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Floodwaters reach Pont Neuf

This photo taken by Alma Alejo shows the flood waters that have reached even the tree-lined portions of a part of Pont Neuf, “) the oldest standing bridge across the river Seine inParis, France. Floodwaters in Pont Neuf. Photo by Alma Alejo

Flooding in Paris

These photos taken by Eagle News correspondent Alma Alejo show the extent of the floods that have affected Paris, as the popular River Seine became swollen reaching its highest level in 30 years.  The river level rose to 6.1m (20ft) above its normal height overnight on Saturday, June 4, 2016.  These photos were taken in Pont Neuf.        

Paris floods ease but alerts in France’s north

  by Hervé Lionnet PARIS, France (AFP) — The rain-swollen River Seine in Paris receded after reaching its highest level in three decades as attention turned Sunday to other areas of France where alert warnings have been issued. From a peak of 6.10 metres (20 feet) in the early hours of Saturday, the river began to subside, falling to 5.77 metres at 8am (0600 GMT), the environment ministry’s Vigicrues flood watch website said. However, red alerts […]

300 passengers evacuated from Korean Air plane at Tokyo airport

    TOKYO, Japan (AFP) –About 300 passengers and crew members were evacuated from a Korean Air Boeing 777 at Tokyo’s Haneda airport after one of the engines caught fire, officials said Friday. TV footage from the airport showed the plane, which was bound for South Korea’s Gimpo International, surrounded by red fire trucks and with the area around its left wing doused in foam. The plane’s inflatable emergency evacuation slides had all been deployed. […]

Obama to make history with Hiroshima journey

by Shingo Ito HIROSHIMA, United States (AFP) — President Barack Obama is set make history on Friday as he travels to Hiroshima — becoming the first sitting US leader to visit the site that ushered in the destructive power of the nuclear age. The trip comes more than seven decades after the world was first shown the potential keys to its own destruction when an American plane, the Enola Gay, dropped its payload, dubbed “Little […]

Philippine film industry celebrates Jose’s Cannes win

  MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — The Philippines’ entertainment industry on Monday celebrated Jaclyn Jose’s surprise win at the Cannes film festival, hailing her as one of the nation’s hardest working and most versatile actresses who deserves global acclaim. Jose, 52, famous at home mostly as a soap opera star, won best actress Sunday for her mesmerising performance as a Manila slum matriarch who falls prey to corrupt police in acclaimed Filipino director Brillante Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa”. […]

Philippine president-elect Duterte vows to kill criminals

  by Ayee Macaraig DAVAO, Philippines (AFP) — Philippines’ president-elect Rodrigo Duterte vowed Sunday to reintroduce capital punishment and give security forces “shoot-to-kill” orders in a devastating war on crime. In his first press conference since winning the May 9 elections in a landslide, the tough-talking mayor of southern Davao city warned his campaign threats to kill were not rhetoric. “What I will do is urge Congress to restore (the) death penalty by hanging,” Duterte, 71, […]

Obama slams Trump in speech: ‘Ignorance is not a virtue’

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Barack Obama on Sunday criticized the populist campaign of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, decrying “anti-intellectualism” and noting that “ignorance is not a virtue.” Obama did not specifically name the brash New York real estate developer during his remarks at a university graduation ceremony in New Jersey, but it was clear he was referring to the candidate who is running on a slogan of “Make American Great Again!” The […]