Six dead following landslide at illegal gold mine in Indonesia

Rescue teams in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province searched for survivors on Thursday after a landslide in an illegal gold mining area killed six people, the search and rescue agency said. Teams comprised of police, military and the local disaster agency deployed heavy machinery to help the search in the village of Buranga after the landslide… Read More Six dead following landslide at illegal gold mine in Indonesia

India, Pakistan agree to cross-border ceasefire in disputed Kashmir region

The militaries of India and Pakistan said in a rare joint statement on Thursday that they had agreed to observe a ceasefire along the disputed border in Kashmir, having exchanged fire hundreds of times in recent months. The nuclear-armed neighbours signed a ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Kashmir region in… Read More India, Pakistan agree to cross-border ceasefire in disputed Kashmir region

Russian court sentences man to eight years imprisonment on espionage charges

A Russian court sentenced a man to eight years in prison on Thursday after finding him guilty of state treason for allegedly handing over secrets to China, the TASS news agency reported. Vladimir Vasilyev, 52, was arrested in Russia’s eastern Siberian Zabaykalsky region that borders Mongolia and China in August 2019. He pleaded guilty to… Read More Russian court sentences man to eight years imprisonment on espionage charges

Facebook bans Myanmar military from all its platforms with immediate effect

Facebook on Thursday said it had banned the Myanmar military from using its Facebook and Instagram platforms with immediate effect, as weeks of mass demonstrations continue in the Southeast Asian country after the military seized power. “Events since the February 1 coup, including deadly violence, have precipitated a need for this ban,” Facebook said in… Read More Facebook bans Myanmar military from all its platforms with immediate effect

Turkish court sentences jet company executive, two pilots over role in escape of former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn

A Turkish court convicted an executive of Turkish jet company MNG and two pilots for migrant smuggling over their role in flying former Nissan Motor Co Ltd Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan during his escape to Lebanon just over a year ago. The court sentenced them to four years and two months jail, although… Read More Turkish court sentences jet company executive, two pilots over role in escape of former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn

German court sentences Islamic State recruiter Abu Walaa to over ten years imprisonment

A German court on Wednesday sentenced an Iraqi preacher to more than 10 years in prison after finding him guilty of taking part in planning an attack in Germany and collecting funds and fighters for the Islamic State militant group. Prosecutors had accused the 40-year-old preacher, identified as Ahmad Abdulaziz Abdullah A. in court documents,… Read More German court sentences Islamic State recruiter Abu Walaa to over ten years imprisonment

Ghana receives first delivery of coronavirus vaccines through COVAX programme

The World Health Organization’s global vaccine-sharing scheme COVAX delivered its first COVID-19 shots on Wednesday, as the race to get doses to the world’s poorest people and tame the pandemic accelerates. Almost a year after the WHO first described the novel coronavirus as a global pandemic, a flight carrying 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine… Read More Ghana receives first delivery of coronavirus vaccines through COVAX programme

Myanmar foreign minister flies to Thailand for diplomatic talks as protests against coup persists

Myanmar’s military-appointed foreign minister flew into Thailand on Wednesday, a Thai government source said, as Myanmar’s neighbours intensified efforts to resolve a crisis that began when its army seized power in a February 1 coup. The minister, Wunna Maung Lwin, arrived for talks on diplomatic efforts by the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN),… Read More Myanmar foreign minister flies to Thailand for diplomatic talks as protests against coup persists