Suspected anthrax outbreak kills 107 hippos in Namibia

WINDHOEK — A suspected anthrax outbreak has killed 107 hippos in one of Namibia’s biggest game parks in the Zambezi region in Namibia in just one week. The park’s deputy director Apollinaris Kannyinga confirmed the deaths Sunday at Bwabwata National Park. Kannyinga said the first 10 deaths were reported on October 1 but had risen by … Read More

Scientists make breakthrough in replacing Wi-Fi with Li-Fi

CHANGCHUN — Chinese scientists have made a breakthrough in creating full-color emissive carbon dots (F-CDs), which brings them one step closer to developing a faster wireless communication channel that could be available in just six years. Light Fidelity, known as Li-Fi, uses visible light from LED bulbs to transfer data much faster than radio wave-based Wi-Fi. … Read More

Mass shooting reported at Las Vegas concert

LOS ANGELES — A mass shooting occurred outside of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas in the US state of Nevada Sunday night during a concert, resulting in multiple casualties, local media reported. In video clips posted online, the sound of an automatic weapon being fired can be heard. It was reported that the kind … Read More

Mexico quake death toll rises to 333

MEXICO CITY — The death toll from last week’s destructive 7.1-magnitude earthquake in central Mexico has climbed to 333, the government said on Tuesday. The head of the national civil protection agency, Luis Felipe Puente, said 194 lives were lost in Mexico City, while the remainder in the surrounding or nearby states. The quake, whose … Read More

Mexico earthquake death toll now 307

MEXICO CITY — The death toll from the 7.1-magnitude earthquake earlier this week has climbed to 307, the Mexican government announced Saturday. National Civil Defense chief Luis Felipe Puente said 169 deaths were registered in the capital, adding on Twitter that 73 people were killed in the state of Morelos, 45 in Puebla, 13 in Mexico … Read More

World running out of antibiotics: WHO

GENEVA — The world is in a serious lack of new antibiotics under development to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, a World Health Organization (WHO) report warned on Wednesday, calling on governments and industries to urgently focus on R&D of new antibiotics. The report revealed that most of the drugs currently in the clinical … Read More

Mexico quake toll rises to 149

  MEXICO CITY — The death toll from the powerful earthquake that struck central Mexico Tuesday has risen to 149. Fatalities were reported in capital Mexico City, nearby Morelos and Puebla states, the State of Mexico and the south-central state of Guerrero, according to the head of Mexico’s civil protection agency, Luis Felipe Puente. Puente said … Read More

Millions trapped in modern slavery, child labor: UN

GENEVA — An estimated 40 million people are today trapped in modern slavery, mostly women and girls, and 152 million children are subject to child labor, almost one in 10 around the world, the latest United Nations (UN) report revealed on Tuesday. The new research, developed jointly by the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Walk Free … Read More

Quake kills more than 100 in central Mexico

MEXICO CITY — More than 100 people were killed in a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake that hit central Mexico on Tuesday, and the number of deaths is expected to rise due to the scale of the quake. Some 54 people were killed in the state of Morelos, government secretary Matias Quiroz said, mainly in the towns of … Read More

Australia experiences hottest winter in history

CANBERRA — Australia has endured its hottest winter in history with temperatures up 2 degrees Celsius on average, a report has found. The Hot and Dry: Australia’s Weird Winter report, released by the Climate Council on Tuesday, found that the average maximum temperature in Australia from June through August was 0.3 degrees Celsius higher than the … Read More

DPRK fires missile eastward: S.Korean military

SEOUL — The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired a ballistic missile eastward Friday morning, South Korean military said. The “unidentified missile” was launched from a site near Sunan in Pyongyang at around 6:57 a.m. (local time), the Yonhap News Agency cited South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) as saying. It flew over Japan … Read More

DPRK fires missile eastward: S.Korean military

SEOUL — The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired a ballistic missile eastward Friday morning, South Korean military said. The “unidentified missile” was launched from a site near Sunan in Pyongyang at around 6:57 a.m. (local time), the Yonhap News Agency cited South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) as saying. It flew over Japan … Read More

Lakers to retire Kobe Bryant’s jersey numbers

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers will retire both of Kobe Bryant’s jerseys, No. 8 and No. 24, at the Staples Center on December 18, ahead of the Lakers game against the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers have confirmed they will retire both of the numbers Bryant wore as a Laker, local media reported … Read More

Death toll of Hurricane Harvey reaches 60

HOUSTON — More than 60 people have died or are feared dead in flooding or circumstances connected to Tropical Storm Harvey, according to local officials on Monday. Medical examiners are in the process of confirming which deaths are related to the flooding. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences confirmed 29 storm deaths on Saturday, all but … Read More