Survey shows Japanese women too busy to fall in love

TOKYO — Some 60 percent of eligible women in Japan are reluctant to start a love relationship due to the growing burden at work, The Japan Times reported Saturday citing a survey at, an online dating advice service. As women today are facing the same workload as men in Japan, the ensuing fatigue has made … Read More

Death toll in Iran-Iraq border quake rises to 207

EHRAN — At least 207 people died in a huge 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit the Iran-Iraq border area on Sunday, Tasnim news agency reported on Monday. The quake which centered at 103 km southeast of the city of Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, also injured over 1800 people, the report said. The tremor was felt in several Iranian … Read More

129 dead as magnitude 7.3 quake hits Iran-Iraq border

TEHRAN — A huge earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude struck near the Iran-Iraq border area on Sunday, killing 129 and injuring over thousands, according to Iran’s official media Monday. The quake’s epicenter was located approximately 32 km south of the city of Halabja in a remote mountainous region of eastern Iraq, some 200 km north-east of Baghdad … Read More

Low calorie diet may help reverse type 2 diabetes

WASHINGTON — A US study released Thursday revealed how a very low-calorie diet can rapidly reverse type 2 diabetes in rats. If confirmed in people, the insight provides potential new drug targets for treating this common chronic disease, said the researchers, according to the study published in the journal Cell Metabolism. In the study, a team … Read More

Breast cancer may return even years after treatment: study

WASHINGTON — Women with a type of breast cancer fueled by estrogen still face a substantial risk of cancer returning or spreading, even 15 years after they finished standard treatment for the disease, a new study said Wednesday. Researchers from an international collaboration known as the Early Breast Cancer Trialists’ Collaborative Group analyzed data from 88 … Read More

Aussie scientists develop drug to reduce obesity

SYDNEY — Australian researchers have uncovered a drug that has the potential to reverse the negative effects of maternal obesity. The drug, known as NMN, increases energy metabolism and could provide the same benefits as exercise in the fight against obesity in children born to overweight mothers. Scientists at the University of New South Wales in … Read More

Typhoon Damrey kills 44, leaves 19 missing in central Vietnam

HANOI — Typhoon Damrey has killed 44 people and left 19 others missing after hitting Vietnam’s central and central highlands regions on Saturday, the country’s Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said Tuesday. The dead victims included 27 in central Khanh Hoa province, four in central Quang Ngai province, three in central Binh … Read More

Twitter employee ‘deactivates’ Trump’s account

WASHINGTON — An employee at social media website Twitter closed down the personal account of US President Donald Trump for 11 minutes, Twitter said Thursday. “Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee,” the company said in a statement. “The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since … Read More

3 killed in shooting at Walmart in Colorado

LOS ANGELES, — Three people were killed Wednesday evening in a shooting inside a Walmart supermarket in Thornton, a Denver suburb in the U.S. state of Colorado. The suspect is still at large. Thornton Police Department initially announced around 6:30 p.m. (0030 GMT, Thursday) that “multiple parties” were down in the shooting. An hour later, … Read More

Over 70% of Americans see drugs as serious problem

WASHINGTON — People who believe drugs pose a serious problem in the United States rose for the first time in a decade to 71 percent, a Gallup study released on Wednesday has found. The study showed 71 percent of those Americans polled believed that illegal drugs were an “extremely” or “very” serious problem in the country, … Read More

8 dead in New York City “act of terror”

NEW YORK — Eight people were killed and a dozen more were injured after a truck plowed into pedestrians near the World Trade Center in New York City, the mayor said on Tuesday. Based on the information authorities had at the moment, the incident was “a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians,” Mayor … Read More

World’s first hydrogen tram runs in China

SHIJIAZHUANG — A China-made tram powered by hydrogen fuel cells was put into commercial operation Thursday in Tangshan, north China’s Hebei Province. It is the first commercial hydrogen-powered tram in the world and made by China Railway Rolling Corporation (CRRC) Tangshan Co., Ltd. With water being its only emission, the tram emits no pollutants. No nitrogen … Read More

Cancer-killing molecules found

CHICAGO — Specific molecules called suicide RNA molecules can trigger a mechanism where it not only prevents cancer cells from becoming resistant to them, but also eliminates multiple genes that cancer cells need to survive, researchers at the US Northwestern University (NU) have discovered. NU researchers used a specific class of small RNAs to suppress … Read More

UN warns of rising newborn mortality in the future

GENEVA — A latest report by UN agencies on Thursday warned that at current trends of child mortality, nearly 60 million children could die before their fifth birthday between 2017 and 2030, half being newborns. The report, Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2017, was jointly released by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health … Read More