Category: International

Home explodes in Los Angeles, no reports of serious injury

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) — A house exploded in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Canoga Park on Wednesday (September 20). It was still unclear if anyone was seriously hurt, but there were initial reports of one person injured. Aerials showed debris and wreckage scattered throughout the yard and on the adjacent house. The blast was reported just after 3pm PST (2200gmt). Firefighters and emergency crews were on scene shortly after.

Quake kills 17 in Mexico’s Jojutla, turns houses into rubble

JOJUTLA MUNICIPALITY, Mexico (CCTV) — Tuesday’s 7.1-magnitude quake left at least 17 dead in Mexico’s Jojutla Town, while knocked down 185 houses to debris, damaging 360 more and bringing down 60 walls. Since the bridge connecting Jojutla to the outside world was equally damaged, carrying out rescue efforts posed a huge challenge and relief supplies were being transferred through a detour. Jojutla, one of worst hit towns in Mexico, suffered power and internet outage too […]

83 survivors rescued from collapsed buildings after earthquake hits Mexico

MEXICO CITY (CCTV) — Emergency personnel and volunteers have rescued 83 people from collapsed buildings after a powerful earthquake hit Mexico on Tuesday, according to data released by the Mexican government on Wednesday afternoon. The 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook Mexico City and the surrounding states of Puebla, Mexico and Morelos on Tuesday, killing at least 225 people and causing severe damage to buildings in the area. Search and rescue missions have been carried out in an […]

Rescuers in grim search for survivors of Mexico quake; death toll over 230

by Jennifer Gonzalez Covarrubias and Yussel Gonzalez Agence France-Presse MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AFP) – Rescuers dug Wednesday for survivors of a 7.1- magnitude earthquake that killed at least 230 people in Mexico, as the nation watched anxiously for signs of life at a collapsed school in the capital. Firefighters, police, soldiers, and volunteers worked frantically to remove rubble in scenes repeated across a swath of central states in Mexico’s second killer earthquake this month. The […]

‘Storm of the century’ Maria pummels Puerto Rico

by Hector Retamal and Edgardo Rodriguez Agence France-Presse SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AFP) – Hurricane Maria devastated  Puerto Rico on Wednesday and left the entire island without power as 150 mile-an-hour winds whipped the capital and sent thousands scurrying to shelters. After killing at least nine people in the Caribbean, Maria slammed into Puerto Rico’s southeast coast at daybreak before churning across the US territory which is home to 3.4 million people. As tens of […]

Tillerson says had ‘matter of fact’ exchange with Zarif

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) – United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday he had had a matter of fact exchange with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif but that Washington continues to have “significant issues” with the Iran nuclear deal. “It was a good opportunity to meet, shake hands. The tone was very matter of fact. There was no yelling, we didn’t throw shoes at one another,” Tillerson said. “It was not […]

Myanmar insists to UN that Rakhine improving

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) – Myanmar insisted Wednesday to the United Nations that the crisis in violence-torn Rakhine state was easing after heavy international criticism. Myanmar’s second vice president Henry Van Thio addressed the annual UN General Assembly in the place of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who a day earlier delivered a speech calling for patience. Van Thio’s remarks are even less likely than Suu Kyi’s to mollify global concerns as he questioned […]

No need to renegotiate Iran nuclear deal: EU

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) – European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Wednesday that there was no need to renegotiate the Iranian nuclear deal, insisting it was “delivering” despite the US demands to re-open the agreement. “There is no need to renegotiate parts of the agreement because the agreement is concerning a nuclear program and as such is delivering,” Mogherini told reporters following a UN meeting of the six powers that negotiated the […]

N. Korea shrugs off Trump threat as ‘dog’s bark’

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) – North Korea’s foreign minister has brushed aside US President Donald Trump’s fiery threat to destroy his nation, comparing it to a “dog’s bark” and suggesting Pyongyang would not be deterred by the rhetoric. Trump used his stormy maiden address at the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday to warn the North that Washington would “totally destroy” it if the US or its allies was attacked. The bellicose speech came after months […]

Miss Honduras World’s killer sentenced to 45 years

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AFP) – The Supreme Court on Wednesday sentenced a man convicted of killing Miss Honduras World and her sister to 45 years in prison. Plutarco Ruiz, 31, was convicted and sentenced for manslaughter in the case of Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado Munoz, in 2014. He was also convicted of murdering Sofia Trinidad Alvarado, whom he was dating, said court spokesman Melvin Duarte. The murder case shocked even violence-plagued Honduras and captured […]

Powerful 6.4 quake off Vanuatu, no damage reported

  WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) — A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck near the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu Thursday but there was no tsunami warning or any immediate reports of damage, officials said. The US Geological Survey said the quake hit about 143 kilometers (88 miles) southeast of the capital Port Vila at 7:09am local time (2009 GMT Wednesday) at a depth of 200 kilometres. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no […]