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More bodies found in flooded Kerala as toll hits 370

by Bhuvan BAGGA in Thrissur, and Abhaya Srivastava in New Delhi Agence France Presse THRISSUR, India (AFP) — Rescuers searched submerged villages in southwest India on Sunday in a desperate hunt for survivors after floods killed at least 370 people and drove more than 700,000 from their homes. Entire villages in Kerala have been swept away in the state’s worst floods for a century. Rescuers fear the death toll will rise as they reach areas […]

Tributes pour in for former UN chief and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

by Nina Larson with Carole Landry in New York Agence France Presse GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — From his native Africa to the United States, tributes continued to pour in from around the world Sunday after UN chief, Nobel peace laureate, and “diplomatic rock star” Kofi Annan died at the age of 80. The Ghanaian national was a career diplomat who projected quiet charisma and was widely credited for raising the world body’s profile in global […]

Five dead as multiple quakes rock Indonesia’s Lombok island anew

  MATARAM, Indonesia (AFP) — Multiple earthquakes — including a powerful and shallow 6.9-magnitude tremor — have rocked the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, killing at least five people and setting off fresh waves of panic. A series of quakes were recorded by seismologists throughout Sunday, the first measuring 6.3 shortly before midday which triggered landslides and sent people fleeing for cover. It was followed nearly twelve hours later by a quake measuring 6.9 and […]

New 6.3 magnitude quake rocks Indonesia’s Lombok island

  LOMBOK, Indonesia (AFP) — A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok Sunday, sending people fleeing into the streets just two weeks after a tremor killed more than 460 people. The quake, centred in East Lombok, hit at a relatively shallow depth of seven kilometres (four miles) and was felt across the island, officials said. But it was less powerful than the deadly quake earlier this month and there were no immediate […]

More bodies found in flooded Kerala as toll hits 357

  by Bhuvan Bagga Agence France Presse THRISSUR, India (AFP) — Rescuers waded into submerged villages in southern India on Sunday in a desperate search for survivors cut off for days by floods that have already killed more than 350 people. Entire villages in Kerala have been swept away in the state’s worst floods in a century, and emergency responders fear the death toll will rise as they reach areas almost entirely underwater. In Thrissur, […]

Strong 8.2 magnitude quake hits off Fiji: USGS

  A strong 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off Fiji Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but it was too deep to generate a tsunami and there were no reports of damage. The tremor hit at 12:19 pm (0019 GMT) local time 361 kilometres (224 miles) east of the Pacific nation’s capital Suva, at a depth of 563 kilometres, the US seismologists said. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was “no tsunami threat because the […]

18 bodies pulled from SW Pakistan mine after blast

QUETTA, Pakistan (AFP)  — Pakistani authorities said Saturday they have now retrieved 18 bodies after a blast tore through a coal mine in southwest Pakistan earlier this week, including two rescuers who entered after the explosion. The mine caved in after workers used dynamite during an excavation in Sinjidi, some 45 kilometres (28 miles) east of Quetta, the capital of oil and gas rich Balochistan province. Rescue teams had pulled nine workers alive from different tunnels […]

N. Korea urges Trump to be ‘bold’ on denuclearization

  SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — North Korean state media blamed Donald Trump’s political opponents for the “deadlock” over denuclearization on Saturday, urging the US President to act boldly to make progress on the thorny issue. Trump and the North’s leader Kim Jong Un held a groundbreaking summit in Singapore in June, which the US leader touted as a historic breakthrough. At the meeting the pair struck a vague agreement to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, […]

Italy buries bridge collapse dead as outrage simmers

  by Remi BANET with Fanny CARRIER in Rome Agence France Presse GENOA, Italy (AFP) — A state funeral service was underway Saturday in Italy to commemorate dozens of people killed in Genoa’s bridge disaster, as some outraged relatives shunned official ceremonies and rescuers pulled more bodies from the wreckage. The service, which coincides with a national day of mourning, came as firefighters still searching for five missing people discovered a car with human remains […]

Former UN chief and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan dies

by Nina Larson Agence France Presse GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP)–Former UN chief and Nobel peace  laureate Kofi Annan died Saturday at the age of 80, his foundation announced, prompting a barrage of grief-stricken tributes from around the world. The Ghanaian national, who lived in Switzerland, was a career diplomat who projected quiet charisma and was widely credited for raising the world body’s profile in global politics during his two terms as UN chief from 1997 to […]

US supplied bomb that killed Yemeni children: report

  WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The bomb that killed 40 children and 11 others in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on a bus in rebel-held northern Yemen was sold by the United States under a State Department deal with Riyadh, CNN has reported. The numbers on shrapnel, of which images were taken shortly after the attack this month, indicate that it was a laser-guided Mk 82 bomb manufactured by defense contractor Lockheed Martin, CNN […]