New Zealand Labour renegade MP Gaurav Sharma is set to learn his fate at a hastily convened caucus meeting.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called together her MPs for an online partyroom meeting at 2.
Rudy Giuliani, former US president Donald Trump's personal lawyer who helped lead challenges to the 2020 election results, says he is a target in a criminal probe in Georgia examining attempts by Trump and his allies to overturn the election.Giuliani is scheduled to testify on Wednesday before a special grand jury in Fulton County, encompassing most of Atlanta, after a judge ordered him to comply with a subpoena.
An Iranian official denied Tehran was involved in the stabbing of author Salman Rushdie, though he sought to justify the attack in the Islamic Republic's first public comments on the bloodshed.The remarks by Nasser Kanaani, the spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, came three days after Rushdie was wounded in New York state.
Nicholas Evans, the British author who penned the bestselling novel "The Horse Whisperer," has died aged 72.United Agents said Evans died "suddenly" on August 9 following a heart attack.
Kenya's elections chief has declared Deputy President William Ruto the winner of a tight presidential race but some senior election officials disowned the result, fuelling fears of widespread violence like that seen after previous disputed polls.Hailing the electoral commission as "heroes" after he was declared the winner on Monday, Ruto said: "There is no looking back.
Ukrainian and Russian-installed officials have reported shelling near Europe's largest nuclear power plant, with both sides blaming each other days after the world nuclear watchdog warned of disaster if the fighting does not stop.Russia and Ukraine have traded accusations this month regarding the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine, which dominates the south bank of a vast reservoir on the Dnipro River.
US stocks rose on Monday with megacap growth shares, extending the market's recent rally amid investor optimism the Federal Reserve can achieve a soft landing for the economy.6 per cent, while Microsoft Corp rose 0.
The death toll in a fireworks storage explosion in Armenia's capital has risen to six, officials say, as rescuers combed through wreckage hunting for victims.A powerful blast tore through a fireworks depot at a popular market in Armenia's capital on Sunday, setting off a massive fire that sent a towering column of thick smoke over the centre of Yerevan.
The Dutch court handling the murder trial of four suspects in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014 says it will hand down its verdict on November 17.Prosecutors say the one Ukrainian and three Russian defendants, who are all at large, helped supply a missile system that Russian-backed separatists used to fire a rocket at the plane on July 17, 2014.
Britain has become the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine that targets both the original and Omicron variant of the coronavirus.The UK medicines regulator (MHRA) approved the so-called bivalent vaccine made by US drug company Moderna as a booster for adults.
A court in military-ruled Myanmar has sentenced deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi to six years in prison after finding her guilty in four corruption cases.The 77-year-old Nobel laureate and figurehead of Myanmar's opposition to military rule has been charged with at least 18 offences ranging from graft to election violations, carrying combined maximum jail terms of nearly 190 years.
China's has carried out more exercises near Taiwan as a group of US lawmakers visited the Chinese-claimed island and met President Tsai Ing-wen, who said her government was committed to maintaining stability.The five US lawmakers, led by Senator Ed Markey, arrived in Taipei on an unannounced visit late on Sunday, the second high-level group to visit following that of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi in early August, which set off several days of Chinese war games.
The Taliban has marked a year in power but celebrations have been muted as Afghanistan struggles with rising poverty, drought, malnutrition and fading hope among women that they will have a decisive role in the country's future.Some people fired celebratory gunshots in the air in Kabul on Monday and Taliban fighters gathered, waving the group's black and white flag to mark a year since they marched into the capital after a stunning series of battlefield victories.
An Iranian government official has denied that Tehran was involved in the assault on author Salman Rushdie, in remarks that were the country's first public comments on the attack."We, in the incident of the attack on Salman Rushdie in the US, do not consider that anyone deserves blame and accusations except him and his supporters," Nasser Kanaani, the spokesman of Iran's foreign ministry, told reporters on Monday.
India will aim to become a developed nation within 25 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said in a national day address, with policies to support domestic production in power, defence and digital technology.Speaking from the 17th-century Red Fort in New Delhi as India celebrates its 75th year of independence from British colonial rule, Modi on Monday exhorted youth to "aim big" and give their best years for the cause of the country.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has pledged to never again wage war on the anniversary of Japan's World War II surrender, while members of his cabinet marked the date with visits to a controversial shrine, moves set to anger China and South Korea.With the Yasukuni Shrine seen as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, Tokyo's ties with China are already particularly strained this year after Beijing conducted unprecedented military exercises around Taiwan following the visit there by US House
New Zealand is making a fresh deployment of 120 troops to support Ukraine's defense.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand Defence Force personnel would head to the United Kingdom beginning this week to help train Ukrainian soldiers as the fight rages in the war against Russia.
Israel has struck Iranian targets in a series of strikes near the ancestral home region of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, and close to Russia's main Syrian bases on the Mediterranean coast.The Syrian army earlier said three servicemen were killed and three were wounded in two simultaneous Israeli attacks south of the province of Tartous, and another on the capital of Damascus.
The US Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have warned law enforcement agencies of an increase in threats following a search of former president Donald Trump's Florida home Mar-a-Lago last week.DHS confirmed to Reuters it had sent a bulletin on Friday on the threats, but declined to share it.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is convening a special caucus meeting to decide on the future of a rogue MP who has attacked senior Labour figures, suggesting widespread bullying in the party.Late last week, Gaurav Sharma, Labour's Hamilton West MP, went public with bombshell allegations of bullying and wrongdoing by the Parliamentary Service.
Kenya's peaceful presidential election was briefly disrupted when riot police responded to scuffles at the national tallying centre amid tensions over the close results.An agent for longtime opposition leader and candidate Raila Odinga announced from the lectern that the tallying centre was the "scene of a crime" before calm was restored late on Saturday.
Ukrainian forces have reported heavy Russian shelling and attempts to advance on several towns in the eastern region of Donetsk that has become a key focus of the near six-month war, but said they had repelled many of the attacks.The General Staff of Ukraine's armed forces also reported Russian shelling of more than a dozen towns on the southern front - particularly the Kherson region, mainly controlled by Russian forces, but where Ukrainian troops are steadily capturing territory.
An electrical fire swept through an Egyptian Coptic Christian church during Mass, causing a stampede and killing at least 41 people.The blaze started during a Sunday morning service in the Abu Sifin church in the city of Giza where about up to 1,000 people had gathered.
Salman Rushdie, the acclaimed author who was stabbed repeatedly at a public appearance in New York state, 33 years after Iran's then-supreme leader called for him to be killed, is off a ventilator and his health is improving."He's off the ventilator, so the road to recovery has begun," his agent, Andrew Wylie, wrote in an email to Reuters.
A delegation of US lawmakers has arrived in Taiwan for a two-day trip during which they will meet President Tsai Ing-wen, the second high-level group to visit while there are military tensions between the self-ruled island and China.Beijing, which claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory, has conducted military drills around the island after US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taipei on August 2.