Incidence & Issues

Melbourne car deaths: Four killed as driver strikes pedestrians

KALAHAN DENG Four people, including a young child, have died after a car deliberately hit pedestrians in central Melbourne, police say. At least 29 people were injured, among them a baby who is in a critical condition after the car hit a pram. Police say they rammed the car, shot the driver in the arm and arrested him. They say ...

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Pakistan vegetable market bomb kills 20 and injures 40

KALAHAN DENG At least 20 people have been killed and 40 wounded after a bomb exploded at a vegetable market in northwest Pakistan. The blast happened in the city of Parachinar, a mainly Shia Muslim area on the Afghan border. The market was full of shoppers when the device exploded. Officials said the death toll was expected to rise. A ...

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South China Sea: China media warn US over ‘confrontation’

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Blocking China from islands it has built in contested waters would lead to “devastating confrontation”, Chinese state media have warned. The angry response came after secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson said the US should deny Beijing access to new islands in the South China Sea. Two state-run papers carry editorials strongly criticising his comments. The ...

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Brazil prison riot: ‘At least 27 dead’ in Natal violence

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENGAt least 27 people have died during a 14-hour riot in a Brazilian prison, police said. The revised death toll is three times what was initially reported, and could increase further, the sources said. On Saturday afternoon, violence erupted between members of rival gangs at Alcacuz prison, starting a riot which lasted until a dawn raid the ...

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Six die in Mexico protests over 20% petrol price hike

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG One of those killed was a serving police officer who had tried to halt robberies at a petrol station. The government announced last month that it would stop subsidising petrol and prices would gradually increase through 2017. An increase of 20% came into force on 1 January. It brought the price of a litre of petrol ...

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Indian man who hid wife’s body in fridge jailed for life

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG An Indian man who murdered his French wife and hid her severed body in the refrigerator has been jailed for life. On Wednesday, a court in Thane, a Mumbai suburb, had convicted Girish Pote, 35, for the 2013 murder. The prosecutors told the court that Pote killed his wife Madhuvanti Pathak and chopped her body into ...

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A Buddhist Monk is critically ill after setting himself on fire

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A Buddhist monk is critically ill after setting himself on fire in protest at a 2015 deal between South Korea and Japan over wartime sex slaves. The 64-year-old man suffered third-degree burns and remains unconscious in hospital, officials say. He set himself alight during a protest against President Park Geun-hye and left a note accusing her ...

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Jerusalem lorry attack: Four Israelis soldiers killed

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Four people have been killed in Jerusalem by a Palestinian man who drove a lorry into a group of soldiers, in what police called a terror attack. Three women and one man, all in their twenties, were killed and 17 others were wounded, police said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the attacker, who was shot ...

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Greek ambassador to Brazil killed by wife’s lover, police say

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Police contend Greece’s ambassador to Brazil was killed by his wife’s lover — a military police officer — and the widow is being questioned in the crime, Brazil’s state-run Agencia Brasil news agency reported Saturday. Chief Evaristo Pontes, a police investigator in the Baixada Fluminense region, said Friday that Sergio Gomes Moreira Filho claimed he killed ...

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Sri Lanka protest over Chinese investment turns ugly

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Several people have been injured in southern Sri Lanka during a protest against allowing China to build a port and industrial zone. The plan envisages the eviction of thousands of villagers around Hambantota port, 240km (150 miles) south-east of the capital Colombo. Police used tear gas as the protest delayed a ceremony being attended by Prime ...

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