Typhoon leaves 2 dead on election day

Tokyo: A powerful typhoon left two dead, two missing and dozens injured in Japan today, moving northward off the Pacific coast after millions struggled to the polls for a national election. Authorities advised thousands living in coastal areas or near rivers to evacuate to shelters before Typhoon Lan, described as very large and very strong, hit Tokyo and surrounding regions early Monday morning. The typhoon left the Japanese archipelago by

Adopted Indian child, missing in Texas, found dead?

Houston: The police in the US today discovered the body of a child, which they say is “most likely” of a three-year-old Indian girl who went missing two weeks ago. Sherin Mathews, who has developmental issues and limited verbal communication skills, was last seen outside her family’s backyard in Richardson city in Texas on 7 October after her foster father reportedly upbraided her and sent her alone outside late at

'Spain facing unacceptable secession attempt'

Oviedo (Spain): Spanish King Felipe VI, in an unusually emotional speech, has said his nation was facing an “unacceptable secession attempt” by Catalonia, insisting the region remains an essential part of Spain. “We do not want to give up that which we have built together,” he said yesterday, adding that the country had overcome “the mistakes of the past” — in an apparent reference to Spain’s former military dictatorship. “In

Missing Pakistan journalist recovered after 2 years

Lahore: A Pakistani woman journalist who was allegedly kidnapped while pursuing the case of an Indian engineer two years ago has been rescued, officials said. Zeenat Shahzadi, a 26-year-old reporter of Daily Nai Khaber and Metro News TV channel, went missing on August 19, 2015, when some unidentified men allegedly kidnapped her while she was en route to her office in an auto-rickshaw from her home in a populated locality

Somalia truck bomb death toll jumps to 358

Mogadishu: Somalia’s deadliest ever attack, a truck bomb in the capital Mogadishu, has now killed 358 people with 228 more injured, the government said, a major jump in the fatality toll. A truck packed with explosives blew up in Hodan on 14 October, destroying some 20 buildings in the bustling commercial district, leaving scores of victims burned beyond recognition. Several experts told AFP the truck was probably carrying at least

Lankan navy rescues 7 from Indian cargo ship

Colombo: Seven members of an Indian cargo vessel were today rescued by Sri Lankan fishermen, according to the spokesperson of the Sri Lankan navy. A group of Sri Lankan fishermen had found the Indian cargo vessel heading for the Maldives. They rescued the crew members and handed them over to the Sri Lankan navy, navy spokesman Commander Lankanatha Dissanayake said. The navy has also announced that they had yesterday returned

Serial stabber in motorcycle strikes another woman

Karachi: A woman in Pakistan’s Karachi city has been stabbed allegedly by a motor-cycle-borne serial knifer who is on a stabbing spree and has slashed at least 17 women since last month. Wearing a helmet and riding a motorcycle, the slasher has been attacking lone women on main roads or at bus stops, cutting or stabbing them before driving away. Soon after senior police officials claimed that they had arrested

Truck driver arrested for killing 13 in bus accident

Indio (US): A trucker charged with killing 13 people after a Southern California tour bus rear-ended his big-rig on a freeway last year was arrested in Georgia. Bruce Guilford, 51, of Georgia was taken into custody by a US Marshals Service fugitive task force, the Riverside County district attorney’s office announced. A day earlier, Guilford was charged with 13 counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence; 12 counts of felony

Myanmar police clash with jade scavengers; 5 dead

Yangon: At least five people were killed and 20 injured after Myanmar police opened fire on an armed mob of jade seekers that tried to enter a mine in the far north, State media reported, the latest deadly incident in a murky multi-billion-dollar industry. The violence erupted after police blocked around 50 jade scavengers from accessing an industrial plot owned by “111 Company” in Kachin State’s Hpakant — the hub

Oz dismisses NKorea's letter as 'rant' against Trump

Canberra: Australia’s prime minister has dismissed an extraordinary letter from North Korea to the Australian Parliament and other countries as a “rant” against President Donald Trump and a sign that Pyongyang is “starting to feel the squeeze” of escalated sanctions. The letter from the North Korean Foreign Affairs Committee attacks Trump over his speech to the United Nations General Assembly last month in which the president threatened to “totally destroy

Rohingya children refugees are suffering: UNICEF

Geneva: UNICEF says the children who make up most of the nearly 600,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar are seeing a “hell on earth” in overcrowded, muddy and squalid refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh. The UN children’s agency has issued a report that documents the plight of children who account for 58 per cent of the refugees who have poured into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, over the last