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.


Teen shoots himself in head while taking selfie with gun

By AFP - Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 16:03

NEW DELHI: A teenager accidentally shot himself in the head with his father’s gun while trying to take a “selfie” photograph, police said Sunday, the latest in a series of such accidents.

Malaysia deports 32 Taiwan suspects to China, draws protest

By AP - Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 15:14

BEIJING: Taiwanese officials have protested Malaysia’s deportation of 32 of the self-ruled island’s nationals to China this weekend to face wire fraud charges, the latest in a series of disputes that has raised new friction between China and Taiwan.

Armed guards at India dams as drought leaves farmers dry

By AFP - Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 14:46

TIKAMGARH: As young boys plunge into a murky dam to escape the blistering afternoon sun, guards armed with guns stand vigil at one of the few remaining water bodies in a state hit hard by India’s crippling drought.

72-year-old survivor rescued 13 days after deadly Ecuador quake

By AFP - Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 10:46

QUITO: Crews have rescued a 72-year-old survivor of Ecuador’s deadly earthquake almost two weeks after it struck the South American country, Venezuela announced Saturday.

Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires

By AFP - Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 10:25

JAKARTA: Indonesia is pushing to ban new palm oil operations after last year’s haze-belching forest fires were partly blamed on the industry’s expansion, but producers are warning the move could hit the economy and green groups are sceptical.

Circus lions rescued in South America arrive in new African home

By Reuters - Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 10:10

JOHANNESBURG: A group of 33 lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Columbia arrived by plane in Johannesburg on Saturday to begin a new life in the African bush.

Muslim's labour candidacy shapes London mayoral race

By NYT - Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 09:44

LONDON: The son of a London bus driver, Sadiq Khan has had a remarkable rise into the upper echelons of British politics. He grew up with seven siblings in a three-bedroom home in public housing and attended state schools before becoming a human rights lawyer and then a senior government minister.

Putin reshuffles Russia's law enforcement structures

By Reuters - Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 08:51

MOSCOW: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin fired several high-ranking law enforcement officials on Saturday in one of the biggest overhauls of the country’s power structures in recent years.

Fire ravages Muslim prayer hall in Corsica

By AFP - Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 21:33

AJACCIO- A Muslim prayer hall in the French island of Corsica was ravaged by fire on Saturday in what prosecutors said was probably a criminal attack.

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.