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15 people died after a Let L-410 Turbolet aircraft crashed in Russia’s Tatarstan on Sunday. The flight, which had 23 people on board, crashed at about 9:11 am in the city of Menzelinsk. According to a report by state-affiliated Russian news agency TASS, seven people have been rescued so far. “Seven people were rescued, 15 people were taken out without signs of life,” AFP quoted Russia’s emergency ministry as saying on its Telegram channel. “Four more people have been rescued by fire and rescue teams, work continues. Overall, seven people have been rescued,” TASS news agency quoted a source as saying – 15 dead as aircraft with 23 passengers crashes in Russia’s Tatarstan (India Today – News World)
Taiwan will keep bolstering its defences to ensure nobody can force the island to accept the path China has laid down that offers neither freedom nor democracy, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday, in a strong riposte to Beijing. Addressing a National Day rally, Tsai said she hoped for an easing of tensions across the Taiwan Strait, and reiterated Taiwan will not “act rashly”. “We will continue to bolster our national defence and demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves in order to ensure that nobody can force Taiwan to take the path China has laid out for us,” Tsai added. “This is because the path that China has laid out offers neither a free and democratic way of life for Taiwan, nor sovereignty for our 23 million people.” China’s President Xi vows peaceful ‘reunification’ with Taiwan ‘one country, two systems’ model proposed China has offered a “one country, two systems” model of autonomy to Taiwan, much like it uses with Hong Kong, but all major Taiwanese parties have rejected that, especially after China’s security crackdown in the former British colony. Beijing has refused to deal with Tsai, calling her a separatist who refuses to acknowledge Taiwan is part of “One China”, and does not recognise Taiwan’s government – Taiwan president says island will not bow to pressure to accept China’s rule (France24 Asia/Pacific)
LUCKNOW, Oct 10 – Ashish Mishra, son of junior home minister Ajay Mishra Teni, has been arrested on accusations he ran over and killed four protesting farmers last week, a senior police official said. Farmers say the car that crashed into the protesters, about 130 km north of the state’s capital Lucknow, was owned by the son of the junior home minister. Ajay Mishra Teni said at the time his son was not at the site and that a car driven by “our driver” had lost control and hit the farmers after “miscreants” pelted it with stones and attacked it with sticks and swords. Tens of thousands of farmers have camped for months on major highways to New Delhi to oppose the three laws. The protests have gained momentum in Uttar Pradesh ahead of a state assembly election next year, with a group of influential farmer leaders ratcheting up pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to roll back the laws – Son of India govt minister arrested, accused of killing farmers (Reuters – India)
JERUSALEM – Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged on Sunday that her country would preserve its post-Holocaust commitment to Israel, which hailed her as a “moral compass” for Europeans at times divided over its Middle East conflicts. Merkel, making her eighth and final visit to Israel as she concludes her 16-year term, met Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and was scheduled to tour the Yad Vashem memorial to the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World World Two. Germany has been a leading postwar European ally of Israel and Merkel has sought to cultivate security and economic ties, though she has differed with Israel on policies concerning the Palestinians and Iran. Attending a later session of Bennett’s cabinet, Merkel added: “It is a gift of history, to which Israel contributed much, that Germany can sit here at a table with you today since the history of the Shoah is a singular event for which we continue to bear responsibility in every phase of history, including in the future.” “We sometimes disagree on questions such as whether there should be a two-state solution with the Palestinians, but we agree, I think, that there must always be a vision of a lasting democratic Jewish State of Israel,” Merkel told Bennett’s cabinet – Merkel vows German commitment to Israel in farewell visit (Metro – International)
Abdul Qadeer Khan, the scientist who turned Pakistan into a nuclear power and then sold its atomic secrets, died on Sunday after being admitted to hospital with Covid-19. Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi said in a tweet he was “deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan”, who he had known personally since 1982. After a confession on national television, Khan was pardoned by then-president Pervez Musharraf but he remained under house arrest for years in his palatial Islamabad home. Dr Khan, who held a doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, offered to launch Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme in 1974 after neighbour India carried out its first “peaceful nuclear explosion”. In 2006 Khan developed prostate cancer, but recovered after surgery – Pakistani nuclear scientist AQ Khan dies at 85 (The National ~ N World – World – Asia)
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