5 dead in New Zealand volcano eruption

WELLINGTON — Five people were confirmed dead in a volcanic eruption on New Zealand’s White Island in the Eastern Bay of Plenty of the North Island on Monday, with more casualties likely, the police said. The five victims were among those rescued earlier, the police said, adding that more than 10 people were missing on the … Read More

US House passes Hong Kong human rights bills

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills Wednesday aimed at supporting protesters in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which would impose sanctions on those responsible for human rights violations, passed by a vote of 417-1. Under the Act, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would have to certify … Read More

EU calls for restraint in Hong Kong

ANKARA — The European Union on Monday called on all sides in Hong Kong to exercise restraint and said that any violence is “unacceptable”. Maja Kocijancic, a spokeswoman for the EU Commission, said in a news briefing in Brussels that the EU continues to monitor the situation in Hong Kong. “We repeat our call to all … Read More

Mexico grants asylum to ex-Bolivian president

PUERTO ESCONDIDO, Mexico — Mexico announced Monday that it is granting asylum to former Bolivian President Evo Morales, who resigned over the weekend amid protests over irregularities in last month’s presidential elections. “Mexico has decided to grant [Morales] asylum on humanitarian grounds. In Bolivia, his life and his integrity are in danger,” Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard … Read More

Hong Kong officially withdraws extradition bill

ANKARA — After months of being hit by protests, the government in Hong Kong officially withdrew the extradition bill as the session of Legislative Council resumed on Wednesday, local media reported. Earlier this month, Carrie Lam had announced the withdrawal of the bill, which sought to legalize extradition from Hong Kong to countries — including mainland … Read More

Death toll from Japan typhoon rises to 77

ANKARA — The death toll from the last weekend typhoon in Japan has risen to 77, with more than a dozen others still missing, local media reported on Thursday. In the wake of devastation caused by heavy rains and winds, the Japanese government is considering to postpone the enthronement parade for Emperor Naruhito slated for coming … Read More

Death toll rises to 35 as Typhoon Hagibis lashes Japan

TOKYO — At least 35 people have died, and another 17 missing on Sunday as Typhoon Hagibis ripped through Japan, including the Tokyo metropolitan area, causing multiple rivers to overflow and blackouts in 376,000 houses. Meanwhile, according to information provided by rescuers and authorities, more than 100 people were injured across the country after Typhoon Hagibis, … Read More

Indonesia: 250 injured, 649 detained in Jakarta riots

JAKARTA, Indonesia — At least 250 people — including 209 protesters and 41 policemen — were injured during a protest-turned-riot in this Indonesian capital on late Monday, police said on Tuesday. According to police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo, the injured were being treated at nearby hospitals. Prasetyo said a total of 649 demonstrators were also detained following … Read More

6.4-magnitude quake strikes off eastern Indonesia

JAKARTA — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake jolted Indonesia’s eastern Maluku province earlier Sunday but there was no tsunami alert issued, the meteorology and geophysics agency said. The quake struck at 2:53 a.m. Jakarta time Sunday (1953 GMT Saturday) with epicenter at 165 km northwest Maluku Tenggara Barat district and with the depth of 11 km under sea … Read More