Aftershock jolts Indonesia's Lombok as toll jumps to 259 Aug 10, 2018 0 477 12345 REUTERSPEMENANG, INDONESIAA MAGNITUDE 6.2 aftershock rocked Indonesia's Lombok on Thursday, sparking fresh panic on the tropical tourist island as the official death toll from a powerful earthquake four days earlier almost doubled to 259.Reuters witnesses reporting on the aftermath of Sunday's quake in the north of the island said buildings and walls that had already been weakened collapsed, and people ran out onto roads even as rocks tumbled down from hillsides."Evacuees and people ran out of houses when they felt the strong shake of the 6.2 magnitude quake," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), said on Twitter."People are still traumatised. Some buildings were damaged further because of this."Officials said the epicentre of the aftershock was on land and so there was no risk of a tsunami.The United States Geological Survey recorded the latest quake at 5.9, at a depth of 10 km (six miles).BNPB's toll of verified deaths from Sunday's 6.9 magnitude quake was raised on Thursday to 259 from 131."This number will continue increasing as rescue teams continue to find victims under collapsed buildings," the agency said in a statement. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES 'Stateless' Thai cave boys and coach granted citizenship Aug 10, 2018 0 56 Philippine court removes UN expert, lawyer, former lawmaker from 'terror' list Aug 10, 2018 0 49 S Sudan president Kiir grants amnesty to civil war rebels Aug 10, 2018 0 52 Indonesia's Widodo picks cleric as running mate for election REUTERS JAKARTA INDONESIAN President Joko Widodo has chosen 75-year-old Islamic cleric Ma'ruf Amin as his running mate in next year's presidential election in a bid to bolster his religious credentials, he .. Thailand's 'jet-set' monk sentenced to 114 years in jail BANGKOK A former Thai Buddhist monk who provoked outrage with his lavish lifestyle was sentenced on Thursday to 114 years in prison after a court found him guilty of fraud, money laundering and computer crimes. Wirapol .. UN chief sounds warning to mark Nagasaki bombing Tokyo Millions still live in fear of nuclear war with many countries ramping up their atomic arsenals, the head of the United Nations warned Thursday, marking the anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing. Antonio Guterres, .. Tokyo unscathed as typhoon brushes by TOKYO Japan's capital of Tokyo was unscathed on Thursday after a weakening typhoon brushed by it and headed north, pounding the coastline with rain and high winds, with scores of cancelled flights, and some power .. 11 killed in Mali ethnic attack Bamako Eleven Fulani civilians were kidnapped and killed in the latest bout of ethnic violence to hit Mali, local groups said Thursday, while an official put the toll at 14. The attack, which occurred in the restive .. Niger floods leave 22 dead, thousands homeless Niamey Twenty-two people are dead and thousands have been left homeless in Niger after torrential rains caused heavy flooding, authorities said."As of August 6, 49,845 people have been affected... and unfortunately .. President Kabila's move in DR Congo triggers relief Kinshasa By announcing he is formally stepping aside after 17 years in power, President Joseph Kabila has eased tensions in DR Congo but the volatile country remains gripped by uncertainty ahead of elections due at the .. Zimbabwe oppn leader in court after failed Zambia asylum bid AFP HARARE WESTERN governments and the UN expressed alarm on Thursday as top Zimbabwe opposition figure Tendai Biti appeared in court after a dramatic attempt to flee to neighbouring Zambia and claim asylum. Biti, a .. Boko Haram militants kill 17 Nigerian soldiers AFP KANO, NIGERIA AT least 17 Nigerian soldiers were killed in a fresh Boko Haram attack on a military base in the country's northeast, military sources told AFP on Thursday, the third assault on three different bases ..