Russia rejects Syria war crimes claim over hospital attacks

Moscow, Feb 16 : Russia on Tuesday said it “categorically rejects” accusations of war crimes over the bombing of hospitals in Syria. “Those who make such statements are not capable of backing them up with proof,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Up to 50 people were killed in missile attacks on at least four hospitals […]

Miner trapped for eight days rescued in Indonesia

Jakarta, Feb 16 : A miner trapped inside a goldmine in Indonesia since February 8 was rescued on Tuesday, said the company that runs the mine. Australian mining company Newcrest said the trapped miner, Pak Mursalim Sahman, was rescued and he would be transferred to a hospital in Gosowong for a check-up before reuniting with […]

‘Greece’s exclusion from Schengen not to solve refugee crisis’

Athens, Feb 16 : Greece’s exclusion from the Schengen passport-free travel zone would not resolve the ongoing refugee crisis that is testing Europe’s cohesion, visiting European Council President Donald Tusk said here on Tuesday. “Excluding Greece from the Schengen zone does not solve any problem,” Tusk, after talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, told […]

Need to improve social protection schemes in Nepal stressed

Kathmandu, Feb 16 : Government officials and disaster experts have called for an improvement of social protection schemes in future emergency responses in Nepal. In a seminar organised by Unicef here on Tuesday, they said the government should learn from the devastating earthquake which occurred on April 25, 2015, Xinhua reported. Yubaraj Khatiwada, vice chairman […]

Over 84,000 refugees, migrants entered EU by sea so far in 2016

Geneva, Feb 16 : The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on Tuesday said 84,320 refugee and migrant maritime arrivals have been recorded in Europe since the beginning of the year. The vast majority (78,333 arrivals) have been reported in Greece, with the remaining 5,987 registered in Italy, Xinhua reported. This month’s sea arrivals in Greece […]

Indonesia plans tougher anti-terrorism laws after Jakarta attack

By Agustinus Beo Da Costa and Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA, Feb 16 : Indonesia has drawn up plans for tougher anti-terrorism laws following last month’s militant attack on the capital, including detention without trial for up to three months compared with a week now, government sources told Reuters today. The proposals are likely to draw fire […]