China state media plays down the severity of the COVID wave before the WHO meeting

State media says severe illness from COVID is rare Chinese scientists expected to brief WHO China factory activity shrinks in December BEIJING, Jan 3 (Reuters) – China’s state media played down the severity on Tuesday of the COVID-19 wave surging over the country, with its scientists expected to give a briefing to the World Health … Read more

South Korea mourns, wants answers after Halloween crush kills 153

SEOUL, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Shocked family members collected bodies, parents searched for children and a country sought answers on Sunday after at least 153 people were crushed to death when a crowd in South Korea surged in an alleyway during Halloween festivities. President Yoon Suk-yeol declared a period of national mourning and designated Seoul’s … Read more

Iran prison fire death toll grows as some EU states call for sanctions

Death toll from Evin prison blaze rises to 8 Judiciary says prisoners started fire after a fight Relatives of prisoners say they fear for their safety Protests unleashed by Mahsa Amini’s death continue Protesters call for the fall of the Islamic Republic – social media DUBAI, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Eight prisoners died as a … Read more

Iran prison fire kills four, injures 61 as protests persist

Iranian judiciary says those killed died of smoke inhalation Iran says calm returns to Evin prison after fire, airs footage Fire comes amid widespread protests, brutal crackdown Iran accuses Biden of interfering in state affairs Protests sparked by Mahsa Amini’s death entered the second month DUBAI, Oct 16 (Reuters) – A fire at Iran’s Evin … Read more

Air France, Airbus face angry families in AF447 crash trial

PARIS, Oct 10 (Reuters) – A French criminal court opened the historic manslaughter trial of Air France (AIRF.PA) and planemaker Airbus (AIR.PA) on Monday, with angry relatives demanding justice more than 13 years after an A330 jetliner plowed into the Atlantic, killing everyone on board. The heads of both companies pleaded not guilty to “involuntary … Read more

Pakistani hospital overwhelmed as water-borne illnesses spread

Hospital in Sehwan, southern Pakistan, is overwhelmed Patients pour in from flood-affected areas Thousands are suffering from water-borne illnesses WHO warns of ‘second disaster’ after catastrophic floods SEHWAN, Pakistan, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The emergency ward at the main government hospital in Sehwan, a small town in southern Pakistan, is overwhelmed. On a recent visit, … Read more

Stampede, riot at Indonesia football match killed 174, league suspended

East Java stadium disaster apparently worst since 1964 Around 180 injured during crowd stampede Indonesia football association suspends league to investigate Police say they fired tear gas to control the crowd MALANG, Indonesia, Oct 2 (Reuters) – At least 174 people were killed and 180 injured in a stampede and riot at a soccer match … Read more

Hurricane Fiona slams Turks and Caicos as Category 3 storm, heads for Bermuda

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Hurricane Fiona slammed into the Turks and Caicos Islands as a powerful Category 3 storm on Tuesday, dumping heavy rains and triggering floods on the Caribbean archipelago after cutting a path of destruction through the Dominican Republic. and Puerto Rico. US officials said the storm claimed four … Read more

Hurricane Fiona seen intensifying after slamming Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico/Santo Domingo, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Hurricane Fiona was churning north on Monday evening after bringing torrential rain and powerful winds to the Dominican Republic and triggering a total power outage in neighboring Puerto Rico, where at least two people died The Category 2 hurricane will likely become a Category 3 as … Read more

Traffic, water shortages, now floods: the slow death of India’s tech hub?

Much of Bengaluru submerged in recent flooding Residents forced to wade through waist-deep water Disruptions raise questions about the city’s future as a tech hub Authorities vow to act, but extreme weather may complicate plans BENGALURU, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Harish Pullanoor spent his weekends in the late 1980s tramping around the marshes and ponds … Read more