EC files police case against man who claimed EVMs can be hacked, sets off row

The Election Commission of India has filed a police complaint into US-based Indian “cyber-expert” Syed Shuja’s allegations at an event in London that EVMs used in India can be tampered with. The poll panel said it had learned, through media reports, that Shuja had claimed at the event that he was part of the EVM design team and can hack the EVMs used in Indian elections and sought the matter be “investigated properly”. Shuja, who also claimed to be a former employee of the Electronic Corporation of India Ltd, made a…

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‘India is not safe for us,’

After over 72 hours of being stranded in the open on the patch of land between the border fence and the international border with Bangladesh, 31 Rohingyas including 16 children were handed over to the Tripura police by the Border Security Force on Tuesday. In Assam, a group of 30 Rohingyas which includes 12 children were arrested by the Assam police on late Monday evening as they made their way back from Tripura after they learnt that the conditions are not conducive to illegally cross over to Bangladesh. Both these…

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Syria downed over 30 Israeli cruise missiles, bombs: Russia

Russia says Syria’s air defenses shot down more than 30 cruise missiles and guided bombs during Israeli regime’s aerial attacks in the early hours of Monday. Russia’s National Defense Control Center said Israeli airstrikes targeting an airport in southeastern Damascus killed four Syrian soldiers and wounded six others, RIA news agency said. The announcement came after the Israeli military claimed in a statement that it had struck what it said were Iranian targets in response to alleged rocket fire it blamed on Iran. The so-called Syria Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group sympathetic to militants,…

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Qatar to launch $500-million investment in Lebanon

Qatar announces heavy investment in Lebanon’s government bonds as means of supporting the latter’s economy. Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani  said that “Qatar will purchase Lebanese government bonds worth $500 million,” the official Qatar News Agency tweeted on Monday. “Qatar has always been committed to supporting Lebanese people in light of the great challenges they face, this move stems from the profound fraternal ties between the two brotherly countries,” the agency added, citing the top diplomat. Al Thani made…

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Israeli strikes aimed at prolonging crisis in Syria: Damascus

Syria has once again written protest letters to the United Nations, urging the world body to take a decisive step and put an end to Israeli regime’s acts of aggression against its territory as Tel Aviv’s hostile strikes are aimed at “prolonging” the crisis in the Arab country. According to SANA official news agency, the development came after Syria’s air defenses shot down more than 30 cruise missiles and guided bombs during Israeli regime’s aerial attacks in the early hours of Monday. In two identical letters to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and…

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UK hospital halted refugee’s chemotherapy, dumped him on the street: Report

A governmental hospital in the British capital reportedly halted cancer treatment for a refugee and left him sleeping rough on the streets. A report by the Guardian newspaper on Monday said Esayas Welday, an Eritrean refugee had his chemotherapy treatment stopped in May last year after authorities in Northwick Park hospital in west London said he could no longer receive treatment. “They said they couldn’t continue to treat me because I couldn’t afford to pay the £33,000 bill for treatment they had given me,” said Welday, an asylum seeker who…

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10 killed in ship incident near Crimea, 14 rescue

Ten crew members have been found dead and 14 have been rescued after two ships caught fire in the Kerch Strait near Crimea, Russia’s Transport Ministry said on Monday (January 21), with a rescue operation still underway. The ministry said earlier on Monday that crew members were jumping into the sea to escape the blaze, which probably broke out during a ship-to-ship fuel transhipment. Both ships were under the Tanzanian flag — Candy (Venice) and Maestro — and had a combined 31 crew members. Of them, 16 were Turkish citizens…

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EU sanctions Russians, Syrians over alleged links to chemical attacks

The European Union has imposed sanctions against a number of Russian and Syrian individuals over what it claims to be their links to chemical weapons attacks. During a Monday meeting in the Belgian capital, Brussels, EU foreign ministers agreed to slap travel bans and asset freezes on four Russians working for the country’s military intelligence agency, the GRU, in connection with the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England, in March 2018. The punitive measures target the GRU head, deputy head and two officials “for possession, transport…

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1000s join rally in Turkey in solidarity with detained Kurdish lawmaker

Thousands of people have taken part in a rally in the main Kurdish city of Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey to express solidarity with a detained lawmaker from a pro-Kurdish party who launched a hunger strike in November. According to Press TV, Leyla Guven, a member of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), is protesting against the prison conditions of Abdullah Ocalan, the Head of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Guven, 55, launched a hunger strike on November 8 to pressure the Turkish government into allowing lawyers and family members to…

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5,000 prisoners of conscience in Bahraini regime’s detention, says rights group

An independent human rights group says it has documented the arrest of more than 5,000 prisoners of conscience in addition to 200 victims of excessive use of force, murder and torture in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom, as the ruling Ale Khalifah regime presses ahead with its heavy clampdown on political dissidents and pro-democracy activists. According to Press TV, the Head of the Bahrain Center for Dialogue and Tolerance, Sheikh Maytham al-Salman, said in a statement during a conference held in Lebanese capital Beirut that “human rights as well as…

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