Singapore’s fake news law concerning, say Academics

Singapore has proposed law against fake news, however on the flip side, nearly 100 academics worldwide have expressed concern over it. They have warned that the law could threaten academic freedom and hurt the city-state’s ambition to become a global education hub. Continue Reading

China: 13,000 Xinjiang ‘terrorists’ arrested since 2014

China says 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 of an estimated 1 million members of the Uighur Continue Reading

Sri Lanka Army says its ready for any war crime investigation

Sri Lanka Army is ready for any kind of investigation to defend its soldiers against allegations of grave human rights abuses at the end of the island nation’s decades-long civil war against the LTTE. Sri Lanka Army along with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was accused of war crimes during the final phase of the military conflict that ended in 2009 with the killing of LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran Continue Reading

Australians police raid homes of New Zealand terror suspect

Australian counter-terrorism police on Monday searched two homes linked to the family members of the gunman accused of killing 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch to obtain material that may assist New Zealand Police in their investigation into the terror attack. Continue Reading

Ethiopia airline crash: Black box in good condition

Ethiopian minister says black box in good shape Addis Ababa, Mar 18 (AP) Ethiopia’s transport minister says the black box from the plane crash one week ago is in good condition. Dagmawit Moges told reporters on Sunday evening that data so far shows there is a ‘clear similarity’ between the Ethiopian Airlines crash and an earlier one in Indonesia that involved the same type of plane. Continue Reading

Australia to probe NZ terror attack livestream video

Australia’s media watchdog launched a formal investigation Monday into the possible breach of rules by networks which broadcast or put online images from a livestream of the New Zealand mosque massacre. Some Australian outlets used clips or images taken from the 17-minute livestream broadcast on Facebook by alleged gunman Australian Brenton Tarrant Continue Reading

NZ terror attack: Police say gunman acted alone but may have had support

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush says gunman who killed 50 people and wounded others at two Christchurch mosques acted alone but may have had support. Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant was arrested moments after the shootings on Friday. He was charged with a single count of murder and a judge said Saturday he may face other charges. Continue Reading

NZ cabinet say yes for tougher gun laws in ‘principle’

NZ cabinet agrees tougher gun laws in ‘principle’ Wellington, Mar 18 (AFP) New Zealand’s cabinet agreed measures to tighten gun control laws ‘in principle’ Monday, just days after a deadly mass shooting killed more than 50 people. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said details of the measures would be rolled out before a cabinet meeting next Monday, saying ‘the time to act is now’. Continue Reading

NZ terror attack suspect appears rational, says ex-lawyer

he Australian charged with murder in the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques appears ‘rational’ and aware of the situation, his ex-lawyer told AFP on Monday. Duty lawyer Richard Peters represented the 28-year-old during a preliminary court hearing, but was dropped after Brenton Tarrant indicated he wanted to represent himself. Continue Reading