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Stream of Russians flee to Istanbul after mobilisation call for war in Ukraine

The price of some tickets from Moscow shot up 10-fold after Vladimir Putin on Wednesday announced Russia’s first call-up of fighting-age men since World War II.

The price of some tickets from Moscow shot up 10-fold after Vladimir Putin on Wednesday announced Russia’s first call-up of fighting-age men since World War II.

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Nasa scraps Tuesday’s scheduled Artemis 1 Moon launch as storm Ian forecast to strengthen

The US National Hurricane Center said Ian is due to ‘rapidly intensify’ over the weekend as it moves towards Florida, home to the Kennedy Space Centre, from which the rocket is set to launch.

The US National Hurricane Center said Ian is due to ‘rapidly intensify’ over the weekend as it moves towards Florida, home to the Kennedy Space Centre, from which the rocket is set to launch.

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Oscar-winner Louise Fletcher, Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, dies at 88

Fletcher, who won an Oscar in 1976 for her performance as villain Nurse Ratched, died at her home in southern France, it was reported.

Fletcher, who won an Oscar in 1976 for her performance as villain Nurse Ratched, died at her home in southern France, it was reported.

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Cambodia boat sinking: 3 Chinese nationals dead as survivors say they had no food, water on vessel

Nine more rescued in Vietnamese waters and eight still missing, Cambodian authorities say.

Nine more rescued in Vietnamese waters and eight still missing, Cambodian authorities say.

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On eve of election, Italy braces for potential far-right win

Vote comes as Italy battles series of crises, from rampant inflation and extreme weather events to energy crisis aggravated by war in Ukraine.

Vote comes as Italy battles series of crises, from rampant inflation and extreme weather events to energy crisis aggravated by war in Ukraine.

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Fiba Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022: China give US a run for their money in front of watching Yao Ming

Zheng Wei’s side push three-time defending champions hard at Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney, but must wait to secure progress to quarter-finals.

Zheng Wei’s side push three-time defending champions hard at Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney, but must wait to secure progress to quarter-finals.

24 Sep 2022 - 4:46PM
Could Russia use nuclear weapons in Ukraine and how would the West respond?

Analysts say Putin’s threat to use a nuclear weapon in Ukraine could involve deployment of ‘tactical’ bombs aimed at frightening Kyiv into surrender.

Analysts say Putin’s threat to use a nuclear weapon in Ukraine could involve deployment of ‘tactical’ bombs aimed at frightening Kyiv into surrender.

24 Sep 2022 - 3:55PM
Nasa’s historic uncrewed Artemis 1 mission to moon threatened by Caribbean storm

A yet-to-be-named storm is threatening to delay the US space agency’s third attempt to launch the rocket on September 27.

A yet-to-be-named storm is threatening to delay the US space agency’s third attempt to launch the rocket on September 27.

24 Sep 2022 - 12:48PM
Emma Raducanu surges into Korea Open semi-finals

Resurgent Raducanu yet to drop a set in Seoul, but faces tough test in the form of top seed Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion.

Resurgent Raducanu yet to drop a set in Seoul, but faces tough test in the form of top seed Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion.

24 Sep 2022 - 12:30PM
US chides World Bank chief David Malpass over climate denial row as chorus grows for his ouster

The White House condemned Malpass after he declined to say whether he believed man-made emissions were warming the planet.

The White House condemned Malpass after he declined to say whether he believed man-made emissions were warming the planet.

24 Sep 2022 - 11:38AM
Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022: China thrash Bosnia and Herzegovina, but first real test awaits vs United States

Zheng Wei’s side make it two wins from two games in group A at the 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney on Friday, with a dominant United States next up.

Zheng Wei’s side make it two wins from two games in group A at the 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney on Friday, with a dominant United States next up.

23 Sep 2022 - 5:01PM
1 dead, 22 Chinese nationals missing after boat capsizes off Cambodia

An official said the boat carrying 41 people got into difficulties off Sihanoukville, and only 19 of those on board had been rescued.

An official said the boat carrying 41 people got into difficulties off Sihanoukville, and only 19 of those on board had been rescued.

23 Sep 2022 - 6:23PM
Russia stages referendums in Ukraine as Kremlin denies calling up 1 million reservists for war

The Kremlin-orchestrated referendums are seen as a step toward annexing four occupied regions of Ukraine.

The Kremlin-orchestrated referendums are seen as a step toward annexing four occupied regions of Ukraine.

23 Sep 2022 - 4:49PM
South Korea’s Yoon Suk-yeol denies US hot-mic insult, blames translation for furore

The president was overheard on a hot mic seemingly insulting US lawmakers after a meeting with Biden in New York.

The president was overheard on a hot mic seemingly insulting US lawmakers after a meeting with Biden in New York.

23 Sep 2022 - 2:14PM
Japan to lift Covid restrictions on foreign tourists from October 11

Country is reopening its borders after nearly three years of strict coronavirus measures, allowing visa-free and individual travel.

Country is reopening its borders after nearly three years of strict coronavirus measures, allowing visa-free and individual travel.

23 Sep 2022 - 11:56AM
Australia warns of ‘long road’ ahead in stabilisation of relations with China

Foreign Minister Penny Wong said she had a ‘constructive’ meeting with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in New York.

Foreign Minister Penny Wong said she had a ‘constructive’ meeting with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in New York.

