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Japan avalanche kills 8

TOKYO – An avalanche killed eight high school students on a mountain-climbing trip in Japan Monday, with more than 30 people reportedly injured. More than 100 troops have been deployed in a major rescue effort after the avalanche hit ski slopes in Tochigi prefecture, with television footage showing rescuers climbing mountains as ambulances stood by. […]

Posted: March 27th, 2017 in AFP,World | Read More »

Saudi gov’t imposes ‘crazy’ hike in visa fees

RIYADH – A seven-fold hike in visa fees to do business in Saudi Arabia risks deterring the foreign investment needed to transform its oil-dependent economy, diplomats and other sources say. But a senior Saudi business leader has dismissed such concerns, insisting the country’s most sought-after business partners could easily afford the new charges. “It’s incredibly […]

Posted: October 22nd, 2016 in AFP | Read More »

UN to begin evacuations from Aleppo if truce holds

ALEPPO, Syria – The United Nations hopes to carry out the first medical evacuations from Aleppo on Friday, if a “humanitarian pause” in the Syrian army’s Russian-backed assault on the city holds. Despite a drop in violence after the unilateral ceasefire took effect on Thursday, there was little sign civilians were heeding calls to leave […]

Posted: October 22nd, 2016 in AFP,World | Read More »

Russia, Syria halts Aleppo bombing


MOSCOW – The Russian and Syrian air forces have stopped bombing Aleppo as of 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Russia’s defense minister said, in a move he said was meant to pave the way for an eight-hour truce on October 20. “Strikes in the Aleppo region by the Russian and Syrian air forces are stopping today […]

Posted: October 19th, 2016 in AFP,World | Read More »

Warming to deprive us of oxygen — study


Paris, France — Global warming has triggered an array of apocalyptic scenarios for future generations, from worsening drought, storms and floods to melted ice sheets and rising seas. Now a new study, published Tuesday and coinciding with the UN climate talks in Paris, adds to the grim tableau: the risk that warming at the far […]

Posted: December 3rd, 2015 in AFP,Environment | Read More »