HYDERABAD, (India): About 230 people have died since mid-April in a heat wave sweeping two southeast Indian states, officials said Saturday.
BERLIN: Police in Austria say five people were killed when their car was hit by a train at a railroad crossing.
COLOMBO: Sri Lankan police came under fire Saturday for their failure to act after the gang rape and murder of a teenage girl in the district of Jaffna, as tensions heightened in the former war zone following angry protests over the incident.
YANGON, (Myanmar): Myanmar’s president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities.
BEIJING: The death toll in China’s latest round of flooding has risen to at least 57, including two schoolchildren aboard a bus carrying more than twice its authorized passenger load that plunged into a pond, authorities said Saturday.
HANOI: United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said Saturday that saving the lives of migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia should be a “top priority” as the region battles with an exodus of boat people fleeing persecution and poverty.
TOKYO: Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen (USD450 million) in aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming.
SACRAMENTO: California farmers who hold some of the state’s strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record.
BERLIN: A 65-year-old German woman, who is already a mother of 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine, RTL television reported early on Saturday.
YANGON: Navy ships were scouring Southeast Asian waters for boats believed to be carrying thousands of migrants with little food or water, and a top US diplomat said Myanmar needs to shoulder some responsibility for the crisis. That’s something it has been reluctant to do.
SYDNEY: Indonesia has told Australia that most of the migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia are illegal labourers from Bangladesh, not oppressed Muslim Rohingya, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in comments published today.
LONDON: A London taxi driver who made bombs targeting coalition troops in Iraq, one of which killed a US soldier, was on Friday jailed for life with a minimum of 38 years after being convicted of murder.
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama scored a major victory on Friday when the US Senate voted to give him “fast-track” powers that would help wrap up negotiations on a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia.
LOS ANGELES: Skimming across the surface of the vast Pacific, Alain Thebault scans the horizon with his blue Breton eyes. He is feeling good. A record is there to be broken.
MEXICO CITY: At least 44 people were killed on Friday in a gunfight in western Mexico between government forces and suspected drug gang henchmen, officials said, one of the bloodiest days of violence to shake the country under President Enrique Pena Nieto.