A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck on Thursday in the Indian Ocean off the island of Mauritius, according to the US Geological Service. The quake's epicenter was 10 kilometers deep. It was also 387 kilometers from Port Mathurin on the island of Rodrigues, and 976 kilometers from the Mauritius capital Port Louis. No tsunami warning was immediately issued.
Bulgaria government survives no-confidence vote over judiciary reform
The Bulgarian government on Thursday survived a no-confidence vote in the parliament. Prime Minister Boiko Borisov's cabinet had been accused of failing to reform the judiciary, and to jail organized crime bosses and corrupt officials, Reuters said. The motion to topple the center-right government needed 121 votes, but only 72 lawmakers supported it. This was the fourth no-confidence vote since the current Cabinet took office three years ago. The government enjoyed the backing of independent lawmakers.
Bombing kills 5 in Pakistan market
A bomb killed at least five people at a busy market in Pakistan's tribal belt on Thursday. Officials say 11 others were wounded. The device exploded in Pasht bazaar of Salarzai in Bajaur district near the Afghan border, AFP reports. Nobody has claimed the responsibility for the bombing. Taliban militants have carried out several attacks in the past against Salarzai tribesmen for forming pro-government militias and supporting military operations.
All miners trapped underground in Siberia successfully evacuated
All 263 miners working in the shaft of the “Komsomolets” mine in Russia’s Kemerovo Region have been evacuated, after fire broke out on Thursday morning. Emergency workers say no casualties have been reported. “The fire engulfed an area of 15 square meters. It occurred in the Tolmachevsky coal bed,” said the regional Emergencies Ministry. The duty officer received a report about the fire outbreak in the mine at 5:20am Moscow time (01:20 GMT). Three teams of a militarized mine rescue unit of 17 people and a response group of the local fire fighting garrison were dispatched to the scene.
Israeli defense minister calls on world to stop Iran
Israel is urging world powers to stop Iran’s nuclear program, warning that it might be too late once a certain atomic threshold is reached. "It is clear to me beyond any doubt that confronting that challenge in itself once it ripens, if it ripens, will be infinitely more complex, infinitely more dangerous and infinitely more costly in human life and resources," said Israel’s defence minister, Ehud Barak. Israeli media have interpreted the story as a possible call to strike Tehran. "This is the time for the entire world to ready for united action...in order to put a swift and definite stop to the Iranian nuclear project," the minister added.
Olympic organizers display South Korean flag for team from North
Olympic organizers have incorrectly displayed the South Korean flag instead of the North Korean one at a stadium`s giant screen. The mistake prompted North Korea’s Olympic women’s soccer team to leave the pitch before their match against Colombia at Glasgow's Hampden Park. The match finally kicked off one hour later. It was another setback for British organizers of the Olympic Games, following the numerous security problems.
Arab League to seek action on Syria in UN General Assembly
The Arab League plans to go to the UN General Assembly to seek approval of a new resolution on Syria, Saudi Arabia’s UN envoy said on Wednesday. Abdallah al-Mouallimi condemned the regime of Bashar Assad and blamed it for the ongoing violence. The new initiative by Arab nations comes after Russia and China vetoed a Security Council resolution imposing sanctions against the Syrian government. Syria's UN envoy Bashar Jaafari accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of interfering militarily, financially and politically in Syria and conspiring against international envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan.
To Rome alone: 11-y.o. boy flies to Italy from UK unattended and with no documents
Britain's security procedures ahead of the Olympics received a further blow when an 11-year-old boy caught a flight to Rome with no passport, ticket and no boarding pass. The child boarded at Manchester airport and was only discovered mid-flight. He avoided airline and security checks by blending in with another family. It couldn't come at a worse time, as thousands of people arrive for Friday's start of the Games. It follows a security contractor's 11th-hour pullout because it could not get enough staff.