Paraguay police seize cocaine worth about $500million hidden in charcoal shipment

Paraguayan police said on Tuesday that they had seized a record 2.3 tons of cocaine at a private port near Asunción, with a market value of around $500 million, hidden in a charcoal shipment destined for Israel. The anti-narcotics unit in charge of the operation reported that the total amount of drugs seized in the… Read More Paraguay police seize cocaine worth about $500million hidden in charcoal shipment

U.S. Justice Department files anti-trust lawsuit against Google

The U.S. Justice Department and 11 states filed an antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s Google on Tuesday for allegedly breaking the law in using its market power to fend off rivals. Google, whose search engine is so ubiquitous that its name has become a verb, had revenue of $162 billion in 2019, more than the… Read More U.S. Justice Department files anti-trust lawsuit against Google

Suspected Islamists attack prison, free hundreds of inmates in eastern Congo

Armed men freed more than 1,300 prisoners from a jail in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in a coordinated attack on Tuesday, the town’s mayor said, blaming an Islamist militant group operating in the area. Only 110 of 1,456 inmates, including a number of militia fighters, remained following the simultaneous early morning assaults on the… Read More Suspected Islamists attack prison, free hundreds of inmates in eastern Congo

New clashes impedes ceasefire agreement in Nagorno-Karabakh region

A ceasefire in the mountain territory of Nagorno-Karabakh was under severe strain on Tuesday after new clashes between Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces in their deadliest fighting since the 1990s. The ceasefire, agreed on Saturday, has had little impact on fighting that began on September 27, despite concerns it could spark a wider conflict involving… Read More New clashes impedes ceasefire agreement in Nagorno-Karabakh region

Sweden bans use of Huawei, ZTE equipment in 5G networks

Swedish regulators on Tuesday banned the use of telecom equipment from China’s Huawei and ZTE in its 5G network ahead of the spectrum auction scheduled for next month. The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) said here the setting of the licence conditions followed assessments by the Swedish Armed Forces and security service. European governments… Read More Sweden bans use of Huawei, ZTE equipment in 5G networks

France to confer nation’s highest honour on beheaded teacher Samuel Paty

Samuel Paty, the 47-year old history teacher beheaded by a suspected Islamist last week, will posthumously get France’s highest award, the “Legion d’Honneur”, education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer told BFM TV on Tuesday. Paty was murdered on Friday in broad daylight outside his school in a middle-class Paris suburb by an 18-year-old of Chechen origin. Police… Read More France to confer nation’s highest honour on beheaded teacher Samuel Paty

Thailand suspends online TV station over coverage of protests

A Thai court on Tuesday ordered the suspension of an online TV station critical of the government, which has accused it of violating emergency measures aimed at ending three months of protests. Voice TV had also been found to have breached the Computer Crime Act by uploading “false information,” digital ministry spokesman Putchapong Nodthaisong told… Read More Thailand suspends online TV station over coverage of protests

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear President Trump’s appeal against ruling on border wall funds

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal by President Donald Trump’s administration of a ruling that he overstepped his constitutional powers by diverting military funds to pay for his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. At issue is the legality of the president’s decision, after Congress refused to appropriate money he… Read More U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear President Trump’s appeal against ruling on border wall funds