Armenia has raised the prospect of asking Russia to intervene

Armenia has raised the prospect of asking Russia to intervene in an escalating military conflict against Azerbaijan, which is backed by Turkey. Dozens of people, including civilians, have been killed since fierce fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces erupted on Sunday on the front lines of Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed mountainous region north of Turkey and Iran. The killing took place in the district of Kesan in the north-western Turkish province of Edirne. Uslu told the court that it was his daughter’s fault, saying she insulted her mother when she arrived home and then argued with him when he ordered her … Continue reading Armenia has raised the prospect of asking Russia to intervene

President Donald Trump has dismissed a Manhattan prosecutor’s bank fraud investigation

President Donald Trump has dismissed a Manhattan prosecutor’s bank fraud investigation into his businesses as “just a continuation of the witch hunt,” claiming Democrats and intelligence holdovers from the Obama administration have been after him for years. “They failed with Muller, they failed with everything. They failed with Congress. They failed at every stage of the game,” Mr Trump said at a press conference on Monday. She told MailOnline that one puppy had a nail pushed into its eyes as the killers appeared to inflict torture on the poor animals before killing them. Tiziana shared photographs – some we’ve chosen … Continue reading President Donald Trump has dismissed a Manhattan prosecutor’s bank fraud investigation

Freedom weighs heavily on Abdurehim Parac

Freedom weighs heavily on Abdurehim Parac, a Uighur poet in exile. His escape from Xinjiang province has brought unknown punishments for the loved ones he left behind, and in Turkey, where he sought sanctuary, Beijing’s shadow stalks him. Mr Parac, 46, who fled China in 2013 after a decade and a half of imprisonments and surveillance, had planned to bring his family after him once he reached safety. Although the UK government today kept Spain on its ‘green list’ of countries that do not require quarantines, officials have indicated that this could change without notice if the rise in Spanish … Continue reading Freedom weighs heavily on Abdurehim Parac

A woman has told how her brother went missing

A woman has told how her brother went missing in China for four years, as the country comes under growing scrutiny for its alleged torture and detention of Uighur Muslims. Rayhan Asat’s brother Ekpar disappeared three weeks after returning to the northwestern province of Xinjiang after finishing his studies in New York in 2016. “She couldn’t stop crying,” he told The Times. “Whether through her fear of the Chinese authorities monitoring the call, or my words that were hurting her, I don’t know. She said that if I wanted my father, my mother and my sister to live well and … Continue reading A woman has told how her brother went missing

Japan is racing to build up its armed forces

Japan is racing to build up its armed forces in the face of increased political and military assertiveness by China, even as it struggles to reconcile the nationalist ambitions of its prime minister with the demands of its pacifist constitution. In a defence white paper Shinzo Abe’s government spelt out its growing anxiety about China and the urgency of upgrading the Self-Defence Forces, as its army, navy and air force are called. It condemns Beijing’s almost daily dispatch of ships into areas around disputed islands that are controlled by Japan but claimed by the Chinese. Monica Gomez, the councillor responsible … Continue reading Japan is racing to build up its armed forces

A major research effort

A major research effort is under way to understand whether Covid-19 can spread through tiny airborne particles that are released by infected people and remain suspended in the air for hours. Scientists are working alongside sanitary engineers at the World Health Organization to investigate how tiny aerosols bearing the virus may be released into the environment; whether they are spread around rooms by air-conditioning units; and how infectious the particles may be. Key impeachment witness Alexander Vindman announced his retirement from the army by citing “intimidation” led by Mr Trump. ”The president of the United States attempted to force Lieutenant … Continue reading A major research effort

A troop of monkeys broke into a medical college in India and stole coronavirus test samples

A troop of monkeys broke into a medical college in India and stole coronavirus test samples after attacking a lab technician today. The monkeys took three test samples from Meerut Medical College in Uttar Pradesh this morning. Sir Jeremy’s comments appeared to be a reference to those made by Edmunds; a professor of infectious disease modelling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who was quoted as saying: We cannot relax our guard by very much at all. There are still 8,000 new infections every day in England without counting those in hospitals and care homes. If you … Continue reading A troop of monkeys broke into a medical college in India and stole coronavirus test samples

The US has said it will cut its aid to Afghanistan by $1bn

The US has said it will cut its aid to Afghanistan by $1bn, blaming the failure of President Ashraf Ghani and his main political rival, Abdullah Abdullah, to agree on a unity government for talks with the Taliban. A further $1bn could be cut in 2021, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said after a surprise visit to Kabul on Monday failed to persuade the two men to make a deal. Pompeo suggested the aid could be restored if they changed their minds. “When I’ve made suggestions he’s taken them. He’s never countered or overridden me — the idea … Continue reading The US has said it will cut its aid to Afghanistan by $1bn

A top CIA chief who orchestrated the assassination of an Iranian general was killed when a US military plane crashed in Taliban territory in Afghanistan

A top CIA chief who orchestrated the assassination of an Iranian general was killed when a US military plane crashed in Taliban territory in Afghanistan, Tehran has claimed. The US has not yet commented on reports that Michael D’Andrea, who was involved in the hunt for Osama bin Laden and is nicknamed the “Dark Prince”, was on board the jet and among those killed. The plan is not expected to hold out any immediate prospect of a Palestinian state. It envisages the Palestinian Authority forgoing any right to military power and recognising Israel as a Jewish state. It is not … Continue reading A top CIA chief who orchestrated the assassination of an Iranian general was killed when a US military plane crashed in Taliban territory in Afghanistan

Anti-government protests in Iran have entered a third day today after Tehran finally abandoned its pretence and admitted shooting down a passenger jet

Anti-government protests in Iran have entered a third day today after Tehran finally abandoned its pretence and admitted shooting down a passenger jet.  Dozens of protesters gathered and chanted slogans at a Tehran university today amid a wave of public anger after the plane was shot down with dozens of Iranians on board.   The UK Government will tell Iran’s ambassador in London it has “strong objections” to the arrest of the UK’s top diplomat in Tehran. The prime minister’s spokesman said: In relation to the arrest of the UK’s ambassador over the weekend, I would say this was an unacceptable … Continue reading Anti-government protests in Iran have entered a third day today after Tehran finally abandoned its pretence and admitted shooting down a passenger jet