Category: News

Typhoon lashes Japanese capital, one dead, power, transport disrupted

One of the strongest typhoons to hit eastern Japan in recent years struck just east of the capital Tokyo on Monday, killing one woman, with record-breaking winds and stinging rain damaging buildings and disrupting transport. More than 160 flights were canceled and scores of train lines closed for hours, snarling the morning commute for millions […]

Hong Kong August visitors plunge 40% year-on-year, hotels half-full: finance chief

Hong Kong visitor arrivals plunged nearly 40% in August from a year earlier, deepening from July’s 5% fall, the finance secretary said as sometimes violent anti-government protests take a rising toll on the city’s tourism, retail and hotel businesses. Hotels in some locations had seen occupancy rates drop to about half, while room rates plunged […]

Swedish prosecutor reviewing witness accounts in Assange case

The Swedish prosecutor investigating a rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Monday she had interviewed seven witnesses, including two not previously heard, but had yet to determine how to proceed in the case. Assange is serving a 50-week sentence in Britain for skipping bail after spending seven years in the Ecuadorean embassy […]

New York governor urges halt to all vaping amid lung disease outbreak

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked the state’s Department of Health to issue guidance that will urge people to stop vaping amid concerns over a lung disease linked to electronic cigarettes that’s left hundreds ill around the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday the number of vaping-related illnesses jumped to at […]

Sudanese tribes sign peace deal after deadly clashes in Port Sudan

Representatives of the Beni Amer and Nuba tribes in Sudan’s Red Sea state signed a reconciliation deal on Sunday under pressure from the country’s most prominent military commander after clashes that triggered a state of emergency and left at least 16 dead last month. Sudan is embarking on a three-year transition after the overthrow of […]

Typhoon kills 5 in North Korea, 3 in South Korea

One of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the Korean Peninsula has left five people dead and three injured in North Korea, state media reported Sunday, in its first public announcement of casualties since the storm made landfall in the country a day earlier. Before reaching North Korea, Typhoon Lingling hit South Korea, killing […]

Minnesota man killed by police after apparently live streaming chase

A Minnesota man was killed by police on Saturday night after he apparently live-streamed a pursuit in suburban Minneapolis, according to authorities and video of the incident. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner identified the man as Brian Quinones, 30. In a statement, the medical examiner said Quinones died from multiple gunshot wounds in the city […]