Chinese city opens lane for pedestrians who use phones while walking

Inquirer.net 06/10/2018

TEXTING while walking could be an accident waiting to happen, but one Chinese city is embracing its phone-obsessed pedestrians. In northern China’s city of Xi’an, a pavement on Yanta Road has a 100-meter long, 80-centimeter wide lane…

Taliban announces ceasefire over Eid holiday for first time

AP 06/09/2018

Kabul, Afghanistan — The Afghan Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire over the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a first for the group, following an earlier ceasefire announcement by the government.…

Austria to expel up to 60 imams, shut 7 mosques

AFP 06/08/2018

Austria said Friday it could expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and their families and shut down seven mosques as part of a crackdown on “political Islam,” triggering fury in Ankara. “The circle of people possibly affected…

Scientists: Hawaii eruption far from over

AP 06/08/2018

HONOLULU — Lava from the Kilauea volcano that flowed into Kapoho Bay has created nearly a mile of new land and officials with the US Geological Survey said Thursday the flow is still very active and there’s…

Mystery ailment leads US to evacuate workers from China

AP 06/07/2018

WASHINGTON — The United States has evacuated several more government workers out of the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou after medical testing revealed they might have been affected by unexplained health incidents that have already hurt US…

Ramadan public wakers face arrest, fines for being ‘noisy’

AP 06/06/2018

Jerusalem — The Palestinian men who chant and beat drums to wake up the faithful during Ramadan in Jerusalem’s Old City say they are being unfairly targeted by Israeli police over their early-morning tradition. The public wakers,…

‘French Spiderman’ arrested for climbing Seoul skyscraper

AFP 06/06/2018

FRENCH urban freeclimber Alain Robert attempted to scale the world’s fifth-tallest building Wednesday, getting more than half way up the 123-storey Lotte World Tower in Seoul before security forced him to abandon the ascent. The 55-year-old, dubbed…

Indian city chokes on world’s worst pollution

AFP 06/05/2018

Soot turned the white handkerchief around Abhash Kumar Sharma’s face to black as the police officer tried to direct gridlocked traffic in the Indian city with the world’s dirtiest air. It was all he had to ward…

French cops close down makeshift migrant camp in central Paris

AP 06/04/2018

Paris — French police removed around 500 migrants, mostly Afghans but some Africans, from a makeshift tent encampment in central Paris at dawn Monday. In the operation near Canal Saint Martin, buses transported the migrants to lodgings…

Whale dies in Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags

AFP 06/03/2018

BANGKOK, Thailand — A whale has died in southern Thailand after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags, officials said, ending an attempted rescue that failed to nurse the mammal back to health. Thailand is one of the…

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