Turkey quake kills at least 21, rescuers dig for survivors
A powerful earthquake struck eastern Turkey late on Friday, killing at least 21 people and collapsing buildings in towns near the centre of the tremor, which was strong enough to be felt in several neighbouring countries.
People stand outside a collapsed building after an earthquake in Elazig province, Turkey, January 24, 2020.
The magnitude 6.8 quake shook Elazig province, about 550 km (340 miles) east of the capital Ankara, and was followed by more than 270 aftershocks, 12 of which had magnitudes over 4.
"No, No America": Thousands of Iraqis rally against US military presence
Thousands of Iraqis rallied at two central Baghdad intersections on Friday after a prominent cleric called for a “million-strong” protest against the American military presence, following the US killing of an Iranian general and an Iraqi militia chief.
Supporters of Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr carry placards depicting U.S. President Donald Trump at a protest against what they say is US presence and violations in Iraq.
The march called by Moqtada al-Sadr aims to pressure Washington to pull out its troops, but many anti-government protesters fear it could overshadow their separate, months-long demonstrations that have challenged Iran-backed Shi’ite groups’ grip on power.
North Korea suspends foreign tourism over coronavirus fears
Several foreign tour operators said North Korea will ban foreign tourists starting Wednesday due to the spread of a new coronavirus in China, which has killed nine people and spread to several countries. The vast majority of tourists to North Korea come from China, Pyongyang’s main supporter.
Passengers wait for their luggage upon arrival at the Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea banned foreign tourists to guard against the spread of a new virus from China, a tour operator said.
Cha Yeonghyeong, head of the Dandong-based travel agency INDPRK, told Reuters the company was informed of the ban verbally by its North Korean counterpart on Tuesday. The company was told an order banning entry of tourists from China would go into effect on Wednesday, with the restriction to last until a vaccine for the coronavirus is developed, said Cha.
China warns coronavirus could mutate and spread as toll rises to 9
A new virus that has killed nine people is adapting and mutating, underscoring the challenges for health authorities in controlling the outbreak, a Chinese health official said on Wednesday.
In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, photo, a worker monitors display screens for infrared thermometers as they check travelers at Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan in southern China’s Hubei province.
The virus, originating in the central city of Wuhan at the end of last year, has spread to Beijing and Shanghai, as well as overseas to the United States, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.
Global unemployment projected to rise by around 2.5 million in 2020: UN labour report
Global unemployment is projected to increase by around 2.5 million in 2020 and almost half a billion people are working fewer paid hours than they would like or lack adequate access to paid work, according to UN’s International Labour Organization report.
The World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2020 (WESO) report, released on Monday, states that global unemployment has been roughly stable for the last nine years but slowing global economic growth means that, as the global labour force increases, not enough new jobs are being generated to absorb new entrants to the labour market.
Indonesia bridge collapse leaves 7 dead, several injured
A footbridge on Indonesia’s Sumatra island broke while it was packed with people and several fell into the overflowing river below and drowned, officials said Monday.
Seven bodies have been pulled from the water as far as 12 kilometers from the bridge that broken Saturday afternoon in Kaur district of Bengkulu province.
Rescuers are searching for three others, between 14 and 17 years old, still missing and feared dead, said Ujang Syafiri, who heads a local disaster mitigation agency.
World's shortest man Khagendra Thapa dies at 27
Khagendra Thapa Magar, who was the world’s shortest man, as per the Guinness World Record, died on Friday in Nepal. He was 27-years-old.
In 2010, Magar who was 2ft 2.41in (67.08 inches) tall was conferred with the title of being the world’s shortest man. He was handed the certificate, which was only a bit smaller than him on the occasion of his 18th birthday.
Magar was struggling with heart ailments, asthma and pneumonia.
Bus falls into sinkhole on road in China; 10 dead or missing
A bus plunged into a sinkhole on a city street in northwestern China, killing at least six people and leaving four missing, authorities said.
Firefighters descend into a chasm that opened up and swallowed a bus in Xining in northwestern China’s Qinghai province.
In this photo taken Monday, January 13, 2020, a bus that tipped into a chasm is lifted up as rescue workers look for victims in Xining in northwestern China’s Qinghai province.
