• 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
  • Pak PM Khan warns against 'extremely' dangerous third wave of coronavirus
    Islamabad, April 4 (PTI): Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Sunday that the third wave of the coronavirus was extremely dangerous in comparison to the previous two waves, warning that his government will be forced to impose major restrictions if people will not follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs). Khan, who tested positive last month for the disease which is now raging in the country, was addressing the nation before sitting for a live question-answer session, the second
  • Boris Johnson plans 'Covid passport' trials to reopen mass events
    London, April 4 (PTI): UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to unveil a series of measures including so-called "Covid passports" to allow mass events such as sports matches and night clubs to resume safely as England's lockdown is eased in phases. In announcements expected on Monday, Johnson is expected to lay out details of trial events in the coming months that will explore how ventilation and testing before and after events could help audiences back into aren
  • Japan's PM aims to calm China-Taiwan tension on US visit
    Tokyo, April 4 (AP): Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Sunday said Taiwan's peace and stability is key to the region and that Japan will cooperate with the United States to calm rising tensions between China and Taiwan. Suga is set to meet with President Joe Biden in Washington next week, the US leader's first in-person summit since taking office in January. Tokyo considers its US alliance to be the cornerstone of its diplomatic and security policies, and is eager
  • Sri Lankan President vows action against perpetrators of Easter attacks
    Colombo, April 4 (PTI): Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has vowed to take action against the perpetrators of the deadly Easter attacks in 2019 that claimed 270 lives, as the minority Christian community members celebrated Easter Sunday across the island nation amid tight security. Nine suicide bombers, belonging to local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaat (NTJ) linked to ISIS, carried out coordinated blasts that tore through three churches and as many luxury h
  • First baby born in Spain with Covid-19 antibodies: Reports
    MADRID, APRIL 4 (IANS): A boy born last week on the Spanish island of Ibiza has become the first newborn in Spain with Covid-19 antibodies, after his mother received the vaccine in the third trimester of her pregnancy, according to local media reports. A sample from the baby's umbilical cord analysed at the Hospital Son Espases in Mallorca confirmed that he had developed antibodies against Covid-19, Spanish media reported. Manuel Grandal Martin, deputy director of the Madrid
  • German youngsters at greater risk of homelessness amid pandemic
    BERLIN, APRIL 4 (IANS): Children and adolescents in Germany are at an increasing risk of homelessness due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was revealed on Sunday. "Wherever there is strife in families, a lockdown can lead to total rift. This often ends with being thrown out," Markus Seidel, a spokesman for the Off Road Kids foundation, which works to help young people living on the street, told dpa news agency. In 2020, a record number of children and adolescents called
  • Trump tricked supporters to make unintended donations: Report
    NEW YORK, APRIL 4 (IANS): Former US President Donald Trump's fundraising campaign used deceptive tactics to trick supporters into donating millions of dollars that they never intended, according to a media report. According to The New York Times report published on Saturday, Trump's supporters ended up making more donations than they intended as the campaign used pre-ticked boxes on fundraising emails, tricking them to make repeat donations while they intended to make just o
  • Airstrikes kill 82 militants in Afghanistan
    KABUL, APRIL 4 (IANS): At least 82 militants have been confirmed dead as warplanes pounded Taliban hideouts and positions in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, the former stronghold of the militant group, a top police official said on Sunday. The sorties began on Saturday night in parts of the restive Arghandab district, Xinhua news agency quoted the provincial police spokesman as saying. Besides killing 82 armed insurgents including Taliban's key commander Sarhadi, two tan
  • Jordan prince says he's confined, lashes out at authorities
    Amman, April 4 (AP): The half-brother of Jordan's King Abdullah II has said he has been placed under house arrest and accused the country's "ruling system" of incompetence and corruption, exposing a rare rift within the ruling monarchy of a close Western ally. Prince Hamzah's videotaped statement came on Saturday after the country's official news agency reported that two former senior officials and other suspects had been arrested for "security reasons
