South Africa | Rioting, looting continues, deaths up to 32

South Africa’s rioting continued yesterday with the death toll rising to 32 as police and the military struggle to quell the looting and violence in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. Many of

This day in history | 1993 Green light for Manchester Olympics

Officials in Manchester bidding to hold the 2000 Olympic Games have been told their chances are “very, very high”. The President of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch, was speaking

Pfizer to discuss COVID-19 vaccine booster with US officials

Pfizer says it plans to meet with top U.S. health officials yesterday to discuss the drugmaker’s request for federal authorization of a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine as President

The Buzz | Trump lawyers might be penalized over Michigan election case

A federal judge is considering whether to order financial penalties or other sanctions against some of former President Donald Trump’s lawyers who signed onto a lawsuit last year challenging Michigan’s

Billionaire Richard Branson reaches space in his own ship

Swashbuckling billionaire Richard Branson hurtled into space aboard his own winged rocket ship yesterday , bringing astro-tourism a step closer to reality and beating out his exceedingly richer rival Jeff

This day in history | 990 Yeltsin resignation splits Soviet Communists

The resignation has also led to a declaration from the small but influential radical reform group Democratic Platform that they would also break away. The split leaves Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

Indonesia short on oxygen, seeks help as virus cases soar

Just two months ago, Indonesia was coming to a gasping India’s aid with thousands of tanks of oxygen. Today, the Southeast Asia country is running out of oxygen as it endures

The Buzz | Syria’s president decrees 50% salary hike amid harsh crisis

Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree yesterday giving hundreds of thousands of civil servants and military members a 50% salary increase amid a harsh economic and financial crisis and

Tokyo Olympics | Spectators also barred from outlying venues

Two more prefectures outside the immediate Tokyo area have decided to bar fans from attending Olympic events because of rising coronavirus infections, Tokyo Olympic organizers confirmed on Saturday with the

China Daily | Will summer vacation be cram schools’ winter?

Summer vacation has started, but cram schools may be feeling the chill because since last month, 15 cram schools have been fined for issuing misleading advertisements, manipulating prices and using

This day in history | 2001 Scientists discover why we are here

A Californian University has thrown more light on why the Big Bang works after nearly 40 years of world-wide research. Most scientists accept that the universe began with the Big Bang

Haiti | Future uncertain after brazen slaying of president

An already struggling and chaotic Haiti stumbled into an uncertain future yesterday, reeling from the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse followed by a reported gunbattle in which authorities said police

The Buzz | Latest hack to test Biden’s vow for consequences for Russia

President Joe Biden said he would “deliver” a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the latest ransomware attacks targeting American businesses, setting up a test of Biden’s ability to

IOC’s Bach arrives in Tokyo; greeted by state of emergency

IOC President Thomas Bach arrived in Tokyo yesterday just as a ban on spectators at the Tokyo Olympics is likely after Japan Prime Minister Yoshihde Suga announced a state of

This day in history | 2003 Conjoined twins die in separation op

Conjoined Iranian twins who volunteered to go ahead with a major operation to separate them have both died during surgery. Laleh and Ladan Bijani suffered a fatal loss of blood within

Nissan CEO tells Tokyo court Carlos Ghosn had too much power

Nissan Chief Executive Makoto Uchida told a Japanese court yesterday that the company’s former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, had held too much power, failed to listen to others, and stayed on

Covid-19 | Australia’s largest city Sydney locks down for third week

Sydney’s two-week lockdown has been extended for another week due to the vulnerability of an Australia population largely unvaccinated against COVID-19, officials said yesterday. “The situation we’re in now is largely

The Buzz | Dutch crime reporter shot, badly wounded in Amsterdam street

One of the Netherlands’ best known crime reporters was shot Tuesday evening in a brazen attack in downtown Amsterdam and was fighting for his life in a hospital, the Dutch

Bodies of plane crash victims found in Russia’s Far East

Rescuers have found the bodies of 19 victims a day after a plane crash in a remote area in Russia’s Far East, the authorities said. An Antonov An-26 carrying 28 people

This day in history | 2005 Bomb attacks on London

A series of bomb attacks on London’s transport network has killed more than 30 people and injured about 700 others. Three explosions on the Underground left 35 dead and two died

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