NEW DELHI: Indian police said on Sunday (Apr 28) that they raided the houses of three suspects in connection with a case concerning 15 people who left India to join the militant Islamic State group, a week after bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 250.The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said it carried out searches at the three houses in the southern state of Kerala, located near the tip of the Indian peninsula.The coordinated suicide bombings by militants at hotels and churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday sent shockwaves through the Indian Ocean island state that had enjoyed relative peace since a civil war ended a decade ago."These persons are suspected to have links with some of the accused persons in the said case who had exited India to join the proscribed terrorist organisation ISIS/Daish," the NIA said in a statement, using other names by which Islamic State is known.The investigators recovered mobile phones, SIM cards, digital storage devices including CDs and … [Read more...] about Indian police raid houses in southern state a week after Sri Lanka bombings
The storm hit Tambon Chiang Krua at 4am and officials from Tambon Chiang Krua Municipality have been on site providing assistance to affected villagers since 5.30. Municipal officer Sathaporn Buarabat said an initial survey of just two villages, Ban Ching Krua and Ban Tha Rae, found that more than 30 houses had been damaged. More than 10 power poles on the Ban Don Chiang Ban-Na Wa Road were downed in the storm, causing power outages in many villages. Rescuers had so far not identified any injuries as a result of the storm. However, they are expecting to discover further damage as they survey the rest of the tambon later today, Sathaporn added. Officials will later inform the Sakhon Nakhon’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office to provide compensation to affected villagers, he added. … [Read more...] about Houses damaged, power poles downed by storm in Sakon Nakhon
Forces backing Libya's internationally recognised government fought house-to-house battles with troops loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar in southern parts of the capital Tripoli on Sunday and appeared to be gaining ground. Government soldiers, some in jeans and t-shirts, took cover by abandoned buildings as they fired on Haftar's positions. Some carried anti-aircraft guns they had to remove from their trucks to get through the narrow streets. Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA), which is allied to a rival administration in eastern Libya, mounted an offensive on Tripoli three weeks ago but has failed to breach defenses in the city's south despite heavy fighting. The battle for the capital has all but wrecked U.N.-backed efforts for a peace deal between the rival factions and threatened to further disrupt Libya's oil industry. Two eastern operations of state oil firm NOC - which have in the past made broad statements backing Haftar - on Sunday for the first time … [Read more...] about Libyan forces push back against Haftar in house-to-house battles
SAN FRANCISCO: US Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke attacked the close ties between Republican President Donald Trump and Fox News on Sunday (Apr 28), saying the White House has "free rein, almost" over what is broadcast on the cable television network.Democrats have long accused Fox of reporting that is biased in favour of the Republican Party and Trump. The president is an avid watcher of the network, and Sean Hannity, one of its stars, is an admirer of Trump and last year spoke at one of his rallies.Former Fox News executive Bill Shine became a communications official in the Trump White House in 2018, resigning the position in March to be an adviser on Trump's 2020 presidential campaign.Speaking at a campaign event in San Francisco, former Texas congressman O'Rourke, one of 20 candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, criticized the links between the Trump White House and an influential news network."You have members of the organization moving into the … [Read more...] about Democrat O’Rourke accuses Trump White House of dictating Fox News content
It is as if nothing has happened since the 2014 legislative election. Despite a series of graft cases implicating various political parties and a meager performance in lawmaking, the new composition of the House of Representatives, according to quick-count results, has not changed much. The pollsters were wrong. The coattail effect, which was expected to bring more votes to the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Gerindra Party for having fielded their members as presidential candidates, did not really happen. The PDI-P is predicted to get around 19 to 20 percent of the vote, which is only slightly better than its showing in 2014 with 18.95 percent. The Golkar Party, even after having two of its top executives charged with graft, still gained around 12 percent of the vote. Gerindra may have performed better in the April 17 election but it only increased its vote acquisition by 1 percent. Islam-based parties, except for the United Development Party (PPP) and National … [Read more...] about Same old House?