Wall Street down after release of Fed minutes

AUGUST 21 (Reuters) U.S. stocks fell in choppy trading on Wednesday (August 19) as minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting highlighted concern over the state of the global economy, driving markets to question the likelihood that the Fed will raise rates next month. The minutes showed policymakers continued to express broad concerns about lagging inflation and the weak world economy even as the U.S. job market improved further. Market expectations for a Fed hike […]

Japan asks North Korea to exercise ‘self-restraint’

AUGUST 21 (Reuters) — Japan asked Pyongyang to exercise ‘self-restraint’ on Friday (August 21) after North Korea fired shots across the border at South Korea. “We are demanding that North Korea exercise self-restraint, and we will continue to deal with it with a sense urgency,” Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters gathered at the Prime minister’s office. South Korea fired a barrage of artillery rounds into North Korea on Thursday (August 20) after the […]

North Korean leader convenes emergency meeting as two Koreas exchange fire

AUGUST 21 (Eagle News) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday (August 20) convened an emergency meeting as the two Koreas exchanged fire. North Korea’s state-run television KRT on Friday (August 21) released still photographs of its leader Kim Jong Un and North Korean high ranking military officials at an emergency meeting of Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK). South Korea fired a barrage of artillery rounds into North […]

Rescue work continues at Tianjin blast site

AUGUST 21 (Reuters) — Rescue work continued on Thursday in the central zone of last week’s blasts in north China’s Tianjin Municipality, while a cyanide producer sent teams to help clean up the site. To determine whether it was safe to carry out the clean-up operation, a chemical defense troop retrieved and tested samples from the site. A cyanide producer that supplied 700 tons of the cyanide involved in the blasts sent 140 people to […]

South Korea fires rounds at North in response to shell

AUGUST 20 (Reuters) –South Korea said it fired tens of artillery rounds toward North Korea on Thursday (August 20) after the North launched a shell toward a South Korean loudspeaker that had been blaring anti-Pyongyang broadcasts, as tension escalated on the peninsula. North Korea did not return fire but later warned Seoul in a letter that it would take military action if the South did not remove the loudspeakers within 48 hours, the South’s defence […]

Thai police investigates two new suspects in Bangkok explosion

BANGKOK, Thailand, August 20 (Eagle News) – With the help of CCTV cameras, the Thailand police was able to identify two new suspects in the explosion in a popular shrine in Bangkok. The authorities released cartographic sketches of the said suspects and promised a 1 million baht reward money for any information that may help the authorities in apprehending said suspects. (Eagle News Service Jay Paul Carlos, Jericho Morales, MRFaith Bonalos)

DFA raises crisis alert level in Thailand

MANILA, Philippines, August 20 (Eagle News) — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised crisis alert level 1 in Thailand to inform Filipinos there of the situation after the explosion occurred in Bangkok last Monday, which is said to be the worst of its kind that Thailand has faced. (Eagle News Service Jay Paul Carlos, Jericho Morales, MRFaith Bonalos)

China investigates top work safety regulator after Tianjin blasts

(Reuters) — China said on Tuesday (August 19) it is investigating the head of its work safety regulator who for years allowed companies to operate without a license for dangerous chemicals, days after blasts in a port warehouse storing such material killed at least 114 people. Yang Dongliang, head of the State Administration of Work Safety, is “currently undergoing investigation” for suspected violations of party discipline and the law, China’s anti-graft watchdog said in a statement […]

Police suspects ‘more than one suspect’ involved with Bangkok blast – says police chief

AUGUST 19 (Reuters) — Thailand’s national police chief on Wednesday (August 19) said it is likely that there could be more than one suspect involved in the Bangkok shrine blast earlier this week. Thai authorities said on Wednesday they were looking for accomplices of the chief suspect for the Bangkok shrine bomb blast that killed 22 people, a man who was captured on closed-circuit television (CCTV) dumping a backpack and walking away. Thai investigators have […]

Suspect in Thailand’s blast site seen on CCTV footage

BANGKOK, Thailand — Thailand authorities said on Tuesday (August 18) that they were looking for a suspect seen on closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage near a popular shrine where a bomb blast killed 22 people, including nine foreigners from several Asian countries. National police Chief Somyot Pumpanmuang said the suspect, who was wearing a yellow shirt and was seen in a first CCTV image with a backpack and then in a later one without the bag, […]

New bomb blast rocks Bangkok, Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand, August 19 (Eagle News) — A bridge in central Bangkok was rocked by another bomb blast when a man throws a small explosive on Tuesday evening. According to Colonel Natakit Siriwongtawan, deputy police chief of Klongsan district, the explosive thrown in the river caused no injuries and fatality. However, Siriwongtawan said that if it had not fallen into the water, it would have caused injuries. Thailand’s Bangkok was rattled by an explosion on […]

Thai gov’t says security has been restored in Bangkok blast site

  THE Thai government has said security has been restored near Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok after the deadly bombing Monday night. It is 24 hours since what the Thai Prime Minister described as the worst attack on Thai soil. Street cleaners have scrubbed to clean the blood-stained streets following the explosion that killed 20 people and left 125 seriously injured. Thai security services have released video footage of a suspect wanted in connection with […]