Train strikes wedding party
At least 10 people were killed in a northwestern town after a train hit a wedding party van at an unguarded crossing, officials said on Monday. The Dhaka-bound train hit the van in Ullahpara, about 145km from the capital, as 14 people were returning home from a wedding ceremony, local Police Chief Koushik Ahmed said. The crash occurred as the van crossed without noticing the approaching train, leaving eight people dead, including the bride and groom. “Another two died in the hospital and the rest were injured,” he said.
Threats shut radio station
The head of a local radio station in eastern Ghazni Province said that it was forced to shut down after repeated threats from the area’s Taliban commander. Ramez Azimi, director of the Samaa station in the city of Ghazni, said that he received telephone calls as well as written warnings purportedly from the Taliban commander. Azimi said that the Taliban, who control several districts in the province, threatened them because three of the station’s 16 employees are women. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied that the insurgents had threatened the station.
Cybersecurity lifts fund 37%
One of the country’s best-performing funds this year invests in upcoming US technology stocks at the forefront of fighting cybercrime. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management’s Cybersecurity Fund has returned 37 percent this year, beating almost all peers, after shares of top picks surged. The fund invests in everything from online identity-management firms to cloud-based security providers. “It’s been a real big hit,” company senior fund manager Ting Li said. “It’s an investment theme with the potential for very high returns.”
EU rebuke on Cyprus panned
EU decisions to curb contacts and funding for the country over its drilling for gas and oil off Cyprus would not affect its determination to continue energy activities in the region, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday, adding that the EU’s failure to mention Turkish Cypriots in its decisions, taken on Monday, “showed how biased and partisan the EU is on the subject of Cyprus.” The EU suspended negotiations on the Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement and agreed not to hold the Association Council and further meetings of high-level dialogues for the time being. The government does not recognize Cyprus as a state and claims 44 percent of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone as its own, according to Cyprus government officials.
Scores decry civilian’s death
Scores of demonstrators yesterday night took to the streets in a Khartoum district to protest the killing of a civilian allegedly by paramilitary forces the previous day. Riot police looked on as a crowd waved national flags and chanted revolutionary slogans in the capital’s eastern district of Burri, a hotbed of protests since demonstrations first erupted in December, witnesses said. The civilian was killed in unrest when residents gathered in el-Souk to demand that members of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces leave the town, according to residents and doctors close to the protest movement. The paramilitaries allegedly opened fired at the demonstrators.
Cocoa truck catches fire
A busy stretch of highway had to be shut down after a truck carrying 17 tonnes of cocoa caught fire, authorities said on Monday. The fire started when the truck was on the A14 autobahn near the town of Grabow, between Berlin and Hamburg, police said. The driver escaped unharmed, but all of the cocoa was destroyed in the flames, they said. The northbound lanes of the A14 were temporarily shut down, but photographs from the scene indicate hot chocolate did not spill onto the autobahn.
Trump digs in on tweets
Defiant in the face of widespread criticism, President Donald Trump renewed his belligerent call on Monday for four Democratic congresswomen of color to get out of the country “right now,” cementing his position as the most willing leader in generations to stoke the discord that helped send him to the White House. “It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me,” Trump said at the White House. “A lot of people love it, by the way.” There was near unanimous condemnation from Democrats for Trump’s comments and a rumble of discontent from a subset of Republicans — but notably not from the party’s congressional leaders.
Poison mushrooms kill five
Authorities on Monday said five people have died and two more were sickened after gathering wild mushrooms and eating them. The health department in Chiapas State said the deaths occurred in two separate incidents. The first case killed three members of a family in the town of Huixtan, near the colonial town of San Cristobal de las Casas, last week. Another relative survived and was being treated. Two members of another family died in the same area on Sunday, and one woman survived. State officials have issued warnings encouraging inexperienced mushroom gatherers to get advice before eating fungi.
‘Preppers’ accused of abuse
A Florida couple described as “doomsday preppers” has been accused of sexually and physically abusing adoptive twins who escaped and reported them. Mirko and Regina Ceska were on Friday arrested on charges including sexual assault and neglect. Wakulla County Sheriff officials said the couple had custody of the two women. The women told authorities they were forced to raise livestock, sheer sheep and use a loom. They said the couple had properties across the country stocked with food and weapons in case of disaster. According to a Facebook post, the sheriff’s office said the women were not allowed to talk in public, were beaten with a metal rod and fed little food.
Governor urged to resign
Thousands of people on Monday demonstrated demanding the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello following the leak of a group text chat, in which he and other officials made obscene, sexist and homophobic remarks about political opponents and others, including pop star Ricky Martin, local media reports said. At nightfall police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators in the capital San Juan who shouted “Ricky corrupto” in a third day of protests which also questioned Rossello’s handling of the Hurricane Maria emergency and the island’s financial crisis. “We want him arrested, him and his wife jailed for stealing money from the people of Puerto Rico,” protester Tatiana Gomez told the local newspaper Primera Hora.
EVOLVING SITUATION: Of the latest cases, 23 percent were found to be asymptomatic, but the coronavirus strain in Da Nang is more contagious, authorities said A COVID-19 outbreak that began in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang more than a week ago has spread to at least four city factories with a combined workforce of about 3,700, state media reported yesterday. Four cases were found at the plants in different industrial parks in the central city that collectively employ 77,000 people, the Lao Dong newspaper said. Vietnam, praised widely for its decisive measures to combat the novel coronavirus since it first appeared in late January, is battling new clusters of infection having gone for more than three months without detecting any domestic transmissions. Authorities yesterday reported one new
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
‘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
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