UN refugee chief calls for action to prevent Afghan ‘implosion’ | Refugees News

Islamabad, Pakistan – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has called on countries worldwide to engage with the Taliban’s interim government in Afghanistan or risk a “humanitarian crisis” resulting from the collapse of the state. His comments in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, on Friday followed a visit to Afghanistan this week and two days of … Read more

Controversial Eurozone Accession: Concerns Rise as Bulgaria Prepares to Join the Euro

Assen Vassilev, the Bulgarian finance minister, is an excellent starting point should one be interested in learning whether his country is ready to join the eurozone. Vassilev receives his guests in a spacious conference room that has a rather interesting backstory. His predecessor is thought to have received bags full of cash in this room … Read more

Prince Andrew: Photos of legal papers being posted to the duke released by lawyers for Virginia Giuffre | UK News

Photographs showing papers notifying Prince Andrew about a civil sexual assault case against him in the US have been released by lawyers. It comes after the Duke of York, 61, was accused by a judge in America of “actively evading” formal efforts to serve him papers. It’s also a day after the High Court in … Read more

Vladimir Putin Votes Online From Isolation After COVID-19 Contact

Russian President Vladimir Putin voted online in a parliamentary election. (File) Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin voted online in a parliamentary election, a state-television broadcast showed Friday, after he announced this week he was self-isolating due to a coronavirus outbreak at the Kremlin. “As you can see … I have fulfilled my civic duty online,” … Read more

Women dominate top table in Albania’s new government

MPs in Albania on Friday approved the country’s new women-dominated cabinet. Following a 20-hour debate, the 140-seat parliament voted 77-53 for Prime Minister Edi Rama’s new cabinet and programme. The left-wing Socialist Party secured a record third consecutive mandate in an April 25 parliamentary election, with 74 seats. The centre-right Democratic Party got 59 seats … Read more

SpaceX Inspiration4 mission: Civilian astronauts have ‘incredible’ first day in space as new pictures released of the crew | Science & Tech News

The four amateur astronauts who make up the first all-civilian crew ever to orbit the Earth have had an “incredible” first day in space. The Dragon capsule containing the group was launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on Wednesday night. As part of the Inspiration4 mission, the … Read more

Somalia’s regional leaders urge end to power struggle | Politics News

Row over the government escalated when President Mohamed suspended the executive powers of PM Roble. Somalia’s regional leaders have appealed to the president and the prime minister to end their damaging feud, warning of the risk of political instability in the Horn of Africa nation. The row sharply escalated on Thursday when President Mohamed Abdullahi … Read more

India Was Informed About Australia-UK-US Defence Pact, Says Envoy Barry O’Farrell

China had stated that the newly formed AUKUS pact provokes an arms race. (File) New Delhi: Australian High Commissioner Barry O’Farrell on Friday said that decision to form AUKUS (Australia-UK-US) defence partnership was taken after deep consideration and Canberra informed their Indian counterparts about the decision. “The Australian Prime Minister, our ministers for Foreign Affairs … Read more