23 Sep 2022 - 12:17PM
Spanish football plunged into crisis after 15 players, including 6 Barcelona stars, quit women’s national team

Move comes after weeks of speculation of divisions in the squad, with Spanish media reporting that some wanted coach Jorge Vilda to be fired. Barcelona and Manchester United players among those to resign

Move comes after weeks of speculation of divisions in the squad, with Spanish media reporting that some wanted coach Jorge Vilda to be fired. Barcelona and Manchester United players among those to resign

23 Sep 2022 - 9:49AM
CNN interview with Iran President Ebrahim Raisi scrapped over headscarf demand

An aide insisted journalist Christiane Amanpour cover her hair because of ‘the situation in Iran’; the country has been swept by protests over Mahsa Amini’s death after her arrest by morality police.

An aide insisted journalist Christiane Amanpour cover her hair because of ‘the situation in Iran’; the country has been swept by protests over Mahsa Amini’s death after her arrest by morality police.

23 Sep 2022 - 10:08AM
With an eye on China, US to develop drones with India

Delhi wants to diversify its weaponry, which is mainly Russian-made, and also to develop its own defence industry; India will build the aircraft and export them to other countries in its region.

Delhi wants to diversify its weaponry, which is mainly Russian-made, and also to develop its own defence industry; India will build the aircraft and export them to other countries in its region.

23 Sep 2022 - 4:53AM
Weibo users laud China women’s basketball team after crushing 107-44 win over South Korea in World Cup opener

China crush South Korea 107-44 in opening game in Sydney, as fans praise Zheng Wei’s side on social media – ‘when have Chinese female athletes let us down?’

China crush South Korea 107-44 in opening game in Sydney, as fans praise Zheng Wei’s side on social media – ‘when have Chinese female athletes let us down?’

22 Sep 2022 - 9:31PM
UK lifts ban on shale gas fracking to boost energy output amid Ukraine war

The controversial method to dig for fossil fuels was halted in 2019.

The controversial method to dig for fossil fuels was halted in 2019.

22 Sep 2022 - 6:02PM
Milan Fashion Week 2022: Fendi brings retro 90s flair, Moncler celebrates its 70th anniversary, and Chinese buyers return for the first time since Covid-19 lockdowns … but rising energy costs loom

Fendi brings retro 90s flair, Moncler celebrates its 70th anniversary, and Chinese buyers return for the first time since Covid-19 lockdowns … but rising energy costs loom

Fendi brings retro 90s flair, Moncler celebrates its 70th anniversary, and Chinese buyers return for the first time since Covid-19 lockdowns … but rising energy costs loom

22 Sep 2022 - 4:19PM
South Korea’s Yoon Suk-yeol’s foul-mouthed criticism of US caught on hot mic goes viral

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol made crude comments referring to Joe Biden’s drive to increase US funding to the Global Fund, which would require congressional approval.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol made crude comments referring to Joe Biden’s drive to increase US funding to the Global Fund, which would require congressional approval.

22 Sep 2022 - 5:09PM
Naomi Osaka withdraws from Pan Pacific Open in Japan with stomach pain

‘I wish I could have stepped on court today, but my body won’t let me,’ she says in statement released by organisers.

‘I wish I could have stepped on court today, but my body won’t let me,’ she says in statement released by organisers.

22 Sep 2022 - 1:41PM
Ukraine war: North Korea denies US claims that it is exporting weapons to Russia

North Korea says it hasn’t exported any weapons to Russia during the war in Ukraine and has no plans to do so, and said US intelligence reports of weapons transfers were an attempt to tarnish North Korea’s image.

North Korea says it hasn’t exported any weapons to Russia during the war in Ukraine and has no plans to do so, and said US intelligence reports of weapons transfers were an attempt to tarnish North Korea’s image.

22 Sep 2022 - 9:35AM
Over 1,300 arrested as Russians protest against Ukraine mobilisation, NGO says

Rallies took place in 38 cities across the country after Putin ordered the calling up of 300,000 reservists.

Rallies took place in 38 cities across the country after Putin ordered the calling up of 300,000 reservists.

22 Sep 2022 - 5:07AM
Danish Queen Margrethe tests positive for Covid-19 after attending Queen Elizabeth’s funeral

The 82-year-old triple-vaccinated monarch has cancelled her official duties.

The 82-year-old triple-vaccinated monarch has cancelled her official duties.

21 Sep 2022 - 9:09PM
Protests spread in Iran after death of Mahsa Amini

The death of 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini in police custody has triggered daring displays of defiance, in the face of beatings and possible arrest.

The death of 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini in police custody has triggered daring displays of defiance, in the face of beatings and possible arrest.

21 Sep 2022 - 6:34PM
Burberry, Barbour, Launer: brands face losing royal warrants after Queen Elizabeth’s death unless they gain King Charles’ approval

Around 600 of Queen Elizabeth’s favourite brands – from Burberry to Barbour to Launer – face losing the seal that marks them as preferred suppliers to the sovereign, unless they gain the approval of King Charles.

Around 600 of Queen Elizabeth’s favourite brands – from Burberry to Barbour to Launer – face losing the seal that marks them as preferred suppliers to the sovereign, unless they gain the approval of King Charles.

21 Sep 2022 - 4:15PM
Has the Pentagon been caught using Twitter for pro-West disinformation?

The US Department of Defence has launched a review of its psychological warfare operations after the discovery of fake accounts on social media promoting pro-West disinformation.

The US Department of Defence has launched a review of its psychological warfare operations after the discovery of fake accounts on social media promoting pro-West disinformation.

21 Sep 2022 - 11:52AM