Nine Thai army officers killed in helicopter crash

Bangkok : Nine Thai army officers were killed when their helicopter crashed into a field in Phayao province Monday evening.

Deputy army spokeswoman Sirichan Ngathong confirmed that none of the nine people on board the Bell 212 helicopter survived the crash, Xinhua reported.

The search and rescue team discovered the bodies of all the nine at 8.15 p.m. local time

Maj. Gen. Songpon Thongjeen, the Third Army's deputy area commander, was on board the chopper that left an army camp in Phayao bound for an army base in Chiang Rai province.


Suspicious package prompts partial evacuation of British parliament

London : Part of the British Parliament was evacuated Monday morning after a suspicious package was discovered, media reported.

People in the offices of Portcullis House, a building opposite the Houses of Parliament, were turned away Monday after a suspect package was found.

However, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that the package "had later been confirmed as non-suspicious and the security alert had been stepped down", reported British newspaper The Independent.


400 immigrants attempt to enter Spanish enclave

Madrid : Around 400 Sub-Saharan immigrants launched an attempt to breach the frontier wire separating the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco in the early hours of Monday morning.

The attempt took place in four separate places along the six-metre high wire, but was on the most part unsuccessful with only one person able to scale the triple layer of fencing and make way to the Temporary Immigrant Housing Centre (CETI) in the middle of the town.


One killed, many arrested in Kenya police raid on mosques

Nairobi : At least one person was shot dead and several others arrested early Monday as police conducted a massive joint security operation against two mosques in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa.

Mombasa divisional police commander Geoffrey Mayek said the raid was conducted on Sakina and Masjid Musa mosques to help flush out Muslim youth who were planning attacks in the coastal city.

Mayek said the police recovered grenades, several crude weapons and pistols during the operation led by anti-terrorism police and other units.

IS's Jihadi John threatens slaughter in Britain

London : Jihadi John, the nickname given to a Briton who beheaded two British and two American nationals abducted by the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical organisation, has threatened slaughter on the streets of Britain.

Following the release of a threat video by the IS, Prime Minister David Cameron has called an emergency Cobra meeting, the Telegraph reported Monday.

In the video of the murder released Jihadi John threatens to slaughter people on the streets of Britain and termed Cameron as a puppet of US President Barack Obama.

Fiji invites people for Modi's welcoming ceremony

Suva : Fijian people have been invited to be part of the traditional welcoming ceremony to be accorded to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is scheduled to visit Fiji, home to a large ethnic Indian population, this week.

The welcome ceremony will take place at Albert Park here Wednesday, Fiji Live reported.

During his visit, Modi will meet Fijian leaders as well as leaders and representatives of 12 other Pacific Island nations.

Modi is also expected to visit the parliamentary complex and make school visits. He will leave for India Nov 20.

Russia will stop Ukraine from annihilating opponents in east: Putin

Moscow : Russia will not allow the central Ukrainian authorities to annihilate its political foes and opponents in the embattled eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with German TV channel ARD.

“Today there is fighting in eastern Ukraine,” the Russian president said. “The Ukrainian central authorities have sent the armed forces there and they even use ballistic missiles.”


Four terrorists held in Myanmar

Yangon : Four terrorists who infiltrated into Myanmar to carry out destructive acts have been nabbed, a police official said Monday.

The four wanted terrorists were caught in Theinnyi, Shan state, Friday evening, a day after the end of the 25th ASEAN summit and 9th East Asia Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, when a passenger bus carrying them was intercepted at an entry checkpoint to the city, Xinhua reported.

The four were reported to have infiltrated from western Rakhine state and hidden themselves in Mon state's Mawlamyine from where the information about them was leaked out.

Mexican politician to face trial over 43 missing students

Mexico City : Former Iguala mayor Jose Luis Abarca Velazquez, who has been linked to the disappearance of 43 students in September, will remain in custody and face a criminal trial, Mexican judicial officials said.

A federal criminal court in the city of Toluca will try Abarca on organised crime, kidnapping and murder charges, the Federal Judiciary Council (CJF) said.

The court issued the order as part of proceedings initiated by a court in Matamoros, a border city in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.


Modi receives boomerang from aboriginal dancers

Sydney : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday received a boomerang as a present during a traditional welcome by aboriginal dance performers as he touched down in this Australian city.

Modi termed the welcome "amazing".

Modi, who arrived here from Brisbane, watched the aboriginal dance performance at his hotel.

Later the dancers presented him with a boomerang.

"Amazing welcome in Sydney. Glad to be here," he tweeted.

Modi also spoke to the dancers.