You can read 19 more articles this month
Tianjin deaths rise to 158
CHINA: The death toll from last month’s blast at a Tianjin warehouse rose to 158 yesterday.
Fifteen people remain missing including 10 firefighters.
Firefighters also make up the majority of the casualties, with 94 having died while trying to control the blaze.
Tianjin authorities pledged at the weekend that people would be compensated for damaged property.
PM uses speech to condemn protesters
MALAYSIA: Embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak used his National Day speech to condemn protesters for their “shallow minds.”
Mass demonstrations of up to 300,000 people had demanded his resignation at the weekend over 2.6 billion ringgit (£400 million) which appeared in his account, seemingly from a public-sector company.
But Mr Najib said that protesting on the eve of National Day showed “poor national spirit” and there was never an excuse to “disrupt public order” in a democracy.
Cleric denies call to prayer change
EGYPT: Cleric Mahmoud Maghazi yesterday angrily denied altering the dawn call to prayer to mention Facebook.
Locals allege that he changed the line “prayer is better than sleep” to “prayer is better than Facebook” on Sunday morning.
The Religious Endowments Ministry has ordered an investigation, but Mr Maghazi told Egyptian TV: “I don’t know what Facebook is and I don’t know how it is spelt,” before accusing his accusers of being members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Boko Haram looks to move on Lagos
NIGERIA: Religious fanatics Boko Haram are seeking to extend their operations to Lagos, officials warned yesterday following a weekend of butchery in Borno state.
Borno Governor Kashim Shettima said the Islamist extremist organisation had killed 56 villagers in a remote part of the state at the weekend.
“I want us all to understand that the Boko Haram crisis is a calamity that has befallen us, as the insurgents do not discriminate.”
Mount McKinley name returned
UNITED STATES: President Barack Obama returned North America’s tallest peak to its original name of Denali, meaning “the tall one.”
It had been known as Mount McKinley since 1896 in honour of soon-to-be US president William McKinley, who never visited Alaska, where it is situated.
Mr Obama will become the first sitting president to visit the Alaskan Arctic and its indigenous population in a trip this week aimed at highlighting the impact of climate change.
Foreign minister quits to marry Pres
TRANS-DNIESTER: President Yevgeny Shevchuk of the breakaway republic — regarded by all UN member states as part of Moldova — announced yesterday that his foreign minister Nina Shtanski was quitting her job to marry him.
“She will leave for another job and no longer be minister,” he declared. News agency Novosti Pridnestrovia confirmed that Ms Shtanski would “soon fulfil the obligations of the president’s wife.”
Two dead in factory explosion
SPAIN: At least two people were killed and four more were missing after an explosion at a fireworks factory yesterday in Pinseque, near Zaragoza.
A further six were injured and were being treated in hospital, local police said.
Police and firefighters were searching for the missing workers. Further blasts at the factory were hindering the operation, they said.
Academic murdered by extremists
INDIA: Academic Malleshappa M Kalburgi was murdered by suspected religious extremists at the weekend, police said yesterday after his cremation.
The secular author had campaigned against “idol-worship” and superstition — prompting death threats from radical Hindu groups.
Mr Kalburgi had been given police protection after the threats began last year, but it was removed two weeks ago at his own request.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.