N.J. coronavirus death toll just surpassed number of residents killed in 9/11 attacks
New Jersey passed a sobering milestone Saturday as the number of residents who have died due to complications of the coronavirussurpassed the number of New Jerseyans killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.State officials said the virus has taken 846 residents.A total of 704 New Jerseyansdied in the 9/11 attacks.“Please let that sink in for a moment. This pandemic is one of the greatest tragedies in the state’s history,” Gov. Phil Murphysaid at his daily coronavirus press briefingin Trenton.The day before, Murphy ordered flags flown half-staff to honor the dead, echoing past tributesto ...
Taliban kill dozens of Afghan forces in two attacks
Kunduz (Afghanistan) (AFP) - The Taliban have killed about two dozen Afghan police and pro-government fighters, officials said Monday, in two attacks that come as the foes are supposed to be preparing for peace talks.In one of the incidents late Sunday, the insurgents killed at least six soldiers and 13 police and pro-government militiamen at several outposts near a police headquarters building in northeastern Takhar province, provincial police spokesman Khalil Assir told AFP.A wedding party was being held in the building at the time, but the attackers did not reach the headquarters."The polic...
Sarraj announces launch of Operation Peace Storm in response to Haftar attacks
Prime minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord(GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, announced on Thursday the launch of Operation Peace Storm, in response to the continued attacks carried out by Haftar’s forces.This was announced in a statement posted on Facebook by the Libyan prime minister’s media office.On Wednesday, the GNA forces took control of strategic locations south and west of Tripoli, most notably Al-Watiyah Air Force Base, as part of a wide operation launched to defeat Haftar’s forces, with regards to the continuous shelling of the capital’s neighbourhoods, and repeated violations o...
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Daesh claims responsibility for attacks in Mozambique and Afghanistan
The terrorist group Daesh has claimed responsibility for an attack in northern Mozambique close to the site of gas projects worth $60 billion. On Monday, militants attacked the town of Mocimboa da Praia having occupied some locations, including an army barracks, before being expelled by security forces yesterday.Using its news agency, Amaq, Daesh took credit for the attack in which up to a dozen soldiers and police are said to have been killed or injured. “Military sources told Amaqthat Islamic State fighters attacked five army and police barracks in the town,” the agency said, adding that wea...
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Malaysian journalist targeted by hate speech and racist attacks on Facebook
Environment Minister Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man was interviewed by Malaysiakini journalist Kow Gah Chie about logging activities in Kelantan. Screenshot from KiniTV video uploaded on YouTubeA Malaysian journalist was subjectedto racist and threatening comments on Facebook after reporting about a logging issue involving a government minister. Media groups urged authorities and Facebook to adopt measures aimed at protecting journalists.On March 11, 2020, online news website Malaysiakini publishedan article written by Kow Gah Chie about logging operations in Kelantan, a state in northern peninsular Ma...
Reps investigate Auno attacks, summon Buratai
The House of Representatives has launched an investigation into the attack on motorists and villagers in Auno on February 9.The House committee on Army, chaired by Abdulrazak Namdaz (APC, Adamawa) summoned the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, to explain the circumstances that led to the attack.Namdaz lamented the loss of lives and the destruction recorded during the Auno attack.He said his committee visited Auno, met the people affected, assisted them and assessed the damaged caused.He said the committee also wanted the army to furnish it with the usefulness or otherwise of t...
Paris attacks: Judges order trial for 20 suspects
French prosecutors have ordered 20 people to stand trial over the November 2015 Paris attacks claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.The suspects have been charged with terror offences over the coordinated shootings and bombings.They are accused of helping to organise or fund the attacks, or assisting gunman to flee, prosecutors said.Salah Abdeslam, the only suspected attacker to survive, is among those to face trial.The move to a trial was announced by prosecutors yesterday, ending a long-running investigation into the attacks.The attacks happened on the night of 13 November 2015 in location...
French judges order trial for 20 suspects in November 2015 terror attacks: prosecutor
Paris (AFP) - French judges have ordered 20 people to stand trial over the coordinated attacks that killed 130 people in Paris in November 2015, including Salah Abdeslam, the only suspected assailant still alive, prosecutors said Monday.The move comes after investigators wrapped up their vast inquiry into the murderous attacks claimed by the Islamic State group, part of a wave of jihadist strikes on French soil over the past five years.No date was announced for the trial, which will include 1,765 civil plaintiffs, many of them relatives of victims.A total of 130 people died in the November 15,...
Malaysiakini journalist facing harassment, racist attacks on Facebook
Malaysiakinijournalist Kow Gah Chie is being harassed on Facebook over an article she wrote regarding Environment Minister Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man defending logging in Kelantan.The attacks mainly come from a Facebook post that has gone viral.Uploaded on Thursday, the post seeks to imply that Malaysiakini'sarticle on the matter had been fabricated as it was not asked at Tuan Ibrahim's press conference the day before, which had been streamed live.The article was actually based on a doorstep, where reporters, including from Malaysiakini, spoke to the minister after the press conference.A video of t...
Muslims still feel unsafe a year after New Zealand massacre
Christchurch (New Zealand) (AFP) - Aliya Danzeisen rises before dawn every day to hear the news so she can prepare her school-age daughters for any harassment they may face for being Muslim."We don't feel any safer," the Muslim community leader says, reflecting on the 12 months since the Christchurch mosque attacks, in which a self-declared white supremacist killed 51 Muslims at Friday prayers.The abuse experienced prior to the attacks on March 15 last year died down immediately after the killings, Danzeisen said, adding: "It felt the entire New Zealand population was rallying behind us." But ...