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

5 dead, multiple injured in US newspaper shooting

WASHINGTON — Five people were killed on Thursday afternoon with several “gravely injured” in a mass shooting at a local daily newspaper Capital Gazette in Annapolis, the capital city of eastern US state Maryland, police said. The shooter is in custody and is interviewed, local police said, but is not revealing his identity. Unconfirmed reports said … Read More

Erdogan, alliance win Turkish presidential, parliamentary polls

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his alliance at the parliament won in Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday, state-run Anadolu Agency announced. Erdogan had 52.5 percent, with 98 percent of the votes counted in his bid for a presidency with broadly expanded powers, according to Anadolu Agency’s unofficial results. In his … Read More

Hundreds of homes destroyed by volcano lava in Hawaii

LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of homes have been destroyed by lava from the Kilauea volcano overnight in the Big Island of Hawaii, local authorities said Tuesday. Officials have not released the total number of homes destroyed by lava, but the assessment that “hundreds” more have been claimed by lava comes just a day after the official … Read More