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Mexico says 3 soldiers arrested, accused of kidnapping

Mexico’s defense department says three soldiers have been arrested and accused of kidnapping a 14-year-old boy.

The arrests announced Tuesday were especially embarrassing for the government because the three were members of the army military police.

The administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has used the military police as one of the bases for building the country’s new law enforcement agency, the National Guard. Officials said the three – two men and a woman – had not been assigned to serve in the National Guard.

The youth was abducted in southern Guerrero state and the kidnappers demanded a ransom. The three, and a fourth member of the gang, were arrested and the boy freed and returned to his family.


French inventor soars above Champs-Élysées on flyboard at Paris parade

A French inventor and entrepreneur on Sunday soared above the Champs-Elysees on a turbine engine-powered flyboard in front of President Emmanuel Macron and other EU leaders.

Former jet-skiing champion Franky Zapata, grasping a rifle in a sign of the possible military uses of his device, took to the air in a futuristic showpiece of the annual Bastille Day parade. ‘

French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly told France Inter radio ahead of the parade that the flyboard “can allow tests for different kinds of uses, for example as a flying logistical platform or, indeed, as an assault platform.”


Iran calls on Britain to immediately release its seized supertanker – IRNA

Iran called on Britain to immediately release its oil tanker which British Royal Marines seized last week on suspicion that it was breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi told state news agency IRNA.

“This is a dangerous game and has consequences … the legal pretexts for the capture are not valid … the release of the tanker is in all countries’ interest … Foreign powers should leave the region because Iran and other regional countries are capable of securing the regional security,” Mousavi said.

Iran has warned of reciprocal measures if the tanker is not released by Britain.

Ethiopia’s Abiy steps up mediation in Kenya, Somalia sea row

Ethiopia prime minister has sent emissaries to Kenya and Somalia seeking to have their maritime border dispute resolved without worsening flagile diplomatic ties in the Horn of Africa.

Officials in Nairobi and Mogadishu said Abiy, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the region’s security prefect, had scheduled a meeting for this week between presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Mohammed Farmajo for July 13.

However, the meeting was still subject to confirmation from the two heads of state with the officials leaving it at “their diaries allowing.”


Pakistan: 11 killed, dozens injured in train collision

At least 11 people were killed and 62 injured in a collision between two trains in northeastern Pakistan on Thursday morning, officials and local media reported.

The accident, the latest in a series of similar incidents, occurred in Punjab’s Sadiqabad district — some 543 kilometers (337 miles) from the provincial capital Lahore — when a passenger train collided with a freight train parked on a parallel track, Deputy Commissioner Sadiqabad Jamil Ahmad told reporters.

Railway Minister Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad told reporters an inquiry had been ordered into the accident.

Amateur footage on local Geo TV showed rescue workers moving the bodies and injured into ambulances, which rushed them to hospitals.

City Police Chief Umer Farooq told reporters that the incident seemed to be result of a signal error as the driver of the passenger train suddenly changed tracks and hit a parked freight train.

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed sympathy with the victims’ families and ordered an inquiry into the incident.

“Saddened to learn of train accident in Sadiqabad. My condolences to the victims’ families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. Have asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure & ensure safety standards,” Khan said in a tweet.

In another Thursday morning accident, 13 people were killed and several injured when a passenger bus overturned in Attock, Punjab, Geo News reported.

Pakistan has a long history of train and road accidents, mainly due to poor infrastructure and a lack of safety standards.


Iran’s Revolutionary Guards deny trying to stop British tanker in Gulf – Fars news

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards rejected on Thursday a U.S. claim that they tried to stop a British tanker in the Gulf a day earlier, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Five boats believed to belong to the Guards approached a British oil tanker in the Gulf on Wednesday and asked it to stop in Iranian waters close by but withdrew after a British warship warned them, U.S. officials said.

WhatsApp messages can be traced without diluting end-to-end encryption’

With India pressing for traceability of WhatsApp messages to check the spread of fake news, a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras on Wednesday stressed that the issue can be easily resolved without diluting end-to-end encryption and affecting the privacy of users.

“If WhatsApp says it is not technically possible to show the originator of the message, I can show that it is possible,” said V. Kamakoti, while delivering a lecture at Indian Council of World Affairs here.

“When a message is sent from WhatsApp, the identity of the originator can also be revealed along with the message. So the message and the identity of the creator can be seen only by the recipient. When that recipient forwards the message, his/her identity can be revealed to the next recipient,” he said, adding that as per court ruling, those who forward a harmful message can also be held responsible in certain cases.

“In this way, you do not need to break end-to-end encryption and infringe the privacy of anyone and yet make the messages traceable when the investigating agencies want to find out. And this is what we have projected to WhatsApp,” he said.

India started pressing for traceability of WhatsApp messages after several lynching cases last year were linked to rumours spread on the messaging service.

WhatsApp has maintained that allowing traceability will dilute its end-to-end encryption which ensures that only the sender of the message and the recipient can see the message – not even WhatsApp itself.


Seoul wants Washington to mediate in trade spat with Tokyo

 South Korea is requesting the United States mediate in a bitter diplomatic row with Japan over Tokyo’s moves to tighten controls on high-tech exports to its neighboring U.S. ally.

South Korea said Thursday its Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha discussed the issue with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by phone and conveyed Seoul’s view that Japan’s “undesirable” trade curbs could disrupt global supply chains and hurt trilateral cooperation among the countries.

The ministry says Pompeo expressed an “understanding” of South Korea’s position and agreed to help facilitate communication through diplomatic channels among Washington, Seoul and Tokyo.

Kim Hyun-chong, deputy chief of South Korea’s presidential National Security Office, arrived in Washington on Wednesday and told reporters he would discuss the trade spat with Japan with U.S. officials.


Iranian boats try to seize British oil tanker: report

Five armed Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) boats attempted to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf on Wednesday, US news agency CNN and Anadolu reported.

CNN cited two US officials as saying that the British Heritage tanker was sailing out of the Persian Gulf and was crossing into the Strait of Hormuz area when it was approached by the IRGC boats.

The officials said the Iranians ordered the tanker to change course and stop in Iranian territorial waters.

The UK’s Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose, which was escorting the tanker, is equipped with 30mm guns specifically designed to drive off small boats.

The officials said its crew trained the deck guns on the Iranians and gave them a verbal warning to back away, which they subsequently did.