Nineteen killed, dozens wounded in Japan knife attack - media reports

By Reuters - Tuesday, 26 July 2016.

SAGAMIHARA: Nineteen people were killed and dozens were wounded after an attack by a knife-wielding man at a facility for the disabled in central Japan early on Tuesday, media reported, in Japan’s worst mass killing in decades.


Multiple victims reported from separate shootings in Austin, Texas -police

By Reuters - Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 17:12

AUSTIN: Separate shooting incidents in the Texas capital of Austin have left multiple victims, police said on Twitter early on Sunday as local media reported one person had been killed.

At least 4 dead in attack on Somali police building

By AFP - Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 16:32

MOGADISHU: At least four people were killed on Sunday when two cars packed with explosives were rammed into a police building in the centre of the Somali capital Mogadishu, officials said.

Cannabis chef takes fine dining to new high

By AFP - Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 15:21

LOS ANGELES: Christopher Sayegh holds up two syringes filled with cannabis compound, primed to pump tiny amounts into a pomegranate sorbet, or a juicy cut of Wagyu Japanese beef as part of a bold new sensory experiment.

China issues warning ahead of Typhoon Nida

By Reuters - Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 14:42

BEIJING: China issued a “yellow alert” for Typhoon Nida, predicting it would hit the southern province of Guangdong on Tuesday, state-owned Xinhua news agency reported.

Skydiver leaps from plane -- with no parachute

By AFP - Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 12:39

WASHINGTON: American Luke Aikins leapt into the void at 25,000 feet (7,600 meters) on Saturday with no parachute or wingsuit, becoming the first skydiver to land safely on the ground in a net.

3 dead, 1 hurt in shooting near Seattle; suspect in custody

By AP - Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 09:18

SEATTLE: A gunman attacked a gathering of young adults at a suburban Seattle home early Saturday, killing two people at a fire pit before firing more shots from the roof, the grandmother of one of the witnesses said.

(Updated) Up to 16 feared dead in Texas hot air balloon crash

By AFP - Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 08:58

LOCKHART: Up to 16 people are feared dead in what is believed to be one of the deadliest hot air balloon accidents in history, after a fiery crash in central Texas field Saturday, officials said.

Brazil authorities arrest man wanted by Bosnia for war crimes since 1992

By Reuters - Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 08:51

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian authorities on Saturday arrested a man wanted since 1992 for allegedly committing war crimes during fighting that raged in the former Yugoslavia.

At least 16 feared dead in fiery Texas hot air balloon crash

By Reuters - Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 00:57

AUSTIN: At least 16 people were feared dead when a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed in a pasture near the central Texas city of Lockhart on Saturday, according to federal and local authorities.

Philippine president calls off truce after rebel attack

By AP - Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 23:19

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called off a weeklong cease-fire after communist guerrillas killed a government militiaman and failed to declare their own truce by a Saturday deadline, in an early setback to his efforts to end one of Asia’s longest-raging rebellions.

Air France strike grounds 20% of flights

By AFP - Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 22:08

PARIS: Air France on Saturday cancelled around 20 percent of its flights on the fourth day of a strike by flight attendants during the peak summer travel season, the airline said.

Police arrest 2 suspected of plotting attack in Belgium

By AFP - Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 17:50

BRUSSELS: Belgian police arrested two men “suspected of planning an attack” in Belgium following raids late Friday ordered by an anti-terror judge, federal prosecutors said on Saturday.

France church attackers 'smiled' and spoke of Koran

By AFP - Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 12:00

RENNES: One of the jihadists who murdered an elderly French priest smiled as he carried out the attack, and nuns who witnessed the grisly murder said the killers spoke about the Koran.

GMO wheat found in Washington state could affect US trade

By AP - Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 11:50

SEATTLE: Genetically modified wheat not approved for sale or commercial production in the United States has been found growing in a field in Washington state, agriculture officials said Friday, posing a possible risk to trade with countries concerned about engineered food.

Trump to Clinton: 'No more Mr. Nice Guy'

By Reuters - Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 11:30

COLORADO SPRINGS: U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he was taking the gloves off in his battle against Democrat Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House after taking a scorching from speakers at the Democratic National Convention.

