New research identifies possible new treatment for gonorrhea

SAN FRANCISCO — New research led by the Oregon State University (OSU) has identified a possible new treatment for gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease whose numbers grow by 78 million new cases worldwide each year. Gonorrhea can lead to endometritis, pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, epididymitis and infertility. If untreated or improperly treated, it is … Read More

Cholera death toll rises to 1,054 in Yemen

SANAA — The death toll from cholera in war-torn Yemen has increased to 1,054 since April 27, with the total suspected cases reaching 151,000, the Yemeni health authorities said on Saturday in a statement published by Saba news agency. Earlier this month, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) expected suspected cases could hit … Read More

Study finds dressmakers’ 3D vision to be needle-sharp

SAN FRANCISCO — New research published Tuesday in the journal Scientific Reports suggests that the 3D or “stereoscopic” vision of dressmakers is as sharp as their needles. Stereoscopic vision is the brain’s ability to decode the flat 2D optical information received by both eyes to give us the depth of perception needed to thread a … Read More

Australian dollar slumps in early trade

SYDNEY — The Australian dollar fell on Friday against the U.S. greenback, backtracking on Thursday’s strong performance which was spurred by positive employment figures. At the Asian open, one Australian dollar was buying USD75.81 cents, down from the USD76.08 cents it was trading at on Thursday. The Australian dollar rose sharply on Thursday after the … Read More

4 dead in shootings at UPS facility in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — Six people were shot Wednesday morning at a UPS facility in San Francisco and four were killed, including the shooter. Assistant Chief Toney Chaplin of San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) told a press briefing that officers at the scene confronted the shooter, who then turned an assault pistol to his own head … Read More

17 killed, 26 wounded in attacks on Mogadishu restaurants

MOGADISHU — Gunmen attacked two restaurants in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu on Wednesday night, killing at least 17 people and injuring 26 others, with an unknown number of hostages being held by the attackers, rescuers said. An emergency team Aamin Ambulance said Thursday on Twitter that it has found 17 bodies and evacuated 26 people … Read More

ICC calls for arrest of Gaddafi’s son

TRIPOLI — The International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on Wednesday called for immediate arrest of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi. “To this end, I call on the authorities of Libya, the United Nations Security Council, all States Parties to the Rome Statute, and all other States and relevant entities, to provide my Office with any … Read More

6.9-magnitude quake hits southwest of Tajumulco, Guatemala

  BEIJING — An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale jolted 8km SW of Tajumulco, Guatemala at 07:29:06 GMT on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said. The epicenter, with a depth of 111.52 km, was initially determined to be at 15.0192 degrees north latitude and 91.9285 degrees west longitude. Xinhua/PNA

Around 30 hospitalized in London building fire

LONDON — A massive fire engulfed a 27-story apartment building in west London early Wednesday as around 30 people have been taken to hospitals following the blaze. TV images showed the outside of the building totally blackened, with many window frames deformed. Heavy smoke is still billowing into the air, flames still raging almost five … Read More

Warriors capture second NBA title in 3 years

WASHINGTON — The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 on Monday night at Oracle Arena in Game 5 of the Finals to win their second NBA championship in three seasons, wrapping up a 16-1 postseason run after finishing the regular season 67-15. “It’s just a great group of guys, great community, great arena, … Read More

Yemen cholera death toll rises to 923 in 6 weeks: WHO

SANAA — The death toll from cholera in war-torn Yemen has increased to 923 since April 27, with the total suspected cases passing 124,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. The death toll from cholera epidemic rose to 923 until late Monday, up from 789 reported on Thursday, which means that 134 Yemeni … Read More

Saudi Arabia registers 35 MERS cases in 15 days

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia registered 35 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) corona virus cases in 15 days, of which 28 of them developed the infection at health facilities, Okaz local news reported on Sunday. Although MERS corona virus cases aren’t anymore considered as high health risk like before, the infection could be fatal for those … Read More

Researchers build system to detect cell phone hacking

SAN FRANCISCO — Security researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have developed a new system called SeaGlass to detect anomalies in the cellular landscape that can indicate where and when cell phone surveillance devices are being used. Described in a paper published in the June 2017 issue of Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies, the … Read More