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

Three-year-old boy found in Australian woods 3 days after going missing

A 3-year-old boy wearing a sweatshirt and diapers was found sitting in a creek and cupping water in his hands to drink on Monday, three days after he was lost in a rugged Australian woodland. Hundreds of people had been searching for Anthony “AJ” Elfalak, who has autism and is non-verbal, since he went missing … Read more

Soaring COVID-19 infections restrain US job gains in August

The U.S. economy created the fewest jobs in seven months in August as hiring in the leisure and hospitality sector stalled amid a resurgence in COVID-19 infections, which weighed on demand at restaurants and other food places. But other details of the Labor Department’s closely watched employment report on Friday were fairly strong, with the … Read more

Sri Lanka food and forex crisis: Here’s all you need to know

The Sri Lankan government Friday said that it would bring new laws to deter hoarding and increase penalties on traders in a bid to tackle food shortages caused largely by the country’s deteriorating forex reserves, news agency Reuters reported. The development comes a day after the government denied reports of the country facing any kind … Read more

Afghanistan arc from 9/11 to today: Once hopeful, now sad

It was November 13 , 2001. The sun had just begun to rise over the Hindu Kush Mountains when the Taliban disappeared from Kabul, the battered capital of Afghanistan. The bodies of foreign Arabs who had stayed behind were mutilated and bloodied. They had been found and killed by advancing Afghans of another faction who … Read more

Hurricane Ida traps Louisiana, leaves power grid in shambles

Rescuers set out in hundreds of boats and helicopters to reach people trapped by floodwaters and utility crews mobilized Monday after a furious Hurricane Ida swamped the Louisiana coast and made a shambles of the electrical grid in New Orleans and beyond in the sweltering, late-summer heat. One of the most powerful hurricanes ever to … Read more

Robbers in Brazil stage brazen bank raids, taking hostages; at least 3 dead

Armed robbers hit several banks in a small Brazilian city on Monday, using locals as human shields, leaving a trail of explosive devices and shooting at police in an assault that killed at least three people, a senior state security official said. The brazen attack around midnight in Araçatuba, a city of roughly 2,00,000 people … Read more

South Korean journalists fear new laws will muzzle media

South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party is pushing ahead with controversial amendments to a law that critics charge are designed to muzzle the media and will give the government wide-ranging powers to restrict freedom of the press. Domestic media outlets have joined with international press organizations and legal experts to condemn the revisions. Opposition parties have … Read more

Afghanistan crisis: Evacuation flights gather pace at Kabul airport; Russia says danger in Afghanistan remains high and more

A day after two two suicide bombings targeted the thousands of desperate people fleeing the Taliban and killed more than 100, evacuation flights from Afghanistan resumed with new urgency on Friday. According to the Associated Press, as the call to prayer echoed through Kabul along with the roar of departing planes, the anxious crowd outside … Read more