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

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

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

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

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

Russian missiles hit vital infrastructure in Kiev and Kharkiv

KYIV, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – Russian rocket attacks hit critical infrastructure in Kiev and the eastern city of Kharkiv on Saturday morning, and the governor of another region warned a massive rocket attack could follow in the coming hours. Reuters journalists heard a series of explosions in Kiev before the air raid siren sounded, which … Read more

S&P 500 ends month high, indices rise for week as gains begin

JPMorgan, Wells Fargo stocks jump U.S. Consumers’ Inflation Expectations Are Declining – Survey Tesla falls after electric vehicle price cuts Indices: Dow 0.3% higher, S&P 500 0.4% higher, Nasdaq 0.7% higher NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (Reuters) – The S&P 500 and Nasdaq ended Friday at their highest levels in a month, with shares of JPMorgan … Read more