International

Indonesia floods: Death toll climbs to 117


Jakarta: The death toll from floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Cyclone Seroja in Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara rose to 117, the National Disaster Management Agency said. "The number of bodies that have been found is 117, while 76 people are still missing," the agency's head Doni Monardo told a virtual press conference. The deaths...

Talks to save Iran N-deal make a good start


Vienna: Iran, Russia and the United States reacted positively to the opening exchanges in a first day of talks in Vienna aimed at rescuing an international agreement on Tehran's nuclear program. US President Joe Biden has said he is ready to reverse the decision of his predecessor Donald Trump to withdraw from the landmark 2015 agreement,...

Putin signs law that allows him to serve two more terms


Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that could keep him in office in the Kremlin until 2036, the government said. The legislation allows him to run for two more six-year terms once his current stint ends in 2024. It follows changes to the constitution last year. Those changes were backed in a public vote...

Russia may be ‘slowly killing’ Navalny: Amnesty

Post Date: April 7, 2021

Alexei Navalny, the prominent opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is incarcerated in conditions that amount to torture and may slowly be killing him, human rights group Amnesty International said. Amnesty International said Navalny, who last year was poisoned with a military grade nerve agent, was now being subjected to sleep deprivation and did not...

Afghan president proposes three-phase peace roadmap: Report


Kabul: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has drawn up a new proposal for peace with the Taliban ahead of an international conference aimed at jump-starting faltering talks between the two warring sides, official sources said. It comes after the US — backed by Russia and other stakeholders — said in its own leaked proposal that it wants...

Mastermind of Easter terror attacks identified: Lankan minister


Colombo: A top Sri Lankan minister said that a radical cleric, who is now under detention, has been identified as the mastermind of the deadly Easter Sunday attacks in 2019 that killed 270 people, including 11 Indians. Nine suicide bombers, belonging to local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaat (NTJ) linked to ISIS, carried out coordinated...

Biden admin lukewarm to Pak desire for ties ‘reset’


Islamabad:  Since the time the Biden administration has taken over, Pakistan has been putting its efforts to reset its relations with the US through a transformational phase, but all its efforts have been met with a lukewarm response. The Imran Khan-led dispensation had hoped to opt for a transactional relationship with the new US administration,...

UNHRC gives green light to probe Lanka war crimes


Colombo: The UN Human Rights Council approved a mandate to collect information and evidence of war crimes committed during Sri Lanka's 37-year-long civil war in which thousands of civilians killed. The 47-member council also adopted a resolution to address the "accelerating militarization of civilian government functions" in Sri Lanka, "the erosion of the independence of the...

Myanmar violence outrageous, US working on sanctions: Biden


Washington: US President Joe Biden has called the military violence in Myanmar "absolutely outrageous" and said Washington was working on reacting with sanctions. The situation in Myanmar, which has seen almost daily protests since a military coup in February, was "terrible," Biden said in comments reported by journalists travelling with the US President on his return...