Beijing says no one can stop Taiwan ‘reunification’

10/21/2019

BEIJING — China’s defense minister has made an uncompromising call for the “reunification” of Taiwan with the mainland. Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe on Monday told the high-level Xiangshan Forum that Taiwan’s reunification with China was something…

Hong Kong descends into chaos again as protesters defy ban

10/21/2019

HONG KONG – Hong Kong streets descended into chaotic scenes following an unauthorized pro-democracy rally Sunday, as protesters set up roadblocks and torched businesses, and police responded with tear gas and a water cannon. Protesters tossed firebombs…

Qantas completes longest non-stop New York-Sydney flight

10/20/2019

SYDNEY — Australia’s Qantas on Sunday completed the first non-stop commercial flight from New York to Sydney, which was used to run a series of tests to assess the effects of ultra long-haul flights on crew fatigue…

Pope warns overeating is ‘avenue of personal destruction’

10/17/2019

VATICAN CITY – The pope on Wednesday contrasted the world’s 820 million hungry people with those who turn food into “an avenue of personal destruction” through overeating, in comments to mark World Food Day. Pope Francis noted…

Scientists discover big storms can create ‘stormquakes’

Associated Press 10/17/2019

WASHINGTON – Scientists have discovered a mash-up of two feared disasters — hurricanes and earthquakes — and they’re calling them “stormquakes.”   The shaking of the sea floor during hurricanes and nor’easters can rumble like a magnitude…

Asian shares rise after Wall Street gain on solid earnings

Associated Press 10/16/2019

TOKYO – Asian shares were higher Wednesday after a gain on Wall Street boosted by healthy earnings reports from U.S. companies.   Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 1.6% in morning trading to 22,554.05, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200…

Not so fast: Many Nobel winners endured initial rejections

10/15/2019

NEW YORK – Some of the world’s most innovative ideas and creations have started out in a rejection pile. One of this year’s Nobel Prize winners for medicine previously saw his findings on how cells respond to…

Brazilian state declares state of emergency over oil spills

10/15/2019

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil’s northeastern state of Bahia declared a state of emergency Monday after several of its beaches were contaminated by oil sludge. Brazil’s environmental protection agency said Sunday that some 20 beaches in the…

58 dead, rescuers in ‘day and night’ hunt for missing after Japan typhoon

10/15/2019

TOKYO, Japan – Fresh rain threatened to hamper efforts by tens of thousands of Japanese rescuers searching for survivors after a powerful typhoon that by early Tuesday had killed 58 people. Typhoon Hagibis crashed into the country…

Japan looks for missing after typhoon, warned of mudslides

10/14/2019

TOKYO — Rescue crew dug through mudslides and searched near swollen rivers Monday after a typhoon caused serious damage in central and northern Japan, leaving dozens of people dead or missing. Typhoon Hagibis unleashed torrents of rain…

Typhoon leaves 19 dead as Japan launches major rescue

10/13/2019

TOKYO (AP) — Helicopters, boats and thousands of troops were deployed across Japan Sunday to rescue people stranded in flooded homes Sunday as the death toll from a ferocious typhoon climbed to at least 19 with more…

Trudeau wears protective vest after unspecified threat

AP 10/13/2019

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has donned an armored vest and appeared with a heavy security detail at a major election rally. Officials would not reveal the nature of the threat Saturday. It resulted…

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