Asia

Rocket lands in Kabul diplomatic area: police

KABUL, Afghanistan (AFP) — A rocket landed in the heavily fortified diplomatic area of the Afghan capital Kabul late Monday, police said, hours before United States President Donald Trump was due to announce his long-awaited strategy for the war-weary country. It was the latest in a series of attacks in the city and it comes less than three months after a massive truck bomb ripped through the same area, killing about 150 and wounding around […]

South Asia floods claim more than 750 lives

NEW DELHI, India (AFP) — More than 750 people have died in floods across South Asia, officials said Monday, with monsoon rains also causing the deaths of hundreds of animals, including rhinos and a tiger. The human toll is steadily rising across India, Nepal and Bangladesh following the latest in a series of deluges since August 10, as the annual monsoon hits the north and east of the region. Nearly 50 bodies were found overnight […]

Photographs of US warship after collision with tanker near Singapore

(Reuters) — Ten sailors are missing after a United States warship collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore on Monday (August 21), the US Navy said, the second accident involving US Navy destroyers in Asian waters in little more than two months. Still photographs released by the Malaysian Royal Navy, which is involved in the search and rescue along with Singaporean ships, helicopters and tug boats, as well as US Navy aircraft, showed damage to […]

US-South joint drills begin amid North Korea tensions

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — South Korea and the United States began annual war games on Monday, US Forces Korea said, amid heated warnings by Pyongyang that the exercises will worsen tensions in the region. Tens of thousands of troops are taking part in the “Ulchi Freedom Guardian” joint military drills, a largely computer-simulated exercise that runs for two weeks in the South. They are described as defensive, but nuclear-armed Pyongyang views them as a […]

At least 23 killed after train derails in India

UTTAR, India (CCTV) — At least 23 people were killed and over 90 others injured after a passenger train derailed in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. According to an Indian railway spokesperson, 14 coaches of the train derailed during the accident, which took place in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, around 100 kilometers from New Delhi, India’s national capital. One derailed coach hit a nearby house, causing a huge amount of […]

H1N1 outbreak in Myanmar kills 27

  An outbreak of H1N1 in Myanmar has now killed 27 as the government is starting to step up public awareness campaigns about the swine flu virus. Since the H1N1 outbreak started on July 21, 277 of 725 respiratory infection patients have been diagnosed as H1N1 influenza A virus victims across the entirety of Myanmar. Among the 277, 27 people have died, and the number of infected patients is increasing, the latest statistics from the […]

Samurai sword attack outside Taiwan presidential office

by Amber Wang TAIPEI, Taiwan (AFP) — A samurai sword-wielding attacker carrying the national flag of China slashed a military police guard outside Taiwan’s presidential office Friday, authorities said. The Taiwanese man who was arrested at the scene said he was expressing his political views and had stolen the sword from a nearby history museum, police told AFP. The presidential office in the center of the capital Taipei is the headquarters of Taiwan’s Beijing-skeptic President […]

Flood wreaks havoc in Thailand’s Sakon Nakhon province

SAKON NAKHON, Thailand (CCTV) — Floodwaters have yet to recede in Thailand’s Sakon Nakhon province which was swept across by the worst floods in the northeastern province for two decades on July 27, with houses, farmlands and roads still being submerged. In the worst-hit districts of Sakon Nakhon, water from a flood-swollen river continue to overflow, and a number of levees on the river have been washed away. Houses in the low-lying areas are largely submerged […]

Army helicopter with 5 aboard crashes off Hawaii – US Coast Guard

KAENA POINT, Hawaii (Reuters) — Rescue teams searched for a downed Army Black Hawk helicopter with five crew members aboard that was last reported off the west coast of Hawaii, the United States Coast Guard said on Wednesday (August 16). Coast Guard Hercules and Army Black Hawk aircrews spotted debris near Kaena Point, Oahu at 11:28 p.m. local time (0928 GMT) after staff at Wheeler Army Airfield said they had lost contact with one of their […]

Nepal flood victims say they have nothing left

SUNSARI, Nepal (Reuters) — Residents of floo-hit Sunsari District in southern Nepal said on Wednesday (August 16) they have been left with nothing, after the Koshi River overflowed with monsoon rains and swept away their belongings. The death toll from the flash floods and landslides that have hit Nepal have left at least 115 people dead, officials said on Tuesday (August 15), with an additional 38 people still missing. Relief workers said 26 of Nepal’s 75 […]

Hope for a new life: INC inaugurates first eco-farm outside PHL in Ladybrand; inspires South Africans in the area

  (Eagle News) — It was an inspiring scene. South Africans singing in joy as they planted pecan trees and olive trees, as well as various vegetables in a land transformed into an eco-farm by the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) to help the people of Ladybrand and other nearby towns in South Africa. In South Africa, where there are many unemployed, this 508-hectare eco-farm, is now seen as the land of promise by […]