6.0-magnitude earthquake hits off Vanuatu: USGS

By AFP - Saturday, 30 April 2016.

SYDNEY: A 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit off the South Pacific island of Vanuatu Saturday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.


Seven killed in Kenya building collapse, rescuers search for survivors

By AFP - Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 17:15

NAIROBI: At least seven people died when a six-storey building collapsed in the Kenyan capital amid torrential rainstorms, police said Saturday, as rescue teams shifted rubble in a desperate search for survivors.

Colombia's illegal mining linked to malaria outbreak

By AFP - Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 14:43

BOGOTA: Colombia’s widespread illegal mining is blamed for causing environmental damage and holding workers in slave-like conditions – and now is also being blamed for a malaria outbreak.

Woman gets 100-year jail term for killing unborn baby

By Bernama - Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 11:54

BOULDER: A United States woman who cut another woman’s baby from her womb and caused its death was given a 100-year sentence by a local judge on Friday, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

Kenya torches huge elephant tusk stockpile

By AFP - Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 11:19

NAIROBI: Eleven giant pyres of tusks will be set on fire Saturday as Kenya torches its vast ivory stockpile in a grand gesture aimed at shocking the world into stopping the slaughter of elephants.

China cracks down on online porn

By Bernama - Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 10:32

BEIJING: A group of Internet video player service providers have been investigated and punished for spreading pornography in a nationwide crackdown, China’s Xinhua news agency reported the anti-porn authority as saying on Friday.

Obama hosts jazz concert at 'Blues House'

By AFP - Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 10:07

WASHINGTON: For a few hours on Friday, the White House became the Blues House.

Son says he killed father in California

By AP - Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 10:04

CALIFORNIA: The older of two sons charged with murdering their parents at their home in California said he shot his father multiple times, but he did not shoot his mother, according to police.

Zues, Shakira among 33 rescued lions flown from Peru to S. Africa

By AFP - Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 08:33

LIMA: More than 30 lions rescued from abuse in Peruvian and Colombian circuses were flown Friday to South Africa, in what campaigners called the largest-ever airlift of big cats.

Parts of India ban daytime cooking as hundreds die of heat

By AP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 20:25

PATNA: With sizzling temperatures claiming more than 300 lives this month in India, officials said Friday they were banning daytime cooking in some parts of the drought-stricken country in a bid to prevent accidental fires that have killed nearly 80 more people.

UK pair accused of giving money to Brussels, Paris attacks suspect

By AFP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 20:17

LONDON: Two people appeared in court in London on Friday accused of giving thousands of pounds to Brussels and Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini when he was in Britain last summer.

Norway police says no survivors yet found after helicopter crash

By Reuters - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 20:14

OSLO: No survivors have so far been found following the helicopter crash off the coast of Norway on Friday, police told Reuters.

Bomb injures policeman at Saudi patrol station

By AFP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 17:04

RIYADH: A small bomb exploded outside a highway patrol station in eastern Saudi Arabia, injuring a policeman, official media said on Friday.

Protests at Trump California rally turn violent

By AFP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 16:23

LOS ANGELES: Protests at a California rally for Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump reportedly turned violent Thursday, with 20 people arrested after a police car window was smashed and rocks were thrown.

Current heat wave claims 21 lives in Thailand

By Bernama - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 14:41

BANGKOK: The current heat wave in Thailand, with temperatures rising above 40 degrees Celsius in certain parts of country, has claimed 21 lives so far during March until April.

New violence as Paris police break up youth protest

By AFP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 14:22

PARIS: Several dozen youth protesters clashed with police in the early hours of Friday in a central Paris square after refusing orders to disperse, police said.

Philippines' Pacquiao now a political heavyweight

By AFP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 14:14

SAN PABLO CITY: Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao smiles as he soaks up the sounds of adoring fans screaming his name, their cheers heralding a new career as one of the Philippines’ most powerful politicians.

Planeload of 33 rescued lions to fly from Peru to S. Africa

By AFP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 13:59

LIMA: A planeload of 33 lions rescued from abuse in Peruvian and Colombian circuses will fly to South Africa Friday in what campaigners call the largest ever airlift of big cats.

Rare N.Z. parrot not dead, just pining for fiords: minister

By AFP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 13:37

WELLINGTON: The world’s rarest parrot has enjoyed a bumper breeding season in New Zealand, raising hopes it can eventually be reintroduced to its native Fiordland, conservationists said Friday.

North Korea sends another US citizen to prison

By AP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 13:29

PYONGYANG: North Korea on Friday sentenced an ethnic Korean citizen of the United States to 10 years in prison.

Three linked to California terror attack arrested

By AFP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 10:47

LOS ANGELES: The FBI arrested three people on Thursday, including the older brother of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, on charges of marriage fraud and lying to investigators, authorities said.

Basement fire at Shanghai Hongqiao airport kills two

By Reuters - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 10:20

BEIJING: A fire in a basement at the Shanghai Hongqiao airport has killed two people and injured three, the People’s Daily said on Friday.

FBI paid under US$1 mln to unlock San Bernardino iPhone -sources

By Reuters - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 09:42

WASHINGTON: The FBI paid under US$1 million for the technique used to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters - a figure smaller than the US$1.3 million the agency’s chief initially indicated the hack cost, several US government sources said on Thursday.

'Panda suit' man shot by police had 'bomb' made from candy bars

By AFP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 09:13

WASHINGTON: A man who threatened to blow up a local Baltimore TV station Thursday dressed head-to-toe in a bear costume was carrying chocolate bars made to resemble an explosive device, police said.

Coroner identifies Apple employee found dead with gun near his body

By Reuters - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 08:41

The Apple Inc employee found dead at the company’s California headquarters was Edward Mackowiak, 25, the Santa Clara Coroner’s office said Thursday.

Thieves use 4X4 in ram raid on Paris Chanel store

By Reuters - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 19:09

PARIS: Thieves used a 4X4 early Thursday morning to ram their way through the security grill of a Chanel store in central Paris in the latest brazen robbery on a luxury store in the French capital.

Pacquiao shocked at Islamic militant kidnap claim

By AFP - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 18:45

MANILA: Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao expressed shock Thursday at President Benigno Aquino’s claim that Islamic militants planned to kidnap him, and said the alleged plot should not have been made public.

Japan wants foreign tourists to avoid 'public flatulence'.

By AFP - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 18:19

TOKYO: A Japanese tourism board has called on foreign tourists to refrain from public “belching or flatulence” in an etiquette guide which was hastily rewritten, reportedly after complaints from a Chinese resident.

S. Korea says North failed again with mid-range missile test

By AFP - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 17:22

SEOUL: North Korea on Thursday tried and failed in what appeared to be its second attempt in two weeks to test a powerful, new medium-range ballistic missile, South Korea’s defence ministry said.

Russia launches first rocket from new space facility

By AP - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 16:40

MOSCOW: Russia on Thursday successfully launched the first rocket from its new space facility after a last-minute delay the day before.

Russia delivers humanitarian aid to Syria

By Bernama - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 16:36

MOSCOW: Russia has sent 2.5 tonnes of humanitarian aid including 700 kg of bread to Homs province in Syria, reports China’s Xinhua news agency.