Five climbers die on Russia’s Mount Elbrus

Five climbers died after a blizzard on Mount Elbrus, Europe’s highest peak, Russia’s emergencies ministry said Friday. Photo shows rescuers on Mount Elbrus after a group of climbers was struck by severe weather conditions while at an altitude of over 5,000 metres Thursday’s incident struck when a group of 19 climbers were at an altitude of over 5,000 metres (16,000 feet). Elbrus, located in Russia’s North Caucasus, is the highest mountain Europe at 5,642 metres (18,510 feet).  “Unfortunately, five people died,” the emergencies ministry said. The remaining 14 were taken down to the Azau valley below and the rescue was carried out … Continue reading Five climbers die on Russia’s Mount Elbrus

Dutch boy wins court battle for right to jab

A 12-year-old boy in the Dutch city of Groningen has won a court battle to get vaccinated against Covid-19 so that he can visit his dying grandmother, despite his father’s objections. A judge ruled the jab would reduce his chances of passing on any infection to the woman, who has advanced cancer. Vaccines have been approved for Dutch 12-17-year-olds but under-17s need the consent of both parents. Vaccine scepticism is increasing in the country. Judge Bart Tromp of Groningen District Court said that the boy should be vaccinated promptly because his interests were more important than the father’s concerns. Court … Continue reading Dutch boy wins court battle for right to jab

China brand sparks backlash for “welcome to hell” kid’s shirt

A popular Chinese clothing brand has apologised for producing a shirt for children with phrases such as “welcome to hell” and “let me touch you” on it. JNBY has pulled the item – which also features images of the Grim Reaper – after a mother’s online complaint went viral. She says her family bought it for her four-year-old son without understanding the meaning. It has emerged that JNBY has produced controversial clothing in the past. “Welcome to hell. Excuse me? Who are you welcoming?”, the mother wrote on social media platform Weibo. People have since shared photos of other controversial … Continue reading China brand sparks backlash for “welcome to hell” kid’s shirt

Indian police arrest 28 for suspected gang-rape of 15-year-old girl

Authorities in India are investigating a case where a 15-year-old girl was repeatedly gang-raped for around nine months, said local media reports. Police in the city of Mumbai have arrested 28 people in connection to the alleged rapes, which began in January. Local reports said it began when the girl’s boyfriend raped her and filmed the incident. He and his friends then reportedly used the recording to blackmail her into having sex with them. Authorities said the gang-rapes happened in different suburbs of Mumbai, including Dombivili, Badlapur, Murbad and Rabale. The girl finally reported the case to the police on … Continue reading Indian police arrest 28 for suspected gang-rape of 15-year-old girl

Taiwan scrambles jets as Chinese aircraft enter air defence zone

Taiwan’s air force has scrambled once again to warn off 19 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defence zone, according to its defence ministry, in the latest uptick in tensions across the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese aircraft included 12 J-16 fighters and two nuclear-capable H-6 bombers, the ministry said on Thursday. Last Friday, the ministry said that Taiwan’s air force warned away 10 Chinese aircraft that entered its air zone in a similar incident. It involved six J-16 and two J-11 fighters along with one anti-submarine and one reconnaissance aircraft, according to the ministry. Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained of repeated missions … Continue reading Taiwan scrambles jets as Chinese aircraft enter air defence zone

Foolish: Sri Lanka shaman dies of Covid-19 after touting ‘blessed’ water cure

A high-profile shaman who tried to end Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 outbreak with “blessed” water has died of the virus, according to his family. Eliyantha White, 48, who treated sports stars and top politicians, including the country’s prime minister, claimed in November he could end the pandemic in Sri Lanka and neighbouring India by pouring pots of his “blessed” water into rivers. Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi endorsed the water treatment, but was infected two months later and ended up in a hospital intensive care unit. She was later demoted and lost her portfolio, but remains in the cabinet. White attracted international attention … Continue reading Foolish: Sri Lanka shaman dies of Covid-19 after touting ‘blessed’ water cure

