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Malawi: MP, activist arrested over 'inflammatory' posts about Vice President's plane crash

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Lilongwe, June 22 (IANS) Police in Malawi have arrested a Member of Parliament (MP), Kamlepo Kalua, and an activist, Bon Kalindo, for their social media posts regarding the June 10 plane crash that killed the country’s Vice President Saulos Chilima and eight other officials.

National police spokesperson Peter Kalaya confirmed the arrests in a statement on Friday, saying they had made “inflammatory social media posts which are full of innuendos and insinuations”.

Kalaya said that the voice notes in question contain serious criminal elements as defined by the Electronic Transactions and Cyber Security Act, Xinhua news agency reported.

The police spokesperson further said that the posts have the potential to incite violence and disorder.

The social media posts reportedly made by Kalua and Kalindo questioned and contradicted the authorities’ narrative regarding the cause of the plane crash.

The plane, a Dornier 228 military aircraft belonging to the Malawi Defence Force, crashed on June 10 in a forest a few kilometres away from Mzuzu City in northern Malawi due to poor weather conditions, according to the country’s Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Colleen Zamba.

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Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera has since engaged foreign experts to join the Malawi Defence Force and the Malawi Police Service in investigating the crash to find out the actual cause.

Meanwhile, experts from Germany are scheduled to jet into the country on Saturday to help investigate, Minister of Information and Digitalisation Moses Kunkuyu said.

–IANS

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Israel recovers bodies of five hostages from Gaza

Jerusalem, July 25 (IANS) The bodies of five Israeli people, who were held hostages by Hamas after the attack on the country, have been recovered, Israeli forces said on Thursday.

They were identified as Maya Goren from Kibbutz Nir Oz and four soldiers, whose bodies were held hostage, according to a joint statement released by the Israeli military and the Shin Bet internal security agency. The soldiers — Oren Goldin, Tomer Ahimas, Ravid Aryeh Katz, and Kiril Brodski — were killed in combat with Hamas militants on October 7, 2023, Xinhua news agency reported.

The bodies were retrieved in an operation carried out in Gaza on Wednesday by commando and Shin Bet forces and taken to Israel for identification, according to the statement.

Kibbutz Nir Oz, one of the communities most severely affected by Hamas’ assault, released a statement saying that Goren, a 56-year-old kindergarten teacher, was “brought home for burial” after nine months of being held in Gaza. Israeli authorities said in December 2023 that she was believed to be dead.

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With about 110 people still being held hostage in Gaza, at least a third of them are feared dead, according to Israeli estimates.

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Three killed in road accident in Afghanistan

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Three killed in road accident in Afghanistan

Charikar, July 25 (IANS) Three commuters lost their lives and three others were injured following a road accident in Afghanistan’s Parwan province on Thursday morning, police said.

The accident occurred in Siagard district when a passenger car rammed into a truck, leaving three dead including two women, and injuring three others, said Fazal Rahim Muskinyar, spokesman for the provincial police.

Three women, who were injured in the accident, were transported to the provincial hospital for treatment, Xinhua news agency reported.

Dilapidated roads, reckless driving, overspeeding, overloading, and lack of safety measures often cause deadly accidents in Afghanistan.

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One missing after oil tanker capsizes in Philippines

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One missing after oil tanker capsizes in Philippines

Manila, July 25 (IANS) One person went missing after an oil tanker sank in the Philippines’ Bataan province on Thursday, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel said.

Rear Admiral Armando Balilo said the vessel, Motor Tanker Terra Nova, carrying 1.4 million litters of industrial fuel oil, capsized and eventually sank 3.6 nautical miles east of Limay town around 1:10 a.m. local time Thursday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Balilo said the vessel was sailing south to Iloilo province in the central Philippines when the accident happened.

Balilo said the Coast Guardsmen rescued 16 of the 17 crew, four of whom were injured. “The search and rescue operation for the missing crew is ongoing,” he added.

According to Balilo, a marine environmental protection team has been sent to the area to combat oil spills, and an investigation is underway to find the cause of the accident.

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Two killed after cattle-mustering choppers crash in Australia (Ld)

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Two killed after cattle-mustering choppers crash in Australia (Ld)

Sydney, July 25 (IANS) Two people were killed after two helicopters crashed in Western Australia on Thursday, police said.

The incident took place near Mount Anderson Station in Camballin, a small town in the state’s Kimberley region, Xinhua news agency reported.

Emergency services were notified of the crash at about 6:20 a.m. local time.

Early indications suggested that two cattle-mustering helicopters collided shortly after taking off.

“Both helicopters only had one person on board. Sadly, both pilots – a 29-year-old man and a 30-year-old man – died as a result of injuries received during the crash,” said the Western Australia Police Force.

According to police, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau also received notifications and would conduct a transport safety investigation into the incident.

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One injured as bus crashes into car in Australia

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One injured as bus crashes into car in Australia

Sydney, July 25 (IANS) A female driver remained in critical condition on Thursday after her car collided with a bus carrying students in Western Australia’s capital Perth.

At approximately 8.20 a.m. local time on Wednesday, the Western Australian Police Force received reports of a collision between a sedan and a bus at the intersection of Ellen Stirling Bvd and Oswald St in Innaloo, Xinhua news agency reported.

The bus was carrying approximately 50 passengers, with both the driver and passengers escaping the crash unscathed. Police didn’t confirm if all those onboard were schoolchildren.

“The female driver of the Hyundai was trapped in the vehicle and was extracted by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services before being conveyed by ambulance to Royal Perth Hospital with serious injuries,” said police.

On Thursday, local media revealed that the severely injured woman continued to fight for her life in the intensive care.

A passenger on the bus recalled to the West Australian that the car tried to cross lanes when it smashed into the side of the bus.

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According to the WA Education Department, at least nine senior high school students were on the bus when the accident occurred.

With an estimated population of more than 9,000 residents, the Innaloo suburb is located 9 km northeast of Perth’s central business district.

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