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Polls at north and south around the world: Looking forward into 2024

There are elections scheduled in nearly 40 countries, which together account for 41% of the world’s population and 42% of its GDP.

Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky has ruled out elections, saying it is ‘not the time’. The country has been under martial law since Russia invaded in February 2022. President Vladimir Putin — already the longest-serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin — is expected to stay in power. In Britain, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will face off with a resurgent Labour Party. (AFP; Reuters; AP)
Updated on Jan 03, 2024 12:00 AM IST

Explained: The US political row over funding Ukraine

‘A Russian conquest of all of Ukraine is by no means impossible if the United States cuts off all military assistance and Europe follows suit’

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy listens to Commander of the Ground Forces colonel general Oleksandr Syrskyi. (Reuters)
Updated on Dec 19, 2023 05:40 PM IST
BySanya Mathur

As violence surges, experts warn of war crimes in Israel-Hamas conflict

In international relations, the rules of war explicitly prohibit causing harm to civilians and non-combatants

A Palestinian man carries an injured a girl following an Israeli strike, in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 14, 2023, as fighting between Israel and the Hamas movement continues for the eighth consecutive day. (AFP)
Updated on Oct 15, 2023 11:35 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Hamas breaches Israel’s ‘iron wall’ in symbol of region’s turbulent future

Israeli-Palestinian tensions escalate as Hamas launches surprise attack on Israel. Symbolic victory for Hamas as it enters Israeli territory.

Palestinians break into the Israeli side of Israel-Gaza border fence after gunmen infiltrated areas of southern Israel, on Saturday. (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 09, 2023 01:52 AM IST
BySanya Mathur

As death toll rises, Israel confronts failings

Experts say the scale of attack points to big lapses in Israeli intel, with implications likely on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political prospects

A plume of black smoke rises above Gaza City’s skyline during an Israeli airstrike on Sunday. (AFP)
Updated on Oct 09, 2023 09:41 AM IST
By, New Delhi

The year ahead: Where to?

Amid Covid crisis in China, governments around the world are bracing for how this will affect Covid tallies and economies around the world.

Travellers walk with their luggage at Beijing Capital International Airport, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Beijing, China December 27, 2022. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang (REUTERS)
Published on Dec 31, 2022 06:26 PM IST

A surging Sunak takes on a revived Boris

Sunak’s warnings during the leadership race that Truss’s borrowing-led plan was a “fairytale” have largely borne out

Britain’s former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Conservative MP, Rishi Sunak leaves from an office in central London. (AFP)
Updated on Oct 24, 2022 04:04 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Liz Truss resigns: Tories ignore growing calls for early elections

A petition to the British parliament, floated before Truss’s calamitous U-turns, demanding early elections gathered 657,586 signatures by Thursday evening, with the number of signatories continuing to rise.

Turmoil in UK government after Liz Truss’s resignation from the PM’s post is adding to the delay. (AP)
Published on Oct 21, 2022 04:18 AM IST

UK: Tories kick off new leadership race despite growing calls for early elections

Truss is the fourth British prime minister in six years who has been elected to lead the party by the Tory Party members and not the general public

Demonstrators protest opposite parliament after Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned in London, on Thursday. (AP)
Updated on Oct 20, 2022 09:16 PM IST

Announcement of new UK prime minister: Tourists in London get unique experience

The race for prime minister was triggered when Boris Johnson announced his resignation after a slew of scandals that led to dozens of ministers and government officials quitting in record time

People watch the arrivals at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre where a new British Prime Minister was announced in London, Britain, on Monday. (REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 05, 2022 07:22 PM IST
By, London

Truss or Sunak? Britons eagerly await appointment of new PM

The streets outside UK parliament were relatively calm in the earlier hours, but, as the clock inched closer to the announcement, between the arrival of the day’s tourists, media personnel covering the event and a handful of protesters, it started getting slightly chaotic

Morning commuters cross parliament square near the Houses of Parliament on the day of the announcement of the new leader of the ruling Conservative Party in London, UK, on Monday. (Bloomberg)
Updated on Sep 05, 2022 05:58 PM IST

Has Rishi Sunak lost the plot to become next British PM?

There’s a long list of factors that are understood to have contributed to Rishi Sunak’s sudden fall from grace.

Rishi Sunak, former chancellor of the exchequer, speaks during a Conservative Party leadership hustings in London, UK. (Bloomberg)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 12:36 AM IST

Texas shooting: A history of gun violence in US, and a call for tougher laws

On his 18th birthday, Salvador Ramos shot and killed at least 19 students and two adults after he opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, highlighting how out of control America’s gun problem has become.

Law enforcement work the scene after a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School where 18 children were killed in Uvalde, Texas.(AFP)
Updated on May 25, 2022 06:54 PM IST

Canada’s British Columbia feels the effects of climate change

Many Canadians who have been affected by landslides and flooding in British Columbia last week brought on by massive rains, which experts say have been made worse by climate change

Houses and farms are seen cut off after record rainfall in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada on November 17, 2021. (AFP/File)
Updated on Nov 25, 2021 10:32 PM IST
BySanya Mathur

As festivals continue in India, how the world suffered due to crowded gatherings

Whether it’s a religious event or a conference or a rally, super-spreading events that can infect dozens, hundreds, even thousands, of people have illustrated the potential for the coronavirus to infect in dramatic bursts

People standing to receive food aid distributed by the
Published on Apr 15, 2021 09:48 AM IST
BySanya Mathur

French Senate clears controversial “separatism bill”

Lawmakers in the French parliament’s upper house this week approved a tougher version of a controversial bill that the government says aims to safeguard France from radical Islamists but which critics fear could be anti-Islamic, according to local media reports

