• Iran prosecutor says 10 indicted for Ukraine plane shootdown
    Tehran, April 6 (AP): Iranian media are quoting the outgoing military prosecutor of Tehran as saying that 10 officials have been indicted for the 2020 shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger plane. Tehran military prosecutor Gholamabbas Torki made the comment Tuesday while handing over his office to Nasser Seraj. The semiofficial ISNA news agency and the Iranian judiciary's Mizan news agency both reported the remarks, without elaborating. Following three days of denial in Janua
  • US, Iran expected to begin indirect nuclear talks in Vienna
    Vienna, April 6 (AP): Efforts to bring the United States back into the 2015 deal on Iran's nuclear programme are to step up a gear on Tuesday as Iran and the five world powers remaining in the accord meet in Vienna while the US is due to start indirect talks with Tehran. Friday's announcement that Washington and Tehran would begin indirect talks through intermediaries was one of the first signs of tangible progress in efforts to return both nations to the terms of the accord
  • Putin signs law that allows him to serve two more terms
    Moscow, April 5 (AP): Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a law allowing him to potentially hold onto power until 2036, a move that formalises constitutional changes endorsed in last year's popular vote. The July 1 constitutional vote included a provision that reset Putin's previous terms, allowing him to run for president two more times. The change was rubber-stamped by the Kremlin-controlled legislature and the relevant law signed by Putin was posted Monday o
  • Israel's PM lashes out at prosecutors in corruption trial
    Jerusalem, April 5 (AP): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has lashed out at prosecutors in his corruption trial, accusing them of trying to oust him. In a nationally televised statement, Netanyahu said the case against him is threatening to undermine the will of the country's voters. This is what a coup attempt looks like, he said. Netanyahu spoke shortly after his corruption trial resumed and with the country's president holding post-election consultations on
  • Iran says it has arrested spies for Israel, other nations
    Tehran (Iran), April 5 (AP): Iranian authorities arrested several people on charges of spying for Israel and other nations, state TV announced Monday. An unnamed Intelligence Ministry official in the country's eastern Azerbaijan province was quoted by state TV as saying that security forces had detained a group of people suspected of spying for Israel and other unspecified countries. The brief report did not provide further details on the nationalities of the suspects or prov
  • Rescuers hampered by damaged roads, more rain in Indonesia
    Lembata, April 5 (AP): Rescuers were hampered by damaged bridges and roads and a lack of heavy equipment Monday after torrential rains caused multiple disasters on remote eastern Indonesian islands as well as in East Timor. At least 73 people died and dozens are missing in Indonesia, and 27 deaths were reported in East Timor. A tropical cyclone causing the damage is expected to continue affecting the Southeast Asian nations for days while moving south toward Australia. Mu
  • Israel PM back in court as parties weigh in on his fate
    Jerusalem, April 5 (AP): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was back in court for his corruption trial on Monday as the country's political parties were set to weigh in on whether he should form the next government after a closely divided election or step down to focus on his legal woes. Between witness testimony in a Jerusalem courtroom and the consultations at the president's office across town, it promised to be a day of extraordinary political drama, bringing into
  • US shuts once-secret Guantanamo prison unit, moves prisoners
    Washington, April 5 (AP): A once-secret unit within the Guantanamo Bay detention center that had fallen into disrepair has been closed and the prisoners moved to another facility on the American base in Cuba, the US military said Sunday. The prisoners at Camp 7 were transferred to a facility adjacent to where the other detainees on the base are held as part of what US Southern Command said in a statement was an effort to increase operational efficiency and effectiveness." Mi
  • 6.1-magnitude quake jolts NZ
    Wellington, April 5 (IANS): An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted New Zealand's east sea on Monday and was widely felt in the North Island. The quake occurred at 7.37 p.m. (local time) in the East Cape Region, 120 km east of Te Araroa at a depth of 33 km, according to GeoNet, the country's geological hazard information centre. GeoNet said it had received more than 7,800 felt reports, reports Xinhua news agency. Last month, three strong quakes jolted t
  • Bangladesh imposes 7-day nationwide lockdown amidst spike in COVID-19 cases
    Dhaka, April 5 (PTI): Bangladesh on Monday clamped a week-long nationwide lockdown, suspending public transport and shutting markets to combat the surge in coronavirus cases in the country, amidst demonstrations by small business owners against the move. According to a government circular issued on Sunday, the directives will remain in effect from 6am of April 5 till 12 midnight of April 11, the Dhaka Tribune reported. People have been asked not to move out from their homes from
