Rebels ambush police in Indian-held Kashmir, killing 4

The policemen were wounded and later died at a hospital. (File/AFP)
Updated 29 August 2018
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Rebels ambush police in Indian-held Kashmir, killing 4

  • India and Pakistan claim the divided territory of Kashmir in its entirety
  • Police say rebels attacked the four on Wednesday with gunfire in the suburbs of southern Shopian town

SRINAGAR, India: Police say rebels fighting against Indian rule ambushed a group of police officers and killed four of them in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
Police say rebels attacked the four on Wednesday with gunfire in the suburbs of southern Shopian town.
The policemen were wounded and later died at a hospital.
No rebel group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
India and Pakistan claim the divided territory of Kashmir in its entirety. Most Kashmiris support the rebel cause that the territory be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country while also participating in civilian street protests against Indian control.


Vietnam arrests 2 former ministers suspected of mismanagement

Updated 22 min 28 sec ago
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Vietnam arrests 2 former ministers suspected of mismanagement

  • Vietnamese authorities toughen their crackdown on corruption
  • The People’s Supreme Procuracy approved prosecution orders against Truong Minh Tuan and his predecessor Nguyen Bac Son

HANOI, Vietnam: Vietnamese officials said Saturday that they have arrested two former information ministers suspected of mismanaging state investment capital, as the authorities toughen their crackdown on corruption.
The Ministry of Public Security said on its website that the People’s Supreme Procuracy approved prosecution orders against Truong Minh Tuan, former minister of information and communications, and his predecessor Nguyen Bac Son for “violating regulations on management and use of state investment capital causing serious consequences,” and that police were speeding up their investigation into the case. The offense carries a jail sentence of up to 20 years.
Son was information minister from 2011 to 2016 and Tuan held the post from 2016 until last year, when he was fired for mismanagement at state-owned Mobifone, one of Vietnam’s biggest mobile phone operators.
The ruling Communist Party’s Inspection Committee said earlier that it found Mobifone had overpaid to buy 95 percent of the shares of loss-making pay TV provider Audio Visual Global Joint Stock Company, in a deal worth nearly 8.9 trillion dong ($380 million).
Around 10 senior officials at the ministry and senior executives at Mobifone have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the case.
A former Politburo member and many other former or current officials have been jailed for corruption or economic-related crimes in the past few years.