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

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

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

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

Twitter’s fired employees have asked for the dismissal lawsuit to be dropped, the judge rules

14 Jan. (Reuters) – Twitter Inc has obtained a ruling allowing the social media company to force several laid-off employees suing their layoffs to pursue their claims through individual arbitration rather than a class action lawsuit. U.S. District Judge James Donato ruled Friday that five former Twitter employees pursuing a proposed class action lawsuit accusing … 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

US FDA, CDC see early signal of link of Pfizer bivalent COVID injection to stroke

13 Jan. (Reuters) – A safety surveillance system reported that US drugmaker Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and German partner BioNTech’s updated COVID-19 injection may be linked to a type of cerebral stroke in older adults, according to preliminary data released by the US health authorities have been analyzed. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … Read more