world

Death toll from Indonesia floods, mudslides rises to 89

The death toll from flash floods and mudslides triggered by torrential downpours in Indonesia’s easternmost province has risen to 89, with dozens of others missing, officials said on March 19. Floodwaters and landslides destroyed roads and bridges in several areas of Papua province’s Jayapura district early Sunday, hampering rescue efforts. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman […]

world

Donald Trump calls possible 2020 rival Joe Biden as ‘low IQ’

President Donald Trump on Monday gave possible 2020 presidential election rival Joe Biden a taste of what to expect if he does jump in the race, with a tweeted insult about his intelligence. Biden, who was vice president under Barack Obama and is seen as potentially the most heavyweight Democrat, remains on the sidelines. However […]

world

Gunman kills 3 on Dutch tram; Mayor suspects terror motive

Hunt on for Turkish-born man; security tightened A gunman killed three people and wounded nine on a streetcar in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday morning in what the Mayor said appeared to be a terror attack, touching off a manhunt. Authorities immediately raised the terror alert for the area to the highest level. […]

world

Rajapaksa camp could field Gotabaya

Ex-President’s brother emerges as a possible candidate for presidential poll Following months of speculation, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s political camp appears to have come closer to finalising the candidate for the presidential race later this year. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former Defence Secretary and a younger brother of the ex-President, is very likely to represent the clan […]

world

13,000 Xinjiang 'terrorists' arrested since 2014, says China

China has said it has arrested nearly 13,000 people it describes as terrorists in the traditionally Islamic region of Xinjiang since 2014 and broken up hundreds of “terrorist gangs.” The figures were included in a government report on the situation in the restive northwestern territory that seeks to respond to growing criticism over the internment […]

world

Boeing ‘finalizing’ MCAS update after Ethiopia crash

Boeing is finalizing a software update and pilot training linked to the MCAS anti-stalling feature, under scrutiny after two 737 Max 8 crashes, the company’s CEO said on Sunday. “Boeing is finalizing its development of a previously-announced software update and pilot training revision that will address the MCAS flight control law’s behavior in response to […]