Police officers stand guard outside the Bois d'Aulne secondary school as people pay homage to slain history teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded by an attacker for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in his civics class, on October 19, 2020, in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris. (AFP)
Published on Apr 14, 2021 12:13 PM IST
BySanya Mathur

China airs video confession of blogger booked for insulting PLA soldiers

In the one-minute long video played during a prime time news programme, the 38-year-old man, identified as Qiu, admitted to “annihilation of conscience” and “arrogance” for insulting PLA soldiers involved in the deadly brawl against the Indian army at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh last June

A screenshot from the video telecast by state media showing the confession of a blogger, identified as Qiu, arrested for allegedly insulting PLA soldiers online. (CCTV/SCREENGRAB)
Published on Mar 02, 2021 06:11 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Sanya Mathur

Xi Jinping declares ‘complete victory’ over rural poverty in China

Chinese state media called the achievement a “miracle” and said it was under Xi’s leadership that nearly 100 million people had been lifted out of poverty

A file photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping applauding during the closing session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing. (AP/ FILE)
Updated on Feb 25, 2021 05:05 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Sanya Mathur

Chinese report claims to have detailed knowledge of India’s border deployment

The analysis by expert Pan Xinmao, formerly from the PLA Academic of Military Science’s Operation Theory and Doctrine Research Department, was published on the website of the Outlook Weekly

Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel celebrate Republic Day near the bank of Pangong Tso, in Ladakh. (PTI)
Published on Feb 24, 2021 06:15 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Sanya Mathur

Landmark ruling: Chinese court orders man to pay ex-wife for housework

The Beijing court said the compensation awarded to the woman was for “unpaid labour” she did during the time the couple were married. This was the first such decision by a court in China, state media reports said, adding that the verdict raised questions about the status of women in Chinese families and unrecognised domestic work.

People visit the Forbidden City in Beijing on February 19, 2021. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP) (AFP)
Updated on Feb 24, 2021 09:37 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Sanya Mathur

US President Joe Biden forms military task force to tackle China

Later, Biden spoke about his “priorities of protecting the American people’s security... and preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific” in his first phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping

US President Joe Biden speaks to department of defence officials at the Pentagon on February 10, 2021. (AP)
Published on Feb 11, 2021 01:45 PM IST
ByYashwant Raj | Edited by Sanya Mathur

Justin Trudeau calls up Narendra Modi, seeks Covid-19 vaccine shipment

Dispatch of shipments of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Canada is believed to be “imminent” and awaiting emergency-use authorisation by public health authorities in Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India in February 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 11, 2021 12:43 PM IST
ByAnirudh Bhattacharyya I Edited by Sanya Mathur

Covid-19: When lawmakers turned lawbreakers

From appalling to hilarious, here’s a rogue sheet of top politicians and prominent officials around the world who were caught breaching pandemic-related travel restrictions

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets troops as they set up a vaccination centre in the Castlemilk district of Glasgow, Scotland, Britain on January 28, 2021. (REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 03, 2021 08:06 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Ahead of Election Day, NYC bikers hit the roads to encourage people to vote

The so-called Justice Rides are part of biker groups’ strategy to encourage people get out and vote in places like Bronx that have historically seen low turnout.

People participate in a march organised by Riders4Rights in Brooklyn, New York.(Photo courtesy: Josh Pacheco /Instagram)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 12:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanya Mathur

Banksy’s Show Me the Monet to go on sale next month

Auction house Sotheby’s on Friday announced it would offer British street artist Banksy’s well-known tribute to Claude Monet for an estimated £3-5 million at a live-stream auction next month.

Artwork entitled
Published on Sep 20, 2020 01:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanya Mathur

Life after lockdown

The pandemic is still affecting some regions of Europe.

Many European countries, starting May, have eased their lockdown restrictions in phases(AFP)
Updated on Jul 16, 2020 02:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanya Mathur| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Cold weather, premature reopening may escalate Brazil’s Covid-19 spread

The president has been fighting virus-related restrictions since the beginning of the pandemic, which he has called a “small flu”. The country is now a hotspot in Latin America and with more than 1.7 million registered cases since the pandemic began.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Updated on Jul 11, 2020 02:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanya Mathur | Edited by Sohini Sarkar

Covid-19: Across West Asia, life in lockdown is a study in contrast

Iran was Middle East’s focal point in the first days of the coronavirus epidemic, where the hotspot was the country’s holiest city of Qom.

Iranians wear protective face masks to check the spread of coronavirus disease Covid-19, in capital Tehran on April 5.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Apr 06, 2020 08:19 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanya Mathur

Covid-19 update: Amid lockdowns over coronavirus, Europeans miss ‘la dolce vita’

Coronavirus update: Life is no better in Spain, which reported more than 400 deaths over the last 24 hours. The grim numbers and the lockdown across Spain has made anxiety levels run high.

Medical workers in protective suits check a document as they treat patients suffering with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in an intensive care unit at the Casalpalocco hospital, a hospital in Rome that has been dedicated to treating cases of the disease, Italy, March 24, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
Published on Mar 24, 2020 07:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanya Mathur

Angry protesters rally for rights

For many governments, from France to Bolivia, it was a year fraught with agitations. In many instances, the turmoil worsened already perilous economic situations.

From Hong Kong to Venezuela and Lebanon, angry protesters took to the streets this year, defying tear gas shells and police batons, rallying for a range of issues, and demanding, on many occasions, an overhaul of existing political systems.(Reuters image)
Updated on Dec 31, 2019 01:54 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanya Mathur
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