POST TIME: 4 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM


‘Guardian of the forest’ killed in Amazon ambush

AFP, Sao Paulo

A Brazilian land defender was killed and a second injured in an ambush by loggers in the Amazon rainforest, regional authorities reported.

Indigenous leader Paulo Paulino Guajajara and his partner Laercio were members of “Guardians of the forest”, a group who attempt to protect their land from illegal logging.

The two men had left their village on Friday night to look for water when the attack occurred, the Human Rights Secretariat of the Maranhao governorate said on Twitter.


Minor fire on Japan jet with

PM on board

AFP, Tokyo

A minor fire broke out mid-flight on a Japanese government jet yesterday while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was on board, but it was extinguished quickly with no injuries, media reports said.

The leader was flying to Bangkok from Tokyo on a Boeing 777-300ER to attend talks at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.

About an hour after take-off, an in-flight announcement said that an oven on the plane had sparked a small blaze, the Asahi Shimbun reported.


Philippine quakes Toll climbs to 21

AFP, Manila

The death toll in two powerful quakes that struck the southern Philippines in the past week has risen to 21, authorities said yesterday, as survivors struggled to access food and water.

The 6.6-magnitude and 6.5-magnitude quakes hit the island of Mindanao two days apart, destroying buildings and displacing tens of thousands of residents.

Some villagers staying under tents near a highway were begging for help from passing motorists, carrying placards asking for food and water, TV footage showed.


El Salvador expels Venezuelan diplomat

AFP, San Salvador

El Salvador has ordered Venezuela’s diplomats to leave the country within 48 hours, in line with President Nayib Bukele’s position that the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro is illegitimate.

More than 50 countries have switched their recognition to national assembly speaker Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate acting president.