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US House elects speaker on 15th attempt

The US House of Representatives has appointed a new speaker following 15 separate votes, with GOP Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy now set to fill the position after a days-long battle with insurgent Republicans. While McCarthy lost out on the 14th vote on Friday night and the House appeared to be …

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Russian envoy injured in assassination attempt – embassy

A senior member of the Russian diplomatic mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been hospitalised, Moscow’s embassy in Bangui confirmed to Russian media, after a reported parcel bomb explosion.  The official was identified as Dmitry Sytyy, who heads the local branch of the “Russian House”, a network of …

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Argentina VP targeted in apparent assassination attempt

Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Kirchner was threatened by an armed person near her home in Buenos Aires, with a gunman seen pointing a firearm at the VP’s face before she was whisked away to safety. No shots were fired and the official was not injured. The apparent attempt on Kirchner’s …

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Ukraine’s attempt at counter-offensive has failed – Russia

Ukraine’s much-heralded “counter-offensive” in Kherson has “failed miserably,” the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday, listing the losses suffered by Kiev at the end of the day. Ukrainian forces attempted to attack in three directions on orders of President Vladimir Zelensky but made no gains, Moscow said. Russian troops caused …

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US lawmakers attempt to declare Ukraine conflict a ‘genocide’ – media

A bipartisan group of US lawmakers introduced a resolution on Friday accusing Russia of committing “genocide” in Ukraine. The draft resolution reportedly accuses Russia of crimes that Moscow says were actually committed by Ukrainian forces and claims that Russian-speaking refugees were brought to Russian territory against their will. The resolution, …

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Ukrainian forces attempt strike on Kherson amid V-Day – governor

Kiev forces have tried hitting the Russian-held city of Kherson as it was holding its first large-scale Victory Day celebrations since 2014, Vladimir Saldo, who heads the regional military-civilian administration, said on Monday. Several missiles from a Uragan multiple rocket launcher system have been fired from the direction of the …

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Moscow announces new evacuation attempt at Azovstal plant

The Russian military has announced a new unilateral pause in its operation at the Azovstal steelworks plant in Mariupol, promising to open humanitarian corridors for civilians said to be holed up at the facility for three days straight. The steel plant remains the last stronghold under the control of Ukrainian …

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Australia accuses China of ‘intimidation’ attempt

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has condemned China’s efforts to “intimidate” Australia with its recently announced draft security agreement with the Solomon Islands, which was leaked last week. The suggested deal, which emerged on social media last Thursday, shows a proposed framework between China and the Solomon Islands, which …

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