Boeing jet crash-lands at Guyana airport, six injured: Minister
GEORGETOWN: A Boeingjetliner carrying 126 people crash-landed at the airport in Guyana’s capital Georgetown on Friday, injuring six people, the transport minister said. The Fly Jamaica Airways plane was bound for Toronto when it suffered a hydraulic problem shortly after takeoff and returned to the airport, crashing and skidding off the runway, Transportation Minister David Patterson said. (Agencies)
White House issues new rule limiting asylum seekers
Washington: US President Donald Trump’s administration has said it would restrict the ability of those crossing illegally to seek asylum in the country’s southern border. The rule becomes effective once a presidential proclamation is issued, CNN quoted senior administration officials as saying on Thursday. The administration announced the new federal rule, issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department, that will limit eligibility for asylum seekers coming from Mexico. The interim rule, which is set to be published in the Federal Register on Friday, states that “if applied to a proclamation suspending the entry of aliens who cross the southern border unlawfully, would bar such aliens from eligibility for asylum and thereby channel inadmissible aliens to ports of entry, where they would be processed in a controlled, orderly and lawful manner”. It adds that “aliens who enter prior to the effective date of an applicable proclamation will not be subject to the asylum eligibility bar unless they depart and re-enter while the proclamation remains in effect”. The regulation will also amend the screening process for aliens subject to a bar on asylum eligibility, a senior administration official said. (Agencies)
US ‘war on terror’ has killed 500,000 people: Study
Washington: About half a million people have died violently in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan due to the US “war on terror” that was launched following the September 11 attacks in 2001, according to a study released on Thursday. The report by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs put the death toll at between 480,000 and 507,000 people – but said the actual number is likely higher. The new toll “is a more than 110,000 increase over the last count, issued just two years ago in August 2016,” Brown said in a statement. “Though the war on terror is often overlooked by the American public, press and lawmakers, the increased body count signals that, far from diminishing, this war remains intense.” The death toll includes insurgents, local police and security forces, civilians and US and allied troops. The report’s author, Neta Crawford, said many of those reported by US and local forces as militants may actually have been civilians. “We may never know the total direct death toll in these wars,” Crawford wrote. (Agencies)
Police shoot a knifeman in Melbourne
Melbourne: Police have shot a knife-wielding man after three people were stabbed in Melbourne’s Bourke Street on Friday. One person was confirmed dead , and two others were injured after a knife-wielding man went on a rampage at Bourke Street in Central Melbourne before setting a car ablaze, ABC News reported. Superintendent of Police David Clayton said, “The officers were initially called in over reports of a fire, but when they arrived and got out of the car, they were “confronted by a male brandishing a knife and threatening them”. “Police shot the male in the chest and he is now in a critical condition in hospital”. The unnamed attacker is in “critical condition” at the hospital following the incident, which left one of the victims dead, he added. (UNI)
Cambodia celebrates 65th Independence day
Phnom Pehn: Cambodia celebrated 65th anniversary of its independence from France on Friday. Presiding over the celebration, Norodom Sihamoni, the nation’s King accompanied by country’s Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, laid a wreath and lit the ceremonial victory fire inside the Independence Monument to symbolise the country’s independence from the French colonial rule, a report in Xinhua said. The Cambodian Killing Fields are a number of sites in Cambodia where collectively more than a million people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime, during its rule of the country from 1975 to 1979, immediately after the end of the Cambodian Civil War (1970–1975). The mass killings are widely regarded as part of a broad state-sponsored genocide (the Cambodian genocide). Approximately 25,000 people, who are leaders, senior officials, foreign diplomats, armed forces, civil servants, residents and students participated in the event. Addressing the gathering, Sihamoni said, “On this occasion, I’d like to appeal to the Cambodian people in all walks of life to unite solidly, under the roof of the state’s constitution and laws, to protect and construct the motherland in all domains.” (UNI)