New Zealand considering restricting laptops on flights from Middle East

DUBAI/WELLINGTON New Zealand is considering restrictions on laptops and other large electronic devices on flights from some Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East, the country’s prime minister said on Monday. The new rules would follow similar measures introduced last month by the United States, Britain and Australia. The New Zealand leader elaborated on comments made…

ANALYSIS: Local, global security firms in race along China’s ‘Silk Road’

SHANGHAI/BEIJING Global security companies and their smaller Chinese rivals are jostling for business along Beijing’s modern-day “Silk Road”, the grandiose plan for land and sea routes connecting the world’s second largest economy with the rest of Asia and beyond. Representing investments of hundreds of billions of dollars, the pet project of Chinese President Xi Jinping…

At least 35 killed in drug violence across Mexico

MEXICO CITY At least 35 people were killed over the weekend in Mexico, according to local officials, amid a widespread surge in drug gang violence that has driven murders to a level not seen since 2011. In Sinaloa state, 12 people were killed in different incidents since the early hours of Sunday, according to local…

Liberal Maldives blogger stabbed to death

A prominent Maldivian blogger, who was critical of Islamist extremism and government corruption, was stabbed to death on Sunday, police said, and the main opposition party demanded an international probe into the killing. Social media activist Yameen Rasheed was stabbed 14 times in the chest and once each in the neck and face, local media…