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Joe Biden to host leaders of Sweden, Finland amid NATO bids

The White House said they would discuss the two countries’ applications to join the mutual defense alliance, as well as European security broadly.
US President Joe Biden.(Bloomberg)
US President Joe Biden.(Bloomberg)
Published on May 17, 2022 07:45 PM IST
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One in four Britons skips meals, finds report. Here's why

  • Among people on lower incomes, one in three people say they have missed meals recently because of the surge in inflation, polling firm Ipsos said on Tuesday.
Britain's flag.(REUTERS)
Britain's flag.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 17, 2022 07:29 PM IST
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India’s missions in Canada reach out to students after spate of incidents

According to data from Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 156,171 study permits were given to students from India in 2021, almost double the number for 2020, which was at 76,149
An Air Canada plane is seen in the air after departing from Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Monday. (REUTERS)
An Air Canada plane is seen in the air after departing from Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Monday. (REUTERS)
Updated on May 17, 2022 08:55 PM IST
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Sri Lankan Parl defeats no-confidence motion by Oppn against President Gotabaya

With the motion, the Opposition sought to demonstrate how nationwide calls for President Rajapaksa’s resignation is reflected in the country’s legislature, the report said.
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.(HT PHOTO/File)
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.(HT PHOTO/File)
Published on May 17, 2022 02:03 PM IST
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US envoy urges India to ‘reconsider’ wheat export ban: ‘Will worsen...’

Agriculture ministers from the Group of Seven nations (G7) on Saturday also emphasised that India's decision to ban wheat exports would worsen the global food shortage.
Experts say that India’s decision, coupled with the Ukraine war will create a serious problem globally.
Experts say that India’s decision, coupled with the Ukraine war will create a serious problem globally.
Published on May 17, 2022 01:38 PM IST
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Written by Ishika Yadav | Edited by Swati Bhasin

Canada to quickly ratify membership of Finland, Sweden in Nato: Melanie Joly

Canadian foreign minister Melanie Joly said while the process does not require parliamentary approval and the executive branch has ‘jurisdiction’, she had reached out to leaders of other parties and they were supportive.
Flags flutter in the wind outside Nato headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. (AP)
Flags flutter in the wind outside Nato headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. (AP)
Published on May 17, 2022 01:23 PM IST
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Russia was prepared to use artillery against inhabited areas in Chernihiv: UK

Russia-Ukraine war: Pointing to what is said was the ‘scale of damage’ to residential buildings in the region, the UK said Moscow would've shown ‘minimal regard to discrimination or proportionality.’
A market shelled by Russia in Chenihiv, on March 30. (AP Photo/Vladislav Savenok)
A market shelled by Russia in Chenihiv, on March 30. (AP Photo/Vladislav Savenok)
Published on May 17, 2022 01:17 PM IST
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New Sri Lanka PM to sell airline, print money to pay wages

The new administration plans to privatize Sri Lankan Airlines, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a televised address to the nation Monday.
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.(AFP)
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.(AFP)
Published on May 17, 2022 01:17 PM IST
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Normal life is weeks away for Shanghai, despite 'zero Covid' status

For other cities in China that have been under lockdown, a third day with no new cases in the community usually means "zero Covid" status and the beginning of the lifting of restrictions.
Workers set up barriers to seal off an area during lockdown, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, in Shanghai, China.(REUTERS)
Workers set up barriers to seal off an area during lockdown, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, in Shanghai, China.(REUTERS)
Published on May 17, 2022 11:42 AM IST
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Chinese PM presses Pak PM to punish Karachi university blast culprits: report

During the phone call with Sharif, Li pointed out that the Chinese side is shocked and outraged by the recent attack on its nationals in Karachi, and strongly condemns the terrorist attack, Xinhua news agency reported.
Police officers and crime scene unit gather near a passenger van, after a blast at the entrance of the Confucius Institute, University of Karachi, Pakistan April 26, 2022 (REUTERS)
Police officers and crime scene unit gather near a passenger van, after a blast at the entrance of the Confucius Institute, University of Karachi, Pakistan April 26, 2022 (REUTERS)
Published on May 17, 2022 11:39 AM IST
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What is the US baby formula controversy? Regulators step in, imports in focus

