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.


16 villagers hacked to death in eastern DR Congo

By AFP - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 19:34

KINSHASA: Attackers armed with machetes and axes hacked at least 16 civilians to death in a nighttime assault on their village in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, UN and local officials said Wednesday.

Clashes as French police clear migrants from Paris school

By AFP - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 17:36

PARIS: Police used tear gas on Wednesday to disperse protesters as they evacuated a high school under renovation in Paris that has been occupied by migrants for two weeks.

Gang rape of Indonesian teen sparks outrage

By AFP - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 16:44

JAKARTA: Indonesian activists called Wednesday for the government to urgently strengthen laws against sexual violence after the brutal gang-rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl sparked outrage.

Iphone can be a handbag, Chinese court says in Apple case

By AFP - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 15:44

BEIJING: A Chinese court has ruled against Apple in a case it brought against a small maker of “iphone“-branded leather goods, state media reported.

'Bongbong', the son, leads Marcos revival in the Philippines

By Reuters - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 13:43

MANILA: For the son and namesake of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, winning the vice presidency in next week’s election is as much about restoring his family’s tainted image as it is about making the country a better place.

Exiting 2016 race, Republican Cruz leaves himself a path forward

By Reuters - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 13:11

INDIANAPOLIS: U.S. Republican Ted Cruz carefully left the door open to a future run for president on Tuesday after a campaign that outlasted a long list of rivals but could not overcome the anti-establishment appeal of Donald Trump.

Developers zero-in on Bangkok's historic Chinatown

By AFP - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 12:39

BANGKOK: For nearly a century Thanuan has watched history sweep through the bustling maze of alleyways that make up Bangkok’s Chinatown, one of the city’s few districts yet to be devoured by malls and high-rise condos.

Wave of dead sea creatures hits Chile's beaches

By AFP - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 11:35

SANTIAGO: Heaps of dead whales, salmon and sardines blamed on the El Nino freak weather phenomenon have clogged Chile’s Pacific beaches in recent months.

Over 80,000 residents of Canada's Fort McMurray evacuated due to wildfire

By AP - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 11:21

FORT MCMURRAY: The entire population of the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, has been ordered to evacuate as a wildfire whipped by winds engulfed homes and sent ash raining down on residents.

Quarter of school-age children live in crisis affected countries - UNICEF

By Reuters - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 09:17

LONDON: A quarter of the world’s school-age children - 462 million - live in countries affected by crisis such as wars and disasters, UNICEF said on Wednesday as it unveiled details of a major new fund to help get children back in class during emergencies.

Police kill Venezuela's most-wanted criminal

By AFP - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 08:44

CARACAS: Venezuelan police and special forces soldiers killed the country’s most-wanted criminal, gang leader Jose Antonio Tovar Colina, in a shootout Tuesday.

Young Afghan Messi fan flees over kidnap fears

By Reuters - Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 23:44

QUETTA: A young Afghan fan of Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi has fled his home and gone to Pakistan because his family feared he could be kidnapped after he became an unlikely Internet sensation, the boy’s uncle said on Tuesday.

Indonesian planes clip wings at airport in latest scare

By AFP - Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 21:12

JAKARTA: Two Indonesian passenger planes clipped wings as they were about to take off from Jakarta's main airport, an airline said Tuesday, the latest accident in the country's beleaguered aviation sector.

Scientists win US$3 mln for detecting Einstein's waves

By Reuters - Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 20:12

NEW YORK: Researchers who helped detect gravitational waves for the first time, confirming part of Albert Einstein’s theory in a landmark moment in scientific history, will share a $3 million Special Breakthrough Prize, according to the prize’s selection committee.

Singapore detains 8 Bangladeshis for alleged IS-related terror plot

By AFP - Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 16:45

SINGAPORE: The Singapore government on Tuesday announced the arrest of eight Bangladeshi men who allegedly plotted terror attacks, including assassinations, back home to establish an Islamic state.

