The death toll following Tuesday's landslide at a gold mining village in Davao de Oro province, Philippines has risen to 68 according to officials. A three-year-old girl was the last person pulled alive from the mud. Her rescue after more than 60 hours buried was described as "a miracle". A disaster agency official of the province, Edward Macapili, said that at the time of the rescue of the girl it had given hope to the workers. But on Monday, those hopes appear to have faded.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have berated the United States of America (USA) for interference in the affairs of other countries. The two leaders, during an hour-long phone conversation on Thursday 8th, February 2024, discussed the creation of a “multipolar, fairer world order”. Moscow and Beijing have continued to expand their global influence over the past two years as they ramp up ties in trade and defense.
Imran Khan, a former Prime Minister (PM) of Pakistan was sentenced to 10 years jail term on Tuesday, less than 2 weeks before the country’s election which his political party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has been hamstrung from contesting. His sentence was read inside Adiala jail, where has been detained most of the time since his arrest in August 2023. Khan has faced multiple court cases, which he claims were orchestrated to prevent his political comeback.
Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party pulled off a historic third consecutive presidential victory at the polls on Saturday, as 40% of voters favored Lai Ching-te whose father was a coal miner to lead the country to a forseeable future. In the build-up to the elections, China warned Taiwan’s voters that their re-election would increase the risk of a conflict.
Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh, has today Tuesday expressed their readiness that his followers, the Hamas group is working on a draft agreement with Israel to bring an end to the war currently going on. Haniyeh disclosed that the draft agreement if concluded would lead to an exchange of hostages of prisoners and a longer ceasefire in the Gaza war.
A senior Hezbollah commander has been killed in an Israeli airstrike in southern Lebanon, according to a Lebanese security official. The Lebanese group made public a series of photographs of Wissam al-Tawil also known as 'Jawad', showing him with top Hezbollah commanders who were killed before him and senior officials, including the group's chief Hassan Nasrallah. Reports suggest that a car Tawil was in was targeted in the Khirbet Selm area, before veering off the road and catching fire. Middle East correspondent for Sky News, Alistair Bunkall, said the commander belonged to the Radwan force - and the strike comes as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is heading to Israel for talks to prevent a wider war.