West Virginia town evacuated after oil train derails

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 08:38

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.

Earthquake, minor tsunami hits northern Japan

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 07:35

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.

Syrian refugees swell ranks of Lebanon street children

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 21:51

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.

Do you wanna build a snowman? Japanese city makes 1,585

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 18:20

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.

Carnival parades begin at Rio’s Sambadrome, despite deluge

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 10:22

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.

IS in Libya says it has beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 09:13

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 gunman had ‘history of violent crime’

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 08:42

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.

Endangered smelt touches off battles in California’s endless water wars

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 21:00

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.

Bomb explodes in crowded Nigerian bus station

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 20:42

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.

German city cancels parade over terror threat

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 20:03

BERLIN: The German city of Braunschweig cancelled a planned carnival parade because of a "specific threat of an Islamist attack", police said.

Two Al-Qaeda linked militants killed in Philippine clash

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 16:44

MANILA: Two members of an Al-Qaeda linked group were killed in clashes with troops in the southern Philippines, a military spokesperson said.

Ukraine military says shots fired but ceasefire observed

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 16:29

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.

Woman swimmer killed in shark attack on Indian Ocean island

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 15:00

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.

12 killed after building collapses in India

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 14:46

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.

Japan to give US$15mil to fight terror in Mideast, Africa

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 14:29

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.