Breaking News: Hong Kong court jails prominent activists for 8 to 18 months over 2019 protest

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, founder and owner of Apple Daily newspaper, is seen handcuffed and escorted by guards leaving Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre on December 12, 2020. A Hong Kong court has sentenced several of the city’s leading pro-democracy campaigners to between 8 and 18 months in prison over their roles in unauthorized assemblies at the height of the 2019 protests. Among those sentenced was Jimmy Lai, who founded the pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper. Lai received 12 months in prison for his involvement in a peaceful protest on August 18. Also headed to prison are former lawmakers “Longhair” … Continue reading Breaking News: Hong Kong court jails prominent activists for 8 to 18 months over 2019 protest

Update: 8 people killed in shooting at Indianapolis FedEx facility; suspect also dead

At least eight people were killed after a gunman opened fire at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis late Thursday, police said. Multiple other people were transported to hospital with injuries, police said. The shooting was reported at the FedEx facility shortly after 11 p.m. and officers arrived to an active shooter incident, police spokeswoman Officer Genae Cook told reporters. She said the gunman killed himself at the scene. A search found eight people deceased with injuries consistent with gunshot wounds, she added. That number does not include the gunman. Cook said it was too early to tell if the shooter … Continue reading Update: 8 people killed in shooting at Indianapolis FedEx facility; suspect also dead

France urges citizens to leave Pakistan amid anti-French protests

France has urged all its citizens in Pakistan to leave the country temporarily amid violent anti-French protests across the country. The country’s embassy in Pakistan warned of “serious threats to French interests in Pakistan”, saying protests were increasing nationwide. Two police officers died this week in renewed clashes with protesters. The protests were sparked months ago after France defended the right to show cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. In October last year, French President Emmanuel Macron strongly defended freedom of expression after the beheading of a teacher who showed such cartoons during a class discussion. This prompted anger in parts … Continue reading France urges citizens to leave Pakistan amid anti-French protests

Developing Story: Several people shot at FedEx site, gunman dead

Multiple people have been shot at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis in the United States and the suspected gunman has killed himself, police said. Indianapolis police spokeswoman Genae Cook told reporters early on Friday that when police arrived at the scene late on Thursday, officers observed an active shooting incident at the facility – a FedEx site on Mirabel Road, Indianapolis. The facility is located close to the international airport. “We have multiple people with injuries consistent with gunshot wounds,” Cook said, adding that there were others who have been transported to various hospitals throughout the area. She added that … Continue reading Developing Story: Several people shot at FedEx site, gunman dead

Only in the USA: Students disciplined over ‘slave trade game’

A group of school students in Texas have been disciplined for setting up a “Slave Trade” messaging group that assigned prices to their black peers. Messages shared on the Snapchat app at a school in Aledo said one student was worth a dollar and another “100 bucks”, the New York Times reported. The school district conducted an inquiry and found “racial harassment and cyber bullying” had occurred. But some parents accused authorities of failing to respond appropriately. School students at the Daniel Ninth Grade Campus in Aledo had posted messages on a group Snapchat that was reportedly labelled with terms … Continue reading Only in the USA: Students disciplined over ‘slave trade game’

Honduran family who spent 3 years in Utah church in fear of deportation steps outside after ICE ruling

A Honduran immigrant woman and her two daughters, who spent three years trapped in a Utah church sanctuary while fearing deportation, stepped outside confidently Thursday. Vicky Chavez walked proudly out of First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City under a banner that read celebrate “FREEDOM.”Vicky Chavez celebrates Thursday as she steps outside First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City for the first time in 1,168 days, as church congregants cheered. “We have been waiting for this day for more than 39 months, and I’m here sharing with everybody that I’m free right now and I can’t believe it,” she told … Continue reading Honduran family who spent 3 years in Utah church in fear of deportation steps outside after ICE ruling

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez officially call off engagement: ‘We are better as friends’

 Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are officially calling it quits weeks after attempting to work through past issues. On Thursday morning, the two issued a joint statement, the news of Lopez and Rodriguez’s break up was first shared on TODAY. The news comes a few weeks after Lopez, 51, and Rodriguez, 45, announced that they were “working through some things” following news breaking that the two had ended their engagement in early March. “They never officially broke up and talked about it but are still together. They hit a rough patch. But were not broken up,” a source close to … Continue reading Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez officially call off engagement: ‘We are better as friends’

Mum and son, 4, ‘killed in drugs-debt’ house blaze

A mother and her four-year-old son were murdered in a house fire following a row over drugs debts, a court heard. Gina Ingles, 34, and her son Milo Ingles-Bailey died in July 2018 at their Eastbourne home. Ms Ingles’ partner Toby Jarrett was also injured. Andrew Milne and Jake Barnard are on trial at Lewes Crown Court charged with murder and attempted murder. John Tabakis is also on trial charged with perverting the course of justice. The court heard Mr Jarrett had woken at about 01:30 BST on 10 July 2018 to find the room of their home in Croxden … Continue reading Mum and son, 4, ‘killed in drugs-debt’ house blaze

Great News: Spain passes child abuse law backed by UK pianist

Spain’s parliament has approved new proposals to protect child victims of sexual abuse. Under the bill, which will now go to the Spanish Senate, survivors will be able to report abuse for up to 15 years after turning 35. Currently, the clock starts running from their 18th birthday. The vote followed a public campaign headed by British pianist and Spanish resident James Rhodes and a number of charities. The musician, who has spoken out about having been raped by a teacher while at school in the UK, described the law as “fantastic”. “This law is an enormous step – not … Continue reading Great News: Spain passes child abuse law backed by UK pianist

Rare white tiger born at Cuba’s Havana zoo

Zookeepers at Cuba’s National Zoo in Havana are celebrating the birth of four Bengal tiger cubs, among them, a rare white tiger. The birth of the four striped cubs on March 12 came after trying for 20 years to breed the endangered animals. The cubs were born to Fiona and her mate Garfield. “It was a normal birth. Everything went well and she’s now started to carry out her role as a mother,” said Angel Cordero, a tiger specialist at the zoo. “She’s a good mother.” The cubs have not yet been named and their genders were not announced. White … Continue reading Rare white tiger born at Cuba’s Havana zoo

China’s economy grows 18.3% despite Covid-19

China’s economy grew a record 18.3% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same quarter last year. It’s the biggest jump in gross domestic product (GDP) since China started keeping quarterly records in 1992. However, Friday’s figures are below expectations, with a Reuters poll of economists predicting 19% growth. They are also heavily skewed, and less indicative of strong growth, as they are compared to last year’s huge economic contraction. As a baseline, they use the first quarter of 2020, when China’s economy shrank 6.8% due to nationwide lockdowns at the peak of its Covid-19 outbreak. Other key … Continue reading China’s economy grows 18.3% despite Covid-19

Citigroup to exit consumer banking in 13 markets

Citigroup is closing its consumer banking operations in 13 markets across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The US banking group will instead run these operations from four hubs in Singapore, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates and London. It will continue to offer products to larger clients and institutions in these markets, its chief executive Jane Fraser said it “does not have the scale” to compete in these 13 markets. Citigroup will shut down consumer banking operations in Australia, Bahrain, China, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. “As a result of the … Continue reading Citigroup to exit consumer banking in 13 markets