Toddler rescued 4 days after Kenya building collapse

By AFP - Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 15:59

NAIROBI: Kenyan rescuers pulled an 18-month-old toddler alive from the rubble of a six-storey building on Tuesday, four days after the block collapsed killing 23 people, police said.

St. Louis jury awards US$55M in Johnson & Johnson cancer suit

By AP - Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 15:00

ST. LOUIS: A jury in St. Louis has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay US$55 million to a South Dakota woman who claimed the company’s talcum powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer.

Indonesian villagers 'mistook sex toy for angel'

By AFP - Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 14:25

JAKARTA: Indonesian villagers thought they had been blessed by an angel fallen from heaven when a beautiful doll washed up on a beach – only to discover it was an inflatable sex toy.

A year on, Asia's boat people trapped in desperate limbo

By AFP - Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 11:09

BAYEUN: One year after struggling ashore during Southeast Asia’s human-trafficking crisis, Sonamia and hundreds of other desperate Rohingya migrants remain in limbo, forgotten footnotes as record numbers worldwide flee violence and persecution.

US citizen says North Korea detainment granted understanding

By AP - Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 09:51

SEATTLE: Kenneth Bae knew he was in trouble when he opened his briefcase for a North Korean customs official and saw a computer hard drive he meant to leave in China.

US Muslim woman sues police for removing her headscarf

By AFP - Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 08:46

LOS ANGELSE: A Muslim woman filed a lawsuit Monday against police in California alleging that her headscarf was forcibly removed after she was arrested on outstanding warrants.

Brazil prosecutor asks for probe of opposition leader Neves

By Reuters - Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 08:32

SAO PAULO: Brazil’s top prosecutor asked the Supreme Court to open an investigation on opposition Senator Aecio Neves on Monday as a vast corruption probe ensnares more politicians.

Mexico City bans 40 percent of cars again over air pollution

By AFP - Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 08:27

MEXICO CITY: Mexico City officials issued a new air pollution alert on Monday, meaning that 40 percent of vehicles will be banned on Tuesday, while industries will be required to cut emissions.

Bodies of famed American climbers Lowe, Bridges found in Himalayas

By Reuters - Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 00:05

The bodies of renowned U.S. mountaineers Alex Lowe and David Bridges, who were killed in a 1999 avalanche in the Himalayas, have been found by another pair of climbers, according to a charity founded and run by Lowe's widow.

Indonesian police fatally shoot French citizen in Bali

By AP - Monday, May 2, 2016 - 23:46

BALI: Indonesian police said they fatally shot a French citizen after he stabbed a policeman to death Monday while resisting arrest on the resort island of Bali.

Militants threatened to slit our throats: Indonesian hostage

By AFP - Monday, May 2, 2016 - 19:58

JAKARTA: An Indonesian sailor told how the Philippines Islamic militants threatened to slit his throat during a terrifying kidnap ordeal, a day after he and nine other crew members were released.

Four killed in homemade bomb blast in India

By AFP - Monday, May 2, 2016 - 15:08

KOLKATA: Four people were killed when the crude bombs they were making exploded in India’s West Bengal, where bitterly fought state elections are underway, a senior police official said Monday.

Confronting darkness in Cambodia's Khmer Rouge stronghold

By AFP - Monday, May 2, 2016 - 12:41

ANLONG VENG: Standing next to cages that once housed political prisoners, former Khmer Rouge foot soldier Tho Lon gets a surprisingly sympathetic hearing from a clutch of students, despite his work for a regime that wiped out a quarter of Cambodia’s population.

Train derails in Washington, DC; leaks hazardous chemical

By AP - Monday, May 2, 2016 - 10:10

WASHINGTON: Officials warned Washington D.C. area residents to brace for a potentially slow commute Monday after a CSX freight train derailed near a Metro stop, sending 15 cars off the tracks and spilling hazardous material.

Puerto Rico to default on US$422 mn debt payment: governor

By AFP - Monday, May 2, 2016 - 09:17

SAN JUAN: Puerto Rico’s financial crisis deepened Sunday as Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced the US commonwealth would default on US$422 million in debt.