British law professor under fire over ‘Islamophobic’ statements

London, United Kingdom – A British university professor has come under mounting criticism over what students described as his “Islamophobic” remarks and taught content. In a statement last week, the University of Bristol’s Islamic Society (BRISOC) said it was “alarmed by multiple complaints against Professor Steven Greer of the Law School for his reported use of […]

Disabled Apartment Owners Fear Fire Traps in Aftermath of Grenfell Disaster

LONDON — Like many across England, Sarah Rennie has lost sleep worrying about her building catching fire, especially since inspectors discovered that the high-rise is wrapped in a flammable material similar to the one that fueled the deadly blaze at London’s Grenfell Tower in 2017. But the fear is compounded for Ms. Rennie. She uses […]

Myanmar Police Open Fire on Protesters, Killing 2

The police in Myanmar opened fire on protesters in the city of Mandalay on Saturday, killing two and injuring at least 10, witnesses said. The shootings occurred as the authorities were trying to force workers back to their jobs at a local shipyard. They were among hundreds of thousands of laborers across Myanmar who have […]

Garbage Truck Driver Is Charged in California Fire That Killed 2

A garbage truck driver accused of dumping a burning load of trash that led to the deadly Sandalwood fire in 2019 that killed two people and destroyed more than 1,000 acres of vegetation has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, the authorities in California said on Tuesday. The driver, Antonio Ornelas-Velazquez, 38, of […]

Plane catches fire after Houthis attack Abha airport: Saudi TV

The Saudi-led coalition claims Houthi rebels launched an attack on Abha airport causing a fire in a civilian aircraft. The Saudi-led coalition battling the Houthi rebels say the Yemeni rebel group launched an attack on Abha airport, causing a fire in a civilian aircraft that was brought under control. “A cowardly terrorist attack by the […]

Family of Man Attacked by Fire Ants at V.A. Facility Before His Death Sues U.S.

The family of a military veteran who died in 2019 after he was bitten all over his body by fire ants while at a Veterans Affairs facility in Atlanta filed a wrongful-death lawsuit this week against the U.S. government and a pest control company. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Federal District Court in Atlanta, claims […]

3 Teens Charged in Denver House Fire That Killed 5 From Senegal

Three teenagers were arrested Wednesday on murder and arson charges stemming from a house fire in Denver over the summer that killed five immigrants from Senegal, a crime that drew the attention of that country’s president, the authorities said. The names of the three boys were not released because of their ages — two of […]

Police fire water cannon as Tunisians march on parliament

Tunisian riot police on Tuesday turned water cannon on protesters outside the heavily barricaded parliament as they tried to quell the largest rally yet since demonstrations began this month over inequality and police abuses. Hundreds of protesters marched from the Ettadhamen district of the capital where young people have clashed nightly with police for more […]

China authorises coast guard to fire on foreign vessels if needed

Legislation allows demolition of other countries’ structures built on Chinese-claimed reefs, board and inspect foreign vessels in waters Beijing claims. China has passed a law that for the first time explicitly allows its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels, a move that could make the contested South China Sea and nearby waters more choppy. China […]

Man sets himself on fire outside Belarus gov’t HQ: Police

The 35-year-old was taken to hospital after passers-by and police put out the flames with a fire extinguisher. A 35-year-old man in Belarus set himself on fire outside the government headquarters in Minsk on Friday and was hospitalised after passers-by and police put out the flames with a fire extinguisher, police said. The man could […]

Fire at India plant of world’s biggest vaccine maker: Local media

BREAKING Fire breaks out at Serum Institute of India, local media says, adding that production of coronavirus vaccine was not affected. A big fire has broken out at a plant being built for the Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s biggest vaccine maker, but it will not affect production of coronavirus vaccines, a source […]

Fire at world’s biggest vaccine maker in India

LONDON: The team behind the UK’s main COVID-19 vaccine, developed at Oxford University, is preparing to update the inoculation to be resistant to new strains of the virus. British newspaper The Independent reported that the team is mobilizing this new effort in response to the variants seen in the UK, South Africa and elsewhere. The […]

