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IOC chief calls for anti-Russia sanctions to continue

Thomas Bach says sporting sanctions against Russia must not be relaxed while the Ukraine conflict continues Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), says that “sanctions against Russia and Belarus must remain,”…

Russia pushing for ‘gas union’ in Central Asia

An alliance is needed to coordinate gas supplies, and may benefit the countries’ energy exports, Russian officials say Russia is discussing the creation of a “gas union” with Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, allowing the three countries to…

England becoming less white and Christian

London, Nov 29 (IANS) England and Wales are becoming less white and Christian, new official data reveals on Tuesday, local media reported. The number of people in England and Wales identifying their ethnic group as white has fallen by…

Downturn in Eurozone will worsen, warns Lagarde

Inflation across the bloc likely hasn’t peaked, according to the European Central Bank Inflation in the euro area has not peaked and is likely to surge even higher than currently expected, European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine…

Australia to withdraw tens of thousands of Covid-19 fines

The authorities in New South Wales are retracting penalties after losing a court battle The authorities in Australia’s largest state, New South Wales (NSW), have said that they will withdraw or refund tens of thousands of fines issued for…

NATO to double down on offer to Ukraine – Bloomberg

The media outlet claims the military alliance will issue an ambivalent statement, saying now is not the time for Kiev to join The foreign ministers of NATO member states are set to reiterate the military alliance’s readiness to welcome…

Ukraine gets more Soviet-era weapons from NATO member

Slovakia has given 30 BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles and will receive German tanks as replacements, the defense minister said Slovakia has sent dozens of BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine in exchange for a promised delivery of…

Portugal set to petition FIFA to award Ronaldo goal – media

The ace had a goal chalked off and awarded to Bruno Fernandes against Uruguay The Portuguese FA will tell FIFA that Cristiano Ronaldo was the rightful goalscorer of his side’s first goal against Uruguay in Monday’s Group H clash at the FIFA…

Russia and China bypassing SWIFT – deputy PM

The trade partners have been boosting transactions in national currencies, Aleksandr Novak says Moscow and Beijing are developing a system of settlements which could allow cross-border transactions without using the Western financial…

57% of Gaza’s population suffers from food insecurity

Gaza, Nov 29 (IANS) Palestinian authorities said that 57 per cent of the Gaza Strip population suffers from food insecurity due to an Israeli blockade imposed on the coastal enclave for 16 years. Poverty rates in the enclave has climbed to…

Chinese universities send students home after protests

Beijing, Nov 29 (IANS) In the wake of the recent protests, Chinese authorities have ordered university students to leave campus and go back to their hometowns, the media reported. Beijing's Tsinghua University, where thousands of students…

Luxury cruise ship arrives in Colombo with 2,000 tourists

Colombo, Nov 29 (IANS) A super luxury cruise ship arrived at the Colombo Port on Tuesday carrying over 2,000 tourists, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said. The "Mein Schiff 5" owned by a German operator docked at the capital city with…

Shanghai Disneyland suspends operations

Shanghai, Nov 29 (IANS) Shanghai Disneyland will be temporarily closed starting from Tuesday in order to follow the requirement of pandemic prevention and control, according to a statement by the Resort. Disneytown, Wishing Star Park, and…

China ‘warned away’ US warship

USS Chancellorsville was “trespassing” in its waters in the South China Sea, Beijing claims China's military has said that its forces have “followed and warned away” the American guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville after it…

Moscow warns of risks arising from oil-price cap

Russia has a principled pro-market stance, while Western restrictions will cause underinvestment in the sector, a deputy PM said A price cap on Russian oil could cause shortages and disrupt investment in the energy sector, Deputy Prime…

UK PM proclaims new era in relations with China

Rishi Sunak says the days of close economic cooperation with Beijing are over, as the country poses a challenge to London’s interests The British prime minister has said the period of burgeoning trade with China, based on mutual economic…

India boosts Russian oil imports – Reuters

New Delhi became the biggest Urals grade crude buyer in November India has bought about 40% of all seaborne Russian Urals grade oil capacity in November, Reuters reported on Monday citing its calculations based on Refinitiv figures and data…

US weekly flu hospitalisations hit record high since 2010

Washington, Nov 29 (IANS) Over 11,200 patients in the US were hospitalized with flu, the highest since 2010, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Seasonal influenza activity is elevated across…

Swedish nuke reactor to be taken off-grid for repairs

Stockholm, Nov 29 (IANS) The largest nuclear reactor in Sweden will be taken off-grid next week for repairs, as electricity prices soar during the winter season. Reactor 3 at the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant in the southeast of the…

Russian military gets new space asset

The launch of an orbital spacecraft named Kosmos-2564 was conducted on Monday from Russia’s northern Plesetsk cosmodrome The Russian Defense Ministry has acquired a new space asset, launched on Monday on a Soyuz-2.1b rocket from the…

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