A strong earthquake hits Chile on Christmas morning


Thousands of people were evacuated from coastal areas in southern Chile on Sunday following a powerful Christmas Day earthquake that initially triggered a tsunami alert. Officials later downgraded the tsunami warnings.The quake registered 7.7 on the Moment Magnitude scale according to seismologists at the US Geological Survey. There were no immediate reports of casualties, though electricity was cut to some communities.


US issues travel warnings for Egypt, Jordan after recent attacks


The United States State Department warned Americans travelling to Egypt of threats from terror groups and noted that several bombing incidents had occurred this month, including a Coptic cathedral attack that killed at least 25 people. The State Department on Friday also warned Americans travelling to Jordan of threats from terrorist groups after several recent attacks in the country.

Berlin attack suspect shot dead in Italy


The Berlin attack suspect has been killed in a shootout with police in Milan, the Italian interior minister has said, Anis Amri, a 24-year-old Tunisian, had eluded capture since the attack on Monday that killed 12 people and injured another 48 in the German capital. Italian interior minister Marco Minniti said during a news conference that the man killed in the shootout was identified as Amri “without a shadow of a doubt”. earlier , German authorities on Tuesday released a Pakistani asylum-seeker suspected of driving the truck .

Russian ambassador to Turkey assassinated by police officer in revenge for Aleppo


Russia’s ambassador to Turkey has been assassinated by an off-duty police officer in front of terrified witnesses allegedly in retaliation for the crisis in Aleppo. The gunman reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” and said in Turkish “We die in Aleppo, you die here” after shooting Ambassador Andrei Karlov in the back in an attack caught on camera. Police later killed the assailant, Andrey Karlov, 62, was several minutes into a speech at a embassy-sponsored photo exhibition when a man in a suit shot the diplomat in the back from close range multiple times on Monday evening.Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova made the announcement of Karlov’s death in a live televised statement.
The assailant was a 22-year-old off-duty police officer who worked in the Turkish capital .

Minister helps 500 kg Egyptian woman get medical visa


India on Wednesday finally gave travel papers to an ailing Egyptian woman weighing 500kg, to visit Mumbai for treatment. This was after the intervention of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who herself is currently admitted to a hospital in Delhi for kidney transplant. 36-year-old Eman Ahmed was issued medical visa by the Indian Embassy in Egypt after a Mumbai-based doctor requested Swaraj to help the woman travel to India for treatment.