Eleven dead, sixteen injured as rival cartels clash in Mexican border city of Juarez

Hundreds of Mexican soldiers were sent to the border city of Juarez Friday after a prison face-off between members of two rival cartels caused a riot and shootouts that killed 11 people, most of them civilians, authorities said. Los Chapos, members of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel formerly led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, and local… Read More Eleven dead, sixteen injured as rival cartels clash in Mexican border city of Juarez

Paraguayan Vice President Hugo Velazquez announces resignation following corruption allegations

Paraguayan Vice President Hugo Velazquez on Friday said he would resign and withdraw his candidacy for the presidency, after being blacklisted by the United States for alleged “significant” acts of corruption. Velazquez denied the accusation but said that, to protect his party, he would submit his resignation next week. “I speak with the calm that… Read More Paraguayan Vice President Hugo Velazquez announces resignation following corruption allegations

Twelve dead, six injured following mass shooting in western Montenegro

Twelve people including a gunman were killed in a mass shooting in Montenegro on Friday, according to local media reports, while another six were injured. Police at the scene in the western Montenegrin city of Cetinje declined to comment on the incident. The media reports said a man from Cetinje had opened fire at random… Read More Twelve dead, six injured following mass shooting in western Montenegro

Novelist Salman Rushdie hospitalised following stabbing incident in New York

Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born novelist who spent years in hiding under death threats from Iran because of his writing, was stabbed in the neck onstage at a lecture in New York state on Friday and airlifted to a hospital, police said. He was alive and “getting the care he needs,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul… Read More Novelist Salman Rushdie hospitalised following stabbing incident in New York

South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol grants presidential pardon to Samsung heir Jay Y. Lee

South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol pardoned Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee on Friday, with the justice ministry saying the business leader was needed to help overcome a “national economic crisis”. The pardon is largely symbolic, with Lee already out on parole after serving 18 months in jail for bribery in a scandal that… Read More South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol grants presidential pardon to Samsung heir Jay Y. Lee

Prominent Afghan cleric Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani killed in bomb attack in Kabul

A prominent Taliban cleric, Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani, was killed in an attack in a seminary in Kabul when the attacker detonated explosives hidden in a plastic artificial leg on Thursday, according to officials and Taliban sources. “Very sadly informed that respected cleric (Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani) was martyred in a cowardly attack by enemies,” said Bilal… Read More Prominent Afghan cleric Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani killed in bomb attack in Kabul

Sierra Leone imposes nationwide curfew following anti-government protests

At least two police officers and one civilian died after a day of anti-government protests in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, staff at the city’s main mortuary said on Wednesday. Sierra Leone’s government previously said there had been deaths, but did not say how many, as protesters threw rocks and burned tyres in the streets out… Read More Sierra Leone imposes nationwide curfew following anti-government protests