Some 1,000 emergency workers and 30 vehicles were sent to the site, the emergency management bureau in the city of Xining said. A crane was called in to lift the bus above the sinkhole so rescue workers could look for victims.
Vulnerable, small nations now lead charge to submit new climate plans ahead of COP 26 in UK
The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 9-19 November 2020, in Glasgow, UK.
A cow grazes in front of the RWE Neurath lignite-fired power station in Grevenbroich, Germany, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.
Germany plans an entirely coal phase out and to shut down all remaining coal-fired plants by 2038.
Australia fires - Tonnes of carrots and sweet potatoes dropped by helicopter for starving animals
Thousands of kilos of sweet potato and carrots are being dropped by aircrafts to feed starving animals trapped in Australia's bushfires.
The New South Wales government commissioned the service called ‘Operation Rock Wallaby’, which aims to send thousands of veggies down from the skies to feed the state’s stranded colonies of brush-tailed rock-wallabies.
Woman dangles seven-year-old child from fifth floor to save cat in China
An elderly woman tied a rope around her seven-year-old grandson and dangled him from an apartment on the fifth floor in China just so that he could rescue a pet cat. The cat was trapped on a ledge above a window two floors down and the boy was slowly until he could grab it.
The video shows the woman then slowly pulling him up, even as onlookers screamed and asked her to be careful. Local reports said that the whole incident took place over approximately 10 minutes and both cat and boy were unhurt. The incident reportedly took place in the Peng’an County in the Sichuan Province earlier this week.
Ukraine passenger jet crashes in Tehran killing all 176 on board, Iran finds black boxes
Hours after all 176 passengers and crew aboard the Boeing 737 were killed after the flight crashed in Tehran Wednesday.
Debris is seen from an Ukrainian plane which crashed as authorities work at the scene in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020.
Iranian search and rescue teams have found the black boxes, the country’s civil aviation authority told AFP. Tehran has said they won’t give the black boxes to planemaker Boeing, the head of Tehran’s civil aviation organisation was quoted as saying.
Five dead and 60 injured in Pennsylvania Turnpike multi-vehicle crash, officials say
Five people were killed and 60 others injured in a crash in southwest Pennsylvania early Sunday, after a tour bus hit an embankment, starting a chain reaction that involved three tractor-trailers and at least one other vehicle, authorities said.
Aerial footage showed the tour bus flipped onto its side and the tractor-trailers jammed next to it near the edge of a roadway amid pieces of debris.
The bus, which was headed to Cincinnati on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, hit the embankment on a downhill curve in Mount Pleasant Township, about 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State Police said.
The bus owner said it had left from Canal Street in New York City, though authorities said it had started its trip in Rockaway, New Jersey.
Jakarta floods: 53 dead in landslides, flash floods in Indonesia's capital
A woman reacts as she wades flood water in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020.
Turkish lawmakers authorise sending troops to fight in Libya
Ismet Yilmaz, head of the parliament’s national defence committee from the ruling AK Party, addresses lawmakers at the Turkish Parliament in Ankara, Turkey, January 2, 2020.
US embassy in Baghdad attacked, guards launch stun grenades at protestors
Dozens of Iraqi Shiite militia supporters are seen outside the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. An angry mob smashed a door and stormed inside the compound Tuesday following deadly U.S. military airstrikes on Sunday against the Kataeb Hezbollah militia in Iraq and Syria.
Hawaii tour helicopter wreckage found; fate of 7 aboard uncertain
The wreckage of a helicopter carrying seven people to one of the most rugged and remote coastlines in Hawaii was found Friday at the top of a mountain on the island of Kauai, authorities said.
Officials said they’re searching for possible survivors of the crash.
In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Incident Command Post responders look over a map of the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park on the Hawaiian island of Kauai on Friday.
Searchers began looking for the helicopter carrying a pilot and six passengers from two families after it was reported overdue Thursday evening from a tour of Kauai’s Na Pali Coast. Two passengers are believed to be minors, the Coast Guard said.
Brazil President Bolsonaro discharged from hospital after losing memory in fall
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was discharged from a hospital Tuesday after recovering from a fall at the presidential palace that affected his memory.
