UN launches probe into Philippines drug war deaths Jul 12, 2019 0 2161 12345 ReutersGENEVAThe UN Human Rights Council voted on Thursday to set up an investigation into mass killings during Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called ‘war on drugs’ - a step that activists said was long overdue.Duterte’s government says that around 6,600 people have been killed by police in shootouts with suspected drug dealers since he was elected in 2016 on a platform of crushing crime. Activists say the death toll is at least 27,000.The first-ever resolution on the Philippines, led by Iceland, was adopted by a vote of 18 countries in favour and 14 against, including China, with 15 abstentions, including Japan.“This is not just a step towards paying justice for the thousands of families of victims of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, but it is also a message that we collectively send out to those who have praised President Duterte,” said Ellecer “Budit” Carlos of the Manila-based rights group iDefend. “This war on drugs, as we have repeatedly said, it’s a sham war,” he told a news briefing in Geneva.Filipino activists say tens of thousands are being killed as police terrorise poor communities, using cursory drug “watch lists” to identify suspected users or dealers, and executing many of them under the guise of sting operations. RELATED ARTICLES 16 killed, dozens injured in Pakistan train crash Jul 12, 2019 0 1916 Sri Lankan govt survives no confidence vote Jul 12, 2019 0 478 Water train set to relieve drought-hit Tamil Nadu Jul 12, 2019 0 1658 Fierce storm kills seven in Greek tourist peninsula AFP Thessaloniki, Greece Seven people died and at least 23 were injured as a fierce storm ripped through beachfronts in one of Greece’s top tourist areas, terrifying thousands of holidaymakers caught in the open, .. Trump to announce executive action on census citizenship Reuters WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump on Thursday will announce an executive action over his administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census despite ongoing court challenges, two .. Majority of US vets say Afghan war ‘not worth fighting’: Poll AFP Washington A majority of US military veterans say the nearly 18-year war in Afghanistan was “not worth fighting,” according to poll results released on Wednesday. The survey results come as the US and the Taliban .. France defies US probe to pass law taxing digital giants AFP Paris France’s parliament on Thursday passed a law making it the first major economy to impose a tax on digital giants, defying a probe ordered by an angry US President Donald Trump that could trigger reprisal tariffs. .. UK’s new US envoy will be appointed by new PM: Minister LONDON: The appointment of Britain’s ambassador to the United States is likely to be made by the next British prime minister rather than outgoing leader Theresa May, senior minister Liz Truss told journalists on .. Merkel sits during anthems after shaking spells Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday insisted she took care of her health after remaining seated during national anthems at an official ceremony, in a rare change of protocol apparently to prevent a .. India hands over 250 houses for Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine NEW DELHI: India has handed over 250 prefabricated houses it built in Myanmar’s Rakhine state as part of a broader effort to help tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to return, an Indian official said on Thursday. An ..