At least 44 dead in Nepal’s worst plane crash in nearly five years

KATHMANDU, Jan. 15 (Reuters) – At least 44 people were killed when a domestic flight crashed in Nepal’s Pokhara on Sunday, an aviation authority official said. Hundreds of rescuers were scouring the hill where the Yeti Airlines plane carrying 72 people from the capital Kathmandu crashed. The weather was clear, said Jagannath Niroula, spokesman for … Read more

Israelis demonstrate in three cities against Netanyahu’s legal reforms

TEL AVIV, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Israelis demonstrated in three major cities on Saturday against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reform plans, with organizers accusing him of undermining democratic rule weeks after his re-election. Netanyahu, now in his sixth term, battling a religious-nationalist coalition with a solid parliamentary majority, wants to rein … Read more

Moldova says missile remnants found in country’s north

CHISINAU, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – The president of Moldova, Ukraine’s western neighbour, on Saturday denounced a new wave of Russian attacks on Ukrainian targets after missile remnants were found just inside the border of the small former Soviet state. “Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine once again has direct consequences for Moldova. Moldovan border police found … Read more

Britain sends 14 of its main battle tanks and more weapons to Ukraine

LONDON, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s office said late on Saturday that Britain would send 14 of its main battle tanks along with additional artillery support to Ukraine, despite criticism from the Russian embassy in London. A squadron of 14 Challenger 2 tanks will move into the country in the coming weeks … Read more

Medvedev says Japanese prime minister should cut himself open

Jan 14 (Reuters) – Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday accused Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of shameful subservience to the United States and suggested he ritually cut himself open. It was the latest in a long line of shocking and provocative statements from Medvedev, who was once seen as a Western-oriented reformer but … Read more

Erdogan aide says time is running out to ratify Sweden and Finland’s NATO bids

ANKARA, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – Turkey is running out of time to ratify bids for NATO membership by Sweden and Finland before elections are held in May, a Turkish presidential spokesman said on Saturday. President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Turkey’s ratification of the countries’ bids depends on how quickly Stockholm fulfills anti-terrorism promises … Read more

China reports huge rise in COVID-related deaths after data critique

Nearly 60,000 COVID-related hospital deaths reported China has been criticized for underreporting COVID deaths Official says emergency hospital admissions have peaked Travel restorative for the lunar new year holiday BEIJING, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – China said on Saturday that nearly 60,000 people with COVID-19 had died in hospital since it abandoned its zero-COVID policy last … Read more

Iran executes British-Iranian accused of espionage

Alireza Akbari was a former Iranian deputy defense minister He was arrested in 2019 and charged with spying for Britain British Sunak calls it ‘a callous and cowardly act’ Britain had said Iran should not carry out the sentence DUBAI/LONDON, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – Iran has executed a British-Iranian national who was once deputy defense … Read more

Top US legislator objects to possible sale of F-16 to Turkey

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (Reuters) – The Biden administration has told Congress it is preparing the possible $20 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey, sources familiar with the matter said Friday, sparking an immediate objection from a senior US legislator who has long opposed the deal. The State Department sent the informal notice to … Read more