  • Airstrikes kill 82 militants in Afghanistan
    Kabul, April 4 (IANS): At least 82 militants have been confirmed dead as warplanes pounded Taliban hideouts and positions in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, the former stronghold of the militant group, a top police official said on Sunday. The sorties began on Saturday night in parts of the restive Arghandab district, Xinhua news agency quoted the provincial police spokesman as saying. Besides killing 82 armed insurgents including Taliban's key commander Sarhadi, tw
  • Nepali Congress decides to form govt under its leadership
    Kathmandu, April 4 (PTI): Nepal's main opposition party Nepali Congress has initiated moves to topple Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and form an alternative government under its leadership with the support of the CPN-Maoist Centre and other parties. The Central Working Committee of the Nepali Congress (NC) on Saturday decided to take initiative to form a new government under its leadership, according to party's senior leader Prakash Man Singh. The NC will ask Prime Ministe
  • Myanmar protesters hold 'Easter egg strikes'
    Yangon, April 4 (IANS): Protesters across Myanmar staged "Easter egg strikes" on Sunday, painting and writing anti-military slogans on eggs as a symbol of defiance and opposition to the February 1 coup. The eggs, decorated to mark Easter Sunday, were placed in public areas, while photos were also shared on social media, dpa news agency reported. Street protests were held in the regions of Yangon, Mandalay, Sagaing, Tanintharyi and in Kachin state, local media reported.
  • 5 shot outside Alabama bar, 2 arrested
    Washington, April 4 (IANS): At least five people were shot outside a bar in the US state of Alabama, authorities said, adding that two suspects have been arrested. Police responded to a call at 2.47 a.m. on Saturday after shots were fired in the parking lot of the Roxy Nightclub in downtown Tuscaloosa, Xinhua news agency quoted the city's law enforcement as saying in a statement. After reviewing video surveillance and witness statements, investigators determined that Joe Nath
  • Heavy rains trigger landslide, floods in Indonesia; 44 dead
    Jakarta, April 4 (AP): Landslides and flash floods from torrential rains in eastern Indonesia killed at least 44 people and displaced thousands, a disaster relief agency said Sunday. Several others were still missing. Mud tumbled down onto dozens of house in Lamenele village from the surrounding hills shortly after midnight on Flores Island in East Nusa Tenggara province. Rescuers recovered 38 bodies and five injured, said Lenny Ola, who heads the local disaster agency. The bodie
  • 50 S.Africans missing after Mozambique terror attack
    Pretoria, April 4 (IANS): More than 50 South African nationals were reported missing after a terror attack in Mozambique last week, the Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans in Pretoria said. "South Africa is concerned about the security situation at Cabo Delgado in the northern part of Mozambique, and remains seized with the safety of South Africans in that province," Xinhua new agency quoted the Ministry's Head of Communications Siphiwe Dlamini, as saying in a st
  • 3 dead in N.Carolina house party shooting
    Washington, April 4 (IANS): Three people were killed and four others injured during a house party shooting in the US state of North Carolina, police said. The incident took place on Saturday in Wilmington city, reports Xinhua news agency. The injured victims were hospitalised in unknown conditions, according to the Wilmington Police Department. No one was in police custody, and at least one person suspected of firing shots was believed to have fled, local media reported. &q
  • Myanmar: At least 550 civilians killed amid military crackdown
    Yangon, April 3 (AP): Security forces in central Myanmar opened fire on anti-coup protesters on Saturday, killing at least two people according to local media. A human rights group said mounting violence since the Feb. 1 military takeover has killed at least 550 civilians. Of those, 46 were children, according to Myanmar’s Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. Some 2,751 people have been detained or sentenced, the group said. Threats of lethal violence and arrests
  • Russia fines Twitter $116,778 over illegal content
    Moscow/New Delhi, April 3 (IANS): As Twitter grapples with government scrutiny globally including in India over the presence of bad accounts, a Russian court has fined Twitter $116,778 for violating the country's Internet legislation by failing to remove banned content banned. Part of the content in question urged minors to take part in illegal protests, promoted drug use, and spread child pornography, reports Xinhua news agency. Twitter has 60 days to pay the fine from the d