“Some western countries have accused Iran of helping the war in Ukraine by providing drones and missiles to Russia. The part about drones is correct, we did provide a limited number of drones to Russia in the months before the start of the war in Ukraine,” Amirabdollahian told reporters in Tehran. The last shipment of weapons from Iran to Russia included about 450 drones, officials said, which the Russians have already used to deadly effect in Ukraine. Amirabdollahian claimed Tehran had reached an agreement with Ukraine to review evidence that Russia had used Iranian drones in the war. “Of course, if it is proven that Russia used Iranian drones in the war against Ukraine, we will not remain indifferent to this issue,” Amirabdollahian said.
[Source: BBC News]Brazil is back, president-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has told rapturous crowds at the UN climate summit COP27 in Egypt. Article continues after advertisementNations are meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh to discuss tackling climate change. Former environment minister in Brazil Isabella Teixeira told BBC News that “the world” is now “embracing Brazil at COP27”. Reflecting the challenges at home, Lula told the summit there was just one Brazil and he would govern for all. “Climate a complicated problem, Lula has ambitious pledges and we will face disappointments because of the political situation in Brazil,” he said.9 days ago FBC News
[Source: CNN]Several people who were once close to the artist formerly known as Kanye West told CNN that he has long been fascinated by Adolf Hitler — and once wanted to name an album after the Nazi leader. A business executive who worked for West, who now goes by Ye, told CNN that the artist created a hostile work environment, in part through his “obsession” with Hitler. The executive told CNN that West spoke openly about reading “Mein Kampf,” Hitler’s 1925 autobiographical manifesto and expressed his “admiration” for the Nazis and Hitler for their use of propaganda. Four sources told CNN that West had originally suggested the title “Hitler” for his 2018 album that eventually released as “Ye.” They did not want to be named, citing concern for professional retribution. “I already heard him say that stuff before at TMZ,” Lathan said during an episode of the “Higher Learning” podcast earlier this month.29 days ago FBC News
[Source: BBC]Australia have released a collective statement against Qatar’s human rights record, becoming the first 2022 World Cup team to do so. The video message criticises the World Cup hosts’ treatment of migrant workers and LGBTQ+ people. The video, which features 16 players, calls for “effective remedy” for migrant workers and the decriminalisation of same-sex relationships. The 16 Australia players involved in the video include captain Mat Ryan, Sunderland defender Bailey Wright, Hearts’ Kye Rowles and Alex Wilkinson, the president of players’ union Professional Footballers Australia who last represented the Socceroos in 2015. Group opponents Denmark have also made a protest against human rights abuses in the middle-east state by wearing a ‘toned down’ jersey for the World Cup.1 month ago FBC News
Cows infected with lumpy skin disease in the western state of Rajasthan. [Photo Credit: BBC News]Misinformation about a viral disease that infects cattle is spreading on social media in India. Lumpy skin disease has already infected over 2.4 million animals and has led to over 110,000 cattle deaths in India, according to latest data from the government. In reality, lumpy skin disease is not a zoonotic disease – which means it is not naturally transmissible from animals to humans. In a 2017 report, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) confirmed that lumpy skin disease does not affect humans.1 month ago FBC News
Mr Sunak opened a diaspora meeting in London in August with traditional greetings [Source: CFIndia]The headlines in India about Rishi Sunak say it all. Of course it’s the nationalists who are most elated and appear keen on claiming Mr Sunak through his faith. In August, Mr Sunak opened a campaign event comprising a largely British Indian gathering in north London with traditional greetings. The fact that these individuals succeeded in an alien environment is a matter of particular pride,” Mr Tripathi says. Mr Sunak was educated at an elite school and went to Oxford and Stanford.1 month ago FBC News
The late Leslie Phillips [Source: Bang Showbiz]Leslie Phillips has died at aged 98. His wife Zara, 63, said: “I’ve lost a wonderful husband and the public has lost a truly great showman. Born Leslie Samuel Phillips in 1924, Leslie was the third child of a working-class family, with his dad Fred a factory employee who died at age 44 from the fume-filled conditions. Leslie married actress Penelope Bartley in 1948 and they had two sons and two daughters. At the time of Penny’s death, Leslie was starring in a play in Australia and did not return to the UK.17 days ago FBC News
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The Conservative Party hastily ordered a contest that aims to finalize nominations Monday and install a new prime minister — it’s third this year — within a week. Article continues after advertisementSunak, 42, was runner-up after Truss in this summer’s Tory leadership race to replace Johnson after he was forced out by a string of ethics scandals. Sunak has the backing of at least 124 Conservative lawmakers, according to unofficial tallies compiled by British news organizations. Dozens among Britain’s 357 Conservative lawmakers have not yet publicly declared whom they are backing to replace Truss.1 month ago FBC News