Myanmar army made ‘systematic’ Rohingya crackdown plan — Rights group

BANGKOK: Myanmar’s military engaged in ‘extensive and systematic’ preparations for a bloody crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, a rights group said yesterday, in a damning new report that it says justifies a genocide investigation. A bloody military campaign that started last August forced some 700,000 of the effectively stateless minority over the border into Bangladesh, where […]

Turnbull calls on Pope to sack disgraced archbishop

SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday called on Pope Francis to sack disgraced archbishop Philip Wilson after he was convicted of covering up child sex abuse but remains employed by the church. One of the highest-ranking church officials to be convicted on the charge, the Adelaide archbishop was found guilty in May of concealing […]

Call for swapping, transfer of PBT staff to curb corruption in Johor

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Johor State Assembly Speaker Suhaizan Kaiat yesterday proposed for swapping and transfer of officers and members of local authorities (PBT) be implemented in the state to curb corruption. He said this was because working at the same local authority for too long would expose the PBT officers and members to possible corruption. “I […]

MBSB offers housing loans for joint applications

PUTRAJAYA: The Public Sector Housing Financing Board (LPPSA) is extending its loan facilities to joint applications between civil servants and private sector staff, said its chief executive officer Datuk Kamal Mohd Ali. He said the main condition for these joint applications which include husbands-wives as well as parents and children, was that one of them […]

Pakistan says election rally blast culprit identified

QUETTA, Pakistan: The perpetrator of one of Pakistan’s worst ever suicide bombings has been identified as a jihadist who spent at least two years fighting against foreign troops in Afghanistan, authorities said Thursday.

Last week’s attack killed at least 149 people and was the latest in a series of deadly blasts at various election campaign events ahead of national polls on July 25.

A DNA test on the attacker’s hand, found at the scene of the blast, identified the bomber as Pakistani national Hafeez Nawaz, authorities told reporters in provincial capital Quetta.

Nawaz’s family “confirmed their son had been in Afghanistan for the last two years to wage jihad against the international coalition” backing the Afghan government, senior counterterrorism official Aitzaz Goraya said.

The bomber must have worked with others to execute the attack in southwestern Mastung district and police were hunting his accomplices, Goraya added.

Last week’s blast targeted a rally by local politician Siraj Raisani, in an attack claimed by Islamic State. Raisani was among those killed.

Attacks at election campaign events have killed at least 156 people, including one other local politician, ahead of next week’s elections.

Violence has dropped significantly since the country’s deadliest-ever militant attack, an assault on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar in 2014 that killed more than 150 people, most of them children.

Pakistan’s military intensified operations against militants in the tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan in the wake of that attack, leading to dramatic security improvements.

But analysts have long warned that Pakistan is not tackling the root causes of extremism, and that militants retain the ability to carry out spectacular attacks like the Mastung blast. — AFP

Genomic editing is the future of health

CYBERJAYA: An Egyptian scholar asserted the vast potential of genomic editing in the care of patients and prevention of gene-related diseases among healthy people. In a public lecture titled ‘Public Health, Private Medicine: Reflections on the Impact of the New Genetics’ at the Malaysian Industry–Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) Partnership Hub here today, Dr […]

Swinburne inks MoU with IEM Sarawak

KUCHING: Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with The Institution of Engineers Malaysia Sarawak Branch for collaborative relations in areas such as industry-related research, engineering training, and knowledge sharing. Swinburne Sarawak School of Engineering deputy head Dr Chua Hong Siang signed on behalf of deputy vice-chancellor and chief […]

Modern Living Furniture Fair at Vivacity

KUCHING: The Modern Living Furniture Fair, which started yesterday, will be open daily from 10am to 10pm until Sunday at Ground Floor, Vivacity Megamall. It features products such as high quality fabric sofas, Italian cowhide leather sofas, beds, mattresses, and wardrobes. The fabric sofas are waterproof, while the custom leather sofas come in many colours. […]

Indonesia’s ‘child’ of Krakatoa spews ash and lava

JAKARTA: An Indonesian volcano known as the ‘child’ of the legendary Krakatoa erupted yesterday, spewing a plume of ash high into the sky as molten lava streamed down from its summit. Anak Krakatau – a small volcanic island that emerged from the ocean a half century after Krakatoa’s deadly 1883 eruption – has rumbled back […]

‘Treasure ship’ claim raises eyebrows in South Korea

SEOUL: A company claiming to have found the wreck of a Russian warship with US$130 billion in gold ‘treasure’ off the coast of South Korea has drawn scepticism from researchers and regulators in Seoul. Shinil Group, which lists a Singapore address on its website, said it had discovered the wreck of the Dmitrii Donskoi, a […]