100 feared dead in Sri Lanka landslide

October 30, 2014 9:07 pm

KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka: Soldiers using heavy diggers stepped up their desperate search on Thursday for victims of a landslide in central Sri Lanka, feared to have buried alive 100 people on a picturesque tea plantation. Hundreds of troops were clawing … Read more »

Ukraine-Russia gas talks stall

October 30, 2014 9:06 pm

BRUSSELS: European Union (EU)-brokered talks to resolve a bitter gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine on Thursday appeared stalled as Moscow demanded that Brussels and Kiev first agree on how Ukraine will pay its huge bill to Moscow. “The European … Read more »

Experts fear ‘major’ cyber attacks

October 30, 2014 9:04 pm

SAN FRANCISCO: Almost two-thirds of technology experts expect a “major” cyber attack somewhere in the world that will cause significant loss of life or property losses in the tens of billions of dollars by 2025. A survey released on Wednesday … Read more »

Iran wants sanctions lifted before nuke deal

October 30, 2014 9:03 pm

PARIS: Iran wants all Western sanctions to be lifted before striking a deal on its contested nuclear program by a November deadline, a top official said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). The announcement came amid intensifying efforts to conclude a … Read more »

NATO reports ‘large scale’ Russian air activity in European airspace

October 30, 2014 9:03 pm

BRUSSELS: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) it had tracked and intercepted four groups of Russian warplanes “conducting significant military maneuvers” in European airspace over the past two days. “These sizeable Russian flights represent … Read more »

IS militants execute tribe members

October 30, 2014 9:02 pm

BAGHDAD: Jihadists from the Islamic State group executed on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) more than 40 members of a tribe that fought against them in Iraq’s Anbar province, sources said. Sources differed on the exact number of dead, with some … Read more »

Nobel laureate Malala to donate $50,000 to Gaza

October 30, 2014 9:02 pm

JERUSALEM: Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate, will donate $50,000 to help rebuild United Nations schools in Gaza, the United Nation’s Palestinian refugee agency said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). The 17-year-old Pakistani children’s rights activist … Read more »

Hopes fade for 18 trapped Turkish miners

October 30, 2014 9:01 pm

ISTANBUL: Hopes were fading Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) of finding alive any of 18 Turkish coal miners trapped when their shaft was engulfed by water, as rescue workers made last-ditch efforts to find survivors. The accident in southern Turkey was … Read more »

Disaster risk reduction needs cultural inputs

October 30, 2014 9:01 pm

A new United Nations-backed report shows that many disaster risk reduction (DRR) programs fail because they do not take into account “cultural causes of vulnerability.” The “World Disasters Report (WDR) 2014: Focus on culture and risk,” published by the International … Read more »

Modi vows to boost Vietnam military

October 29, 2014 7:26 pm

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised on late Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) to strengthen Vietnam’s military following talks between leaders of the two allies, in a move likely to rankle neighboring nuclear-armed giant China. Modi said India would … Read more »