US researchers invent first battery-free cellphone

SAN FRANCISCO — Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have invented a cellphone that harvests the few microwatts of power it requires from either ambient radio signals or light and requires no battery. Detailed in a paper published in the Proceedings of the Association for Computing Machinery on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, … Read More

Putin, Trump shake hands at G20 summit

HAMBURG — Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump shook hands as they met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in the German city of Hamburg on Friday, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “They shook hands and said that they would soon hold a separate meeting and would see each other … Read More

German parliament says yes to same-sex marriage

BERLIN — Germany’s federal parliament, or Bundestag, on Friday passed the bill legalizing same-sex marriage. According to the bill, homosexual couples in Germany will now be able to marry and adopt children. Germany currently allows civil partnerships, but not full marital rights, which would include the possibility to jointly adopting children. The bill passed by … Read More

Multiple people shot at Bronx hospital in New York

NEW YORK — Multiple people were shot at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York, with active manhunt for a suspect, CNN reported on Friday. “Due to reports of a shooting incident at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, avoid the area of 1650 Grand Concourse,” NYPD said in a tweet, posted at 3:20 p.m. on Friday. Xinhua-northboundasia.com

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