Death toll in Iran-Iraq border quake rises to 207

EHRAN — At least 207 people died in a huge 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit the Iran-Iraq border area on Sunday, Tasnim news agency reported on Monday. The quake which centered at 103 km southeast of the city of Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, also injured over 1800 people, the report said. The tremor was felt in several Iranian … Read More

129 dead as magnitude 7.3 quake hits Iran-Iraq border

TEHRAN — A huge earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude struck near the Iran-Iraq border area on Sunday, killing 129 and injuring over thousands, according to Iran’s official media Monday. The quake’s epicenter was located approximately 32 km south of the city of Halabja in a remote mountainous region of eastern Iraq, some 200 km north-east of Baghdad … Read More

Typhoon Damrey kills 44, leaves 19 missing in central Vietnam

HANOI — Typhoon Damrey has killed 44 people and left 19 others missing after hitting Vietnam’s central and central highlands regions on Saturday, the country’s Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said Tuesday. The dead victims included 27 in central Khanh Hoa province, four in central Quang Ngai province, three in central Binh … Read More

Twitter employee ‘deactivates’ Trump’s account

WASHINGTON — An employee at social media website Twitter closed down the personal account of US President Donald Trump for 11 minutes, Twitter said Thursday. “Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee,” the company said in a statement. “The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since … Read More

3 killed in shooting at Walmart in Colorado

LOS ANGELES, — Three people were killed Wednesday evening in a shooting inside a Walmart supermarket in Thornton, a Denver suburb in the U.S. state of Colorado. The suspect is still at large. Thornton Police Department initially announced around 6:30 p.m. (0030 GMT, Thursday) that “multiple parties” were down in the shooting. An hour later, … Read More

Over 70% of Americans see drugs as serious problem

WASHINGTON — People who believe drugs pose a serious problem in the United States rose for the first time in a decade to 71 percent, a Gallup study released on Wednesday has found. The study showed 71 percent of those Americans polled believed that illegal drugs were an “extremely” or “very” serious problem in the country, … Read More

8 dead in New York City “act of terror”

NEW YORK — Eight people were killed and a dozen more were injured after a truck plowed into pedestrians near the World Trade Center in New York City, the mayor said on Tuesday. Based on the information authorities had at the moment, the incident was “a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians,” Mayor … Read More

World’s first hydrogen tram runs in China

SHIJIAZHUANG — A China-made tram powered by hydrogen fuel cells was put into commercial operation Thursday in Tangshan, north China’s Hebei Province. It is the first commercial hydrogen-powered tram in the world and made by China Railway Rolling Corporation (CRRC) Tangshan Co., Ltd. With water being its only emission, the tram emits no pollutants. No nitrogen … Read More

Mogadishu explosion death toll rises to 85

MOSCOW — The death toll from Saturday’s blast in the Somali capital has risen from 40 in previous reports to 85. No terror group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. At least 85 people were killed and 250 injured in a recent explosion in Mogadishu, media said Sunday, citing city’s ambulance service. Some reports say … Read More

Suspected anthrax outbreak kills 107 hippos in Namibia

WINDHOEK — A suspected anthrax outbreak has killed 107 hippos in one of Namibia’s biggest game parks in the Zambezi region in Namibia in just one week. The park’s deputy director Apollinaris Kannyinga confirmed the deaths Sunday at Bwabwata National Park. Kannyinga said the first 10 deaths were reported on October 1 but had risen by … Read More