Engineers breach Pakistan lake as flood misery grows for millions | The Citizen

Engineers breached Pakistan’s biggest freshwater lake to drain water threatening nearby towns, officials said Monday, as heavy rain poured misery on millions affected by the country’s worst floods in history. Nearly a third of Pakistan is under water — an area the size of the United Kingdom — following months of record monsoon rains that … Read more

Iran sentences to death two gay rights activists – reports | The Citizen

A court in Iran has sentenced to death two gay rights activists on charges of promoting homosexuality, campaigners said Monday, urging pressure from the international community to stop the implementation of the verdicts. The two women, Zahra Sedighi Hamedani, 31, and Elham Chubdar, 24, were sentenced to death by the court in the northwestern town … Read more

Strong earthquake in southwest China kills 21 | The Citizen

At least 21 people were killed when a strong earthquake struck southwestern China on Monday, state media reported, as violent tremors in a remote region damaged homes and left some areas without electricity. The magnitude 6.6 quake hit about 43 kilometres (26 miles) southeast of the city of Kangding in Sichuan province at a depth … Read more

Two Russian embassy staff among six killed in Kabul suicide attack | The Citizen

A suicide bomber struck Monday near the Russian embassy in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing two staff from the diplomatic mission and four others. In the first attack targeting a foreign mission since the Taliban seized power in August last year, the bomber struck near the entrance of the embassy’s consular section. “Without any doubt, … Read more

Pregnant women caught in Pakistan floods desperate for aid | The Citizen

With a swollen belly, aching feet and her four-year-old daughter in tow, Fahmidah Bibi keeps an eye out for a doctor who is rumoured to be due a visit at the campsite she now calls home, after being forced to flee her village because of flooding. The camp, in the grounds of a small railway … Read more

Two suspects on the run after stabbbing spree in Canada | The Citizen

A stabbing spree in an Indigenous community and a nearby town in Canada’s Saskatchewan province left at least 10 people dead and 15 wounded on Sunday, police said, as they launched a manhunt for two suspects in one of the nation’s deadliest incidents of mass violence. Police responding to emergency calls found 10 dead in the … Read more

Russia sanctions not working – Italy far-right leader | The Citizen

The leader of Italy’s far-right League party, Matteo Salvini, has sparked debate by saying that the unprecedented sanctions the West had imposed on Russia over the Ukraine invasion weren’t working. “Several months have passed and people are paying two, three, even four times more for their bills,” he told Rtl radio. “And after seven months, … Read more

Greece blocked over 150,000 migrants this year – minister | The Citizen

Greece has blocked over 150,000 undocumented migrants on its land and maritime border so far this year, the migration minister said Sunday. “The entry of 154,102 irregular migrants was averted since the start of the year. Around 50,000 attempted to invade Greece in August alone,” Notis Mitarachi told Eleftheros Typos daily. Border control is a … Read more

Five wounded in shooting on Israeli bus in West Bank | The Citizen

Five people were wounded on Sunday in a shooting attack on an Israeli bus in the occupied West Bank, medics said. “We saw two gunshot victims outside of the bus who were being treated by IDF (Israeli military) medics and other people who were at the scene,” said paramedic Matti Carmi, from the Magen David … Read more