Rakhine rebels abduct dozens after storming Myanmar bus: army

  YANGON, Myanmar (AFP) — Suspected ethnic Rakhine rebels disguised as a sports team stormed a bus in rural Myanmar and took 31 hostages — mostly off-duty firefighters and construction workers — authorities said Sunday. The state-backed Global New Light of Myanmar said the bus — travelling to the Rakhine state capital of Sittwe — was flagged down by a man dressed in civilian attire before 18 rebels in sportswear emerged from the forest and […]

Hong Kong police make arrests as small flashmob protests erupt

  HONG KONG, China (AFP) — Hong Kong riot police spent much of Sunday afternoon skirmishing with small groups of masked pro-democracy protesters who held flashmob gatherings in multiple locations — although crowds were smaller and less violent than recent weekends. Rallies erupted in multiple neighborhoods with some protesters blocking roads, spraying graffiti on pro-China businesses, smashing windows and erecting barricades. Police made multiple arrests as they rushed to intercept activists but the clashes were […]

UPDATED: At least 26 dead after Typhoon Hagibis slams Japan

< by Harumi OZAWA / Miwa SUZUKI Agence France Presse TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — At least 26 people were killed by powerful Typhoon Hagibis, local media reported Sunday, a day after the ferocious storm slammed into Japan, unleashing unprecedented rain and catastrophic flooding. More than 100,000 rescuers, including 31,000 troops, were working into the night to reach people trapped after torrential rain caused landslides and filled rivers until they burst their banks. The destruction forced […]

Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan

  by Hiroshi Hiyama / Natsuko Fukue  TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Japan’s military scrambled Sunday to rescue people trapped by flooding after powerful Typhoon Hagibis ripped across the country, killing at least 11 people and leaving more than a dozen missing. The storm’s heavy rain triggered deadly landslides and caused rivers to burst their banks. The destruction forced Rugby World Cup organizers to cancel the third match of the tournament though the key Japan-Scotland clash […]

At least four dead in NYC shooting: police

  NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — At least four people died and three were wounded in a shooting at a social club in New York early Saturday, police said. No one has been arrested over the shooting, which took place in Brooklyn, and the motive and exact circumstances are not known, a New York police official told AFP. The local affiliate of ABC News described the place where the shooting took place as an […]

Ethiopia PM Abiy wins Nobel Peace Prize for mending ties with Eritrea

  by Johannes LEDEL Agence France Presse OSLO, Norway (AFP) — Hailed as a visionary and reformer, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to resolve the long-running conflict with neighboring foe Eritrea. Abiy was honored “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea”, the Nobel Committee said. The award is […]

UPDATED: Two dead as ‘unprecedented’ Typhoon Hagibis slams into Japan

by Shingo ITO / Sara HUSSEIN Agence France Presse TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Powerful Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan on Saturday, killing at least two people and prompting authorities to issue their highest level of disaster warning over “unprecedented” downpours that caused flooding and landslides. Around 7.3 million people were placed under non-compulsory evacuation orders and more than 30 people were injured, four seriously. Even before making landfall, Hagibis caused enormous disruption, forcing the cancellation […]

5.7-magnitude quake hits Japan

(Eagle News)–A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck Japan on Saturday, Oct. 12, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The JMA said the quake hit Chiba-ken Nanto-oki at 6:22 p.m. (JST). Depth of focus was 80 kilometers. The following seismic intensities were recorded: JMA Seismic Intensity Region Name 4 Chiba-ken Nambu 3 Chiba-ken Hokutobu Chiba-ken Hokuseibu Tokyo-to Nijusan-ku Miyakejima Kanagawa-ken Tobu Kanagawa-ken Seibu Shizuoka-ken Izu There is no threat of a tsunami, JMA said.

Watch: Rains from typhoon Hagibis start pounding Japan

  (Eagle News) — In this video by Eagle News Service correspondent Ruby Partosa in Yaizu City, Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan, typhoon Hagibis’ rains can be seen pounding the city. Hagibis packs maximum gusts of 216 kilometers per hour (134 miles per hour), according to Japan Meteorological Agency. The Tamagawa River in Kanagawa Prefecture also started to overflow, and people have started to evacuate in a nearby high school building. (Editor’s note:   Please refresh page […]