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Egypt sentences 75 to death, hundreds to jail over 2013 sit-in

REUTERS   CAIRO An Egyptian court on Saturday issued death sentences for 75 people, including prominent Islamist leaders, and jailed more than 600 others over a 2013 sit-in which ended with the killing of hundreds of protesters by security forces. The sentencing concluded the mass trial of some 700 people accused of offences including murder and inciting violence during the ... Read More »

Indian-origin persons among 15 indicted in US call centre scam

IANS   WASHINGTON Fifteen people, including some of Indian-origin, and five India-based call centres have been indicted in a multi-million call centre scam that victimised thousands of people in the US. Seven people were arrested on Thursday in the US for their alleged involvement in the scam that victimised over 2,000 people, resulting in over $5.5 million in losses, the ... Read More »

Japan toll rises to 35 after powerful quake

AFP   TOKYO The death toll from a powerful quake that triggered landslides in northern Japan rose to 35 Saturday, as tens of thousands of rescue workers raked through the mud for survivors. The majority of the dead are from the small rural town of Atsuma, where a cluster of dwellings were wrecked when a hillside collapsed from the force ... Read More »

Developed countries urged to honour Paris Agreement

IANS BANGKOK A joint platform of developing countries on Saturday called on the developed nations to make a greater commitment towards honouring the Paris Agreement during the Climate Change Conference being held in the Thai capital. The platform, which brings together around 20 countries including Bolivia, Ecuador, Cuba and Venezuela, called for respecting the vital and delicate balance reached in ... Read More »

Pakistan to open Kartarpur border crossing with India

PTI   Islamabad Pakistan will soon open the Kartarpur border crossing with India for Sikh pilgrims to visit a historic gurdwara there without visas, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said, according to a media report on Friday. Chaudhry said a system was being developed for Sikhs to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur and “soon some forward movement is expected”. ... Read More »

British Airways travellers’ credit card details hacked

AP   London Hackers obtained the credit card details of some 3,80,000 British Airways travellers during a two-week data breach this summer that leaves the customers vulnerable to financial fraud, the airline says. BA’s CEO, Alex Cruz, said Friday that enough data was stolen to allow criminals to use credit card information for illicit purposes, and that police are investigating. ... Read More »

India’s decision to decriminalise gay sex sparks debate in Singapore

PTI   Singapore The Supreme Court’s decision to decriminalise gay sex in India has sparked a debate in Singapore with the Minister for Law and Home Affairs K Shanmugam saying the society has to decide which direction it wants to go on an issue related to social values. The Supreme Court on Thursday decriminalised part of the Section 377 of ... Read More »

Toll from Japan quake rises to 18 as hopes fade for survivors

AFP Tokyo Japanese rescue workers with bulldozers and sniffer dogs scrabbled through the mud Friday to find survivors from a landslide that buried houses after a powerful quake, as the death toll rose to 18. Around 22 people are still unaccounted for in the small northern countryside town of Atsuma, where a cluster of dwellings were wrecked when a hillside ... Read More »

Race to find survivors after deadly Japan quake, landslides

AFP   Tokyo Rescuers scrabbled through mud for survivors Thursday after a powerful earthquake sent hillsides crashing down onto homes in Japan, killing at least nine people and leaving dozens of people missing. As many as 30 are feared buried beneath the earth and rubble of multiple, large-scale landslides that struck sparsely populated countryside on the northern island of Hokkaido ... Read More »

South Sudan judge convicts 10 troops for 2016 rampage

AP   Juba A military judge in South Sudan on Thursday sentenced 10 soldiers to jail for a 2016 rampage in which a local journalist was killed and five international aid workers were gang-raped. The case was widely seen as a test of South Sudan’s ability to hold its soldiers to account during the five-year civil war here, and diplomats ... Read More »