CIA removes Vienna station chief over handling of Havana syndrome cases: report

The CIA removed its Vienna, Austria station chief recently amid criticism the person did not take seriously a surge in mysterious “Havana syndrome” cases, the Washington Post reported Thursday.The US government, including the CIA and Pentagon, has ramped up staff to investigate and provide treatment for cases of “Havana syndrome” Dozens of cases affecting embassy staff and Central Intelligence Agency officers and family members have been reported in Vienna recently, but the unnamed station chief expressed skepticism and showed insensitivity, the Post said, citing intelligence sources. A CIA spokesperson declined to confirm or deny the report, but said the agency … Continue reading CIA removes Vienna station chief over handling of Havana syndrome cases: report

Catalan separatist Puigdemont arrested in Italy

Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont has been detained in Sardinia on a Spanish arrest warrant.Carles Puigdemont has been living in self-imposed exile in Belgium Spain has accused him of sedition, saying he helped organise an illegal independence referendum in 2017. Mr Puigdemont, the ex-president of the Spanish region of Catalonia, fled Spain after the vote. He now lives in Belgium and sits as an MEP. He is expected to appear in court on Friday, his lawyer says, and could be extradited. The 2017 referendum prompted a political crisis in Spain, with the Catalan regional parliament declaring independence from the country, … Continue reading Catalan separatist Puigdemont arrested in Italy

Vietnam delays reopening resort island over low vaccination rate

Vietnam has pushed back a plan to re-open the resort island of Phu Quoc to foreign tourists until November, after failing to meet targets for inoculating residents due to insufficient vaccine supplies, state media reported.Views from a beachside restaurant are seen at the Mango Bay resort in Phu Quoc island The Southeast Asian nation, which is currently shut to all visitors apart from returning citizens and investors, has been struggling to speed up inoculations to help contain a spike in Covid-19 cases driven by the Delta variant in recent months. Authorities had initially planned to allow vaccinated foreign tourists to … Continue reading Vietnam delays reopening resort island over low vaccination rate

Ex-head of Chinese liquor giant Moutai jailed for life for bribery

The former head of Chinese liquor firm Kweichow Moutai, the world’s most valuable spirits company, has been jailed for life for taking more than $17 million in bribes.Kweichow Moutai is the world’s most valuable spirits company Yuan Renguo, 64, was found guilty of accepting cash and properties worth more than 112.9 million yuan ($17.5 million) while working at Kweichow Moutai between 1994 and 2018, according to a court statement on Thursday. The court stripped Yuan, a former Communist Party cadre and local government advisory group member, of his political rights, and confiscated his personal property. Yang is the latest high-profile … Continue reading Ex-head of Chinese liquor giant Moutai jailed for life for bribery

What?:11-year-old boy pistol-whips man while helping his mom steal car

An 11-year-old boy is accused of repeatedly hitting a person in the head with a gun during a car-jacking incident Tuesday night in St Louis, according to authorities. Police said the boy was helping his mother while she stole a car from a driver. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said a 48-year-old man agreed to drive the woman and her son to a location in the Vandeventer neighborhood of the city on Tuesday night. The unidentified victim told police that shortly before arriving at the destination, the woman grabbed the car keys from the ignition while the boy struck him in the … Continue reading What?:11-year-old boy pistol-whips man while helping his mom steal car

Mexican host, husband reportedly flee country after embezzling $146 million

A Mexican television personality reportedly fled from authorities after she and her husband allegedly embezzled billions of pesos.  Inés Gómez Mont and her husband, Víctor Manuel, a lawyer, allegedly embezzled 3 billion pesos, the equivalent of $146 million from Mexico’s Ministry of the Interior between 2016 and 2017. Ines Gomez Mont A federal judge on Sept. 10 issued a warrant for the couple’s arrest, prompting them to flee the country before police could detain them. The Mexican Attorney General’s Office has requested assistance from Interpol on the case.  Mexican authorities believe the couple has fled to the United States, Mexican outlet TV Notas reported. A colleague told the outlet … Continue reading Mexican host, husband reportedly flee country after embezzling $146 million