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40-year-old man sentenced to 20 years for killing girlfriend

An Indian-origin man, M Krishnan, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail in Singapore for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend, Mallika Begum Rahamansa Abdul Rahman, who he beat to death in January 2019. Krishnan, 40, pleaded guilty in court last week, admitting to assaulting Mallika after she confessed to having relationships with other men. The judge noted that Krishnan's intermittent explosive disorder and alcohol consumption contributed to his violent behavior. Despite his disorder, the judge emphasized Krishnan's repeated domestic abuse and sentenced him to the maximum penalty of 20 years in jail. The court heard that Krishnan had a history of socially unacceptable behavior and violence while intoxicated, with the prosecution urging a strong message against such violence. sources

Apr 23 2024, 6 am IST

Elon Musk to Challenge Australia Order on Stabbing Videos

Elon Musk has announced that his social media platform X will appeal against an Australian court order requiring it to remove videos of a church stabbing incident in Sydney. The injunction was obtained by Australia's internet watchdog, compelling X to hide footage showing a Sydney bishop being attacked during a live-streamed sermon. Musk expressed concerns about censorship and stated that the content in question has been restricted in Australia pending a legal appeal, with the videos stored only on US servers. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese criticized Musk as an "arrogant billionaire" for disregarding the distress caused by the videos and vowed to take necessary action against him. The case is set to return to court later this week, with X currently blocking the videos in Australia but still accessible in other regions. The incident involving Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel has raised tensions in the community, with authorities attributing the spread of the video on social media platforms to exacerbating the situation. sources

Apr 23 2024, 7 am IST

Kim Jong Un oversees simulated nuclear counterattack in North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw a drill simulating a "nuclear counterattack," as reported by the state-run KCNA news agency on Tuesday. The drill, which involved the firing of several short-range ballistic missiles on Monday, was the latest in a series of tests conducted by Pyongyang this year. The missiles, launched from the Pyongyang area, flew approximately 300 kilometers before landing in the waters east of the Korean peninsula. This comes after a previous test of a "super-large warhead" for a strategic cruise missile last week. The report stated that Kim Jong Un was pleased with the "high hit and accuracy" of the rockets used in the drill. The launch occurred shortly after Moscow vetoed UN monitoring of sanctions violations related to North Korea's nuclear and weapons program. sources

Apr 23 2024, 3 am IST

6.3 Magnitude Quake Strikes Taiwan

Taiwan was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in the eastern county of Hualien on Tuesday, following a series of tremors throughout the day. The quake, which had a depth of 5.5 km, caused buildings to shake in the capital, Taipei, but there have been no immediate reports of damage. This comes after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Hualien earlier this month, resulting in numerous aftershocks. The island has been on high alert as it continues to experience seismic activity. sources

Apr 23 2024, 12 am IST

EU may suspend TikTok Lite app feature

The European Union has threatened to suspend a feature on TikTok Lite, a smaller version of the popular app, that rewards users for watching and liking videos, due to concerns about its addictive nature and potential harm to users' mental health, especially minors. The EU has launched a probe into the app and demanded TikTok provide a risk assessment, warning of potential fines and penalties if the company fails to comply. This move is part of the EU's broader efforts under the Digital Services Act to regulate digital platforms more strictly, with TikTok facing similar investigations in the US as well. TikTok has defended its Lite app, claiming it is not available to minors and has limits in place to prevent excessive use. sources

Apr 22 2024, 11 pm IST