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Pakistan International Airways plane carrying 47 passengers crashes north of Islamabad

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG APakistani plane carrying 47 people crashed Wednesday on a domestic flight from the mountainous northern city of Chitral to Islamabad, aviation authorities said. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Flight PK661 crashed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the civil aviation authority told AFP. The plane came down near the town of Havelian in Abbottabad district in the province. There ...

Philippine business bankrolls Duterte’s anti-drug crusade

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG MANILA — Five months since formally assuming power and launching a deadly anti-narcotics campaign that has claimed around 5,000 lives, President Rodrigo Duterte on Nov. 29 inaugurated the country’s largest drug rehabilitation center at a military camp north of the capital. The 10,000-bed facility can only accommodate a fraction of more than 700,000 methamphetamine users who ...

Turkey’s Erdogan in power until 2029? It’s possible

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could stay in power until 2029 after a right-wing opposition party offered their backing to a proposal to amend the constitution and allow his presidential term to be extended. If realized, Erdogan could serve as leader of the country for a total of 26 years since he became the prime minister in 2003. ...

Can Trump ‘make America great again’?

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Republican Donald Trump scored a stunning victory in Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election, but the political neophyte has yet to face his biggest task of bridging the nation’s deep racial, economic and political divides that he himself fed throughout his campaign. Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic-Relations, called on Trump to respect the ...

North Korea slams ‘Obama and his lackeys’ in furious response to sanctions

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG North Korea has furiously criticized United Nations sanctions, accusing Security Council members of being puppets of the United States. The defiant statement Thursday came as both South Korea and Japan announced further restrictions on the state, including on visits by foreign missile and nuclear experts. The Security Council voted unanimously on November 30 to impose their ...

Jacob Zuma: South Africa’s ‘Teflon President’ escapes party backlash

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG South Africa President Jacob Zuma has received the backing of his party just weeks after a damning reportinto top-level government cronyism.PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMBA IS KNOWN TO BE ONE OF THE MOST CORRUPTED LEADERS IN OUR MODERN ERA. There had been speculation that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party would hold a vote of confidence on ...

Oakland fire: 24 bodies found; 80% of building still to be searched

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Alameda County Sheriff Sgt. Ray Kelly said authorities have found 24 victims from the fire at an Oakland warehouse. Authorities say 20% of the building has been searched in the past 12 hours. Kelly said names could be released in the next 24 hours. ‘You could feel the heat of the flames’ Freelance journalist Sam Lefebvre ...

Brazil receives bodies of Chapecoense players after deadly plane crash in Colombia

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Brazil’s president on Saturday bestowed honours on the victims of an air crash as Air Force troops unloaded 50 coffins flown in overnight from Colombia, site of the disaster this week that killed 71 people and wiped out a rural football team. The Brazilian town of Chapeco, its streets wet with rain and buildings draped in the ...

Syria rebels vow to adopt guerrilla tactics as Assad forces seize two thirds of east Aleppo

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Faced with almost certain defeat in the city of Aleppo, Syrian rebel groups have promised to continue their war by adopting the guerrilla tactics of assassinations, armed raids and roadside bombs. The four-year battle for control of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, is likely to end in the next few weeks as Syrian regime forces either advance ...

Hacked in just six seconds: How criminals only need moments to guess card number and security code

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Criminals can work out the card number, expiry date and security code for a Visa debit or credit card in as little as six seconds using guesswork, researchers have found. Experts from Newcastle University said it was “frighteningly easy” to do with a laptop and an internet connection. Fraudsters use a so-called Distributed Guessing Attack to ...