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Second Indonesian student dies in legal-reform protests

A second Indonesian student protester has died in demonstrations against a raft of divisive legal reforms, including banning pre-marital sex and weakening the anti-graft agency, sources said, as fresh unrest was expected on Friday. The 19-year-old engineering student died in hospital of blunt-force injuries to his head sustained in riots …

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Pakistani PM Khan fears bloodbath in Kashmir – UNGA 2019

NEW YORK: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan warned on Friday there would be a bloodbath when India lifts its curfew in India-administered Kashmir and that any all-out conflict between the two nuclear-armed nations would reverberate far beyond their borders. Khan made the remarks in an impassioned speech to the annual …

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Estimated 13,000 boys arrested in Kashmir since India’s crackdown

KASHMIR: Indian authorities arrested an estimated “13,000 boys” in Jammu and Kashmir since August 5, according to a fact-finding report by a team of five women who visited the region recently. The report’s release came ahead of UNGA speeches on Friday by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani PM …

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Kyrgyzstan’s ex-president arrested after violent clashes

BISHKEK: Police in Kyrgyzstan detained the Central Asian nation’s ex-president on Thursday following violent clashes with his supporters, a day after a previous attempt to arrest him left one policeman dead and nearly 80 people injured. The violence has raised the threat of a new round of turmoil in the …

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High tide spits out $2M worth of cocaine onto New Zealand beach

WELLINGTON: Cocaine worth millions of dollars washed up on a New Zealand beach with police urging the public Thursday to hand in any more packages that may turn up. Police were called to Bethells Beach in West Auckland on Wednesday evening when packages of the drug were found along the …

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Zakzaky supporters reject delays in releasing cleric

ABUJA: A peaceful protest by the supporters of jailed Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky in Abuja lasted only a few minutes as protesters quickly dispersed in order to avoid crackdown by security forces who were rushing to the scene to launch attacks. Demonstrators called on the Nigerian authorities to expedite …

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