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S. Korean leader and North's Kim hold summit talks access_timeSeptember 18

SEOUL – South Korea's president and the North's leader Kim Jong Un drove together through the streets of Pyongyang Tuesday past thousands of cheering citizens before opening a summit where Moon Jae-in will seek to reboot stalled denuclear...

Death toll rises to six in Mexico tourist spot shooting access_timeSeptember 18

MEXICO CITY –The death toll from a shooting in Mexico City's Garibaldi Plaza has increased to six after a wounded man died at a hospital, local authorities said Monday.  In a press release, the Mexico City Attorney General's Off...

21 killed in Iran road accident access_timeSeptember 18

TEHRAN –At least 21 people were killed in a collision between a passenger bus and a trailer carrying flammable materials in the central Iranian province of Isfahan, semi-official ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday.  The passenger bus ...

Moon landing: S. Korean leader arrives in Pyongyang for summit access_timeSeptember 18

SEOUL –South Korea's president and the North's leader Kim Jong Un drove through the streets of Pyongyang together past thousands of cheering citizens Tuesday ahead of a summit where Moon Jae-in will seek to reboot stalled denuclearisation...

Fresh polio case detected in Afghanistan: official access_timeSeptember 18

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan –A fresh positive polio case, affecting a 14-month boy, had been detected in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, bringing the number of confirmed cases of polio virus to 11 since January this year, a public heal...

100 die in severe flooding in Nigeria: relief agency access_timeSeptember 18

LOKOJA, Nigeria – Nigeria has declared a national disaster after severe flooding left about 100 people dead across 10 states, the country's main relief agency said on Tuesday.  Heavy seasonal rains have caused the Niger and Benue ri...

Ruby rush brings 'hell', not riches, to Mozambique village access_timeSeptember 17

MONTEPUEZ, Mozambique –Nearly a decade after rubies were first found in northern Mozambique, the discovery has proven a poisoned chalice, says traditional local ruler Cristina Joaquim.  Instead of riches and reward, what could have been...

Over 28% of Japanese population officially old: government access_timeSeptember 17

TOKYO – More than 28 percent of Japan's population is now officially classified as elderly according to government data, the highest rate in the world as the first wave of postwar baby boomers enter old age.  Those aged 65 or older ...

US-Cuba relations 'in decline,' president says access_timeSeptember 17

HAVANA – Relations between Cuba and the United States are in decline under President Donald Trump, his Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel said in an interview broadcast Sunday.  "Relations today are in decline. We still maintain c...

Floodwaters rise as killer storm stalks southeastern US access_timeSeptember 17

  GRIFTON, United States –Catastrophic floods raised the threat of dam breaks and landslides across the southeastern United States on Monday, prolonging the agony caused by a killer hurricane that has left more than a dozen people dead an...

The death toll from super typhoon Mangkhut has climbed to 65 access_timeSeptember 17

MANILA – The death toll from super typhoon Mangkhut has climbed to 65 in the Philippines, police said on Monday.  The Philippine National Police (PNP) said 54 of the fatalities were from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in Luzon i...

Two dead, 16 rescued after migrant boat capsizes off Turkey access_timeSeptember 17

ANKARA – Two women died and sixteen other mainly Iraqi migrants, including eight children, were rescued on Monday after their boat capsized off the southwestern Turkish coast, the coastguard said.  The coastguard intervened to rescue th...

160 workers freed after Istanbul airport protest access_timeSeptember 16

ANKARA – Turkey has freed 160 workers out of almost 600 who were arrested following a protest over work-related deaths and poor conditions at the construction site for Istanbul's third airport.  Hundreds of labourers were arrested l...

20 injured as train derails in Pakistan's Punjab access_timeSeptember 16

ISLAMABAD – At least 20 people were injured on Sunday when a passenger train derailed in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province, an official of Pakistan Railways said.  A spokesperson of Pakistan Railways said that the incident took pla...

Dozens rally for jailed Reuters reporters in Myanmar access_timeSeptember 16

YANGON –Several dozen people rallied in central Yangon on Sunday against the jailing of two Reuters journalists, lamenting the shrinking space for free expression in Myanmar despite the advent of civilian rule.  Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw So...

Decentralisation of power key to strong local governance: Pak PM access_timeSeptember 16

Islamabad ,Pakistan – Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said that the transfer of powers to grass root level is the key priority to ensure a strong local governance system.  In a meeting focusing on local government system ...

Dozens of inmates escape in Myanmar jail break access_timeSeptember 16

YANGON – Myanmar police are hunting dozens of escaped inmates who hijacked a delivery truck and smashed through the gates of their jail in a daring prison break on Sunday, officials said.  The escape occurred on Sunday morning as prison...

Polls open in Syrian local elections: state media access_timeSeptember 16

DAMASCUS – Voting began across government-controlled parts of Syria on Sunday for the war-ravaged country's first local elections since 2011, state news agency SANA said.  Polling booths opened at 7:00 am (0400 GMT) and are expected...

Russia, Japan should sign historic peace treaty, proposes Putin access_timeSeptember 15

Moscow ,Russia – Russia has suggested that Moscow and Tokoyo should sign a peace treaty to end second world war hostilities "without any preconditions."  Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday observed that the territor...

Afghan president meets visiting Pakistani FM in Kabul access_timeSeptember 15

KABUL –Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with visiting Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday.  The two sides exchanged views on matters related to mutual interests including the Afghan peace process, stabi...