European leaders express condolences over Barcelona attack

BRUSSELS — European leaders on Thursday expressed condolences following the terrorist attack in Barcelona. “This cowardly attack has deliberately targeted those enjoying life and sharing time with family and friends. We will never be cowed by such barbarism,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a statement. “I send my deepest condolences to the families and … Read More

Death toll from Charlottesville violence rises to 3

  MOSCOW, Aug. 13 — Death toll from violence over far-right protests in the US city of Charlottesville rose to three, Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe said Sunday. On Saturday, Charlottesville saw a major rally of far-right nationalists dubbed “Unite the Right” held in protest for the removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park. … Read More

Mexico against military option in settlement of Venezuelan crisis

MEXICO CITY, Aug. 13 — Mexico does not consider military action as a possible measure to resolve the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, the country’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “The Mexican government, in full compliance with the norms and principles of international law contained in the United Nations Charter and the Mexican Constitution, expresses its repudiation of the use or threat of use of force in international … Read More

Powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes off Indonesian Island

  MOSCOW, Aug. 13 — A powerful earthquake hit off the southwest coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit off the southwest coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the data of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) showed Sunday. According to the information, the quake was registered at 03:08 GMT, with the epicenter located at the depth of 35.9 … Read More

Flood death toll rises to 8 in north eastern Iran

  MASHAD, Razavi Khorasan prov, Aug. 13 — The number of victims of Friday’s flash flood in the Razavi Khorasan Province mounted to 8, it was reported on Saturday. The flood, which happened on Friday in this northeastern, also damaged some 25 villages, Managing Director of the provincial Crisis Management office Hojjat Ali Shayanfar told … Read More

UN chief calls for calm after violence erupts following Kenya polls

  UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 13 — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday called on Kenyan opposition leaders to address their disputes over the presidential election through legal means instead of violence. “He (Guterres) calls on those political leaders disputing the election results to address election-related disputes through the relevant constitutionally mandated institutions,” said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman … Read More

Mortar shell kills at least 16 civilians in Afghanistan

  MOSCOW, Aug. 13 — At least 16 civilians, including 10 children, were killed by a mortar shell in northwestern Faryab province of Afghanistan, Pajhwok news agency said, quoting the Dawlatabad district police chief Col. Niamatullah Tofan. According to Tofan, the clash between the security forces and the Taliban movement (outlawed in Russia) took place on Friday, with heavy weaponry … Read More

Japan installs extra missile defense after N Korea threat to Guam

TOKYO, Aug. 12 — The Japanese Defense Ministry on Saturday finished deploying Patriot missile defense systems in the country’s south in anticipation of North Korea’s possible strike on Guam, the state broadcaster NHK said. North Korea’s military has said it plans to fire four medium- to long-range missiles at the US Pacific territory and is waiting for approval from the … Read More

Violent protests Erupt in Kenya over contested presidential vote

MOSCOW, Aug. 13 — Kenyatta’s long-standing rival Raila Odinga protested the result of Tuesday’s vote, which put Kenyatta ahead with a 9.4-percent lead, claiming the vote was rigged. International observers denied this. Members of Odinga’s Luo ethnic group came out in force in Nairobi’s Kibera district, attacking and setting fire to homes of Kenyatta’s Bantu tribe, the Telegraph newspaper cited witnesses as saying. … Read More

Military action vs N. Korea should not be an option

  WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 — Military action should not be an option when confronting the problem of escalating tensions with North Korea, US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said in a statement. Maloney noted that Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that diplomatic efforts to contain North Korea are working, and should remain the favored means of resolving … Read More

36 dead, 13 hurt in NW China road mishap

XI’AN, Aug. 12 — At least 36 people were killed and 13 others injured in an expressway accident in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province Thursday night, local authorities said Friday morning. The accident occurred at around 11:34 p.m. when a coach hit the wall of the Qinling tunnel of the Xi’an-Hanzhong Expressway, according to the public … Read More