Myanmar releases over 9,000 prisoners to mark New Year amnesty

Myanmar began releasing more than 9,000 prisoners on Wednesday, with many drug offenders among the first to walk free, but just two political detainees, after the president declared an amnesty on the first day of the traditional New Year. President Win Myint said 9,535 local prisoners, and 16 foreigners, had been pardoned in a gesture… Read More Myanmar releases over 9,000 prisoners to mark New Year amnesty

Former Peru president Alan Garcia dies after shooting self as police attempts to arrest him

Peru’s former president Alan Garcia died in a hospital in Lima on Wednesday, hours after shooting himself in the head to avoid arrest in connection with a bribery probe, authorities said on Wednesday. Garcia, who had six adult children, was 69. A skilled orator elected president twice, first as a firebrand leftist and then as… Read More Former Peru president Alan Garcia dies after shooting self as police attempts to arrest him

Ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir moved to high-security prison

Deposed ex-Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been moved to Khartoum’s grim high-security Kobar prison from the presidential residence, family sources said on Wednesday, and transitional military rulers announced steps to crack down on corruption. Sudan’s military ousted Bashir after weeks of mass protests that climaxed in a sit-in outside the Defense Ministry compound. Protests are… Read More Ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir moved to high-security prison

Suspected jihadist arrested as Spanish police foil attack plans in Seville

Anti-terrorism police foiled a planned attack in Seville, leading to the arrest of a jihadist suspect in Morocco, Spanish police said on Wednesday. Police were raiding the suspect’s flat in the southern Spanish city. The operation was coordinated between Spain and Morocco, they said in a statement. Spanish news website El Confidencial cited unnamed sources… Read More Suspected jihadist arrested as Spanish police foil attack plans in Seville

Three dead, scores missing as boat sinks in eastern Congo

About 150 people are missing after a boat sunk on a lake in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, President Felix Tshisekedi said on Tuesday. “I am very saddened by the shipwreck of a pirogue on (Monday) April 15 on Lake Kivu. The provisional toll is 150 people missing,” Tshisekedi said on his office’s Twitter account.… Read More Three dead, scores missing as boat sinks in eastern Congo

University of Minnesota student files lawsuit against JD.com founder Richard Liu for sexual assault

A University of Minnesota student who said she was raped last August by Richard Liu, the chief executive officer of China’s e-commerce retailer JD.com Inc, filed a civil lawsuit against him in a Minneapolis court on Tuesday, nearly four months after prosecutors declined to press criminal charges. Liu, through his lawyers, maintained his innocence throughout… Read More University of Minnesota student files lawsuit against JD.com founder Richard Liu for sexual assault