Nick Read steps down as Vodafone Group head

Vodafone Group on Monday announced that its CEO Nick Read will step down by the end of the year after four years in the key role.

Australian PM tests positive for Covid

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Monday announced that he has tested positive for Covid-19.

5.2-magnitude earthquake jolts Dhaka

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake jolted Dhaka on Monday, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).

Scheduled power cuts in Kiev, 3 other regions from today

Scheduled power cuts will take place in Kiev and the three other regions of Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk and Odesa from Monday onwards as authorities are trying to stabilise power outages across Ukraine.

SL to launch mobile app for tourist safety next year

Sri Lanka will introduce a mobile app for the safety of tourists coming to the South Asian country, Minister of Tourism and Lands Harin Fernando said here.

Indian-origin science teacher wins PM's prize in Australia

An Indian-origin teacher in Australia has received the 2022 Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in secondary schools.

Covid emergency phase closer to end but Omicron transmission remains: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that although the world is "much closer" to end the emergency phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, it warned that Omicron was still circulating rampantly and continues to cause significant mortality.

Germany eases residency rules for skilled workers

The German Bundestag, or lower house of Parliament, has adopted a new law that will enable foreigners with a short-term "tolerated stay" permit to obtain a permanent residence permit.

Popular Indo-Canadian TikToker dies 'unexpectedly' at 21

Indo-Canadian TikToker Megha Thakur, known for spreading messages of body positivity and self-confidence, passed away "suddenly" and "unexpectedly" last week, an Instagram post by her parents said.

UK Covid cases again rise above 1 million in a week

The number of Covid-19 cases in the UK has again increased above one million, in a worrying sign of a new winter wave, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Spouses of open work permit holders now eligible to work in Canada

In a bid to keep families of open work permit holders together, which include many Indians, Canada has announced that starting 2023 their spouses will be eligible to work in the country.

State Bank of Pakistan's forex reserves fall by $327mn

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) announced that its foreign exchange reserves have decreased by $327 million.

Up to 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers killed since war began: Official

A top government official in Kiev has revealed that up to 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Russia waged its ongoing war on February 24.

EU proposes new rules to reduce wasteful packaging

The European Commission has proposed a raft of measures aimed at reducing unnecessary and wasteful packaging. These include a 15 per cent reduction in unnecessary packaging by 2040.

Germany to facilitate immigration of skilled workers

Germany will make it easier for skilled workers to immigrate, paving the way for the "most modern immigration law" in the history of the country, the government said.

Goal to end AIDS by 2030 'badly off track': UNGA President

UN General Assembly President Csaba Korosi has called for action as the goal to end AIDS by 2030 is "badly off track".

2022 France's hottest year on record

No matter the temperatures December will bring, 2022 is on pace to be the hottest year in France since records began, the French national meteorological service Meteo France has said.

Canada's economy rises 0.7% in Q3

Canada's real gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.7 per cent in the third quarter, the fifth consecutive quarterly increase, the national statistical agency said.

Libyan PM expresses readiness to hold polls

Libyan Prime Minister Abdul-Hamed Dbeibah has expressed his government's readiness to hold general elections in the country, calling for local and international pressure to complete the laws regulating the polls.

Russia to lose 100,000 servicemen by year end: Zelenksy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky believes that Russia will lose at least 100,000 servicemen by the end of this year as Moscow's continues its invasion against Kiev.

German inflation slips back to 10% in Nov

The annual inflation rate in Germany, Europe's largest economy, declined slightly to 10 per cent in November, according to preliminary figures published by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis).

57% of Gaza's population suffers from food insecurity

Palestinian authorities said that 57 per cent of the Gaza Strip population suffers from food insecurity due to an Israeli blockade imposed on the coastal enclave for 16 years.

20,842 illegal migrants rescued off Libyan coast since start of 2022

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said a total of 20,842 were rescued and returned to Libya so far in 2022.

NASA's Artemis I Moon mission breaks Apollo 13's record

NASA's uncrewed Orion spacecraft has surpassed the record set in 1970 by the crew on Apollo 13's aborted mission to land on the Moon.

Ukraine seeks to extend Black Sea Grain Initiative by a year

Ukraine is seeking to extend the Black Sea Grain Initiative by at least a year, a Minister said.

WHO renames monkeypox as 'mpox' to avoid stigma

To avoid racist stereotypes and stigmatisation, the WHO has recommended that the monkeypox virus be renamed "mpox".

Indonesia relaunches multiple entry visa

Indonesia has relaunched the multiple entry visa which was deactivated amid the Covid-19 pandemic, a top official said on Monday.

EU regulator warns of Covid spike in winter

The European Union's (EU) medicines regulator urged Europe to prepare for a new wave of the Covid pandemic as "cold winter months" arrive.

Ukraine sets up 3,720 emergency shelters amid widespread power outage

Ukrainian authorities have set up 3,720 emergency shelters across the country after a latest barrage of Russian missile strikes caused widespread electricity outage across the war-torn nation, a top official said here.

10 dead, 9 injured in China residential building fire

Ten people were killed and nine others injured in a fire at a residential building in Urumqi, capital of China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, authorities said on Friday.

Germany relaxes Schengen visa rules for Indians

Bringing a cheer to Indians, Germany has relaxed its Schengen visa appointment rules with the country centralising its short-term visa processing at its centre in Mumbai.

EU heads for December agreement on gas price cap

Any agreement on the European Commission's proposal to cap the price of imported gas will be postponed until the middle of December, said Jozef Sikela, the Czech minister of industry and trade, and chair of the extraordinary meeting of EU energy ministers.

Poland to receive EU recovery fund: PM

Poland will receive support from the European Union (EU) post-pandemic recovery fund within a year and a half, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.

SL central bank maintains interest rates at current level

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka on Thursday's announced its to maintain the Standing Deposit Facility Rate and Standing Lending Facility Rate at the current level of 14.50 per cent and 15.50 per cent, respectively.

Anwar Ibrahim named as new Malaysian PM

Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of Malaysia's Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition, has been named as the 10th Prime Minister of the country, the National Palace said on Thursday in a statement.

Shanghai Disneyland to reopen on Friday

The Shanghai Disneyland will reopen on Friday and tickets are available for purchase starting Thursday, according to an official announcement.

Finland updates Covid vax recommendations for kids

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has updated its recommendations on the use of Covid-19 vaccines for children younger than 12 years.

Lt Gen Asim Munir named Pakistan's new army chief

The Pakistan government on Thursday announced that Lieutenant General Asim Munir will replace General Qamar Javed Bajwa as the country's new Chief of the Army Staff (COAS).

Israeli flag carrier sees highest quarterly revenue since Covid outbreak

Israeli flag carrier El Al brought in the strongest quarterly revenues in July-September since the Covid-19 outbreak in early 2020, according to a financial report issued by the airline.

Romanian border police find migrants in truck full of chemicals

Border police in western Romania found 26 migrants from Syria and Turkey trying to leave for the Schengen area in a truck containing hydrochloric acid canisters.

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