Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for killing a homeless man with his SUV in a 2002 hit-and-run after a night out drinking at an upmarket bar. Judge D.W. Deshpande found Khan guilty of culpable homicide and other charges for driving his Land Cruiser into a group of homeless men sleeping rough in suburban Mumbai, rejecting the actor's claim his driver was to blame.
Shares in Australia's largest listed firm Commonwealth Bank plunged almost six percent Wednesday, their steepest daily fall since the global financial crisis, after a soft trading update and fears the central bank's rate-cutting cycle is over. The bank and other blue-chip firms have benefited from investors' search for yield, seeing their share prices strengthen over the past few years as a weakening economic climate led to interest rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of Australia. Shares in Commonwealth Bank closed down 5.85 percent at Aus$82.98 in a return to levels last seen in November. The Reserve Bank on Tuesday slashed the interest rate by 25 basis points to a new record-low of 2.0 percent to stimulate growth, but did not include an easing bias in its statement that could have foreshadowed further cuts.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan court on Wednesday convicted and sentenced four men to death for their role in the brutal mob killing of a woman in Kabul in March — a slaying that shocked the nation and spurred calls for authorities to ensure women's rights to equality and protection from violence.
A judge on Wednesday convicted Bollywood superstar Salman Khan of killing a homeless man in a 2002 hit-and-run after a night out drinking, rejecting his claim that his driver was to blame. D.W. Deshpande found Khan guilty of culpable homicide and other charges for driving his Land Cruiser into a group of homeless men sleeping rough in suburban Mumbai, after the actor had spent the evening in an upmarket bar.
The U.N. envoy on Ebola on Tuesday hailed "extraordinary progress" against the outbreak in West Africa after new cases last week fell below 20 for the first time since mid-2014, but he warned it would take time to end the epidemic completely. David Nabarro said that in the week to May 3 only nine new cases were reported in Guinea and the same number in neighbouring Sierra Leone. Liberia once again had no new cases. Nabarro said he was optimistic that Liberia would be declared Ebola-free on May 9, when it is due to reach the official World Health Organization (WHO) standard of 42 days without a new Ebola case.
Suspected northern rebels attacked a central Malian town on Tuesday, leading to clashes with government troops in which six separatists and one soldier died, a defence ministry spokesman said. A rising wave of violence in the West African nation and regular violations of a ceasefire between the government and the rebels are threatening to sink a U.N.-backed peace deal due to receive preliminary approval this month. The gunmen attacked Tenenkou, around 400 km (250 miles) northeast of the capital Bamako, before dawn, according to the defence ministry and Mali's U.N. mission, MINUSMA. Ministry spokesman Colonel Diaran Kone said three soldiers were injured in the fighting and that government troops seized arms and vehicles from the attackers.