Tuesday , 21 May 2019

World News

Sweden considers reopening Assange rape probe

IANS Stockholm Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange can face a renewed probe into an allegation of rape in Sweden, following his arrest in London from the Ecuadorian embassy just days ago. Swedish prosecutors said they were examining the case at the request of the alleged victim’s lawyer. Lawyer Elizabeth Massi Fritz said she would do “everything we possibly can” to get ... Read More »

Trump plans to move illegal migrants to ‘sanctuary cities’

IANS Washington US President Donald Trump has threatened to release detained undocumented immigrants into so-called sanctuary cities, while blaming the country’s immigration laws on Democrats. “Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities only,” Trump wrote in a ... Read More »

New Jersey okays assisted suicide for terminally ill

IANS Washington New Jersey has legalised assisted suicide by enacting a law that will allow terminally ill individuals in the state the right to choose when they want to die. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed “the Aid in Dying for the Terminal Act” on Friday, which will go into effect on August 1, making New Jersey the seventh state ... Read More »

Kim says open to talks if US has ‘right attitude’

IANS Seoul North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said he is willing for another meeting with US President Donald Trump to reach an agreement on denuclearisation if Washington has the right attitude, the state media reported on Saturday. “If the US proposes holding a third North Korea-US summit with a right attitude and a right method, we have a willingness ... Read More »

Global court judges reject Afghanistan investigation

AP Brussels In a decision decried as a “devastating blow for victims,” International Criminal Court judges on Friday rejected a request by the court’s prosecutor to open an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan and alleged crimes by US Forces linked to the conflict. In a lengthy written ruling, judges said an investigation “would not serve ... Read More »

Tsunami warning lifted after strong quake hits off Indonesia

AFP Jakarta A strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia Friday, the United States Geological Survey said, triggering a tsunami warning and sending panicked residents fleeing from their homes. The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 17 kilometres off the east coast of Sulawesi island, the USGS said, where a 7.5-magnitude quake-tsunami around the city of Palu killed ... Read More »

China suspends website for black hole copyright

IANS Beijing Chinese authorities have suspended the website of the country’s largest stock images provider after it was found to have put its copyright mark on the first ever photo taken of a black hole, state-owned China Daily newspaper reported on Friday. Visual China Group (VCG) has been alleged to have published with its watermark the black hole photo soon ... Read More »

South Korea overturns abortion ban after 66 yrs

IANS Seoul South Korea’s Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday as “unconstitutional” a 66-year-old law that made abortion a crime punishable by up to two years in prison, calling for its amendment in a landmark decision that signals a major change in various aspects of society. The nine-justice panel made the ruling in a 7-2 vote, in response to a 2017 ... Read More »

Netanyahu looks to form right-wing government

AFP Jerusalem Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to form a right-wing governing coalition on Thursday after securing victory in a high-stakes Israeli election despite a strong challenge from a centrist alliance. The results from Tuesday’s vote came despite corruption allegations against the 69-year-old premier and kept him on course to become Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister later this year. The allegations ... Read More »

Sudan Army topples veteran leader Bashir

AFP Khartoum Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was ousted by the army on Thursday, brought down by months of anti-government protests against his three decades of iron-fisted rule. “I announce as minister of defence the toppling of the regime and detaining its chief in a secure place,” Defence Minister Awad Ibnouf said in a sombre televised address to the nation. A ... Read More »