Israel’s new Prime Minister has to balance the right, left and centre

Naftali Bennett, who was sworn in Sunday as Israel's new prime minister, embodies many of the contradictions that define the 73-year-old nation.

You don’t rule the world any longer: China hits back at G7 nations

Small groups of nations do not hold sway over global decisions any longer, China told the G7 on Sunday

Meet the Dutch princess who turned down her €1.6m annual allowance

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima faced criticism last year when the royal family went for a holiday to their holiday home in Greece amid the pandemic. The family had to cut short their trip and issue an apology after returning home

Pulitzer honour for George Floyd witness, 2 Indian-origin journalists

Frazier was 17 at the time when she encountered Floyd, who was Black, being pinned to the ground by white police officer Derek Chauvin
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Nigeria’s Twitter ban: Who’s toeing the line, and who’s defiant?

The Nigerian government has suspended Twitter indefinitely, but the country’s citizens, press, politicians and pastors continue to tweet

Auckland ranked world’s liveable city, thanks to deft handling of COVID

While Auckland came first in the Economist Intelligence Unit's global cities ranking, Asian nations continued to fare badly

El Salvador becomes the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender

A majority of lawmakers in El Salvador voted to declare Bitcoin as the country’s official currency on Wednesday (June 9).

Proposed media law has Pakistan journalists on the boil

The proposed PMDA law has drawn flak from experts and opposition, which dubbed it “repressive and punitive instrument to suppress constitutional freedom of expression of print media, electronic media, and online citizen journalism”.

Hackers target Musk for his changing stand on cryptocurrency

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has come under criticism from a group of hackers for the power he wields over the cryptocurrency markets. The grpup said Musk suffers from a "superiority complex", reported TMZ.

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A fast ageing population and its adverse impact on economy have forced China’s Communist government to ease birth limits and allow couples to have three children instead of two, a state news agency said Monday (May 31).

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Even as India’s capital city is felling thousands of trees to make way for a gigantic parliamentary complex, New Zealand’s Wellington has chosen the opposite path - it has developed a 225-hectare forest in the heart of the city

Acrimonious divorce may open window to changes in Gates Foundation

An acrimonous divorce between Bill and Melinda Gates could impact their philanthropic foundation, with a change in its members and focus; how its India operations will be impacted remains a question

US President wants probe report on ‘COVID lab leak theory’ in 90 days

The assumption that coronavirus originated from a lab in China is very much alive. US President Joseph Biden on Thursday (May 27) sought a full-fledged investigation into the origins of COVID-19 and asked officials to “double check” the charge that the virus was manufactured in a laboratory in Wuhan city of China.

Corruption charges mount against South Africa’s Gupta family

Various companies linked to the Gupta family are now said to have received about 49 billion rand (approx. $3.5 billion) from parastatal corporations in South Africa

What Wuhan scientists’ symptoms could tell us about COVID origins

Citing a US intelligence report, WSJ has disclosed that a trio of researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology had sought treatment in a hospital in November 2019 for COVID-like symptoms, before the virus was even identified

Virgin Galactic completes first spaceflight in more than two years

Unity can hold up to six passengers along with the two pilots. The company has sold about 600 reservations for tickets on future flights, at prices between $200,000 and $250,000 each

Conduct snap polls in November, Nepal’s EC tells PM Oli

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Suez authorities responsible for stranding of ship, says Ever Given owner

Owner of Ever Given, the huge container ship that blocked the Suez Canal in March, has disputed the vessel’s detention and a compensation claim, holding the canal authority at fault for the incident, reported Reuters. One of the largest container ships, the 400-metre-long Ever Given, owned by Evergreen Lines, which weighs 2,24,000 tonne remained...

Tourists start returning to Seychelles, world’s most vaccinated country

The number of tourists to Seychelles plunged 92 per cent to 6,785 in the first quarter of 2021 as international travel ground to a near-halt. The country has since reopened and several airlines have resumed flights

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Princes William and Harry have finally broken their silence on the explosive, tell-all interview of their late mother Princes Diana to BBC over 25 years ago, in which she spoke about her troubled marriage with Prince Charles. In separate statements, the two heirs to the British throne have condemned the interview by calling it a deceitful affair...

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The successor to the current Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, needs to be approved by China and not by the former or his followers, said an official white paper issued by the Chinese government on Friday. The reincarnation of the Dalai Lama and other grand Living Buddhas has been subjected to approval by the central government since the Qin...

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has described as increasingly dire, the current situation in the Gaza Strip, and called for a quick end to the strife between Israel and the Hamas

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Gazacity: Israeli warplanes unleashed a series of heavy airstrikes at several locations of Gaza City early Monday, hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signalled the fourth war with Gaza's Hamas rulers would rage on.

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Speculations are rife that Facebook top boss Mark Zuckerberg may go Elon Musk’s way and invest in Bitcoin. A Facebook post shared by the multi-billionaire on Monday (May 10), introducing his two pet goats – Bitcoin and Max – went viral and became a subject of many memes as well.
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