Hardliners threaten to sink deal averting US default

US political leaders scrambled Tuesday to push through legislation to suspend the national debt limit and avert economic catastrophe as a growing conservative backlash threatened to sink the deal at its first major hurdle.  Congress has until Monday next week to green-light an agreement between Republicans and Democrats to allow more borrowing and ensure the … Read more

NATO deploys more forces, EU urges calm after Kosovo clashes

NATO said Tuesday it was deploying more forces to northern Kosovo after 30 of its peacekeepers were injured in clashes with ethnic Serb protesters, while the European Union called for an urgent de-escalation of tensions. The commander of the Allied Force Command in Naples, Admiral Stuart Munsch, said the move was a “prudent measure to … Read more

Beautiful English village locals driven mad by tourists peering in their homes

Downton Abbey fans appear to have forgotten that the people living in the setting for the hit TV show are not grossly underpaid extras, but are, in fact, real people. Residents of the tiny village of Bampton in Oxfordshire are complaining that they are sick of hordes of tourists peering through their windows, phones raised … Read more

Microsoft, British Council Collaborates To Upskill 4 Lakh Young Indians On Technology, English Language Skills

The ‘English Skills for Youth’ programme is especially significant considering the current employment landscape in India The ‘English Skills for Youth’ program will be integrated into rural engineering colleges that are already linked to Microsoft’s existing skilling projects The British Council and Microsoft India have come together for a ground-breaking partnership to enhance employment avenues … Read more

China launches mission with first civilian to space station

China sent three astronauts to its Tiangong space station on Tuesday, putting a civilian into orbit for the first time as it pursues plans to send a crewed mission to the Moon by the end of the decade. The world’s second-largest economy has invested billions of dollars in its military-run space programme in a push … Read more

More than 90 English primary schools to close or face closure for lack of pupils

More than 90 English primary schools – many of them in cities and towns – are to close or at risk of closure because they are more than two-thirds empty, according Guardian analysis of government data. A combination of falling birth rates and the urban exodus of young families in the face of rising housing … Read more

Zelensky thanks air defence after ‘most powerful’ attack on Kyiv

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday praised his country’s air defence forces, after the capital Kyiv saw the largest drone attack since the beginning of the Russian invasion. The overnight attack killed two people and wounded three others. The latest drone attack came as Russia has intensified aerial strikes on the capital this month, and … Read more

Somalia to introduce direct universal suffrage in 2024

Somalia’s government and federal member states said Sunday that direct universal suffrage would be introduced with local elections set for June 2024. The move follows a pledge by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in March to end a complex indirect system in place since 1969. “The basic principles should be that the election of the Federal … Read more

US debt deal faces tough sell in Congress to avoid default

Marathon crisis talks that produced a tentative deal to prevent a cataclysmic US debt default may yet prove the easy part of a process that turned Sunday to the fraught challenge of securing congressional approval. The agreement announced Saturday by President Joe Biden and Republican leader Kevin McCarthy offers a path back from the default … Read more

Between actress Funke Akindele and an ?English teacher?

Actress Funke Akindele gave a hilarious response to a Twitter user who ‘’corrected” her over her written English.    The actress had taken to her handle to celebrate Children’s day. She posted a childhood photo of hers and wrote; ‘’Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from Him’. Happy Children’s day … Read more

Erdogan seeks third decade of rule in Turkish runoff

Turkey voted Sunday in a historic runoff that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan entered as the firm favourite to extend two decades of his Islamic-rooted rule to 2028. The NATO member’s longest-serving leader defied critics and doubters by emerging with a comfortable lead against his secular challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu in the first round on May 14. … Read more