Pakistan fires 12 police officers for not protecting Hindu temple

Pakistani authorities have sacked a local police chief and 11 other policemen for failing to protect a Hindu temple that was set on fire and demolished last month by a mob led by hundreds of supporters of a religious party, police said. The 12 policemen were fired on Thursday over acts of “cowardice, irresponsibility and negligence” for not trying to stop the mob when it attacked the temple, with some having fled the scene. The regional government in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also suspended 33 other police officers for a year as punishment, provincial police chief Sanaullah Abbasi said. The punishments come … Continue reading Pakistan fires 12 police officers for not protecting Hindu temple

NYC bendy bus left dangling from overpass in Bronx

At least eight people have been injured in New York City after a bus plunged from an overpass on to a road below. New York City Fire Department tweeted an image of the articulated bus dangling from the overpass in the Bronx district on Thursday evening. The rear section was still on the overpass while the nose of the front section was on the access road below. The bus driver was among those injured, officials said, and is reported to be in a serious condition, the cause of the accident is not clear. Continue reading NYC bendy bus left dangling from overpass in Bronx

Mexico says won’t pursue charges against ex-defence minister

Mexico will not pursue criminal charges against Salvador Cienfuegos, the attorney general’s office said in a statement on Thursday, despite accusations by prosecutors in the United States that the former defence minister had collaborated with a major drug cartel. In November, a federal judge granted a US government request to drop drug charges against Cienfuegos and return him to Mexico, which called it a move that would restore trust in the neighbours’ severely strained security ties. The attorney general’s office said its analysis of the evidence showed Cienfuegos “never had any encounters with members of the criminal organisation investigated by … Continue reading Mexico says won’t pursue charges against ex-defence minister

Dozens killed in suspected rebel attack in eastern DR Congo

At least 46 civilians are reported to have been killed in an attack by suspected rebel fighters on a village in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, a senior provincial official said on Thursday. Local security forces have been dispatched to the village in Irumu territory to investigate, provincial Interior Minister Adjio Gidi said by phone. “The death toll as of this afternoon is reported to be 46,” Gidi said, he said the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) were behind the raid. The Ugandan armed group is believed to have carried out a string of massacres in the eastern DRC, … Continue reading Dozens killed in suspected rebel attack in eastern DR Congo

Update: Sulawesi hospital among collapsed buildings in Indonesia earthquake

Rescuers are searching through the rubble of a partially-collapsed Indonesian hospital after a deadly earthquake struck the island of Sulwesi, leaving at least 30 dead. The 6.2-magnitude quake on Friday morning came just hours after an earlier, smaller tremor. Hundreds of people were injured and thousands displaced by the quake. Indonesia has a history of devastating earthquakes and tsunamis with more than 2000 killed in a 2018 Sulawesi quake. Local media have reported that six patients and their families were trapped when parts of the Mitra Manakarra hospital in the town of Mamuju collapsed. Arianto, from the rescue agency in Mamuju … Continue reading Update: Sulawesi hospital among collapsed buildings in Indonesia earthquake

Update: Four still in custody in Belgium as Interior Minister condemns riots

Four people, including two minors, remained in custody in Belgium on Thursday after violent demonstrations held the day before over the death of a young black man in police custody. Three of the individuals were being held on suspicion of arson, while the fourth has been accused of rebellion. Police detained a total of 116 people at Wednesday’s protest in Brussels, which grew violent after beginning as a largely peaceful movement. According to a police statement, several people, including police officers, were injured in clashes as between 50 and 100 people threw projectiles at the authorities, set fires, and damaged … Continue reading Update: Four still in custody in Belgium as Interior Minister condemns riots

Australia rebukes Google for blocking local content

The Australian government has urged Google to focus on paying for Australian content instead of blocking it, after media reports said Australian news websites were not showing up in searches, Google confirmed it was blocking the sites for a small number of users. The search engine said it was conducting experiments to determine the value of its service to Australian news outlets. Google, Facebook and other tech companies are fighting the Australian government over plans to make them pay for news content. Google said the tests affect about 1% of Australian users, and will be finished by February. “The digital … Continue reading Australia rebukes Google for blocking local content

Buildings destroyed as deadly quake hits Indonesia’s Sulawesi

At least seven people have been killed and hundreds injured after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck and toppled buildings in Indonesia’s Sulawesi island in the early hours of Friday morning, the country’s disaster mitigation agency said. The epicentre of the quake was six kilometres (3.73 miles) northeast of the city of Majene, at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles), North of Majene. More than a dozen patients and staff are trapped beneath the rubble of a hospital that was flattened by the quake. “The hospital is flattened, it collapsed,” said Arianto from the rescue agency in Mamuju city, who … Continue reading Buildings destroyed as deadly quake hits Indonesia’s Sulawesi

Houston Rockets star joins Brooklyn Nets in three-team deal

Houston Rockets have traded star player James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets, just a day after he criticized team-mates in a post-match rant. Harden, the top scorer in the NBA for the past three seasons, will join the Nets in a deal involving three teams. The 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player and an eight-time all-star, Harden, 31, had been reportedly looking for a move after growing frustrated at Houston. They are second bottom in the Western Conference with just three wins. The three-team deal also involves the Cleveland Cavaliers – as part of the trade, Brooklyn centre Jarrett Allen and … Continue reading Houston Rockets star joins Brooklyn Nets in three-team deal

Australia to kill pigeon that survived 13,000km journey from US

A racing pigeon survived an extraordinary 13,000-kilometre (8,000-mile) journey in the Pacific Ocean, crossing from the United States to find a new home in Australia, but authorities now consider the bird a quarantine risk and plan to kill it. Melbourne resident Kevin Celli-Bird said on Thursday he discovered the exhausted bird in his back yard on December 26. It had disappeared from a race in the US state of Oregon on October 29. Joe’s feat has attracted the attention of the Australian media but also of the notoriously strict Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service. Celli-Bird said quarantine authorities called him … Continue reading Australia to kill pigeon that survived 13,000km journey from US

North Korea parades new missile

North Korea displayed what appeared to be a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) at a parade on Thursday night, state media reported, marking the end of a political congress at which leader Kim Jong Un admitted severe failings but pledged to boost the country’s military might. Clad in a black leather coat, gloves and fur hat, Kim smiled and waved as he watched the parade in a flood-lit Kim Il Sung Square. “The world’s most powerful weapon, submarine-launch ballistic missiles, entered the square one after another, powerfully demonstrating the might of the revolutionary armed forces,” state news agency KCNA reported, … Continue reading North Korea parades new missile

Europol confirms world’s largest dark web marketplace has been taken offline

Law enforcement agencies from multiple countries have teamed up to take down what Europol is calling the “world’s largest” illegal marketplace on the dark web. DarkMarket had almost 500,000 users when it was taken offline. It had over 2,400 sellers and hosted 320,000 transactions wherein US$171 million worth of cryptocurrency had changed hands. According to Europol’s announcement, vendors mainly used the marketplace to sell drugs, counterfeit money and credit card details, malware and anonymous SIM cards. In addition to Europol, law enforcement agencies from Germany, Australia, Denmark, Moldova, Ukraine, the United Kingdom (the National Crime Agency) and the USA (DEA, FBI, and … Continue reading Europol confirms world’s largest dark web marketplace has been taken offline