BEIJING: A magnitude 6.5 earthquakes shook China’s far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, killing six people and damaging or collapsing thousands of buildings, authorities said.
BANGKOK: Thai forces have shot dead seven suspected drug smugglers and seized six bags of heroin after a firefight near the Myanmar border, an official said, in the latest clash over narcotics in the remote region.
SEOUL: An explosion at a chemical plant in South Korea killed six workers on Friday, fire officials said.
RAMALLAH: Palestinian Authority forces arrested 100 Hamas members in the West Bank in the biggest raid of its kind in years.
SYDNEY: A shark bit a terrified surfer’s board on Friday near the Australian coastal town where another surfer was mauled a day earlier, police said.
WASHINGTON: Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party’s presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate who’s refusing to apologise for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers.
SEOUL: Four workers were killed and two others were missing today when a waste water storage tank exploded at a chemical plant in the South Korean industrial city of Ulsan, authorities said.
MANILA: At least three more bodies have been recovered from a ferry that capsized in choppy waters in the central Philippines, raising the death toll in the accident to 38 with 15 others missing, the coast guard said today.
SYDNEY: An Australian surfer was knocked off his board by a shark today close to where a gruesome attack occurred a day earlier, forcing a world junior surf competition to be called off.
BOGOTA: At least 10 people were hurt when two minor blasts rattled the Colombian capital Bogota on Thursday, officials said, putting authorities on alert amid an uptick in violence.
BEIJING: An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck China's far western region of Xinjiang today, the US Geological Survey said.
NEW YORK: A former firefighter who responded to the World Trade Centre on Sept 11, 2001, has won US$5 million on a lottery scratch-off ticket.
WASHINGTON: A senior Islamic State leader who coordinated suicide bombings and recruited funds and fighters for the jihadists has been killed in a coalition air strike in Syria, the Pentagon said Thursday.
OXNARD, California: A jury awarded US$2.9 million to the family of a California man who died in police custody after he took a large amount of methamphetamine and later told officers who tried to restrain him that he could not breathe.
ORANGE BEACH, Alabama: Film crews are making the most of a World War II-era seaplane that’s stranded in Gulf Coast waters along the southeastern coast.
CLEVELAND: Police detectives threatened a 12-year-old witness to make him offer false testimony in a murder case and fabricated statements by him, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by two brothers who spent decades in prison for a crime they didn’t commit.
PROVO, Utah: A pig-shaped hot-air balloon crashed into a tree and caught fire at a balloon festival in Utah, cutting the pilot’s face.
LAGOS: Six children drowned in Nigeria’s economic capital Lagos when the boat ferrying them to school capsized after colliding with a bigger vessel on the city’s lagoon, the government said Thursday.
NOUAKCHOTT: Al-Qaeda’s north African franchise claimed responsibility for an ambush in Mali in which at least six United Nations peacekeepers died on Thursday, according to a news agency in neighbouring Mauritania.
NEW ORLEANS: Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana announced an US18.7 billion settlement with BP on Thursday that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, one of the worst environmental disasters in the U.S.
BALTAL, (India): Thousands of Hindu pilgrims on Thursday began trekking along icy trails to reach a cave shrine high in the mountains of India’s restive Kashmir amid tight security.
MOSCOW: A Russian aviation official says a draft Dutch report into last year’s crash of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 in eastern Ukraine “raises more questions than it gives answers.”
WASHINGTON: Authorities have found no evidence of a shooting at a key U.S. Navy site in Washington, no one has been arrested, and no weapons have been found after a report of gunfire, an official said.
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Thursday officially opens a billion-dollar aviation gateway aimed at Muslim pilgrims, in the kingdom’s first airport privatisation.
PARIS: A Frenchwoman accused of killing eight of her newborns over more than a decade is awaiting a verdict after a dramatic and teary murder trial.
LONDON: The BBC said Thursday it is cutting more than 1,000 jobs as part of a long-term savings programme, made more urgent by a shift to online viewing that threatens its funding.
Wazirabad, (Pakistan) : At least 8 people including a senior army officer were killed on Thursday when a train carrying soldiers and military hardware fell into a canal in Pakistan following the partial collapse of a bridge, officials said.
TOKYO: Two Japanese newspaper editors on Thursday warned that democracy and press freedom were under threat after a conservative lawmaker said media opposed to Tokyo’s hawkish military policy should be punished.
WASHINGTON: A train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in Tennessee and caught fire, prompting a large-scale evacuation, firefighters said Thursday.
KABUL: An Afghan appeal court has overturned the death sentences given to four men for the lynching in March of a woman falsely accused of blasphemy in Kabul, a judge said Thursday.
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