WASHINGTON: A freight train derailed in the eastern US state of West Virginia on Monday, sparking a huge blaze, spilling into a river and causing the evacuation of a town, officials said.
TOKYO: A minor tsunami hit the coast of northern Japan Tuesday morning after an advisory was issued following a 6.8-magnitude earthquake in northern Japan, the USGS and the Japanese meteorological agency said.
BEIRUT: Syrian refugees make up the majority of children living and working on the streets of Lebanon, with many of them illiterate and surviving by begging, a study released Monday said.
TOKYO: A small Japanese city has claimed a new snowman-building world record, an official said today, after a winter storm dumped tonnes of the white stuff.
RIO DE JANEIRO: The world’s most celebrated Carnival parades have kicked off, with thousands of feather-clad dancers, wildly costumed marchers and musicians defying a tropical deluge at Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome.
CAIRO: The Islamic State group in Libya released a video on Sunday purportedly showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians, prompting Egypt’s president to threaten a “suitable” punishment for the killings.
COPENHAGEN: The suspected gunman behind double shootings in Copenhagen was identified by Danish media Sunday as a 22-year-old with a history of violent crime who had only been freed from jail two weeks ago.
CALIFORNIA: On a boat in the heart of California’s biggest river delta, a researcher pored over a sample of murky, weed-infested water, looking for a rare fish about the size of a finger. Spotting one, he shouted in triumph — then measured it and quickly tossed it overboard.
DAMATURU: A bomb exploded in a crowded bus station in the northeast Nigerian city of Damaturu, causing casualties in a region that has been frequently attacked by Islamist militants, witnesses said.
BERLIN: The German city of Braunschweig cancelled a planned carnival parade because of a "specific threat of an Islamist attack", police said.
MANILA: Two members of an Al-Qaeda linked group were killed in clashes with troops in the southern Philippines, a military spokesperson said.
KIEV: Ukraine’s military said pro-Russian rebels had shelled Ukrainian positions ten times since a ceasefire came into effect at midnight, but that the truce was in general being observed.
L’ÉTANG-SALÉ, FRANCE: A woman died on Saturday after suffering serious injuries in a shark attack on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion, officials said.
LUCKNOW: Police say a building that was under construction collapsed and killed 12 people, including two children, in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
TOKYO: Japan, reeling from the murder of two nationals by Islamic State extremists, will offer an extra US$15 million in aid to fight terrorism in Middle East and Africa, a report said.