Category: Foreign News

Death toll from Bangladesh building fire climbs to at least 56

The death toll from a fire in a centuries-old area of the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka, jumped dramatically to 56 on Thursday, a fire official said, and could keep climbing as fire fighters combed the wreckage of the destroyed building.



16 states sue to stop Trump’s use of emergency powers to build border wall

A coalition of 16 states, including California and New York, on Monday, challenged President Trump in court over his plan to use emergency powers to spend billions of dollars on his border wall.



EU adds Saudi Arabia to dirty-money blacklist, upsets Britain

The European Commission added Saudi Arabia, Panama, Nigeria and other jurisdictions to a blacklist of nations seen as posing a threat because of lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering, the EU executive said on Wednesday.



Delhi hotel fire kills at least 17, spurs safety concerns

A fire swept through a hotel in New Delhi early on Tuesday, killing 17 people, authorities in the Indian capital said, raising fresh questions about safety standards in poorly regulated budget hotels.



China lands spacecraft on far side of moon

A Chinese spacecraft has become the first ever to land on the far side of the moon, according to state-run media, in a giant leap for human space exploration.



Tsunami from erupting Krakatau kills at least 222 in Indonesia

A tsunami killed at least 222 people and injured hundreds on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra following an underwater landslide believed caused by the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano, officials and media said on Sunday.



George H.W. Bush dead at 94

Former US President George H.W. Bush has died at age 94 in Houston, according to his spokesperson.



South Korea jails former president Lee Myung-bak for 15 years

A Seoul court on Friday (Oct 5) jailed former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak for 15 years, making him the latest in a string of high-profile political and business leaders ensnared by corruption charges.



Indonesia tsunami: At least 48 dead after quakes hit Sulawesi

Rescuers scrambled Saturday searching for survivors and carrying bodies away from the debris after a series of earthquakes and a tsunami struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.



We will only give foreign aid to “those who respect us and frankly our friends” : Trump

President Trump said the US is “taking a hard look” at the foreign aid it sends to other countries and the financial support it provides to international organizations.



Maldives challenger Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

Maldivian presidential challenger Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.



Stalin, Karunanidhi’s son and political heir, elected DMK chief unopposed

MK Stalin has been elected as DMK president, a post which has been lying vacant since the demise of M Karunanidhi, at the party’s General Council meeting today. The 65-year-old leader had filed his nomination papers at Anna Arivalayam, the party headquarters, in Chennai on Sunday.



Scott Morrison sworn in as Australia’s new PM

Treasurer Scott Morrison has been sworn in as Australia’s prime minister to replace Malcolm Turnbull after a Liberal Party coup.



Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dead at age 80

Former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan has died at age 80, his foundation confirmed Saturday.



Atal Behari Vajpayee: Former India PM dies at 93

Former Indian prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has died aged 93.



At least 91 dead after quake strikes Lombok and Bali

A powerful quake which struck the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok has killed 91 people and wounded hundreds, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said early on Monday (Aug 6), with thousands of buildings left damaged.