Japan floods, landslides death toll rises to at least 112

TOKYO — The death toll from landslides and floods caused by widespread torrential rain across western Japan has risen to 112, with at least three others in a critical condition, public broadcaster NHK said Monday. Authorities have also said that 79 people still remain unaccounted for and, as such, the death toll will likely increase. Search … Read More

Man arrested for plotting attack on July 4 holiday

WASHINGTON — A US man was arrested and charged with supporting a foreign terrorist organization, according to court papers released Monday. The 48-year-old man, named Demetrius Pitts, was taken into custody by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the central city of Cleveland Sunday, and appeared in court Monday afternoon. Pitts, who uses other names … Read More

47 die after bus plunges into deep gorge in India

NEW DELHI — As many as 47 people have been killed after a passenger bus skidded off a steep mountain road and plunged into a deep gorge in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand Sunday, police said. The accident occurred on the Pipali-Bhoan motorway in Pauri Garhwal district, some 200 km from the state capital of … Read More

5 dead, multiple injured in US newspaper shooting

WASHINGTON — Five people were killed on Thursday afternoon with several “gravely injured” in a mass shooting at a local daily newspaper Capital Gazette in Annapolis, the capital city of eastern US state Maryland, police said. The shooter is in custody and is interviewed, local police said, but is not revealing his identity. Unconfirmed reports said … Read More

Erdogan, alliance win Turkish presidential, parliamentary polls

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his alliance at the parliament won in Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday, state-run Anadolu Agency announced. Erdogan had 52.5 percent, with 98 percent of the votes counted in his bid for a presidency with broadly expanded powers, according to Anadolu Agency’s unofficial results. In his … Read More

Hundreds of homes destroyed by volcano lava in Hawaii

LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of homes have been destroyed by lava from the Kilauea volcano overnight in the Big Island of Hawaii, local authorities said Tuesday. Officials have not released the total number of homes destroyed by lava, but the assessment that “hundreds” more have been claimed by lava comes just a day after the official … Read More

Facebook suspends 200 apps over possible data misuse

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said Monday that it has suspended around 200 apps for possible misuse of data after its CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised in March to launch full app investigation and audit in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Ime Archibong, vice president of Product Partnerships at Facebook, said in a blog that the … Read More

92-year old Mahathir sworn in as Malaysian Prime Minister

KUALA LUMPUR — Mahathir Mohamad, 92, a former Malaysian prime minister who led the opposition to achieve a stunning victory in the general election, took the oath of office on Thursday night, becoming the world’s oldest government leader. Mahathir won the election after his coalition Pakatan Harapan secured 113 seats out of the 222 seats at … Read More

Online divorce introduced in England, Wales

LONDON — Couples may utter those immortal words “I Do” when they marry in churches and registry offices. But a change in the rules has for the first time enabled estranged couples in England and Wales to untie the marital knot online. Fully digital divorce applications have been launched in England and Wales since May, announced … Read More

Eating dark chocolate enhances people’s memory, immunity

WASHINGTON — A new research showed that consuming dark chocolate with a high concentration of cacao had positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity. Presented on Tuesday at the ongoing five-day Experimental Biology 2018 meeting in San Diego, the United States, two studies revealed for the first time the impact of large amounts … Read More

Chinese military drone maker eyes civilian market

  BEIJING — One of China’s leading drone makers is developing unarmed versions of its military drones in order to enter an expected larger civilian market, China Daily reported Thursday. Shi Wen, chief designer of the Caihong, or Rainbow series at the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics in Beijing, told the newspaper that the academy had … Read More