U.S. national security advisor meets China’s top diplomat in Beijing

AUGUST 28 (Reuters) — U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice held talks with China’s top diplomat, State Councillor Yang Jiechi, in Beijing on Friday (August 28), the first day of her two-day trip to the Chinese capital. The two sides shook hands at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse before sitting down to talks. Rice is set to discuss a “range of bilateral, regional and global issues” with Chinese officials during her trip, the White House said […]

Boat packed with migrants sinks off Libya; up to 200 feared dead

(Reuters) — A boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast on Thursday (August 27) and officials said up to 200 might have died. A security official in the western town of Zuwara, from where the overcrowded boat had set off, said there had around 400 people on board. Many appeared to have been trapped in the hold when it capsized. By late in the evening, the Libyan coast […]

Australia, wary of regional instability, eyes closer U.S. security ties

AUGUST 27 (Reuters) — Australia will seek to broaden and deepen its security alliance with the United States in the decades ahead as the rise of China and other Asia-Pacific powers risks fueling instability in the region, Australia’s defense minister said on Thursday (August 27). Foreshadowing a strategic defense white paper due later this year, Kevin Andrews said world economic and military power was shifting to the Asia-Pacific. “But growth in the region will be […]

Journalists shot dead in Virginia, USA

VIRGINIA, United States of America, August 27 (Eagle News) — During a live interview, two journalists were killed by a former reporter of the same media outfit as revenge for his termination due to bad behavior. (Eagle News Service Jay Paul Carlos, Jericho Morales, MRFaith Bonalos)

China takes compulsory measures against 11 officials, detains 12 suspects over Tianjin warehouse blasts

AUGUST 27 (CCTV) — China has taken criminal compulsory measures against 11 officials and detained 12 suspects for criminal offenses over the warehouse blasts in north China’s port city Tianjin which killed 139 people and devastated the port area, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the Ministry of Public Security said on Thursday. According to the Criminal Procedure Law, compulsory measures include summons by force, bail, residential surveillance, detention and arrest. The Supreme People’s Procuratorate is […]

Migrants climb under wire fence on Serb-Hungarian border

Migrants traveling across Serbia continued to flow into the Hungarian border area on Wednesday (August 26) morning as daylight hit the border. Some braved the new barbed wire fence along the border in order to avoid police checks. Hungarian authorities have been rolling out a low, barbed-wire barrier along the border with Serbia, while construction crews race to complete a more substantial 3.5-metre-high fence. Critics point out that the vast majority of migrants who enter […]

Chilean university student discovers new planet some 300 light years away

A 25-year-old doctorate student in Chile has discovered a new planet which orbits a red star twice the size of the Sun, located 293 light years from Earth. Maritza Soto Vasquez, an Astronomy student at the University of Chile, said that she had happened upon the planet by coincidence, whilst studying the red star, known as “HD 110014”, which she knew already had one planet in its orbit known as “HD110014 b”. It was then […]

Dead baby whale washed up on beach in Basque country

AUGUST 26 (Reuters) — A dead baby blue whale was found along the shores of French Basque country town Bidart on Monday evening (August 24). Local media reported that the approximately 12-metre long blue whale weighting some five to eight tonnes was found around 20.30 local time (1830 GMT). Firemen secured the area and brought the body of the animal on the beach, where it stayed for the night. Three diggers were necessary to move […]

South Korea says willing to discuss North’s demand to lift sanctions

South Korea is willing to discuss North Korea’s demand for an end to sanctions imposed over a 2010 naval attack, South Korean Unification Ministry said on Wednesday (August 26), a day after the rivals struck a landmark pact that defused a standoff between their forces. South Korea is preparing to open a new channel of dialogue with the North after the Tuesday (August 25) accord, in which North Korea expressed regret over a landmine incident […]

Suicide attack kills six in northeast Nigeria

AUGUST 26 (Reuters) — A teenage suicide bomber detonated an explosive device strapped to her body in the northeastern Nigerian city of Damaturu early on Tuesday (August 25), killing five people and wounding about 30, police said. No one claimed responsibility for the blast but Islamist militant group Boko Haram has been blamed for a series of similar attacks in the region in recent weeks. Officials at the state emergency management agency said the suicide […]

Military postures to start rolling back in South, North Korea – defense ministry

  (Reuters) —┬áKorean defense ministry said on Tuesday (August 25) both North and South Korea would begin rolling back heightened military postures at noon (0300 GMT), after the two Koreas reach reached agreement early on Tuesday to end a standoff involving an exchange of artillery fire. Under the accord reached in the very early hours of Tuesday after more than two days of talks, North Korea expressed regret over the recent wounding of South Korean […]

Train shooting heroes awarded France’s highest honor

(Reuters) — French President Francois Hollande on Monday (August 24) awarded France’s highest honour, the Legion d’honneur, to three U.S. citizens and a Briton who helped disarm a machine gun-toting suspected Islamist militant on a train last week. The award came a day after it was revealed that one of the Americans, Spencer Stone, also appeared to have saved the life of a fellow passenger. The suspect’s lawyer said on Sunday the man named by […]