natural gas flows with political aims in mind, the White House said on Saturday. Biden, who is in Rome for a meeting of leaders from the Group of 20 nations, underscored that it was important “toensure that […]

U.S. President Biden says Pope told him he should keep receiving Communion

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday that Pope Francis had told him he should keep receiving Communion, amid fierce debate in the U.S. Church over Biden’s position on abortion. Biden has come under pressure from conservatives at home and his most ardent critics in the U.S. Church hierarchy have said he should be banned […]

UK’s Johnson urges China’s Xi to move faster on climate goals

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday to do more to reduce his country’s reliance on coal and to bring forward its target date for peak CO2 emissions to try to better tackle climate change. China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, is crucial to the success of […]

Biden says pope thinks he is a ‘good Catholic,’ further fuelling US abortion debate

US President Joe Biden said on Friday that Pope Francis told him he was a “good Catholic” who can receive communion, widening a gulf between Francis and conservative U.S. bishops who want to deny it because of Biden’s support for abortion rights. Biden and the pope held an unusually long 1 hour and 15 minute […]

US intel doesn’t expect to determine origins of Covid-19

Barring an unforeseen breakthrough, intelligence agencies won’t be able to conclude whether Covid-19 spread by animal-to-human transmission or leaked from a lab, officials said Friday in releasing a fuller version of their review into the origins of the pandemic. The paper issued by the Director of National Intelligence elaborates on findings released in August of […]

Fuel station explosion in Pakistan kills 4, injures 6

An explosion at a fuel station killed at least four people and injured six others in southern Pakistan on Friday, police said. The explosion in Karachi was the result of short circuiting inside a room where the electric system is controlled, according to Nasir Aftab, who is deputy-inspector general for the city’s police. Broken glass […]

GOP attack involving Toni Morrison novel inflames Virginia contest

In the final days of the tight race for Virginia governor, the candidates are turning to the unlikeliest of campaign props: a novel from 1987. A new online advertisement released this week by Glenn Youngkin, the Republican candidate, features a mother who pushed to have Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” banned from her son’s English curriculum eight […]

Gun handed to Alec Baldwin was not thoroughly checked, says affidavit

Before he handed a revolver that he had declared “cold” to actor Alec Baldwin on the set of the film “Rust” last week, Dave Halls, an assistant director on the film, told a detective he should have inspected each round in each chamber, according to an affidavit that was released Wednesday. But he did not. […]

Taliban government offers Afghans wheat for work as money dwindles

For Kabul day labourer Khan Ali, struggling to feed a family of six since losing his job as a market trader, life has become so hard that he jumped on an offer by the cash-strapped Taliban government to pay him in wheat rather than the local afghani currency.”For now this is good, at least we […]