Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after soldiers wounded

AP 02/18/2018

Jerusalem — The Israeli military says it has struck 18 targets in Gaza in response to an explosive device that wounded four soldiers along the border with the territory. The military says it struck early on Sunday…

Commercial plane crashes in southern Iran, killing 66 people

AP 02/18/2018

TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian commercial plane crashed on Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, killing all 66 people on board, state media reported. An Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance…

Ex-student kills 17 in Florida school shooting

AFP 02/15/2018

Expelled and troubled Authorities in Florida could offer no explanation Wednesday night as to why a former student armed with an AR-15 rifle opened fire at a high school earlier that day, killing at least 17 people.…

Less-cool Facebook losing youth at fast pace

AFP 02/13/2018

With mom, dad and grandma signing up in increasing numbers, Facebook is losing younger users in the United States at a faster pace than previously estimated, researchers said Monday. A report by eMarketer said Snapchat is drawing…

Flu season still getting worse

AP 02/11/2018

Government reports that flu in the US is now as bad as 2009 swine flu NEW YORK, United States — The flu has further tightened its grip in the US. This season is now as bad as…

Hero labrador sniffs out survivor

AFP 02/10/2018

  A rookie golden labrador on his first ever mission has won praise for helping Taiwanese search and rescue workers find two people trapped in a severely damaged building following a deadly earthquake. Four-year-old Tie Hsiung, whose…

Rescuers brave aftershocks as Taiwan quake toll rises to nine

AFP 02/08/2018

Taiwanese rescuers braved powerful aftershocks to search for survivors in a dangerously leaning apartment block that was partially toppled by a quake, locating two more bodies early Thursday to bring the death toll to nine as dozens…

Singapore risks destroying past in race to build: top archaeologist

AFP 02/07/2018

Singapore – Singapore faces a race against time to save its past, according to its top archaeologist, who warns relentless development in the land-scarce city-state comes at a heavy price. Construction work has been near ceaseless in…

Beijing holds successful missile defense test

AFP 02/06/2018

CHINA said Tuesday it successfully conducted a test of a ground-based missile defense system amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula. Concern over a potential conflict with nuclear-armed North Korea is growing following a series of bellicose…

Reading returns to Iraq’s post-jihadist Mosul

AFP 02/04/2018

Literary cafes, poetry readings and pavement bookstalls – Mosul’s cultural scene is back in business, months after Iraqi forces ousted the Islamic State (IS)group from the city following three years of jihadist rule. At the “Book Forum”…

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