Italy declares state of emergency due to collapsed bridge

GENOA, Italy — The Italian government has declared the state of emergency in the Liguria region surrounding the northwest city of Genoa, a day after the dramatic collapse of a major motorway bridge that caused dozens of victims, the country’s prime minister said on Wednesday. A state of emergency request had been filed by the regional … Read More

New drugs put cancer cells into ‘permanent sleep’

SYDNEY — Australian scientists said they have discovered a new type of drug that targets specific proteins to arrest the growth and spread of cancer, without the harmful side effects of conventional therapies. The drug, which put cancer cells into a “permanent sleep” without damaging DNA, have “already shown great promise in halting cancer progression in … Read More

Heat wave hits Canada

OTTAWA — A total of 90 heat warnings were in effect in eight of Canada’s 10 provinces Tuesday morning, according to Environment Canada. Environment Canada warned that much of the provinces will see temperature between 29 degrees Celsius and 32 degrees on Tuesday, with humidex values potentially topping 40. Similar conditions were expected on Wednesday. The … Read More

2 confirmed dead, more missing after dam collapses in Laos

VIENTIANE — At least two people are confirmed dead as of 4:30 p.m. local time (0930 GMT) on Tuesday, and a number of villagers are still missing after an under-construction dam collapsed causing flash flood in southern Laos, state-run online newspaper Vientiane Times quoted a senior provincial official as saying. The Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam … Read More

Death toll in wildfires near Athens rises to 74

ATHENS — The number of killed in the devastating fires near Athens was revised upward to 74 on Tuesday afternoon, while the search for more victims continued in Attica’s eastern coast, Greek national news agency AMNA reported. The number of injured stood at 187, according to the latest official announcement by the fire brigade press spokesperson … Read More

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