Record number of COVID-19 hit Australians in hospital as Omicron surges

SYDNEY – The number of Australians admitted to hospitals with COVID-19 hit a record of about 5,450 on Monday, official data showed, as the spread of highly contagious new Omicron…

Pope visits Canada to mend fences with Indigenous communities

ALJAZEERA – Pope Francis will arrive in Canada on Sunday to commence a cross-country trip to seek penance for the devastation the Catholic Church inflicted upon Indigenous peoples who attended…

Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, UN ink deal on Black Sea grain exports

RNA – ANKARA, July 22. /TASS/. An agreement on creating a grain corridor to export agricultural produce from Ukraine via the Black Sea was signed by representatives of Turkey, Ukraine,…

US sends more weapons to Ukraine

RT – The White House on Friday announced another $270 million worth of US “security assistance” to Ukraine. The newest batch of supplies will include four HIMARS rocket artillery launchers,…

World Bank to fund $100 million in food insecurity aid to Sudan through WFP

CAIRO – The World Bank has agreed to provide the U.N.’s World Food Programme with $100 million for an “emergency safety net project” to address food insecurity in Sudan, it…

Sri Lanka swears Dinesh Gunawardena in as new prime minister

Dinesh Gunawardena has been sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new prime minister, just hours after soldiers and police cleared an anti-government protest site in Colombo. Gunawardena, a veteran member of…

Japan government approves state funeral date for Abe, plan sparks protests

TOKYO, July 22 (Reuters) – The Japanese government said on Friday it would hold a state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sept. 27, amid street and social…

Heatwaves to menace China as almanac’s ‘big heat’ day looms

BEIJING – China will suffer the return of more heatwaves over the next 10 days from east to west, with some coastal cities already on their highest alert level and…

Putin speaks to Saudi crown prince

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in global oil markets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a phone call on Thursday. The conversation came just a few…

Facebook’s growth woes in India: too much nudity, not enough women

ON February 2, when Meta Platforms reported Facebook’s first-ever quarterly drop in daily users, its finance chief identified higher mobile data costs as a unique obstacle slowing growth in India,…