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NASA launches probe to go deep into Sun's scorching atmosphere

12 August 2018

NASA launched a space probe early Sunday that will go closer to the Sun than any spacecraft before, the agency announced. The craft will endure extreme heat while zooming through the solar corona to study the Sun’s outer atmosphere that gives rise to the solar winds.... Read More


Nobel prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul dies aged 85

11 August 2018

LONDON – Trinidad-born British author V.S. Naipaul, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2001, has died at his home in London aged 85, the BBC reported on Saturday. Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, who began writing in the 1950s, won numerous coveted literary... Read More


Kenya arrests two top officials for suspected corruption over new $3 billion railway

11 August 2018

NAIROBI – Kenyan authorities have arrested the head of the agency that manages public land and the boss of the state railway on suspicion of corruption over land allocation for the new $3-billion flagship Nairobi-Mombasa railway. The line connecting the capital with... Read More


Two police officers among four fatally shot in Canada, authorities say

10 August 2018

TORONTO − Four people, including two police officers, were killed in a shooting in the eastern Canadian city of Fredericton and one person was taken into custody, police said on Friday. Police in Fredericton, a city of about 56 000 that is the capital of the province... Read More


Russia denounces new US sanctions as illegal, mulls retaliation

09 August 2018

MOSCOW − Russia condemned a new round of US sanctions as illegal on Thursday and said it had begun working on retaliatory measures after news of the curbs pushed the rouble to two-year lows over fears Moscow was locked in a spiral of never-ending sanctions. Read More


Saudi Arabia stops medical treatment programs in Canada as row escalates

08 August 2018

RIYADH − Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had stopped all medical treatment programs in Canada and was working on the transfer of all Saudi patients from hospitals there, in an escalating row after Ottawa urged it to free rights activists. Saudi Arabia froze new... Read More


Former city police chief claims role in Venezuela drone attack

08 August 2018

BOGOTA/CARACAS − A former Venezuelan municipal police chief and anti-government activist says he helped organise an operation to launch armed drones over a military rally on Saturday that President Nicolas Maduro has called an assassination attempt. Read More


Security lapse sparks evacuation at Frankfurt airport

07 August 2018

FRANKFURT − Parts of Frankfurt airport were evacuated for several hours on Tuesday following a lapse in security, federal police said, disrupting travel during the busy summer holiday season. “The cause of the evacuation of the terminal was an error by a security... Read More


Fireball near Bologna airport after road crash explosion

06 August 2018

ROME − A tanker truck ploughed into a lorry on a motorway near Bologna airport in northern Italy on Monday, exploding in flames and sending a huge ball of fire and black smoke into the sky. At least two people were killed and more than 60 injured, according to local... Read More


Bangladesh protests spur cabinet to toughen punishment for traffic deaths

06 August 2018

DHAKA − Bangladesh’s cabinet on Monday approved raising the maximum jail time for rash driving deaths to five years from three, the law minister said, as students protested for a ninth day over the deaths of two teenagers killed by a speeding bus in Dhaka. Read More


Powerful quake kills 82 on Indonesia's Lombok island, thousands flee homes

06 August 2018

DENPASAR, Indonesia – At least 82 people were killed when Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok was hit by a powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Sunday, triggering widespread panic as thousands fled their homes for emergency shelters as buildings collapsed. The death... Read More


Hurricane Hector closing in on Hawaii and volcano

05 August 2018

Hurricane Hector became a Category 4 storm for a few hours early Sunday but then dipped back to Category 3, still a dangerous force, as it headed across the Pacific, threatening to hit Hawaii’s Big Island and possibly its active volcano, officials said early Sunday.... Read More


Zimbabwe opposition members in court over post-election violence

04 August 2018

HARARE − Twenty-seven members of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) appeared in a Zimbabwe court facing public violence charges on Saturday after six people were killed in post-election protests that were met by a military crackdown. Soldiers and... Read More


Zimbabwe votes in first post-Mugabe poll, opposition cries foul

30 July 2018

HARARE − Zimbabweans voted on Monday in the first election since former president Robert Mugabe was ousted in a de facto coup, with allegations of voter suppression raising fears of a disputed result. Nelson Chamisa, the main challenger to President Emmerson Mnangagwa,... Read More


Woman, two great-grandchildren found dead in California fire

29 July 2018

REDDING, California − Human remains believed to be that of an elderly woman and her two great-grandchildren have been found at a home destroyed by wildfire on the outskirts of the Northern California city of Redding, the Shasta County sheriff said on Saturday. The... Read More


Pope accepts McCarrick resignation as cardinal following sex abuse scandal

28 July 2018

VATICAN CITY − Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation as a cardinal of Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, D.C. and one of the US Catholic Church’s most prominent figures, who has been at the centre of allegations of sex abuse with minors... Read More


Pakistan’s Imran Khan declares victory as rivals cry foul

27 July 2018

ISLAMABAD − Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan declared victory on Thursday in a divisive general election, and said he was ready to lead the nuclear-armed nation despite a long delay in ballot counting and allegations of vote-rigging from his main opponents. Read More


Facebook to prohibit discriminatory ads on its platform

25 July 2018

Facebook Inc will make changes to its advertising platform to stop third-party advertisers in the United States from excluding protected groups from seeing their ads, the Washington State Attorney General said on Tuesday. The legally binding agreement with Washington... Read More


Ivanka Trump shuts fashion line, to focus on White House role

24 July 2018

United States President Donald Trump’s oldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, said on Tuesday she is closing her fashion line to focus her energies on advising her father’s White House. The president, whose fortune comes from real estate development, came into office carrying... Read More


Trump tells Iran 'never, ever threaten' US or suffer consequences

23 July 2018

WASHINGTON/ANKARA − US President Donald Trump told Iran it risked dire consequences “the like of which few throughout history have suffered before” if the Islamic Republic made more threats against the United States. His words, spelled out in capital letters in a... Read More


Gunman kills two, injures 12 on Toronto street, police say

23 July 2018

TORONTO − A gunman opened fire on a Toronto street filled with restaurants late on Sunday, killing two people and injuring 12 others, including a young girl, authorities said. The suspected shooter was later found dead. The girl was in a critical condition, Toronto... Read More


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