Mexico quake toll rises to 149

  MEXICO CITY — The death toll from the powerful earthquake that struck central Mexico Tuesday has risen to 149. Fatalities were reported in capital Mexico City, nearby Morelos and Puebla states, the State of Mexico and the south-central state of Guerrero, according to the head of Mexico’s civil protection agency, Luis Felipe Puente. Puente said … Read More

Millions trapped in modern slavery, child labor: UN

GENEVA — An estimated 40 million people are today trapped in modern slavery, mostly women and girls, and 152 million children are subject to child labor, almost one in 10 around the world, the latest United Nations (UN) report revealed on Tuesday. The new research, developed jointly by the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Walk Free … Read More

Quake kills more than 100 in central Mexico

MEXICO CITY — More than 100 people were killed in a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake that hit central Mexico on Tuesday, and the number of deaths is expected to rise due to the scale of the quake. Some 54 people were killed in the state of Morelos, government secretary Matias Quiroz said, mainly in the towns of … Read More

Australia experiences hottest winter in history

CANBERRA — Australia has endured its hottest winter in history with temperatures up 2 degrees Celsius on average, a report has found. The Hot and Dry: Australia’s Weird Winter report, released by the Climate Council on Tuesday, found that the average maximum temperature in Australia from June through August was 0.3 degrees Celsius higher than the … Read More

DPRK fires missile eastward: S.Korean military

SEOUL — The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired a ballistic missile eastward Friday morning, South Korean military said. The “unidentified missile” was launched from a site near Sunan in Pyongyang at around 6:57 a.m. (local time), the Yonhap News Agency cited South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) as saying. It flew over Japan … Read More

DPRK fires missile eastward: S.Korean military

SEOUL — The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired a ballistic missile eastward Friday morning, South Korean military said. The “unidentified missile” was launched from a site near Sunan in Pyongyang at around 6:57 a.m. (local time), the Yonhap News Agency cited South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) as saying. It flew over Japan … Read More

Death toll of Hurricane Harvey reaches 60

HOUSTON — More than 60 people have died or are feared dead in flooding or circumstances connected to Tropical Storm Harvey, according to local officials on Monday. Medical examiners are in the process of confirming which deaths are related to the flooding. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences confirmed 29 storm deaths on Saturday, all but … Read More

UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on NoKor nuke test

  UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Monday in response to the latest nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), a press release said Sunday. “Ambassador (Nikki) Haley and her counterparts from Japan, France, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Korea requested an emergency UN Security … Read More

418 schools closed in Myanmar due to terrorist attacks

YANGON — A total of 418 schools in three townships in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state have been closed as Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) extremist terrorists continued their attacks, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Monday. Of the schools closed, 183 are from Maungtaw town, 212 from Buthidaung town and 23 from Yathedaung town, the … Read More

Trump to withdraw from free trade deal with South Korea

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump plans to withdraw from a free trade agreement with close-ally South Korea, a move that could cause a fresh economic rift between the two countries amid heightened tensions over North Korea. Trump yesterday confirmed that he was talking with advisers amid reports that he had instructed aides to prepare to … Read More

UN Security Council condemns N. Korea missile launch

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations (UN) Security Council on Tuesday strongly condemned the latest missile launch by North Korea, demanding it immediately cease such actions. In a statement, the 15-member council said North Korea’s actions are not just a threat to the region, but to all UN member states. “The Security Council expresses its grave concern … Read More

China’s Jiangxi TV seeks ties with PH, other ASEAN channels

JIANGXI – Jiangxi TV, one of the top 10 urban television channels in China, has expressed intention to expand cooperation with counterparts in the Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines. Li Jianguo, deputy director of Jiangxi TV, said cooperation with ASEAN countries is necessary under the Belt and Road Initiative, a major economic integration initiated by … Read More