Erdogan tells West 'mind your own business' as journalists jailed

By AFP - Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 11:00

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday told the EU and US to “mind your own business” after the West expressed alarm over the growing crackdown against suspected coup plotters, as a court placed 17 journalists under arrest.

Woman in UN bribery scandal gets 20 months in prison

By AP - Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:30

NEW YORK: A tearful U.S. citizen who bribed a top United Nations official to get support for business ventures was sentenced to 20 months in prison Friday by a judge who said bribery schemes do “substantial damage” to the U.N.’s image.

Texas probes charter school system after Turkish complaint

By AP - Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:20

AUSTIN: Texas is investigating a charter school system that the Turkish government claims has ties to a moderate Islamic cleric it’s accused of inspiring a military coup attempt.

Flight info screens at Vietnam's 2 major airports hacked

By AP - Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:10

HANOI: Screens displaying flight information and the public address system at Vietnam’s two major airports were hacked with derogatory messages against Vietnam and the Philippines in their territorial row against China in the South China Sea.

Clinton campaign: Computer service used by campaign hacked

By AP - Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:00

WASHINGTON: A computer service used by the campaign of Hillary Clinton was hacked as part of a broader breach of the Democratic National Committee, an intrusion for which the Russian government is the leading suspect, the campaign said Friday.

2 San Diego police officers shot, 1 fatally, during stop

By AP - Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 09:11

SAN DIEGO: Two San Diego police officers were shot — one fatally — after a late-night stop turned into a gunfight, triggering a massive manhunt that led to the capture of one wounded suspect in a ravine and an hours-long SWAT standoff Friday that ended with officers finding no one inside the home th

'Zika is now here': Mosquitoes now spreading virus in US

By AP - Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 08:53

MIAMI: Mosquitoes have apparently begun spreading the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time, health officials said Friday, a long-feared turn in the epidemic that is sweeping Latin America and the Caribbean.

French PM moots temporary ban on foreign-funded mosques

By AFP - Friday, July 29, 2016 - 18:39

PARIS: France’s prime minister said Friday he would consider a temporary ban on foreign financing of mosques, urging a “new model” for relations with Islam after a spate of jihadist attacks.

Two children abused in Australian prison being counter-sued by state

By Reuters - Friday, July 29, 2016 - 12:02

SYDNEY: Two of the six aboriginal children teargassed by police while in custody in Australia are being counter-sued by the Northern Territory government for damaging the prison in an escape attempt, according to court documents.

Time served, US$44K restitution for airplane yoga arrest

By AP - Friday, July 29, 2016 - 10:06

HONOLULU: A Korean tourist who was arrested after he became violent when he wasn’t allowed to do yoga on a plane leaving Hawaii won’t get additional jail time. But he must pay United Airlines more than US$44,000.

Clinton warns of 'moment of reckoning' in US

By AFP - Friday, July 29, 2016 - 09:06

PHILADELPHIA: Americans face a “moment of reckoning” in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton will tell voters Thursday as she accepts the Democratic presidential nomination and highlights efforts to improve economic opportunities across the board.

Testing confirms new, rarely seen whale in Pacific Ocean

By AP - Friday, July 29, 2016 - 08:59

ANCHORAGE: Genetic tests confirm that a mysterious, unnamed species of beaked whale only rarely seen alive by Japanese fishermen roams the northern Pacific Ocean, according to research published this week.

US military confirms 14 new civilian deaths in Iraq, Syria

By AFP - Friday, July 29, 2016 - 08:37

WASHINGTON: The US military Thursday confirmed 14 new deaths resulting from the bombing campaign against the Islamic State group, bringing the total official toll to 55 killed.

Japan latest Airbnb battleground in home-sharing war

By AFP - Friday, July 29, 2016 - 00:43

Tokyo: Sarah Takeda thought she had a good little business renting a traditional tatami-mat room in her house on Airbnb.

French ID second church attacker

By AP - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 20:02

PARIS: Officials on Thursday identified the second man who attacked a Normandy church during a morning Mass this week, saying he is a 19-year-old from eastern France who was spotted last month in Turkey as he supposedly headed to Syria — but who returned to France instead.