Nations seek aviation climate pact despite global tensions

A United Nations body has begun global talks to hammer out a consensus on reducing airline emissions in the face of lingering discord over climate change and the impact of war in Ukraine. The 193-nation International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) assembly, held every three years, is the first since COVID-19 put pressure on policymakers to […]

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Refugees from Ukraine shoot up German population to all-time high

Germany’s Federal Statistical Office said on Tuesday (September 27) that the country’s population has shot up to its highest level due to influx of refugees from Ukraine. Germany is Europe’s most populous country. Germany has one of the world’s lowest fertility rates and by some measures its most aged population, but its wealth, demand for […]

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Terminating pregnancy up to 20 weeks ‘will not count as crime’ in Thailand

The government said Tuesday that abortion up to 20 weeks will be permitted in Thailand, easing restrictions on pregnant people’s access to the previously prohibited medical practice.  Up until February of last year, when it was made permissible for pregnant women up to 12 weeks, abortions were still prohibited in the kingdom, save in cases […]

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Superyacht linked to sanctioned Russian fetched $37.5 million at auction in Gibraltar

A court has revealed that a superyacht connected to a sanctioned Russian businessman sold for $37.5 million at auction in Gibraltar last month after being ordered to do so by creditor JP Morgan. This was the first such sale since Russia invaded Ukraine.  The authorities in Gibraltar seized the 72.5-meter Axioma in March after a […]

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Rare protest in Chinese city after authorities impose lockdown

A rare protest broke out in Chinese city of Schenzen as authorities sought to impose a snap lockdown after 10 infections were found. There are more than 18 million people in Schenzen. Officials in the city are under pressure to eliminate outbreaks quickly in the run-up to a key meeting in Beijing next month. Videos […]

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Nord Stream leaks: Russia hints at sabotage, EU says premature to speculate

Nord Stream 1 and the mostly defunct Nord Stream 2, the major pipelines transporting natural gas from Russia to Europe have developed issues. While the first one reported leaks, the second saw sudden drop in pressure overnight. Hint of sabotage has deepened the mystery surrounding the leaks. The two pipelines have been at the centre […]

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‘We’re edging into global recession’, says WTO chief, echoing World Bank’s dire view

World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has given a rather gloomy outlook on the global economy. In her opening statement at WTO’s annual public forum in Geneva, Okonjo-Iweala stated that the world may be ‘edging’ into recession. Her views echoed the similar warning some days ago by World Bank. The global lender on Tuesday also slashed growth […]

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As thousands protest, Japan holds rare state funeral for ex-PM Abe 

The controversial state funeral of assassinated former prime minister Shinzo Abe concluded on Tuesday evening amidst massive protests in central Tokyo city.  Attended by dignitaries including US Vice President Kamala Harris and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who considered Abe a personal friend, the funeral service took place at Nippon Budokan. More than 4,000 guests […]

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EU to sanction organisers of ‘illegal’ votes in Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine

Organisers of “illegal” votes in four seized regions of Ukraine, which Russia is holding as “referendums” with the intention of annexing, may face sanctions, the European Union announced on Tuesday.  As the fifth and final day of voting began, Josep Borrell’s spokesperson, Peter Stano, warned journalists that “there would be consequences for all people who participate […]

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Animal tranquiliser that causes skin rot behind increasing number of drug overdoses in US

An animal tranquiliser for which there is no antidote has been linked to thousands of drug overdoses across the United States. The muscle relaxant known as Xylazine is used for large animals like horses, cows etc and as per a report by the Mirror, it has been found in 91 per cent of Philadelphia’s heroin […]

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