Bomb blasts kill at least 18
A self-defense fighter said twin bomb blasts have killed at least 18 at a mosque in the northeast of the country crowded with people observing pre-dawn prayers. The fighter was among rescuers who evacuated bodies while troops cordoned off the zone. He spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. Yesterday’s attack was the latest in a string of assaults blamed on Boko Haram Islamic extremists who have indiscriminately killed Christians and Muslims they accuse of not following their radical version of Shariah law. The fighter said there appeared to be only one suicide bomber although “we all heard two explosions” about 5am in a mosque in the Jiddari Polo area of Maiduguri, the biggest city in the northeast and the birthplace of Boko Haram.
Highway pile-up kills dozens
At least 42 people were killed yesterday morning when a bus and a truck collided on a highway in southwestern France, according to local officials. A police spokeswoman said the accident had taken place on the D17 secondary road near Puisseguin, about 55km east of Bordeaux. Sixty firefighters were reported to be at the scene. Five people were injured, and three survived the crash unharmed, according to the spokeswoman. President Francois Hollande said on Twitter that the accident had caused “many deaths” and that the government was “totally mobilized on this terrible tragedy.”
Five arrested over lynching
Authorities have arrested five people suspected of being part of a mob that lynched and burned two brothers in central Mexico, officials said on Thursday. Police are looking for four more suspects following Monday’s killing in the state of Puebla, Governor Rafael Moreno Valle told reporters. Federal and state police were deployed to the town of Ajalpan to take over security from the municipal force after it failed to prevent the lynching. The mob accused the two brothers of trying to kidnap children even though they insisted they were working in the town as pollsters. Local police took them to the station but the crowd stormed the building, took them out and beat them to death in a public space while onlookers took pictures. “This barbaric act happened in front of municipal authorities who were overwhelmed by the population,” Moreno Valle said. The bodies of the brothers were delivered to their family on Wednesday. “They killed the father of my two babies. It’s unforgivable. They killed good people,” said Elsa Garcia, wife of one of the victims. While lynchings have happened in several towns in Mexico in recent years, this case has drawn outrage as gruesome pictures of burning bodies were taken by witnesses and published by newspapers.
Henry Tong (湯偉雄) and Elaine To (杜依蘭) were preparing to spend their first wedding anniversary in separate prison cells until their acquittal for rioting during Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests. There were gasps and tears of relief in court on Friday last week as a judge declared prosecutors had failed to prove that the couple took part in clashes with police in July last year. The pair walked free in a ruling that has potential consequences for hundreds of other protesters facing similar charges. However, they have a long journey ahead as they try to rebuild their lives and business. “We have already been punished,”
WARNINGS OVER COMPLACENCY: The curves of new infections in numerous countries is climbing, while others see the the first new infections in months Spikes in COVID-19 infections in Asia have dispelled any notion that the region might be over the worst, with Australia and India yesterday reporting record daily infections, Vietnam fretting over a new surge and North Korea urging vigilance. Asian nations had largely prided themselves on rapidly containing initial outbreaks after the coronavirus emerged in central China late last year, but flare-ups this month have shown the danger of complacency. “We’ve got to be careful not to slip into some idea that there’s some golden immunity that Australia has in relation to this virus,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters. Australia recorded its
The Australian government yesterday said that it plans to give Google and Facebook three months to negotiate with media businesses fair pay for news content. In releasing a draft of a mandatory code of conduct, Canberra aims to succeed where other nations have failed in making tech firms pay for news siphoned from commercial media companies. Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said that Google and Facebook would be the first platforms targeted by the proposed legislation, but others could follow. “It’s about a fair go for Australian news media businesses, it’s about ensuring that we have increased competition, increased consumer protection and a sustainable
‘COVIDIOTS’: Politicians condemned the protest that came amid surging infections in the country, while a marcher said government-induced fear weakened the body Loudly chanting their opposition to masks and vaccines, thousands of people on Saturday gathered in Berlin to protest against COVID-19 restrictions before being dispersed by police. Police put turnout at about 20,000 — well below the 500,000 organizers had announced as they urged a “day of freedom” from months of virus curbs. Despite Germany’s comparatively low toll, authorities are concerned at a rise in infections over the past few weeks and politicians took to social media to criticize the rally as irresponsible. “We are the second wave,” shouted the crowd, a mixture of hard left and right and conspiracy theorists, as they converged