Thousands await rescue amid deadly south Indian floods

AP 08/18/2018

NEW DELHI — Thousands of stranded people are waiting for rescue as relentless monsoon floods batter the south Indian state of Kerala, where more than 170 have died in a little over a week and much of…

Saudi prepares for hajj pilgrimage

AP 08/18/2018

MECCA, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 1.6 million Muslim faithful from abroad have arrived in the ultraconservative kingdom. The pilgrimage represents one of the five…

Rescuers dig for survivors as anger mounts over Italy bridge collapse

AFP 08/17/2018

Rescuers used diggers to claw through mountains of rubble, calling out in the hope of finding survivors as a desperate search for victims of the viaduct collapse entered its fourth day Friday with up to 20 people…

Indiana animal shelter accused of freezing kittens to death

AP 08/16/2018

ROCKPORT, Indiana — Authorities in southern Indiana are investigating allegations that an animal shelter has been freezing kittens to death as an alternative to accepted forms of euthanasia. Bridget Woodson told the Courier & Press that she…

China, US set to resume trade talks

AFP 08/16/2018

China will send a senior negotiator to the United States in late August to resume trade talks, its commerce ministry said Thursday, the first public meeting on the dispute in weeks as the trade conflict intensifies. Beijing…

Rescuers search for survivors after deadly Italy bridge collapse

AFP 08/15/2018

Genoa, Italy — Italian rescuers have searched through the night for any survivors under the shattered remains of a motorway bridge in Genoa as investigators determine what could have caused such a catastrophic collapse. Some 30 people…

Akihito makes last war-end anniversary speech

AP 08/15/2018

TOKYO — Japan’s Emperor Akihito expressed “deep remorse” over his country’s role in World War II as he made his last appearance Wednesday at a ceremony marking the end of the hostilities. The 84-year-old emperor is scheduled…

New Zealand bans most foreigners from buying homes

AP 08/15/2018

WELLINGTON — New Zealand has banned most foreigners from buying homes as it tries to tackle runaway housing prices. The government on Wednesday passed legislation that allows only New Zealand residents to buy homes as it attempts…

Tech giants face hefty fines under Australia cyber laws

AFP 08/14/2018

TECH companies could face fines of up to Aus$10 million (US$7.3 million) if they fail to hand over customer information or data to Australian police under tough cyber laws unveiled Tuesday. The government is updating its communication…

Aid arrives for Lombok quake victims

AFP and Asia News Network 08/13/2018

Families remain in shelters JAKARTA — The death toll from an earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has topped 400, authorities said Monday, as bodies were still being recovered from the ruins of destroyed buildings. The…

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