Palace condoles with California mass shooting victims, families

MANILA — Malacañang on Friday extended condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the mass shooting incident in California that left 12 people, including Filipino-American Alaina Punzalan Housley, dead. “The Palace offers its heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the families of those who perished in the latest mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California … Read More

S. Korea, U.S. resume marine drills

SEOUL — South Korea and the United States resumed their combined marine drills Monday for the first time since they were suspended in June to support diplomacy with North Korea over its denuclearization. The allies began the two-week Korea Marine Exercise Program (KMEP), which involves some 500 troops, including U.S. marines from Okinawa, Japan, and military … Read More

China’s biggest wine expo to open in Sept.

BEIJING, China — Thousands of wine exhibitors, drinkers and enthusiasts will converge in the upcoming 8th China International Alcoholic Beverage Expo that will be held at the Guiyang International Conference and Exhibition Center in Guizhou province, southwest of China, on September 9-12. “The expo aims to reinforce the exchange and cooperation between specialists of alcohol industry … Read More

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

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