Friday, 21 Jan, 2022

International

8 children among 12 dead in US apartment blaze

Twelve people have been killed and several more have been injured after a fire broke out in an apartment building in the US city of Philadelphia. Eight children are among the dead, an official from the Philadelphia Fire Department told reporters. The blaze began at around 06:00

North Korea says it tested hypersonic missile 

North Korea successfully tested a hypersonic missile on Wednesday, its first major weapons test this year, said a state media report. KCNA said it "precisely hit" a set target 700km (434 miles) away. This is the second reported test of a hypersonic missile, which can avoid

North Korea launches 'unidentified projectile' into sea

North Korea has fired what has been described as an unidentified projectile into the sea, said South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). The Japanese coast guard, which first reported the launch, said it could potentially be a ballistic missile, but no confirmation has yet been

Elizabeth Holmes: Theranos founder convicted of fraud

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been convicted of defrauding investors after a months-long landmark trial in California. Prosecutors said Holmes knowingly lied about technology she said could detect diseases with a few drops of blood. Jurors found Holmes guilty of four

South Korea pledges final push for peace with North

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has promised to use his last months in office to push for a diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea, despite Pyongyang’s silence on his efforts to secure a declaration of peace between the two countries. “I will not stop efforts to

Sudan PM Abdalla Hamdok resigns after mass protests

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has resigned after another day of mass protests rocked the capital Khartoum. Thousands marched against a recent deal he had done to share power with the army, who staged a coup in October. Chanting "power to the people", protesters

Major fire at South African parliament in Cape Town 

A large fire is raging at the Houses of Parliament in the South African city of Cape Town. Video footage shows a plume of black smoke filling the sky, with huge flames coming out from the roof of the building. Dozens of firefighters are at the site battling the blaze; it is not yet

South Africa bids farewell to Desmond Tutu

The funeral mass for South African anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu has taken place at the Anglican cathedral in Cape Town. Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who helped end the racist regime in South Africa, died last Sunday aged 90. In his eulogy, President Cyril

North Korea to focus on economy and food in 2022

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has said the faltering economy will be the national priority this year as the country faces a "great life-and-death struggle". He was speaking at the end of a key ruling party meeting, which coincides with him being in power for 10 years.

New year celebrated amid COVID restrictions

The Omicron coronavirus variant dampened new year festivities around much of the world with Paris cancelling its fireworks show, London relegating its to television and New York City scaling down its famous ball drop celebration in Times Square. The illuminated ball made of Waterford

12 killed in stampede at shrine in J&K

Twelve pilgrims have died and over a dozen injured in a stampede at Jammu and Kashmir's Mata Vaishno Devi shrine. The stampede was triggered by a "minor altercation among some young boys" amid a massive rush of devotees on New Year, officials said today. Prime Minister

US urges Hong Kong to release detained Stand News employees

The United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called on Chinese and Hong Kong authorities to immediately release staff members of the pro-democracy media outlet Stand News who were arrested after a police raid. “We call on PRC and Hong Kong authorities to cease

Powerful 7.3 earthquake shakes Indonesia

A powerful 7.3 magnitude quake struck off the coast of Indonesia's Maluku province in the early hours of Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said in a statement. There were no immediate reports of tsunami warnings, nor casualties or damage. The offshore quake took

Myanmar: Save the Children says army attack killed staff

International charity Save the Children has confirmed two of its staff members in Myanmar were killed in an attack it blames on the military. More than 35 bodies, including those of women and children, were found in eastern Kayah state, the charity says. It said troops had forced

Indonesia rejects Rohingya boat, refugees

Dozens of Rohingya refugees intercepted after their boat ran into trouble off the coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province were being sent into Malaysian waters, authorities said on Tuesday. At least 100 mostly women and children aboard a wooden vessel said to be taking on water were

Israeli air raid targets key Syrian port of Latakia: State media

An Israeli air raid has struck Syria’s Mediterranean port of Latakia for the second time this month, causing “significant material damage”, according to Syrian state media. “At around 3:21am (05:21 GMT), the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial aggression with

Climate change: Huge toll of extreme weather disasters in 2021

Weather events, linked to a changing climate, brought misery to millions around the world in 2021 according to a new report. The study, from the charity Christian Aid, identified 10 extreme events that each caused more than $1.5bn of damage. The biggest financial impacts were from

Philippines’ Typhoon Rai death toll rises to 388

At least 388 people were killed and 60 are still missing in the Philippines due to Typhoon Rai, according to official data on Monday. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, which verifies and corroborates the data of the various agencies on the ground, also said

South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu no more

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace prize laureate who helped end apartheid in South Africa, has died aged 90. President Cyril Ramaphosa said the churchman's death marked "another chapter of bereavement in our nation's farewell to a generation of outstanding South

More than 30 killed, bodies burned in Myanmar’s Kayah state

More than 30 people, including women and children, have been killed and their bodies burned in Myanmar’s conflict-torn Kayah state, according to a local human rights group, media reports and a resident. Karenni Human Rights Group said it found the burned bodies of internally