Two injured, three missing following explosion on oil tanker in Russia

Three people were missing and two injured on Tuesday after a blast on an oil tanker caused a fire while it was pumping oil in the southern Russian port of Makhachkala, Russia’s Transport Ministry said. The port is functioning as normal despite the incident, the RIA news agency cited the Federal Agency for Maritime and… Read More Two injured, three missing following explosion on oil tanker in Russia

Five dead, hundreds of houses destroyed as torrential rain lashes China

Thousands of people have been stranded and at least five killed amid torrential rain throughout central and southern China, with authorities bracing themselves for at least another four days of downpours, state media reported on Tuesday. The official China Daily said floods had wiped out 10,800 hectares of crops and destroyed hundreds of houses in… Read More Five dead, hundreds of houses destroyed as torrential rain lashes China

British police arrests Pakistani politician Altaf Hussain in London over political speeches

British police arrested Pakistani politician Altaf Hussain in London on Tuesday as part of an investigation into speeches he gave as founder of a political party that ruled the megacity of Karachi for decades, media in Pakistan reported. London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement a man in his sixties had been arrested after a… Read More British police arrests Pakistani politician Altaf Hussain in London over political speeches

Indian court orders release of journalist detained over Twitter post

India’s top court on Monday ordered the release of a journalist arrested for a social media post about a Hindu nationalist state chief minister, in a case that highlighted growing concerns over free speech and media freedom. Prashant Kanojia, 26, was detained by plainclothes police last week after a tweet about a woman claiming to… Read More Indian court orders release of journalist detained over Twitter post

Nineteen dead, thirteen injured as assailants attack town in Burkina Faso

Unidentified assailants killed 19 people and wounded 13 in an attack on and around the town of Arbinda in northern Burkina Faso on Sunday, the government said. Hundreds of people have died in Islamist violence over the past months and more than 150,000 have been forced to flee as jihadist groups spreads across the arid… Read More Nineteen dead, thirteen injured as assailants attack town in Burkina Faso

Polish court orders Catholic Church to hand over files on paedophilia case

A Polish court has ordered church authorities to hand over to prosecutors classified files regarding a paedophilia case, in a rare example of a clash between the state and the powerful Catholic Church in deeply devout Poland. The order came two days before the Vatican’s leading sexual abuse investigator, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, was due to… Read More Polish court orders Catholic Church to hand over files on paedophilia case

Botswana court overturns same-sex law, decriminalizes homosexualiy

Botswana decriminalized homosexuality on Tuesday, with the High Court overturning a colonial-era law that punished gay sex by up to seven years in prison. Same-sex relationships are illegal in more than 70 countries worldwide; almost half of them in Africa, where homosexuality is broadly taboo and persecution is rife. “Discrimination has no place in this… Read More Botswana court overturns same-sex law, decriminalizes homosexualiy