India opposition MPs seek Adani probe as group losses top $100bn | Business and Economy News

Indian opposition lawmakers have demanded an investigation into Adani Group, as the crisis surrounding tycoon Gautam Adani’s embattled empire deepened, with market losses topping $100bn after a United States short seller accused it of pulling “the largest con in corporate history”. A session of the lower house of India’s Parliament was adjourned amid loud protests … Read more

Pakistan’s economy is on the brink

Islamabad/London CNN — Muhammad Radaqat, a 27-year-old greengrocer, is worried. He doesn’t know how much an onion will cost next week, let alone how he’ll be able to afford the fuel he needs to heat his home and keep his family warm. “All we’re being told by the government is that things are going to … Read more

Russian missile wrecks apartment block, killing 3, as EU leaders visit Kyiv

Zelenskiy gives gloomy assessment on Russian offensive in east Russian strike destroys apartment building; 4 dead – officials Lavrov says Russia will respond to long-range rocket deliveries European Commission chief in Kyiv to discuss Ukraine’s EU bid Zelenskiy vows more anti-corruption measures KYIV, Feb 2 (Reuters) – A Russian missile destroyed an apartment building in … Read more

US military to get expanded military base access in the Philippines

CNN — The US military will gain access to four more bases in the Philippines under an agreement announced as US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Manila on Thursday. In addition, the two allies said projects at five bases already covered in the 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) were almost completed. The EDCA allows … Read more

Former Wagner commander: ‘I am sorry for fighting in Ukraine’

Former Wagner commander escaped Russia to Norway 26-year-old took part in the fighting near Bakhmut Says he was scared of being executed by his own side Wants to testify about crimes in Ukraine OSLO, Feb 1 (Reuters) – A former commander of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group who fled to Norway told Reuters he wanted to … Read more

Myanmar junta extends emergency as coup anniversary marked by ‘silent protest’

Junta extends state of emergency, says elections must be held ‘Current situation is under unusual circumstances,’ acting president says Streets deserted in some Myanmar cities for silent protest Protesters hold rallies in Thailand and the Philippines Feb 1 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta extended the country’s state of emergency by another six months, the acting president … Read more

As China and Russia get “closer” and Beijing invests in nuclear weapons, NATO focuses on new “friends”

Tokyo — China’s growing assertiveness and collaboration with Russia poses a threat not only to Asia but also to Europe, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday as he sought stronger cooperation and more “friends” for NATO in the Indo-Pacific region. Stoltenberg said China is increasingly investing in nuclear weapons and long-range missiles without providing transparency … Read more

Russia presses ahead with Donetsk campaign; Ukraine wants fighter jets

Town of Bakhmut comes under renewed fire -Ukraine military Zelenskiy confers with top defense officials US prepares $2.2 billion weapons package for Ukraine KYIV, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Russian forces are making incremental gains in their push to take territory in Ukraine’s eastern province of Donetsk, focusing on the town of Bakhmut north of the … Read more

Hong Kong is criminalizing CBD as a ‘dangerous drug’ alongside heroin

Hong Kong CNN — Two years ago, cannabidiol was booming in Hong Kong. The compound, known as CBD, was popping up in cafes, restaurants and stores, with businesses eager to join an exciting new market already well-established in countries around the world. That all came to an end on Wednesday, when CBD was criminalized in … Read more

Pakistan mosque bombing survivors traumatized but undeterred | News

Peshawar, Pakistan – Naib Rehman lies on his hospital bed with his leg wrapped in plaster. The 44-year-old recalls that as he stood for the afternoon prayer along with 300 other worshippers, a massive blast shook the mosque in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 100 people, most of them policemen, were killed … Read more