Taliban seizes seventh Afghan provincial capital in five days

The Taliban has captured the provincial capital of Farah in southwest Afghanistan, the seventh provincial capital the group has seized since Friday. “This afternoon the Taliban entered the city of…

Warning of ‘potential hijack’ of ship under way off UAE coast

British officials have warned of a “potential hijack” of a ship off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. In a statement, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) advised…

Iraq hospital fire: Protests as Covid ward blaze kills at least 92

At least 92 people have died after a fire in a Covid isolation ward at a hospital in the Iraqi city of Nasiriya. Much of Iraq’s healthcare system is in…

Iran elections: Hardline candidate takes an unassailable lead

Iran’s hardline candidate Ebrahim Raisi, the conservative head of the judiciary, has taken an unassailable lead in the presidential election after 90 percent of the votes were counted, the interior…

Covid-19: Palestinians cancel vaccine swap deal with Israel

The Palestinian Authority has cancelled a deal under which Israel was to give it at least one million Covid -19 vaccines. The authority said the Pfizer jabs were too close…

35 killed in Gaza, 5 in Israel, as violence escalates

Hostilities between Israel and Hamas escalated on Wednesday, with at least 35 killed in Gaza and five in Israel in the most intensive aerial exchanges for years. Israel carried out…

Jerusalem crisis: Pleas for calm as violence escalates

COUNTRIES worldwide have appealed for calm after days of unrest spiralled into retaliatory attacks by Israel and Palestinians. The US, the European Union and the UK have urged Israel and…

Iran ‘almost’ ready for 60% uranium enrichment: UN nuclear agency

Aljazeera – Iran has “almost completed preparations” to launch 60 percent uranium enrichment, the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog has said. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Wednesday said Iran…

Jefferies to compete in German Frikadelli race

Zimbabwean race ace, Axcil Jefferies has announced he will take part in the German Frikadelli race in Germany. The professional car racer wrote on his Facebook page: “Announcement And just…

UAE Hope mission returns first image of Mars

BBC – The United Arab Emirates’ Hope mission has returned its first picture of Mars. The spacecraft entered into an orbit around the Red Planet on Tuesday, making the UAE…