NKorea missile tech alarms Japan

February 9, 2016 10:08 pm

TOKYO (Japan Times): North Korea’s rocket launch Sunday has raised concerns among Japanese officials and experts that its grasp of missile technology is advancing at a worrying clip. The latest rocket, which Seoul said flew about 5,500 km from the … Read more »

Scientists offer new hope for paraplegics

February 9, 2016 10:07 pm

SYDNEY: Australian researchers have created a “bionic spinal cord” they said Tuesday could give paralyzed people hope of walking again through the power of thought, without resorting to open brain surgery. The system would use a device the size of … Read more »

‘Golden window’ closes for quake victims

February 9, 2016 10:06 pm

TAINAN, Taiwan: Rescuers deployed heavy machinery Tuesday in a renewed effort to locate more than 100 people trapped in the rubble of a Taiwan apartment complex felled by an earthquake as the 72-hour “golden window” for finding survivors passed. More … Read more »

Anger as Italy presses Egypt over student’s slaying

February 9, 2016 10:06 pm

ROME: Italy demanded Monday that Egypt help ensure the killers of an Italian student are brought to justice, as Cairo rejected charges that the security forces were involved. Rome said it would not allow the fate of Giulio Regeni to … Read more »

ISIS widow charged over US hostage death

February 9, 2016 10:06 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The widow of late Islamic State group financial leader Abu Sayyaf was charged Monday for her alleged role in the death of US aid worker Kayla Mueller last year. Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, a 25-year-old known as Umm … Read more »

Former Nepal PM Sushil Koirala dies at 77

February 9, 2016 10:06 pm

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s former Prime Minister Sushil Koirala died in Kathmandu aged 77 after a bout of pneumonia, his doctor told AFP Tuesday. Koirala, who was Nepal’s premier from February 2014 to October 2015, faced heavy criticism for his government’s sluggish … Read more »

Sikh American says barred from Mexico-US flight over turban

February 9, 2016 10:05 pm

MEXICO CITY: A Sikh Indian-American actor and designer said Monday that he was barred from boarding an Aeromexico flight from Mexico City to New York because he refused to remove his turban. The 41-year-old Waris Ahluwalia posted a picture of … Read more »

HK police ‘fire warning shots’ in street clash

February 9, 2016 10:04 pm

HONG KONG: Baton-wielding Hong Kong riot police fired warning shots and pepper spray early Tuesday after a riot erupted in a busy district when officials tried to shift illegal hawkers on Chinese New Year. The street battles erupted after officials … Read more »

Famine threatens 40K in SSudan

February 9, 2016 10:04 pm

JUBA: At least 40,000 people are being starved to death in South Sudan war zones on the brink of famine, the United Nations said Monday, in a plea to rival forces to let aid in. The figures released in a … Read more »

UN vows quick sanctions for NKorea rocket launch

February 8, 2016 9:22 pm

UNITED NATIONS, New York: The UN Security Council strongly condemned North Korea’s rocket launch on Sunday and agreed to move quickly to impose new sanctions that will punish Pyongyang for “these dangerous and serious violations.” With backing from China, Pyongyang’s … Read more »