Top 10 world news: Sudan coup, Former spy calls Saudi prince a 'psychopath' and more

WION Web Team
New Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Oct 25, 2021, 09:14 PM IST

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Here are the top 10 stories from across the world

German officials have expressed concern over Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's threat to expel ambassadors from NATO allies, including the United States as they demanded the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala, adding that they did not receive any communication from the government.

Meanwhile, a former Saudi spy has made sensational claims against Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, describing him as a psychopath and a killer.

In other news, research has found that rapid thawing of permafrost, which covers around 23 million square kilometres in the northern hemisphere,  can potentially release antibiotic-resistant bacteria and unknown viruses.

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Sudan's General Fattah al-Burhan declared a state of emergency as soldiers arrested cabinet members. He said, "We guarantee the armed forces' commitment to completing the democratic transition until we hand over to a civilian elected government."

A top spy for Saudi Arabia has made sensational claims about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, calling him a 'psychopath' and a 'killer. The former spymaster also claimed that the crown prince sent mercenaries to kill him when he was living in exile in Canada.

Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, has warned that if Israel attacks Iran, it would face severe economic consequences.

A study has found that the rapid thawing of permafrost in the Arctic has the potential to release antibiotic-resistant bacteria and unknown viruses. Additionally, radioactive waste from cold war nuclear reactors and submarines can also be released.

A recent report indicates that in just a year, Alibaba has lost $344 billion in market capitalisation, the largest ever decline in shareholder value.

Frances Haugen, the Facebook whistleblower, will testify before MPs and peers scrutinising the online safety bill. Haugen said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had not shown any willingness to protect the public from the harm his company has caused.

Following a joint patrol of Russian and Chinese warships in the Pacific, Japan said Russian ships had entered the Sea of Japan after passing through the Tsushima Strait. 

Oklahoma state representative Mauree Turner who identifies as "non-binary" has complained about the Republican Governor of Oklahoma Kevin Stitt's claim that "non-binary sex" doesn't exist. Turner claims the governor's views "adamantly oppose" her existence. 

Germany expressed concern following Erdogan's threat to expel ambassadors from ten countries and added that no notification had been received from the government.  

The colourist who was working for DC Comics has announced that he has quit the job due to changes made to characters. This comes after DC recently announced Man of Steel's son would have a new motto and will be bisexual.