Russia threatens to withdraw from International Space Station unless U.S. sanctions on space sector are lifted

The head of Russia’s space agency on Monday suggested Moscow would withdraw from the International Space Station in 2025 unless Washington lifted sanctions on the space sector that were hampering Russian satellite launches. Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos, was addressing parliamentarians ahead of a summit in Geneva later this month between Russian President Vladimir… Read More Russia threatens to withdraw from International Space Station unless U.S. sanctions on space sector are lifted

Indian PM Narendra Modi announces free coronavirus vaccines for all adults

India will provide free COVID-19 vaccines to all adults, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday, in an effort to rein in a pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands and led to the world’s second-highest tally of infections. Modi’s announcement on national television came after weeks of criticism of a bungled vaccine rollout that… Read More Indian PM Narendra Modi announces free coronavirus vaccines for all adults

Mali coup leader Assimi Goita sworn in as transitional president

Assimi Goita, the Malian colonel who has overthrown two presidents in the past nine months, said he would oversee a transition toward democratic elections as he was sworn in as interim president on Monday. Goita, a 38-year-old special forces commander, had already been declared president by the constitutional court last month after ousting Bah Ndaw,… Read More Mali coup leader Assimi Goita sworn in as transitional president

Israeli parliament to vote on approval of new government by June 14

Israel’s parliament will vote to approve a new government, formed by opponents of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, by June 14, the speaker of parliament said on Monday. Centrist opposition leader Yair Lapid has cobbled together a cross-partisan coalition poised to unseat Netanyahu, who has had a 12-year run as prime minister. “A session of parliament… Read More Israeli parliament to vote on approval of new government by June 14

Dozens dead following train collision in Pakistan

A train in Pakistan smashed into derailed carriages of another train on Monday, killing at least 36 people, government officials said, in the latest accident to highlight the perilous state of a more-than-165 year old railway system. The death toll was likely to rise as rescuers struggled to reach people trapped in several mangled compartments… Read More Dozens dead following train collision in Pakistan