N. Korea tests new rocket engine: US media

NEW YORK — Pyongyang tested a new rocket engine that can be installed on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Fox News reported on Thursday, citing unnamed US officials. According to the channel’s sources, the test took place on Wednesday. Pyongyang conducted similar tests in March. Another US official was quoted as saying that increased activity … 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

Country that supports terrorism will pay high price — UN chief

UNITED NATIONS — UN chief Antonio Guterres has warned that any country supporting terrorism will ultimately have to pay a “high price” and offered his good offices to promote cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan to jointly fight the menace. The Secretary-General arrived in Kabul yesterday and held bilateral meetings with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and … 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 -northboundasia.com

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

6.3-magnitude quake hits off Indonesia’s Java Island

JAKARTA — A 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked off the south coast of Indonesia’s most-populated Java Island Monday morning, the Indonesian Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency said. No casualties or damage have been reported so far. The quake struck at 6:15 Jakarta time (2315 GMT Sunday). The epicenter was 179 km southwest of West Java province’s Sukabumi … Read More

5 ILOKANO-AMERICAN STUDENTS AWARDED ILOKANO IMMERSION SCHOLARSHIP

WAIMANALO, Hawaii–Five Ilokano-descended and local born students have been selected to receive the Philippine Airlines Scholarship on Ilokano language and culture immersion and will travel for the purpose to the Ilocos this coming July. The PAL Scholarship was acquired through the Ilokano Language Acquisition and Immersion for the New Generation (iLAING), a focused on Ilokano as language and Ilokano … Read More