UN finds torture, ill-treatment in Afghan prisons

Kabul, Apr 17: A UN report says around a third of all conflict-related detainees in Afghanistan report being subjected to torture or ill-treatment. UN officials interviewed a total of 618 detainees held in 77 facilities across the country between January 2017 and December 2018. The alleged torture included suffocation, electric shocks, pulling of genitals and […]

Japan professor may face 10 years jail for making students produce ecstasy

Japan professor may face 10 years jail for making students produce ecstasy

Tokyo, Apr 17: A Japanese university professor could face up to 10 years in jail after allegedly getting his students to produce ecstasy, officials said Wednesday, in an echo of TV hit series “Breaking Bad”. Authorities suspect the 61-year-old pharmacology professor from Matsuyama University in western Japan got his pupils to make MDMA — commonly […]

Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir in jail, protesters demand civilian Govt

  Khartoum, Apr 17: Sudan’s military rulers have transferred ousted president Omar al-Bashir to prison, a family source said Wednesday, as demonstrators keep up their sit-in outside the army complex calling for a swift transfer to civilian government. Following the dramatic end to Bashir’s rule of three decades last week, he was moved late on […]

Pressure from Sikh community forces Trudeau govt to take U-turn in poll year

Pressure from Sikh community forces Trudeau govt to take U-turn in poll year

Toronto, Apr 17: The Justin Trudeau government apparently removed references to Khalistani extremism in a report on terror threats to Canada because of a warning that leaders of the ruling Liberal Party wouldn’t be allowed to speak at parades marking Vaisakhi. Certain sections of the Sikh community had mounted pressure on the government over references […]

Myanmar pardons more than 9000 prisoners

Yangon, Apr 17: Myanmar began releasing more than 9,000 prisoners from jails on Wednesday, after the president announced an amnesty on the first day of the traditional New Year. President Win Myint said 9,353 prisoners, including 16 foreigners, had been pardoned “as a gesture of marking the Myanmar New Year, for the peace and pleasure […]

Pakistan releases another 100 Indian fishermen as goodwill gesture

Islamabad, Apr 14: Pakistan has released another 100 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture amidst tensions between the two countries after the Pulwama attack. The fishermen released were part the second batch of 360 Indian prisoners Pakistan has announced to set free in four phases this month. Pakistan had released first batch of 100 Indian […]

How closing Mexico border could hurt US

OVER THE last several days, US President Donald Trump has threatened to close the Mexico border as a measure to check illegal immigration. Last week, he tweeted: “… If for any reason Mexico stops apprehending and bringing the illegals back to where they came from, the U.S. will be forced to Tariff at 25% all […]

Naked Woman In US Arrested After Breaking Into Day-Care Centre

A naked woman was arrested Thursday morning after she broke into a Stafford, Virginia, day-care center, authorities said Sunday. Heaven Conner, 23, of Spotsylvania, had recently been released from Rappahannock Regional Jail when she broke into Kids on the Move Learning Center on Cambridge Street, the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office said. Two employees arrived at […]

Against the tide: Thai ‘floating temple’ defies coastal erosion

As sea waters slowly rose around his temple and his neighbours fled inland, Thai abbot Somnuek Atipanyo refused to budge and is today a symbol of the fight to restore the country’s fast-eroding coastlines. A dangerous combination of climate change, industrial farming and rapid urbanisation are endangering the Gulf of Thailand’s coasts, stripping away precious […]