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Why HIV-positive teens in Russia are refusing treatment

January 21, 2023 18:58 IST

In Russia, it is now mainly adults who are infected with HIV. The proportion of young people among all those newly infected with HIV has fallen.

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Why has wheat flour become so expensive in Pakistan?

January 23, 2023 14:46 IST

Pakistan wheat crisis: While the central and provincial governments have blamed each other, experts say the crisis was caused by long-standing deficiencies exacerbated by the Russia Ukraine war, the 2022 floods, poor distribution, and the smuggling of wheat to Afghanistan.

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Who is Chris Hipkins, the leader set to replace Jacinda Ardern as New Zealand Prime Minister?

January 21, 2023 13:03 IST

Jacinda Ardern's ally Chris Hipkins has emerged as a unanimous choice to lead the Labour Party in the next election to choose New Zealand's Prime Minister.

What is the Leopard 2 tank, and how could it help Ukraine against Russia?

January 21, 2023 09:17 IST

The Leopard 2 is one of the world’s leading battle tanks. Until now, both Ukraine and Russia have used Soviet-era tanks in battle, and the Leopards would offer a big step forward in capability.

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Provincial assemblies of Pakistan’s Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa dissolved: What will happen now?

January 20, 2023 21:05 IST

According to reports, the dissolution of both provincial assemblies is a bid by Khan to push for early national elections.

The US hits the debt ceiling: What does it mean?

January 20, 2023 19:40 IST

The debt ceiling is the maximum amount the U.S. government can borrow to fulfil its financial obligations. Experts suggest the country would face severe economic consequences in case the limit is breached.

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What are France’s proposed pension reforms, which have led to widespread protests?

January 20, 2023 07:18 IST

A proposal to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 has led to loud opposition with protests being organised across France. Here are the other features of the proposed reforms.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern leaves with longtime partner Clarke Gayford

Jacinda Ardern’s shock resignation as New Zealand Prime Minister, and who might succeed her

January 20, 2023 07:24 IST

One of the youngest world leaders, Jacinda Ardern was often seen as a star proponent of the centre-left ideology. The country is set to go to polls on October 14 this year. Who might succeed her? Take a look.

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Pakistani journalist linked to ‘Bajwa leaks’ gets bail: What is the case?

January 20, 2023 07:04 IST

An Islamabad sessions court has granted bail to Shahid Aslam, the journalist arrested for his alleged part in leaking personal tax data of former Pakistan Army Chief General Bajwa

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Is China pivoting away from ‘wolf-warrior diplomacy’?

January 20, 2023 07:03 IST

Political analysts say the appointment of a new Chinese foreign minister may reflect Beijing's attempt to soften its foreign policy approach and warm up to Western diplomats – or restrengthen itself against US rivalry.

Bill in US House to revoke Pakistan’s Major Non-NATO Ally status: What are its objectives?

January 19, 2023 07:33 IST

The Bill was introduced by Andy Biggs, a Congressman who is a member of the Republican Hindu Caucus. What exactly does the Bill say? How does a 'Major Non-NATO Ally' designation help a country? We explain.

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Why are health workers protesting in Spain?

January 19, 2023 07:39 IST

Amid the protests in Madrid, the regional government has responded by saying that they are motivated by the 'political interests of left-wing parties'.

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Why Israelis are protesting a proposed judicial overhaul

January 19, 2023 07:11 IST

Ever since Justice Minister Yariv Levin, in the first week of January, unveiled his proposal to overhaul the country’s legal system, large protests have taken place across Israel.

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Has Shehbaz Sharif really sued for peace with India? Here’s what to make of Pakistan PM’s statement

January 18, 2023 08:20 IST

As Shehbaz Sharif has drawn in a third country to which Pakistan is beholden for periodic economic bailouts and whose relationship with India can be described as excellent, his comments would appear to hold more significance than routine statements about wanting peace with India.

Christine Lambrecht, German defence minister

Why Germany’s defence minister Christine Lambrecht had to resign

January 17, 2023 15:54 IST

Lambrecht’s resignation has come at a crucial moment as Germany is set to meet defence ministers of other Western powers at an American military base to discuss support for Ukraine in its war against Russia.

The British aren’t the only ones with royal drama. A look at some of the world’s other messy monarchies

January 17, 2023 11:14 IST

Britain doesn't have a monopoly on royal dirty laundry. Behold, four other messy monarchies that have also been engaged lately with dysfunction, disorder and high drama of their own.

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Why the World Economic Forum summit is held in Davos, and other interesting facts about the event

January 17, 2023 06:23 IST

Why is Davos the annual venue for the WEF? Why is Eknath Shinde in a controversy over Davos? What is the point of the annual meeting? The Indian Express explains.

Nepal Plane Crash, Nepal

Why did Nepal plane crash in fair weather?

January 16, 2023 17:45 IST

Home to eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, Nepal has a history of air crashes. According to the Safety Matters Foundation's data, there have been 42 fatal plane crashes in Nepal since 1946.

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Plane crash in Pokhara kills 68: Why there is a history of such incidents in Nepal

January 16, 2023 09:02 IST

Nepal plane crash: The country has had a long and unfortunate history of plane crashes. We explain some of the reasons behind this.

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68 killed in Nepal air crash: What happened?

January 16, 2023 07:44 IST

The crashed airplane was a 15-year-old twin-engine ATR 72 aircraft operated by Nepal's Yeti Airlines, flying from Kathmandu to Pokhara, and at least five Indians were on board

Alireza Akbari executed by Iran: Who was the British-Iranian, and what was the case against him?

January 14, 2023 13:51 IST

Alireza Akbari, a British-Iranian national who served in Iran's defence ministry, has been executed by Tehran. Here are details about him and his case.

Protestors carrying a coffin of a deceased person during Peru's deadly protests

Peru protests: What is happening and why?

January 13, 2023 16:49 IST

More than 40 people have died in the fiercest protests in Peru in over 20 years

Chief of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov attends an annual meeting of the Defence Ministry Board in Moscow, Russia, December 21, 2022.

Who is Russia’s new war commander Gerasimov and why was he appointed?

January 13, 2023 09:12 IST

By putting Gerasimov in direct command, Putin can send a signal to the West about his determination to win the war.

Ali Reza Akbari

Why Alireza Akbari, a former Iranian defence official, is facing execution on charges of spying

January 13, 2023 07:16 IST

Alireza Akbari was living in the UK and was once the deputy defence minister in Iran. What led to the charge that he was spying for Britain? We explain.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, being sworn in as the Governor of Arkansas, US.

US state Arkansas bans ‘Latinx’ from govt documents: Why is the term contentious?

January 13, 2023 06:53 IST

Arkansas bans the use of “Latinx” in government documents: What is the meaning and history of the term's usage? We explain.

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