Mandela admitted to hospital
JOHANNESBURG, 8 JUNE: Anti-apartheid icon and former South Africa President Nelson Mandela is in a “serious but stable condition” after being admitted to a hospital today for a recurring lung infection for the third time in seven months. The 94-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate had been recuperating at his home after being discharged from a hospital in Pretoria on 6 April following treatment for the lung infection. pti
Turkey protesters defy PM
Istanbul, 8 June: Thousands of angry Turks took to the streets today to join mass anti-government protests, defying Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s call to end the worst civil unrest of his decade-long rule. afp
China bus fire suspect identified
BEIJING, 8 JUNE: A deadly bus fire that killed 47 people and injured 34 others in China’s southeastern city of Xiamen was not an accident but a criminal act and the suspect has been identified, Chinese officials said today. An initial investigation showed the bus fire was suspected to be a “serious criminal case”, they said. pti
Five die in Russian helicopter crash
MOSCOW, 8 JUNE: Five people died when a helicopter on a commercial flight crashed and burst into flames in a remote region of Far Eastern Russia, the emergency situations ministry said today. afp
Explosion in central Syrian city
Beirut, 8 June: Syrian media and Opposition activists say a car bomb has exploded in the central city of Homs, causing casualties. The Syrian state-owned Al-Ikhbariya TV said today’s blast in the city’s southern al-Nozah neighbourhood was a suicide bomb. It reported casualties but did not give a number. ap
Afghan insider attack: 3 US troops shot
Kabul, 8 June: A man wearing Afghan uniform shot dead three US soldiers today in the east of the country, officials said, in the latest apparent example of an “insider attack”. The strike came on the same day that one Italian soldier was killed and three others were wounded when a grenade was thrown into their armoured vehicle in the western province of Farah. afp