A brutal heatwave has hit Pakistan. With daily temperatures hitting 50 degrees Celsius in some parts of the country, the scorching heat wave has transformed several cities into hell on earth. It has destroyed crops and icesheets much faster than previously anticipated. Officials have also warned of acute water shortage and the country is now staring at a major food crisis. Pakistan is now ranked the 6th most vulnerable country on the planet and its Ministry of Climate Change estimates that climate change could cost the country anywhere from $7 billion to $10 billion a year in disaster response alone, never mind the massive losses in economic activities caused by intense heat.
Russia has said that it carried out deadly strikes against Ukrainian forces in Ukraine’s southern Mykolaiv region and eastern Kharkiv region. According to Russian separatists, over 60 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in Luhansk in the last 24 hours. Ukraine said that the Russians attacked the civilian population using aircraft, rocket systems, artillery, and Grad and Uragan MLRS. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s deputy PM Iryna Vereshchuk said that the first train with evacuees from Donetsk had arrived in Kropyvnytsky.
Angry over U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Taiwan visit, China rolled out curbs on the import of fruit and fish from the Island Nation while halting shipments of sand. The trip by Pelosi, who is second in line to the presidency and the highest-profile elected U.S. official to visit Taiwan in 25 years, has ignited a diplomatic firestorm. China also summoned U.S. envoy in Beijing to rebuke him over U.S.' actions.
As war in Ukraine enters the 6th month, Kyiv is wary of a possible faltering of support from its western allies. Besides military goals, Putin is also focusing on finding ways to curb western assistance to Kyiv. Experts have cited a variety of reasons that could force the west to slowly stop providing aid to Ukraine. Experts say economic issues, energy supplies, and western will to help Kyiv will have a big impact on the outcome of the war. Will economy, energy crisis force the US-led West to abandon Kyiv?
After weeks of tracking and planning, the U.S. CIA assassinated notorious Al-Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahiri over the weekend in Kabul. The U.S. reportedly used macabre Hellfire R9X, a warhead-less missile believed to be equipped with six razor-like blades extending from the fuselage that slices through its target but does not explode. Watch this video to find out how the CIA identified and killed world's 'deadliest' terrorist.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is on his first European tour since the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. The West, that had come together to criticise MBS in 2018, is now courting him. Why? Because Europe and the U.S. need oil. Palki Sharma tells you more.
She's the face of the new generation of politicians. 27-year-old Senator Fatima Payman is the youngest senator in Parliament, and she's created history by becoming the first hijab-wearing Muslim in the Australian Parliament.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is the most powerful alliance in the world. Some of the reasons countries do or do not join are straightforward. But others are downright bizarre. This video explains them all, including how the pyramid schemes and the word "North" kept two countries out for years.
26-year-old Manisha Ropeta is making heads turn in male-dominated Pakistan. Manish Ropeta has become Deputy Superintendent of Police, first woman from the minority Hindu community in Pakistan to hold the position. She is currently under training and will be posted in the crime-infested area of Lyari in Sindh province. Manisha said, “From childhood, I and my sisters have seen the same old system of patriarchy where girls are told if they want to get educated and work it can only be as teachers or doctors.” Watch this video to know more about Manisha Ropeta's inspirational journey.
The heads of MI5 and FBI came together for a historic press conference on July 6. The heads of the most secretive organisation came together to warn against the threat of China. The two heads pointed out that while the west is currently concentrating on Russia, the real threat is China. In this episode of Decode, we examine the claims made by the head of the FBI and MI5.