Indonesia pushes to unshackle victims of mental illness

Indonesia pushes to unshackle victims of mental illness

  By Johan Purnomo and Angie Teo   SERANG, Indonesia, March 30 (Reuters) – Indonesian rice farmer Usman has kept his 19-year-old son chained in the family’s tiny wooden hut for more than a month, reluctant to release the mentally disturbed boy for fear he might wander off and steal neighbours’ livestock.   The teenager […]

EgyptAir hijack drama ends, hijacker arrested

EgyptAir hijack drama ends, hijacker arrested

Cairo/Nicosia, March 29 (IANS) An Egyptian man who hijacked an EgyptAir flight to Cyprus was arrested on Tuesday after hours of negotiations during which most passengers were freed and the last of the seven on board escaped.   The Cyprus foreign ministry announced the arrest of the hijacker, who had taken charge of the Airbus […]

Suicide bomber kills 65, mostly women, children in Pakistan park

Suicide bomber kills 65, mostly women, children in Pakistan park

  By Mubasher Bukhari and Mehreen Zahra-Malik   LAHORE/ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, March 27 (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed at least 65 people and injured more than 280 others, mostly women and children, at a public park in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Sunday, striking at the heart of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s political base […]

Belgium charges airport suspect, calls off Brussels “march against fear”

Belgium charges airport suspect, calls off Brussels “march against fear”

  By Barbara Lewis and Robin Emmott   BRUSSELS, March 27 (Reuters) – Belgian prosecutors have charged three men with terrorist offences over the Brussels bombings and Italian police have arrested an Algerian suspected of having produced false documents for militants connected to the attacks.   With the investigation now spanning several countries, and increasing […]

Obama: U.S. ramps up intelligence cooperation, to review IS fight at summit

Obama: U.S. ramps up intelligence cooperation, to review IS fight at summit

  By Jeff Mason   WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) – The United States has ramped up intelligence cooperation and will review international efforts to combat Islamic State militants after the Brussels attacks during a nuclear summit with world leaders next week, President Barack Obama said.   In his weekly address broadcast on Saturday, Obama expressed […]