  • The shortage is believed to have found its origin in 2020 as consumers stockpiled due to Covid lockdown. Experts say that the shortages may last for another 2-4 months despite the White House trying to increase supplies. Here’s what we know so far about the baby formula shortage in US.
A woman shops for baby formula as shortage continues in US.(AFP)
A woman shops for baby formula as shortage continues in US.(AFP)
Published on May 17, 2022 09:03 AM IST
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Imran Khan's phones stolen, but ‘video statement’ not on them: Ex-Pak PM's aide

Taking to Twitter, PTI spokesperson Dr Shahbaz Gill said the theft took place on Saturday, shortly after Khan left the Sialkot airport to address a rally in the city.
PTI chief and former Pakistan PM Imran Khan (AFP)
PTI chief and former Pakistan PM Imran Khan (AFP)
Published on May 17, 2022 07:51 AM IST
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Macron names Elisabeth Borne as France's new prime minister

Borne, 61, the labor minister in French President Emmanuel Macron's previous government, succeeds Jean Castex, whose resignation on Monday was expected after Macron's reelection last month to a second five-year term.
Newly-appointed French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne gestures as she attends a handover ceremony in the courtyard of Hotel Matignon in Paris, France.(REUTERS)
Newly-appointed French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne gestures as she attends a handover ceremony in the courtyard of Hotel Matignon in Paris, France.(REUTERS)
Published on May 17, 2022 07:36 AM IST
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Ukraine says holdout mission complete, Russia slams G7 on food crisis: 10 points

Ukraine war: The besieged city of Mariupol has faced intense fighting, damage and destruction ever since the war started. 
 Service members of pro-Russian troops wait atop an armoured personnel carrier before the expected evacuation of wounded Ukrainian soldiers from the besieged Azovstal steel mill in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in Mariupol, (REUTERS)
 Service members of pro-Russian troops wait atop an armoured personnel carrier before the expected evacuation of wounded Ukrainian soldiers from the besieged Azovstal steel mill in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in Mariupol, (REUTERS)
Published on May 17, 2022 07:30 AM IST
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Indian American group to host summit gala in US this week

The event will bring together more than 300 South Asian American community leaders, philanthropists, celebrities and organisers to celebrate and educate, a media release said.
Among other prominent speakers at the event include Vice President Kamala Harris, who is scheduled to deliver her address through a pre-recorded video.(AP file)
Among other prominent speakers at the event include Vice President Kamala Harris, who is scheduled to deliver her address through a pre-recorded video.(AP file)
Published on May 17, 2022 07:27 AM IST
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Russia-Ukraine War LIVE: EU top diplomat says Russia lost 15% of army since war

Russia-Ukraine War LIVE Updates: Russia continued strikes on Lugansk, killing two people and wounding nine during shelling of a Severodonetsk hospital, the Ukrainian presidency said Monday.
A view shows a residential building burnt during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol on Sunday.(REUTERS)
A view shows a residential building burnt during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol on Sunday.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 17, 2022 09:13 PM IST
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Biden’s new press secretary notes all ‘firsts’ at briefing: ‘I am a Black gay..’

Karine Jean-Pierre served as former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s principal deputy until Psaki’s resignation on Friday.
Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary, speaks during a news conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C.(Bloomberg)
Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary, speaks during a news conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C.(Bloomberg)
Published on May 17, 2022 06:30 AM IST
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Amid Covid outbreak, North Korea's Kim deploys army to battle ‘fever’: 5 points

As many as six more people lost their lives due to the suspicious ‘fever,’ pushing the nationwide death toll to 56. 
FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong. (via REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong. (via REUTERS)
Published on May 17, 2022 06:26 AM IST
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6 more die of ‘fever’ in North Korea amid reports of Covid outbreak

  • The toll comes despite leader Kim Jong Un ordering nationwide lockdowns in a bid to slow the spread of disease through the unvaccinated population.
FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective face masks commute amid concerns over the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Pyongyang, North Korea.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective face masks commute amid concerns over the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Pyongyang, North Korea.(REUTERS)
Published on May 17, 2022 04:14 AM IST
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Taliban dissolve Afghanistan's human rights body, other key agencies

