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

Retired general, former Prime Minister in the second round of the Czech presidential election

Retired general Petr Pavel wins first round for former prime minister Presidents appoint officials, but have little executive power Pavel may have a lead in the second round in two weeks Babis would clash with the centre-right government PRAGUE, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – Retired General Petr Pavel narrowly defeated billionaire former Prime Minister Andrej Babis … Read more

Romanian prosecutors take away luxury cars seized in Andrew Tate case

VOLUNTARI, Romania, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – Romanian authorities on Saturday began taking luxury cars from a property close to the capital as part of a criminal investigation into alleged human trafficking that led to the arrest of divisive internet personality Andrew Tate. Romanian anti-organized crime prosecutors arrested Tate, his brother Tristan and two Romanian female … Read more

Last Russian war against Ukraine: Moscow and Kiev dispute control of Soledar

Jan 14 (Reuters) – Russia said on Friday its forces had taken control of Soledar in eastern Ukraine in what would be a rare success for Moscow after months of battlefield reversals, but Kiev said its forces are still in the city ​​were fighting. FIGHT * President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Ukrainian troops continued to fight … Read more

The US is strongly committed to Japan’s defense, Biden tells Kishida, applauding the military boost

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden told Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday that the United States remains strongly committed to its alliance with Japan and praised Tokyo’s “historic” defense reforms. In Washington, Kishida is on the latest stop on a tour of the G7’s industrial powers, seeking to strengthen long-standing … Read more

Lithuania-Latvia gas pipeline explodes, but no sign of attack

VILNIUS, Jan. 13 (Reuters) – A gas pipeline connecting Lithuania and Latvia was hit by an explosion on Friday but there was no immediate evidence of an attack, Lithuanian gas transporter Amber Grid said. Video published by Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT showed a fire raging at the site of the explosion in Panevezys county in … Read more

Cardinal Pell lies in state, funeral plans overshadowed by the unveiling of memos

VATICAN CITY, Jan. 13 (Reuters) – Australia’s Cardinal George Pell lay in state on Friday, as funeral preparations were overshadowed by revelations that he was the author of an anonymous memo declaring Pope Francis’ pontificate a catastrophe. Pell’s closed dark brown wooden box was placed on the floor of the small church of St. Stephen … Read more

Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis, dies at age 54

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 (Reuters) – Singer Lisa Marie Presley, the only daughter of the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, Elvis Presley, died on Thursday at the age of 54 after being rushed to an area hospital from Los Angeles, her mother said. “It is with a heavy heart that I must share the terrible … Read more

China COVID peak lasts two to three months, then rural areas hit

Peak of COVID wave observed for 2-3 months – epidemiologist The elderly in rural areas are particularly at risk People’s mobility indicators are ticking, but have yet to fully recover BEIJING, Jan. 13 (Reuters) – The peak of China’s COVID-19 wave is expected to last for two to three months and will soon swell across … Read more