UN: 137,000 crossed Mediterranean this year

July 1, 2015 8:06 pm

GENEVA: A record 137,000 people made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe in the first half of 2015, most of them fleeing war, conflict and persecution, the United Nations said Wednesday “Europe is living through a maritime refugee … Read more »

US, Cuba to announce embassy openings

July 1, 2015 8:05 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States and Cuba will announce an agreement Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) to open embassies in each other’s capitals, formally re-establish diplomatic relations for the first time since 1961, senior administration officials said Tuesday. President Obama and … Read more »

State Dep’t releases nearly 2,000 Clinton emails

July 1, 2015 8:05 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The State Department released nearly 2,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as top US diplomat late Tuesday, following orders from a federal judge. The large tranche of emails, mainly from 2009, was made public shortly before 9:00 pm … Read more »

Army kills controversial social science program

July 1, 2015 8:05 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Army has quietly killed a program that put social scientists on battlefields to help troops avoid unnecessary bloodshed and improve civilians’ lives, an Army spokesman said Monday. The initiative, known as the Human Terrain System, had been … Read more »

Water point ‘bank machines’ boost Kenya slums

July 1, 2015 8:04 pm

NAIROBI: Around the world people use bank machines to access cash: but in the Kenyan capital’s crowded slums, people now use similar machines to access an even more basic requirement — clean water. In a bid to boost access to … Read more »

China passes new national security law

July 1, 2015 8:04 pm

BEIJING: China passed a wide-ranging new national security law Wednesday, expanding its legal reach over the Internet and even outer space as concerns grow about ever-tighter limits on rights. The rubber-stamp National People’s Congress standing committee passed the legislation by … Read more »

HK protesters mark turnover anniversary

July 1, 2015 8:03 pm

HONG KONG: Thousands were set to gather for a pro-democracy march on the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China Wednesday, but organizers said turnout at the annual event would be down as momentum wanes after nearly a year of … Read more »

Vietnam hits Cambodia over border protest

July 1, 2015 8:03 pm

HANOI: Vietnam on Wednesday condemned what it called an attack by Cambodian activists on Vietnamese police and citizens living near the two countries’ border, which left more than a dozen people injured. Some 250 Cambodian activists, including a lawmaker with … Read more »

Indonesia plane crash toll rises to 142

July 1, 2015 8:03 pm

MEDAN, Indonesia: The death toll from the crash of an Indonesian air force plane packed with military personnel and their families rose to 142 Wednesday, as witnesses described people fleeing the disaster zone covered in blood with their clothes alight. … Read more »

Facebook’s Zuckerberg wants to figure out social equation

July 1, 2015 8:01 pm

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg figures there could be a formula that explains how people think. During a question-and-answer session on his Facebook page Tuesday, Zuckerberg told famed physicist Stephen Hawking he would like to find that equation. “I’m … Read more »