Civil war in South Sudan caused 400,000 ‘excess deaths’: US report

South Sudan's civil war has caused nearly 400,000 "excess deaths" since fighting erupted in late 2013, a new report funded by the US State Department said Wednesday after years of...

  Asia / South Asia

India’s top court upholds national identity project

India’s top court on Wednesday upheld the constitutional validity of the country’s ambitious biometric identity project ‘Aadhaar’, saying it benefits the marginalised and poor, but raised multiple concerns around the law that governs it, calling for changes. A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India said benefits under the Aadhaar project should be in the nature of welfare schemes...

Vietnam jails activist for anti-govt posts on Facebook

A court in Vietnam has jailed an activist for two years and three months on accusations of abusing democracy rights following anti-government posts on social media site Facebook, authorities said. Despite sweeping economic reform and increasing openness to social change, Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party retains tight media censorship and does not tolerate criticism. A district court found Doan Khanh Vinh...

  Americas

US arrests Chinese man for ‘spying on engineers, scientists’

A Chinese man has been arrested for allegedly spying on US engineers and scientists on behalf of Beijing, US prosecutors say. Ji Chaoqun, 27, was arrested in Chicago and charged with acting as an illegal foreign agent in the US, according to the US attorney's office. Mr Ji came to the US in 2013 to...

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  Africa

Civil war in South Sudan caused 400,000 ‘excess deaths’: US report

South Sudan's civil war has caused nearly 400,000 "excess deaths" since fighting erupted in late 2013, a new report funded by the US State Department said Wednesday after years of uncertainty. The report by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine estimates that "violent injuries" caused about half of those 382,900 deaths. Increased risk of disease and reduced access...

Tanzanian ferry wreck: Death toll reaches 183

Divers rescued a man on Saturday as they searched for survivors from the wreck of an overcrowded Tanzanian ferry that capsized on Lake Victoria on Thursday, killing at least 183 people. Four navy divers resumed the search operation inside the sunken MV Nyerere early on Saturday after hearing sounds that suggested signs of life. They pulled a man out of...