Inauguration rehearsal evacuated after fire near Capitol

Officials say there was no threat to the public and the fire, about 1.6km away from the Capitol, has been extinguished. The US Capitol complex in Washington, DC, temporarily locked down on Monday during a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration after a fire in a homeless encampment about 1.6 kilometres (one mile) away sent […]

Fire at Bangladesh Rohingya camp leaves thousands without shelter

A fire has swept through the Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh, destroying homes belonging to thousands of people, according to the United Nations. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said more than 550 shelters – home to at least 3,500 people – were either totally or partially destroyed in the blaze on Thursday, as well […]

VOA under fire for reassigning reporter over Pompeo question

White House reporter Patsy Widakuswara posted a video of herself asking Pompeo about mob attack by Trump supporters. Voice of America’s management came under fire after reassigning a journalist who attempted to pose a question to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the deadly riot at the US Capitol last week. Pompeo criticised the taxpayer-funded […]

Johnson under fire as UK again faces onslaught of COVID-19

LONDON: The crisis facing Britain this winter is depressingly familiar: Stay-at-home orders and empty streets. Hospitals overflowing. A daily toll of many hundreds of coronavirus deaths.The UK is the epicenter of Europe’s COVID-19 outbreak once more, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government is facing questions, and anger, as people demand to know how the […]

Fire in western Indian hospital kills 10 infants, 7 rescued

Author:  Associated Press article author:  AP ID:  1610172653632064000 Sat, 2021-01-09 06:08 NEW DELHI: A fire broke out in the intensive care unit of a government-run hospital in western India early Saturday, killing 10 infants, police and news reports said. A preliminary investigation suggests the fire was caused by an electrical short-circuit, said police officer V.S. […]

10 babies killed in India hospital fire

All of those who died at the hospital in Maharashtra state were aged between a few days and three months. Ten babies were killed in a maternity unit in the Indian state of Maharashtra early on Saturday when fire tore through a major hospital, a doctor said. Staff rescued seven of the newborn infants at […]

Pakistan calls for Afghan action as soldier killed in border fire

Pakistan demands action against armed groups ‘finding sanctuaries’ in Afghanistan, a day after a Pakistani soldier was killed in a cross-border attack. Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan has called on the Afghan government to take action against armed groups “finding sanctuaries” in that country, a day after a Pakistani soldier was killed in a cross-border attack […]

Under fire, the Netherlands is speeding up the start of its lagging vaccination campaign.

Facing broad criticism, the government of the Netherlands on Saturday said the country would speed up its lagging vaccination process and provide the first shots to frontline health care workers. Most nations elsewhere in Europe started their vaccination processes last week. The first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived in the Netherlands a week ago. […]

Mob attacks and sets fire to Hindu temple in Pakistan

Videos circulating on social media showed men using hammers to damage the temple after an address from Muslim leaders. Hundreds of Muslims attacked and set fire to a Hindu temple in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, police and witnesses said. Videos circulating on social media showed men using hammers to damage the temple walls as thick […]

Fire breaks out in Bosnia migrant camp, deepening housing crisis

Police say huge fire believed to have been started by disgruntled migrants, evacuated hours earlier. A huge fire has broken out at a temporary migrant camp in northwest Bosnia and Herzegovina. The camp has been strongly criticised by rights groups as being unsuitable due to its lack of resources. Police said they believe Wednesday’s blaze […]

Malaysia’s COVID-hit Top Glove says will not fire whistleblowers

Company at centre of Malaysia’s biggest COVID-19 outbreak fired worker who raised concerns about overcrowding. Malaysia’s Top Glove Corp Bhd, site of the country’s biggest virus outbreak, said on Wednesday that whistleblowers will no longer face termination after it fired a worker who highlighted overcrowding at its factories. The world’s biggest maker of medical gloves […]

U.K. Lawmaker Under Fire for Calling UNICEF’s Free Meals a ‘Political Stunt’

LONDON — Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Conservative British lawmaker who serves as leader of the House of Commons, has provoked anger by criticizing a UNICEF program that is set to provide free meals to children in Britain for the first time in the organization’s 74-year history. Mr. Rees-Mogg on Thursday accused the United Nations children’s agency […]