Vietnamese man jailed for 5 years for spreading coronavirus

Vietnam jailed a man on Monday for five years for breaking strict Covid-19 quarantine rules and spreading the virus to others, state media reported. Le Van Tri, 28, was convicted of “spreading dangerous infectious diseases” at a one-day trial at the People’s Court of the southern province of Ca Mau, the state-run Vietnam News Agency … Read more

Phone blackout, crackdown on kidnappers reported in northwest Nigeria

Mobile telephone networks were shut down in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara, residents said on Monday, amid reports that authorities had ordered a blackout while they tackled armed gangs of kidnappers terrorising the area. Two residents of Zamfara, reached by phone after they travelled to neighbouring Sokoto State, said their mobile networks had stopped … Read more

Everyone ‘got it wrong’ on Taliban’s lightning takeover of Afghanistan: British army chief

The world “got it wrong” on how quickly the Taliban would take over Afghanistan, the head of the British army said on Sunday, days after the UK government acknowledged that intelligence suggested that “it was unlikely Kabul would fall this year” after Western troops withdrew from the war-torn country. The US and other countries were … Read more

South Africa: Ex-president Jacob Zuma placed on medical parole amid speculation about his health

South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma, who is serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court, has been granted medical parole because of his ill health, jail authorities said on Sunday. Zuma, 79, was sentenced in June after losing his appeal in the country’s apex court for his consistent refusal to appear before the Commission … Read more

Florida gunman killed 4, including mom still holding baby

Four people are dead including a mother who was still cradling her now-deceased baby in what Florida sheriff’s deputies are calling a massive gunbattle early Sunday with a suspect they said was “ready for battle.” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the unidentified suspect was dressed in full body armour including a bulletproof vest when … Read more

The American empire in retreat

In one of the more arresting videos that circulated after the fall of Kabul, a journalist follows a collection of Taliban fighters into a hangar containing abandoned, disabled U.S. helicopters. Except that the fighters don’t look like our idea of the Taliban: In their gear and guns and helmets (presumably pilfered), they look exactly like … Read more

Two injured in heavy gunfire near Guinea’s presidential palace

Heavy gunfire broke out near the presidential palace in Guinea’s capital Conakry on Sunday morning, with several sources saying an elite national army unit led by a former French legionnaire, Mamady Doumbouya, was behind the unrest. A senior government official said 83-year-old President Alpha Conde was unharmed but gave no further details, while witnesses and … Read more

Nepal govt warns citizens against any action that may hurt friendly nations

The Nepal government on Sunday warned its citizens against carrying out any “reprehensible and disgraceful” actions that may hurt the dignity of the friendly nations after some people burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during protests in the country. In a statement, Nepal’s Home Ministry said that in the past few days, “the activities … Read more

UK minister: No decision yet on COVID-19 vaccines for healthy children

British vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi on Sunday said a decision had not yet been taken on whether healthy children aged 12- to 15-years-old should be vaccinated against COVID-19, following reports that a rollout could begin in the coming days. Britain’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on Friday declined to recommend vaccinations for children … Read more

How a small town silenced a neo-Nazi hate campaign

Richard Spencer, the most infamous summer resident in the town of Whitefish, Montana, once boasted that he stood at the vanguard of a white nationalist movement emboldened by President Donald Trump. Things have changed. “I have bumped into him, and he runs. That’s actually a really good feeling,” said Tanya Gersh, a real estate agent … Read more