Myanmar security forces kill four in latest anti-coup protests

Myanmar’s ruling military junta warned on Friday that pro-democracy protesters risked being shot in the head or back as activists called for a huge show of defiance against the generals on the country’s Armed Forces Day on Saturday. Troops killed four more people in demonstrations on Friday, adding to a reported death toll of more… Read More Myanmar security forces kill four in latest anti-coup protests

Five dead as Bangladeshi police clash with protesters over visit of India’s President Narendra Modi

At least five people were killed and dozens injured in police gunfire in eastern Bangladesh on Saturday, a hospital doctor said, as security forces tried to quell protests against the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Hundreds of students from madrasas, or Islamic religious schools, clashed with police and border troops in the eastern… Read More Five dead as Bangladeshi police clash with protesters over visit of India’s President Narendra Modi

Thailand approves quarantine waiver for vaccinated tourists

Thai authorities on Friday agreed to allow foreigners inoculated against the coronavirus to travel to its biggest holiday island without undergoing quarantine, and announced a new order for five million more doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine. With arrival numbers plummeting this past year, tourism-reliant Thailand is racing to secure vaccines for its population and reopen the… Read More Thailand approves quarantine waiver for vaccinated tourists

Thirty-two dead, dozens injured following train collision in central Egypt

At least 32 people were killed and 165 injured when two trains collided in central Egypt on Friday, health ministry officials said, as the prime minister admitted the country’s rail network urgently needed modernising. “Unknown individuals” triggered the emergency brakes on one of the trains causing it to stop, the rail authority said. The second… Read More Thirty-two dead, dozens injured following train collision in central Egypt

New Zealand’s Catholic Church formally apologises to sexual abuse survivors

New Zealand’s Catholic Church formally apologised on Friday to the survivors of abuse within the church and said its systems and culture must change. Cardinal John Dew, who is the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Wellington and Metropolitan of New Zealand, made the apology at the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care on behalf of the… Read More New Zealand’s Catholic Church formally apologises to sexual abuse survivors

China imposes retaliatory sanctions on UK organisations and individuals

China sanctioned organisations and individuals in the United Kingdom on Friday over what it called “lies and disinformation” about Xinjiang, days after Britain imposed sanctions for human rights abuses in the western Chinese region. The Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement it sanctioned four entities and nine individuals, including lawmakers such as former Conservative… Read More China imposes retaliatory sanctions on UK organisations and individuals

At least five dead, houses destroyed as tornadoes hit Alabama

Several powerful tornadoes tore through northern Alabama on Thursday, killing at least five people, injuring dozens of others and destroying entire neighborhoods. The five confirmed fatalities were in Ohatchee, a town of about 1,200 people in the northwestern corner of the state where a twister ripped apart homes and downed trees and power lines, according… Read More At least five dead, houses destroyed as tornadoes hit Alabama