Bolsonaro, 64, had a quiet night and left the Armed Forces Hospital in Brasilia following about ten hours under observation, according to a statement from the presidency.
Helicopters in Chile douse fire that destroyed 200 homes
Firefighters walk at the scene of a fire in Valparaiso, Chile, December 24, 2019.
Indonesia accident: 25 killed as bus plunges into ravine
Twenty-five people were killed when a passenger bus plunged into a ravine on Indonesia’s Sumatra island after its brakes apparently malfunctioned, police said Tuesday.
The crash occurred just before midnight Monday on a winding slope in South Sumatra province’s Pagaralam district.
At least 14 other people were hospitalized with injuries following the crash, including one in critical condition with bone fractures.
A rare place in Afghanistan where women feel free to exhale
A woman swims laps at the Amu swimming pool in Kabul, Afghanistan, November 4, 2019. Two pools in Kabul that only allow women have become a welcome refuge.
Australia has its hottest day for a second straight day as areas face 'catastrophic' fire conditions
Sydney faced “catastrophic” fire conditions on Saturday as a record heatwave exacerbated more than 100 blazes burning across Australia’s most populous state.
Fire and Rescue personal prepare to use a hose in an effort to extinguish a bushfire in Sydney on Dec. 19.
New South Wales has declared a state of emergency amid the heatwave, which has produced the hottest day on record and fanned bushfires along Australia’s eastern coastline, smothering Sydney in smoke. Today’s catastrophic warning for greater Sydney, the highest level of danger, means fires can spread rapidly and are extremely difficult to control. It is the second such warning for the city this season.
Japanese journalist wins damages in high-profile lawsuit over alleged rape
A Japanese court on Wednesday ordered prominent reporter Noriyuki Yamaguchi to pay 3.3 million yen ($30,375) in damages to journalist Shiori Ito in a civil lawsuit over her allegations he had raped her.
Freelance journalist Shiori Ito talks to her supporters outside a courthouse Wednesday (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Ito made waves in 2017 when she took the rare step of going public with allegations that Yamaguchi, a senior television reporter known for his reporting on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, had raped her in 2015 after she met him for drinks to discuss an offer to help her find a job.
Strong quake in southern Philippines kills one, injures several
Rescue crew members look for trapped victims at collapsed building at Padada market, in Padada Philippines December 15, 2019 in this still image obtained from social media video.
Hundreds of Birds Found Dead on a Road in Wales, And No One Knows What Killed Them
Hundreds of birds were found dead on a north Wales road. As per the North Wales Police, 225 starlings were discovered with blood on their bodies in a lane on Anglesey.
As per a report published in BBC, the birds are to be tested to ascertain the cause of their death. The Animal and Plant Health Agency have collected the bodies of the birds for testing and examining whether they could have been poisoned, added the report.
Washington state seeks to ban sale of 'assault weapons', and high capacity magazines
The state of Washington on Thursday proposed bans on the sale of “assault weapons” and high capacity magazines, part of a package of gun laws meant to address a rising wave of U.S. mass shootings.
A study led by a researcher at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York found that gun attacks using large-capacity magazines typically had a higher death toll.
Six killed in New Jersey gunbattle, including police officer
Six people, including a police officer and three bystanders, were killed in a furious gunbattle Tuesday that filled the streets of Jersey City with the sound of heavy gunfire for hours, authorities said.
As New Zealand volcano erupted, a tourist captured images and videos of the disaster
"My God, White Island volcano in New Zealand erupted today for first time since 2001. My family and I had gotten off it 20 minutes before, were waiting at our boat about to leave when we saw it," the tourist tweeted.
Hundreds spend the night in sleeping bags on Times Square
Participants settle in for the night during the World’s Big Sleep Out event in Times Square in New York, Saturday. Like many who take part in charity walks or runs, participants taking part in the event aimed at raising awareness about homelessness collected pledges for donations from supporters.
Thai man dies from electric shock after playing with Android phone while it was plugged into mains
A MAN died from a suspected electric shock after playing on his phone while it was plugged in charging.
Kittisak Moonkitti, 28, was found dead in his bedroom with burn marks on his hand and forearm while still holding his handset.
