HK court keeps 47 democracy activists in custody

HONG KONG: A Hong Kong court on Thursday ordered all 47 pro-democracy activists charged under a Beijing-imposed national security law to be kept in custody after the Department of Justice appealed an initial decision to grant bail to 15 of them. Thirty-two of the activists were denied bail outright. The next court hearing is on May 31. The activists were charged with conspiracy to commit subversion under the security law and detained on Sunday over their involvement in an unofficial primary election last year that authorities said was a plot to paralyze Hong Kong’s government.

4 IS militants killed in airstrike in Iraq

BAGHDAD: Four militants of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group were killed on Wednesday in an airstrike in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, a provincial police source said. Based on intelligence reports, the Iraqi army’s helicopter gunships bombed an IS hideout near the city of Jalawla, some 135 km northeast of Baghdad, leaving four IS militants killed, Alaa al-Saadi from the provincial police told the Xinhua news.

Indian expat from Sharjah wins Rs 24 cr in Big Ticket draw

DUBAI: Indian expat Shivamurthy Krishnappa, living in Sharjah, is the latest Dh12 million (around Rs 24 crore) ticket winner. His winning ticket number — 202511 – was bought on February 17, the Gulf News reported. Krishnappa was excited as he watched the draw live from home. When the host Richard called him on his mobile, an elated Krishnappa said: “I am watching the live draw. Thank you so much. I cannot believe I have won.” The Indian expat, who hails from Shimoga district in Karnataka said he wants to build a house from the winning money.