More than 200 people suspected of being involved in organised crime have been arrested after police infiltrated an app to access millions of messages about “industrial scale” drug imports and murder plots. A joint operation between Australia and the FBI, which began in 2018, led to arrests in Asia, South America and the Middle East.
India is easing lockdown in several states after COVID case levels dropped to their lowest in two months. Shops, restaurants and other businesses are allowed to reopen with limited hours in New Delhi and Mumbai, with some restrictions also lifted in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. The Delhi metro, which serves the city
At least 30 people have been killed after two express trains collided in southern Pakistan. Rescuers and villagers have been working to pull injured people and bodies from the wreckage, and as many as 20 passengers are feared to be trapped. Railway officials said about 1,100 people were on board the two trains at the
Turkey’s environment minister has promised to defeat a plague of “sea snot” threatening the Sea of Marmara – but warns the disaster management plan could take up to three years. Marine biologists and environmentalists have been alarmed by a huge mass of marine mucilage – a thick, slimy substance which has bloomed in Turkey‘s Marmara,
The prime minister will call on G7 leaders to pledge to vaccinate the world’s population against COVID-19 by the end of 2022. Boris Johnson is planning to use the UK’s presidency of the group to push for global vaccination coverage within the next 18 months. When he meets fellow G7 leaders face-to-face on Friday –
The G7 has agreed a deal on tackling corporate tax avoidance by big tech companies. “It’s a proud moment” says Chancellor Rishi Sunak. Mr Sunak said G7 finance ministers had committed to a global minimum tax of at least 15%. Mr Sunak said it “meant the right companies pay the right tax in the right
A thick layer of “sea snot” thought to be the largest on record has hit the Turkish coast, endangering marine life and fishing trade. The marine mucilage is a slimy layer of grey sludge that forms when algae is overloaded with nutrients as a result of hot weather and water pollution. It was first found
Brussels is to ban Belarusian planes from EU airspace as it ramps up pressure on the Minsk regime over the forced diversion of a passenger jet and arrest of a government critic. The move will also see European airlines strongly encouraged to avoid flying over the ex-Soviet country, which sparked an international outcry after a
Dissident journalist Roman Protasevich has been filmed appearing to praise Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko in a new video. In the clip, recorded for Belarusian state-controlled TV, Mr Protasevich was asked whether he respected the president, to which he replied: “Absolutely.” Mr Protasevich, 26, said Mr Lukashenko has “acted like a man with balls of steel”,
Did the Middle East’s only democracy prove last night that, however messy it may be, democracy prevails? Or will it prove, over the coming days, that it is the most dysfunctional of democracies? Benjamin Netanyahu is still Israel‘s prime minister. He will remain so until the new coalition passes a vote of confidence in the
Israel appears to be on the brink of a new political era after an awkward coalition of parties from across the political spectrum announced it had formed a government. Taking negotiations up to the wire, opposition leader Yair Lapid informed the country’s president late on Wednesday that he had struck a power-sharing deal with a
Iran’s largest navy warship has sunk in the Gulf of Oman after catching fire. Iranian media did not give an explanation for the fire but said it had started at 2.25am local time on Wednesday. Photos on social media showed sailors in life jackets evacuating the ship as it sank near the port of Jask,
The future of some of the UK’s most treasured species including puffins, bluebells and bumblebees is dependent on the outcome of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. That’s according to a new report by the leading conservation organisation WWF. Called Feeling the Heat, it identifies 12 species worldwide whose habitats are already being badly impacted
In a safe house in Myanmar, resistance is growing. Quietly, in the gloomy light, a group of men raise their hands in a three-finger salute. Traditionally a sign of defiance and support for pro-democracy protesters, for these men it symbolises so much more. Once police or soldiers, they now plan to fight the forces they
Coronavirus variants have been renamed with letters of the Greek alphabet following criticism of the way they have been labelled up until now. Under a new system revealed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Kent variant will now be known as Alpha, the Indian variant as Delta, and the South African variant as Beta.
In a ramshackle corner of a war-ravaged state, the sound of joy and youthful exuberance fills the air. We’re in a town called Bor, which occupies a waterlogged stretch along the White Nile in the northeastern part of South Sudan. The noise takes us to a school called Sunlight Primary with 10 corrugated metal classrooms