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NATO allies set to provide ‘heavier weapons’ to Ukraine

NATO countries are set to announce new "heavier weapons" for Ukraine, the alliance's chief said on Wednesday, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on his backers to speed up their decision-making. US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin will convene a meeting of around 50 countries on Friday at the US-run Ramstein military base in Germany, including all 30 members of the NATO alliance. "The main message there (in Ramstein) will be more support and more advanced support, heavier weapons, and more modern weapons, because this is a fight for our values," NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg told the World Economic Forum in Davos. Many of Ukraine's allies have announced plans to step up their military support to Kyiv this month despite the risk of antagonising Russia, notably Brita...

UN decries Russia’s ‘intimidation’ of opponents to Ukraine war

AFP The UN's acting human rights chief decried on Monday the "intimidation" of people in Russia voicing opposition to the Ukraine war, warning it was undermining fundamental freedoms. Speaking before the UN Human Rights Council, deputy UN rights chief Nada Al Nashif decried the "intimidation, restrictive measures and sanctions against people voicing opposition to the war in Ukraine." These actions, she warned, "undermine the exercise of constitutionally guaranteed fundamental freedoms, including the rights

Days after school shooting, gun group holds convention in Texas

Just a few days after a lone teenage gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and killed 19 children and two teachers, the National Rifle Association will proceed with opening its annual convention on Friday in Houston. This comes just days after the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. On Friday, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott planned to make a personal appearance at the conference to give an in-person message; however, he has decided not to make the presentation and instead fly to Uvalde. However, former President of the United States Donald Trump is still set to give a speech at the three-day event that the gun rights lobbying organisation is hosting. The police in Texas are being grilled on their actions, and the amount of time it took them to rush to t...

Why won’t Bangladesh be like Sri Lanka and Pakistan?

Mehjabin Bhanu

Sri Lanka, a South Asian island country, is confronted with the prospect of experiencing the worst economic slump in its history. Sri Lanka's economy has come to a grinding halt. In addition, the amenities for the general public are being closed. As a result of political and administrative issues, Sri Lanka is going through a challenging period.

Corona vaccine approved for use in Russia

A locally developed vaccine for Covid-19 has been given regulatory approval in Russia after less than two months of testing on humans. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the vaccine had passed all the required checks, adding that his daughter had already been given it, reports BBC. Officials have said they plan to start mass vaccination in October. Experts have raised concerns about the speed of Russia’s work, suggesting that researchers might be cutting corners. Amid fears that safety could have been compromised, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged Russia last week to follow international guidelines for producing a vaccine against Covid-19. [caption id="attachment_27822" align="alignright" width="660"]

US likely to postpone auto tariff decision

The Trump administration plans to issue a deferral this week on its decision about whether to impose additional tariffs on imported cars, two industry sources told AFP Tuesday. The delay could last up to another six months, the sources said, with the announcement expected Wednesday or later. President Donald Trump “doesn’t have to make this decision tomorrow,” one of the sources said. trumpThe Trump administration has been threatening since last year to impose tariffs of perhaps 25 percent on auto imports to defend the US ...