Indonesian man FAINTS as he is caned for having pre-marital sex before being revived to receive the rest of his 100 lashes alongside woman he slept with
At the end of the lashings, the man was carried off the stage by two guards and rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. A woman he had sex with and another man she also had sexual relations with were also sentenced to 100 lashes.
Iran consulate in Iraq burns a third time, amid premier talks
Anti-government protesters gather near barriers set up by security forces to close Rasheed Street during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019.
Malaysia orders inquiry over 'half-naked' tattoo show
Malaysia ordered an investigation on Monday into what the government called a half-naked tattoo show held in the capital Kuala Lumpur, after pictures of heavily-inked men and women circulated on social media in the Muslim-majority nation.
The three-day Tattoo Malaysia Expo, which started on Friday and drew participants from 35 countries, was supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, the show's organiser said on its website.
Hapless driver smashes through car park wall and leaves her SUV dangling over a 50ft drop after accidentally putting it into reverse
The CCTV footage was recorded on the fourth floor of a car park in Nonthaburi, Thailand. In the video, the woman, who had arrived for work at the country's Ministry of Health, can be seen manoeuvring up ahead in a queue of traffic.
Donald Trump meets 'world's most famous dog' who helped in al-Baghdadi raid
President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and first lady Melania Trump stand with Conan, the U.S. Army dog that participated in the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.
Students filmed high-fiving after raping helpless drunk woman in London nightclub are jailed for seven-and-a-half years
CCTV footage shows the two men leading their victim away in the nightclub
The two Italians took their victim to a maintenance room and raped her
Dutch authorities find 25 migrants in refrigerated container on UK-bound ferry
The ferry is owned by Danish operator DFDS and had planned to embark across the North Sea to Felixstowe, in southern England. Authorities in the Netherlands discovered 25 migrants hidden inside a truck aboard a cargo ferry en route to Britain shortly after it left the country.
Hong Kong protests: Demonstrators trapped at Polytechnic University as court overturns mask ban
Many tried to escape Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Monday, in Hong Kong. The police offered protesters one way out of the besieged university campus, raining tear gas and rubber bullets on those who attempted to flee.
Iran: Protesters clash with police after fuel price hike
A road is blocked by protestors after authorities raised gasoline prices, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, November 16, 2019.
Iran: Protests erupt over shock fuel price hike
Demonstrations broke out around Iran Friday night after the government raised the price of fuel. The move left drivers waiting hours in lines at gas pumps. Many people said they were shocked when they went to refuel their vehicles. Police were deployed near gas stations to keep order.
Somalia struggles after worst flooding in recent history
This photo taken Tuesday shows an aerial view of the flooded Hiran region of central Somalia. Authorities have not yet said how many people died in Somalia’s recent flooding, the country’s worst in recent history.
Police, protesters face off in renewed clashes in Hong Kong
Police and protesters battled outside university campuses and several thousand demonstrators blocked roads as they took over a central business district at lunchtime on Tuesday in another day of protest in Hong Kong.
American navy submarine, missing for 75 years, is found off Okinawa
The wreckage of the submarine USS Grayback. The Grayback sank on Feb. 27, 1944 during its tenth war patrol of World War II when, en route from Pearl Harbor to Midway Island, a 500-pound Japanese bomb detonated just aft of its conning tower.
Hong Kong protesters vandalize subway station, storm mall
Protesters smashed windows in a subway station and a shopping mall Sunday and police made arrests in areas across Hong Kong amid anger over a demonstrator’s death and the arrest of pro-democracy lawmakers.
Two Dead, At Least 150 Homes Lost In Australia Bushfires
Catastrophic bushfires have killed at least two people and forced thousands from their homes in eastern Australia , with the death toll expected to rise as firefighters struggle toward hard-to-reach communities. In the normally picturesque coastal town of Forster - one among...
Pilot accidentally activates hijack alarm, triggers panic at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport
Dutch police mill about after a threat at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019.
Russia dominated Syria's war. Now it's sending mercenaries to Libya
Military vehicles move in convoy along a road in Sevimli, Mardin Province, Turkey, Friday Nov. 1, 2019.
