South Asia and Beyond

Ashwin Ahmad

Traveller, bibliophile and wordsmith with a yen for international relations. A journalist and budding author of short fiction, life is a daily struggle to uncover the latest breaking story while attempting to be Hemingway in the self-same time. Focussed especially on Europe and West Asia, discussing Brexit, the Iran crisis and all matters related is a passion that endures to this day. Believes firmly that life without the written word is a life best not lived. That’s me, Ashwin Ahmad.

Japan Jolted By Second Major Quake This Year Measuring 6.0

Japan was hit by a second major earthquake this year on the Eastern Coast of Honshu on Thursday. Locals report say that though there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries after the quake, the epicentre which measured 6.0 had a depth of 40 kilometres (25 miles) ensuring the quake was also felt in […]Read More

Russia Warns France That Sending Western Troops To Ukraine Will ‘Create Problems’

Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu issued a warning to his French counterpart Defence Minister Sebastien Lecornu that if Paris persisted in insisting on sending a French military contingent to Ukraine it would “create problems for itself.” The warnings come after President Macron’s statement in February where he said that the possibility of sending Nato troops […]Read More

South Africa’s Parliamentary Speaker Faces Arrest For Corruption

South Africa’s parliamentary speaker is now facing arrest after a court found her guilty over corruption charges on Tuesday. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who is a senior member of the ruling African National Congress party, is accused of receiving bribes from a defense contractor while she was defense minister. According to an Africa News report, she received […]Read More

Congo Names First Female Prime Minister Amid Escalating Violence

Congo has announced the country’s first female prime minister Judith Suminwa Tuluka. She was appointed on Monday by DRC President Felix Tshisekedi. The appointment comes after the former prime minister Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde resigned. He had been appointed in October 2021 to form the current government. The resignation comes as Congo face pressure to engage […]Read More