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Russia must stop bombing women, children in Syria – Kerry

February 6, 2016 5:40 pm

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Russia Friday to implement a ceasefire in Syria, saying its bombing campaign was killing women and children in large numbers and “has to stop.” “Russia has indicated to me very directly they … Read more »

Seven dead after powerful Taiwan quake fells buildings

February 6, 2016 4:25 pm

TAIPEI: A powerful earthquake in Taiwan felled a 16-storey apartment complex full of families who had gathered for Lunar New Year celebrations Saturday, with at least seven dead and more than 30 feared trapped. The death toll was rising in … Read more »

Edgar Mitchell, astronaut who walked on Moon, dead at 85

February 6, 2016 11:43 am

MIAMI: US astronaut Edgar Mitchell, one of just 12 people to have walked on the Moon, has died aged 85, his family and NASA said Friday, calling him a “pioneer.” NASA paid glowing tribute to Mitchell, who died in Florida … Read more »

Colombia blames 3 deaths on Zika, nerve disorder

February 6, 2016 11:39 am

BOGOTA: Colombia said Friday that three people had died after contracting the Zika virus and developing a rare nerve disorder called Guillain-Barre, the first time health officials have directly blamed the mosquito-borne disease for causing deaths. “We have confirmed and … Read more »

US advises abstinence, condom use to prevent Zika spread

February 6, 2016 11:25 am

WASHINGTON: The US government on Friday urged men who recently traveled to areas where Zika virus runs rife and their pregnant sex partners to abstain from sexual activity or consistently and correctly use condoms during sex for the duration of … Read more »

Obama, Park press Beijing on N.Korea sanctions

February 6, 2016 10:24 am

WASHINGTON: The campaign to win China’s backing for deeper sanctions against North Korea gained in intensity Friday, with the US and South Korean presidents making their case directly to Xi Jinping. Presidents Barack Obama and Park Geun-Hye spoke to their … Read more »

Hotel fire in Iraq’s Kurdistan region kills 14 Filipinos

February 6, 2016 10:21 am

A fire at a hotel in Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Friday has killed 17 people, including 14 Filipinos, a Philippine Embassy official said. “We have just been informed that 14 Filipinos were among the 17 people who died in a … Read more »

Hundreds trapped in damaged buildings as strong quake hits Taiwan

February 6, 2016 10:18 am

TAIPEI: A 6.4-magnitude earthquake in southern Taiwan early Saturday morning damaged several buildings, with at least one building collapsed, trapping hundreds of residents, according to local media reports. The mainland earthquake monitoring center put the scale of the quake at … Read more »

Twitter suspends 125,000 terrorism-related accounts

February 6, 2016 10:12 am

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter said on Friday it has suspended 125,000 accounts primarily related to the terrorist group known as Islamic State (IS) since the middle of 2015. The social media network, based in this US west coast city with more … Read more »

Three dead after Taiwan quake topples buildings

February 6, 2016 10:04 am

TAIPEI: A 10-month old baby was among three dead after a 16-storey tower block was toppled by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in southern Taiwan Saturday, with rescuers battling to free residents still trapped inside. Officials said four buildings collapsed in the … Read more »