  • Netanyahu ex-ally nominates himself to be next PM
    Jerusalem, April 5 (AP): A former right-wing ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has recommended himself as the next prime minister, deepening Israel's political deadlock. Naftali Bennett's Yamina party nominated him to form the next government in consultations with Israel's president on Monday. Yamina had been in a position to serve as a kingmaker between the two major blocs of supporters and opponents of Netanyahu. But instead, it declined to take sides. Ya
  • Bulgarian PM's party wins poll
    Sofia, April 5 (IANS): Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's centre-right, pro-European Union GERB party won the parliamentary elections held during the weekend but fell short of an absolute majority, official interim results showed on Monday. With 42 per cent of the ballots counted, the Central Election Commission reported that GERB had garnered 24 per cent of the vote share, reports dpa news agency. There Is Such a People (ITN) party, headed by TV presenter and cabaret a
  • 26 killed in B'desh ferry capsize
    Dhaka, April 5 (IANS): At least 26 people were killed after a ferry capsized in the Shitalakkhya river in Bangladesh's Narayanganj district, an official said on Monday. The accident site is about 20 km away from the capital Dhaka. Ershad Hossain, senior duty officer of the Fire Service and Civil Defence Headquarters, told Xinhua news agenncy that the victims included children and women. The overcrowded ferry, carryingsome 50 passengers onboard, capsized after it was hit by
  • Ex-Jordanian Crown Prince says won't follow army orders
    Amman, April 5 (IANS): Jordan's former Crown Prince Hamzah said in a voice recording that he won't obey orders by the army not to leave the house or communicate with anyone. Jordan on Sunday said it foiled a "destabilising plot" involving Hamzah, King Abdullah II's half-brother, over the weekend, which has led to the arrest of several high-profile figures, dpa news agency reported. The army said Hamzah was asked to refrain from activities that could be damag
  • Minorities in Myanmar borderlands face fresh fear since coup
    JAKARTA, Indonesia, April 5 (AP) — Before each rainy season Lu Lu Aung and other farmers living in a camp for internally displaced people in Myanmar’s far northern Kachin state would return to the village they fled and plant crops that would help keep them fed for the coming year. But this year in the wake of February’s military coup, with the rains not far off, the farmers rarely step out of their makeshift homes and don’t dare leave their camp. They say it
  • Protesters in Myanmar launch ‘Easter egg strike’
    YANGON, April 4 (AP): Pro-democracy demonstrators in Myanmar, adept at finding themes to tie together protests nationwide, took to the streets holding painted eggs in a nod to the Easter holiday on Sunday. In the biggest city of Yangon, one group marched through the Insein district chanting and singing protest songs and cradling eggs bearing the slogan “Spring Revolution.” Many of the eggs also bore a drawing of the three-fingered salute, a symbol of resistance to the Fe
  • 5 women arrested in southern France in suspected attack plot
    Paris, April 4 (AP): Police in southern France have arrested four women and a girl as part of an anti-terrorist investigation into a suspected attack plot targeting the city of Montpellier. A police official in the Herault region confirmed the overnight arrests in the city of Beziers, and said Sunday that the DGSI domestic intelligence service and national anti-terrorist prosecutor's office are handling the investigation. Investigators centered on an 18-year-old woman living
  • Europe ramps up vaccinations as virus haunts Easter holidays
    Paris, April 4 (AP): The French city of Lyon's main stadium opened as a mass vaccination centre during Easter weekend, and thousands spent the holiday lining up for injections at hippodromes, velodromes or other sites as France tried to speed up shots amid a new rush of coronavirus cases. But as Europe celebrated its second Easter in a row under the cloud of the pandemic, some cities put vaccinations on hold over during the long holiday weekend - defying French President Emmanue
  • Indonesia boat collision kills 2 fishermen, 15 missing
    Jakarta, April 4 (AP): A collision between a cargo ship and a fishing boat killed at least two fishermen and left 15 missing off Indonesia's main island of Java, officials said Sunday. The fishing boat capsized late Saturday with 32 aboard after hitting the Indonesian bulk carrier MV Habco Pioneer off Indramayu district, said Deden Ridwansyah, the head of the search and rescue agency. He said rescuers recovered two bodies on Sunday one trapped in a fishing net about a meter (
  • NASA's Ingenuity helicopter touches down on Red Planet
    WASHINGTON, APRIL 4 (IANS): NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity has been dropped on the surface of the Red Planet ahead of its historic first flight scheduled for April 11. Ingenuity flew to Mars while being attached to the belly of NASA's Perseverance rover, which made a February 18 touch down on the Red Planet. "#MarsHelicopter touchdown confirmed! Its 293 million mile (471 million km) journey aboard @NASAPersevere ended with the final drop of 4 inches (10 cm) from th