Afghanistan faces a budget deficit of 44 billion Afghanis ($501 million) this financial year, Taliban authorities said on Saturday as they announced their first annual national budget since taking over the war-torn country last August.
Taliban fighters stand guard in Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS file)
Taliban fighters stand guard in Kabul, Afghanistan.(REUTERS file)
Published on May 17, 2022 02:45 AM IST
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Turkey ‘will not allow’ Sweden, Finland joining NATO: Erdogan

At a press conference in Ankara late Monday, Erdogan poured cold water on expectations that Turkish opposition to the enlargement plan could be easily resolved.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan(Vladimir Smirnov / REUTERS)
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan(Vladimir Smirnov / REUTERS)
Published on May 17, 2022 02:37 AM IST
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Sri Lanka down to last day of petrol, PM says ‘next few months most difficult’

Ranil Wickremesinghe, appointed prime minister on Thursday, said in an address to the nation the country urgently needed $75 million in foreign exchange to pay for essential imports.
A protest march in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP)
A protest march in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP)
Published on May 17, 2022 01:58 AM IST
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Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal talks about spam and facts, Elon Musk replies

Agrawal said that the estimate can not be reproduced externally given the need to use both public and private information, to which the Tesla chief responded with a ‘pile of poo’ emoticon.
Twitter CEO, Parag Agrawal and Tesla chief Elon Musk.
Twitter CEO, Parag Agrawal and Tesla chief Elon Musk.
Published on May 16, 2022 11:49 PM IST
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Putin says ‘no problem’ with Finland, Sweden's NATO bid, but there’s a warning

  • Sweden's ruling Social Democratic Party approved the country's NATO bid on Sunday. It was followed by Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson's announcement earlier in the day about Sweden's intent to join the military alliance, thereby making it official.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) summit at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia May 16, 2022. (Sputnik/Sergei Guneev/Pool via REUTERS)
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) summit at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia May 16, 2022. (Sputnik/Sergei Guneev/Pool via REUTERS)
Published on May 16, 2022 11:39 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi

1 dead as IED blast rocks busy Karachi market, several hurt

According to footage aired on several Pakistan TV channels, vehicles suffered damages due to the blast. 
The site where the blast took place in Pakistan's Karachi. (Twitter/Samaa TV)
The site where the blast took place in Pakistan's Karachi. (Twitter/Samaa TV)
Updated on May 16, 2022 11:21 PM IST
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Elisabeth Borne is new French prime minister, second woman to hold top post

Elisabeth Borne is the second woman to hold the position after Edith Cresson, who was prime minister in 1991-1992 under Socialist President Francois Mitterrand.
Elisabeth Borne has served as Labor Minister in Macron’s previous government since 2020.(AP)
Elisabeth Borne has served as Labor Minister in Macron’s previous government since 2020.(AP)
Published on May 16, 2022 10:13 PM IST
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Russian shelling kills 10 civilians in Ukraine's Sievierodonetsk

  • Gaidai, the governor of the Luhansk region, had said earlier on Monday that heavy shelling had caused fires in residential areas.
A local resident walks along an empty street with residential buildings damaged by a military strike in Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk region, Ukraine. (File image)(REUTERS)
A local resident walks along an empty street with residential buildings damaged by a military strike in Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk region, Ukraine. (File image)(REUTERS)
Published on May 16, 2022 10:04 PM IST
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Ukraine war: Russia agrees to evacuate wounded soldiers from Azovstal plant

Kyiv has said that more than 1,000 of its troops – a majority of them injured – remained in the Azovstal plant.
This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows an overview of Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.(AP)
This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows an overview of Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.(AP)
Published on May 16, 2022 09:07 PM IST
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Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi

US deaths from Covid hit 1 million, less than 2 ½ years into the pandemic

  • The confirmed number of dead is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 336 days. It is roughly equal to how many Americans died in the Civil War and World War II combined. It’s as if Boston and Pittsburgh were wiped out.
Most deaths in the United States happened in urban areas, but rural places — where opposition to masks and vaccinations tends to run high — paid a heavy price at times.(Reuters)
Most deaths in the United States happened in urban areas, but rural places — where opposition to masks and vaccinations tends to run high — paid a heavy price at times.(Reuters)
Published on May 16, 2022 07:34 PM IST
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