Greece shifts migrants from overcrowded islands to mainland
Migrants wait outside a military vessel after their disembarkation at the port of Elefsina, near Athens, on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.
Bus falls into river in Nepal, killing 17 and injuring 50
The bus was crowded because the Tihar festival ended last week and many people were returning back to work from their villages and appeared to have a mechanical problem before skidding off the highway on Sunday.
Pentagon releases first footage, images from US raid on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
This image from video released by the Department of Defense on Wednesday shows an image from a remotely piloted aircraft focused on the compound of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi after the raid and moments before it was destroyed on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Three munitions show as black at top center of the image.
This image released by the Department of Defense on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, and displayed at a Pentagon briefing, shows a side-by-side comparison of the compound of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi before and after the raid on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Iraq: At least 17 protesters die overnight in renewed unrest
Demonstrators run after Iraqi security forces fired tear gas during a protest over corruption, lack of jobs, and poor services, in Baghdad, Iraq October 28, 2019.
Microsoft beats Amazon for Pentagon's $10 billion cloud computing contract
Microsoft Corp. has won the Pentagon’s $10 billion cloud computing contract, the Defense Department said on Friday, beating out favourite Amazon.com Inc.
Amid protests, Chile President offers rescue package, seeks forgiveness
Police fire rubber bullets at anti-government demonstrators in Santiago, Chile.
39 found dead in truck in U.K., prompting murder investigation
An aerial view as police forensic officers attend the scene after a truck was found to contain a large number of dead bodies, in Thurock, South England, early Wednesday Oct. 23, 2019.
Three die after supermarket set on fire, flights out of Santiago delayed due to Chile riots
Santiago governor confirmed that three people died in a supermarket in the capital that was set on fire by demonstrators. In picture, firefighters spray water on a looted supermarket in Santiago, Chile.
Afghan village of 70 families faces ruin with mosque massacre
Afghan men bury victims of Friday’s deadly bomb blast in the mosque in the village of Jodari at Haskamena district of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan.
Spain rejects talks with Catalan separatists after days of unrest
More than 500,000 people gathered in downtown Barcelona on Friday in a show of force after the Supreme Court handed down stiff prison sentences to nine separatist leaders who led a failed independence bid in 2017.
15 dead after Russian dam collapse floods dormitories
A view shows the scene of the accident following a dam failure at a gold mine in Krasnoyarsk Region, Russia October 19, 2019.
Cartel gunmen chase away security forces, free El Chapo's son
Cartel gunmen are seen near a burning truck during clashes with federal forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzman, son of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico October 17, 2019.
Landslide, building damage from Philippine quake kills 4
Debris are scattered on the floor of a damaged store a day after a strong quake struck in Digos, Davao del Sur province, southern Philippines Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. A powerful and shallow earthquake hit several southern Philippine provinces Wednesday night injuring some people in collapsed houses and prompting thousands to scramble out of homes, shopping malls and a hospital in panic, officials and news reports said.
Hong Kong leader's speech disrupted by jeering lawmakers, demand her resignation
Anti-government protesters, some waving the flag of the U.S., rally in central Hong Kong on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. A homemade bomb was detonated in Hong Kong on Sunday amid violent protests, the police said on Monday, indicating an escalation in the street-level arms race between police officers and the protesters.
Japan storm victims felt worst had passed, then floods came
Rescue efforts for people stranded in flooded areas are in full force after a powerful typhoon dashed heavy rainfall and winds through a widespread area of Japan, including Tokyo.
Chaos in northern Syria as ISIS detainees bolt during Turkish invasion
A Syrian man waves the Free Syrian Army flag atop a building in Akcakale, Turkey, after Syrian fighters backed by Turkey announced they had taken parts of a border town, Tel Abyad, Oct. 13, 2019.
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Health officials fear the transmission rate could accelerate as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel at home and abroad during week-long holidays for the Lunar New Year, which begins on Saturday.
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Pregnant Lauryn Goodman managed to avoid getting any tan lines on the beach in Barbados - by donning a very unusual bikini.
The 27-year-old Instagram star, whose sister is Celebrity Big Brother's Chloe, showed off her growing baby bump in the extraordinarily skimpy green skimwear.