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Sydney faces 'scariest period' in pandemic amid Delta outbreak

Sydney faces 'scariest period' in pandemic amid Delta outbreak

Australia's most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), reported a double digit rise in new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 for the third straight day as officials fight to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant.

Russia ‘fires’ warning shots at UK warship in Black Sea

Russia ‘fires’ warning shots at UK warship in Black Sea

Russia yesterday said it had fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of a British warship to chase it out of waters Moscow claims in the Black Sea off the coast of the Crimea peninsula.

Reuters/ Washington

Reuters/ Washington

The US Supreme Court yesterday ruled in favour of a Pennsylvania teenager who sued after a profane social media post got her banished from her high school’s cheerleading squad in a closely watched free speech case, but it declined to outright ban public schools from regulating off-campus speech.

US software mogul John McAfee dies by hanging in Spanish prison

US software mogul John McAfee dies by hanging in Spanish prison

US technology entrepreneur John McAfee apparently hanged himself in his prison cell on Wednesday after the Spanish high court authorised his extradition to the United States, his lawyer told Reuters.

Tokyo 2020 bans booze, high-fives and autograph hunting for fans

Tokyo 2020 bans booze, high-fives and autograph hunting for fans

Alcohol, high-fives and talking loudly will be banned for the reduced numbers of Olympic ticket holders allowed into venues as organisers conceded a ‘sense of celebration’ would be limited at a Games ...

British pilots call on politicians to rescue travel industry

British pilots call on politicians to rescue travel industry

British pilots on Wednesday urged politicians to save the summer holiday season through clearer travel guidance and provide direct financial support to rescue jobs as the industry grapples with an existential crisis brought on by Covid restrictions.

Refugee women promote gender equality through film

Refugee women promote gender equality through film

In the offices of a small Athens charity offering vocational courses, a group of women are busy editing short films and podcasts under the supervision of an American director.

Spain pardons jailed Catalan separatists

Spain pardons jailed Catalan separatists

Spain yesterday pardoned nine jailed Catalan separatists behind a failed 2017 independence bid, aiming to break a deadlock over the political crisis in the wealthy northeastern region.

New Yorkers vote in Democratic primary for post-pandemic mayor

New Yorkers vote in Democratic primary for post-pandemic mayor

New York City residents cast ballots in a Democratic primary yesterday that will select the candidate almost certain to take over as mayor tasked with shaping the post-pandemic future of America’s largest metropolis.

Officials count ballots after Ethiopia’s election

Officials count ballots after Ethiopia’s election

Officials in Ethiopia counted ballots yesterday after a parliamentary election billed as the first free vote in the country’s history but marred by an opposition boycott, war and reports of irregularities in some areas.

Concerns raised about China at UN rights council

Concerns raised about China at UN rights council

More than 40 countries led by Canada voiced grave concerns at the UN Human Rights Council yesterday about China’s actions in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Tibet – triggering a fierce backlash from Beijing.

Duterte threatens vaccine decliners with jail

Duterte threatens vaccine decliners with jail

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, frustrated by the slow pace of Covid-19 vaccinations in his country, threatened people who refuse to get inoculated with jail or an injection of Ivermectin, an anti-parasite drug widely used to treat animals.

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