Police investigating explosion in Sri Lankan town of Pugoda

An explosion occurred in a town east of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, on Thursday but there were no casualties, a police spokesman said. Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said police were investigating the blast on empty land behind the magistrate’s court in Pugoda, 40 km (25 miles). “There was an explosion behind the court, we are… Read More Police investigating explosion in Sri Lankan town of Pugoda

Gunmen fatally shoot female polio vaccinator in Pakistan

Gunmen shot and killed a female polio vaccinator on Thursday, the fourth this week in the latest surge of violence against efforts to rid the world of the crippling childhood disease, an official said. Polio workers have come under attack in some parts of the word including Pakistan where hardline clerics and militants say the… Read More Gunmen fatally shoot female polio vaccinator in Pakistan

Three dead as Cyclone Kenneth lashes Comoros, heads to Mozambique

Violent winds of up to 140 kph (87 mph) lashed the East African island nation of Comoros overnight, killing three people, authorities said on Thursday, as Cyclone Kenneth swept toward flood-battered Mozambique. In Comoros, the winds caused widespread power outages in the northern part of the main island, Grande Comore, and the capital Moroni as… Read More Three dead as Cyclone Kenneth lashes Comoros, heads to Mozambique

Zipline launches delivery of vaccines, blood and drugs across Ghana using drones

Hundreds of drones will begin delivering life-saving vaccines, blood and medicines to patients in Ghana this week in the largest scheme of its kind, the global vaccine alliance GAVI said on Wednesday. Medics will place orders by text message when supplies run dry, said GAVI chief executive Seth Berkley. Drones will then fly in from… Read More Zipline launches delivery of vaccines, blood and drugs across Ghana using drones

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives Russia for meeting with President Vladimir Putin

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in the Russian city of Vladivostok on Wednesday for a summit he is likely to use to seek support from President Vladimir Putin while Pyongyang’s nuclear talks with Washington are in limbo. The armored train carrying Kim, on his first official visit to Russia, pulled into the quayside… Read More North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives Russia for meeting with President Vladimir Putin

Turkish security forces arrest Islamic State member, foil attack on ANZAC commemoration servie

Turkish authorities have arrested a suspected Islamic State member they believe was planning to attack a World War One commemoration at Gallipoli this week attended by hundreds of Australians and New Zealanders, police said on Wednesday. The suspect, a Syrian national, was detained in Tekirdag, a northwestern province close to the Gallipoli peninsula, a Tekirdag… Read More Turkish security forces arrest Islamic State member, foil attack on ANZAC commemoration servie

Dozens dead as heavy rains trigger flooding, mudslides in South Africa

Rescue workers were digging through collapsed buildings along South Africa’s eastern coast, where more than 50 people were killed when heavy rain caused flooding and mudslides, authorities said on Wednesday. Hundreds have been displaced, mainly in the port city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal province. Flooding also killed at least three people in Eastern Cape province,… Read More Dozens dead as heavy rains trigger flooding, mudslides in South Africa

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena fires police chief, defense secretary following Eater Day attacks

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has asked the police chief and defense secretary to quit following the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed 359 people, two sources close to the president said on Wednesday. The sources declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter amid accusations… Read More Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena fires police chief, defense secretary following Eater Day attacks