Top 10 world news: Zelensky says Russia ‘should stop nuclear blackmail’, and more

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On Ukraine’s Independence Day, Zelensky told the United Nations Security Council Wednesday that Russia “should unconditionally stop nuclear blackmail” and “completely withdraw” from an atomic plant in Ukraine. Click on the Live Blog to get all the latest updates related to Russia-Ukraine war.

Biden recently ordered his troops to conduct airstrikes against the Iranian-backed groups in Syria. 

Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday suspended Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha from carrying out official duties. Read the explainer to get all the details. 

Also, read a story on why Pakistan is selling majority stakes in state-owned firms?

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LIVE: Zelensky tells UN Security Council that Russia ‘should unconditionally stop nuclear blackmail’
Zelensky told the United Nations Security Council Wednesday that Russia “should unconditionally stop nuclear blackmail” and “completely withdraw” from an atomic plant in Ukraine. Zelensky made the remarks about the Zaporizhzhia facility during an address via video link to a special meeting of the council in New York to mark six months since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

Zelensky

US President Joe Biden orders airstrikes against Iranian-backed groups in Syria
US President Joe Biden recently ordered his troops to conduct airstrikes against the Iranian-backed groups in Syria, a week after several rockets landed at a military base in Syria housing the American troops. 

Joe Biden

Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh thanks Russian counterpart on nabbing IS terrorist
Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh has thanked Russian defence minister Sergey Shoigu for arresting an Islamic State terrorist who was planning a suicide attack in India. Earlier today, Minister Rajnath conveyed his deep appreciation during an exchange of pleasantries on the side-lines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, defence ministers’ meeting in Uzbekistan. 

Rajnath Singh

EXPLAINER: Why did a Thai court suspend Prime Minister Prayuth and what will happen next? 
Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday suspended Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha from carrying out official duties. The rare decision is a huge blow to the former army chief who first came to power after toppling an elected government in a 2014 coup. It is being perceived as a possibly brief victory for opposition parties that have sought to loosen Prayuth’s hold on power through elections, parliamentary manoeuvres and legal cases. 

Thailand

Rape video posted by Italian PM hopeful Giorgia Meloni deleted by Twitter
After a rape video posted by Italy’s Prime Minister hopeful Giorgia Meloni received widespread criticism, Twitter on Tuesday deleted the video. The post shared by Meloni was removed and replaced with a comment, “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules.”

Giorgia Meloni

Japan to scrap coronavirus test requirement for vaccinated travellers
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Wednesday (August 24) that the country will scrap the requirement of pre-departure COVID-19 (coronavirus) tests for vaccinated travellers to the country. 

Japan

In major shift, Japan signals return to nuclear power to stabilise energy supply
Japan will restart more idled nuclear plants and look at developing next-generation reactors, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Wednesday, setting the stage for a major policy shift on nuclear energy a decade after the Fukushima disaster.

Japan

Airlines, mills, and companies: Why Pakistan is selling majority stakes in state-owned firms?
Inflation and declining foreign currency reserves have brought Pakistan to the verge of economic collapse. The nation’s debt has increased to an all-time high. The Islamic Republic is burdened with a mountain of unbearable debt.

Pakistan

Sri Lanka ranks 5th among 10 countries with highest food price inflation: World Bank
Sri Lanka ranks fifth in a list of 10 countries with the highest food price inflation in the world, the latest World Bank assessment says. The Food Security update released by the World Bank said trade policy actions on food and fertilizers have surged since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, ANI reported. 

Sri Lanka

Ex-Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa likely to return to the country in first week of September
Former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa might return to the country by the first week of September. News agency Reuters reported citing two sources familiar with the matter. The sources told the news agency on Tuesday (August 23) that the return is dependent on arrangements to secure his safety. 

Gotabaya Rajapaksa

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