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USA – Deadly mudslides

USA – Deadly mudslides

LOS ANGELES — At least six people were killed and homes were swept from their foundations Tuesday as heavy rain sent mud and boulders sliding down hills stripped of vegetation by a gigantic wildfire that raged in Southern California last month. Rescue crews used helicopters to lift people to safety because of blocked roads, and […]

UNITED STATES – Trump calls himself a ‘stable genius’

UNITED STATES – Trump calls himself a ‘stable genius’

US President Donald Trump has rejected questions raised over his mental health in a bombshell book, describing himself as a “very stable genius”. Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House suggests even those close to Trump have questioned his capability. The US president has dismissed the book, calling Wolff a “loser”. […]

USA – Pennsylvania man ‘arrested and injected with drugs’

USA – Pennsylvania man ‘arrested and injected with drugs’

MEADVILLE – A man who was arrested and allegedly injected with drugs used to treat anxiety disorders in a case of mistaken identity has launched a lawsuit. Eugene Wright, 63, from Meadville, Pennsylvania, is suing the local council and hospital for false imprisonment amongst other claims. A man with the same name had allegedly been […]

PERU – 48 dead in bus crash

PERU – 48 dead in bus crash

LIMA – At least 48 people were killed Tuesday when a bus went over a cliff north of Lima, said Lewis Mejia, a top Peruvian fire official. The Ministry of the Interior said the bodies were found in the bus, the Pacific Ocean and on the rocky beach. Six people were hospitalized with injuries. The […]

IRAN – Citizens told to avoid ‘illegal gatherings’

IRAN – Citizens told to avoid ‘illegal gatherings’

The Iranian government has told people to avoid “illegal gatherings” in the wake of two days of angry anti-establishment protests in the country. Scores have been arrested in protests over corruption and living standards. Some small groups have continued demonstrations in Tehran and elsewhere. But Interior Minister Abdolrahman Rahmani Fazli urged people “not to participate […]

JAPAN – Parents locked daughter in room for 15 years until she died, police said

JAPAN – Parents locked daughter in room for 15 years until she died, police said

TOKYO – A couple in Japan have been arrested after their emaciated adult daughter was found dead in a windowless room where she had apparently been locked for at least 15 years. The daughter, 33, weighed less than 42 pounds – about the average weight of a 4-year-old – when her body was discovered Saturday, […]

AFGHANISTAN – ISIS claims Kabul suicide attack that killed 41

AFGHANISTAN – ISIS claims Kabul suicide attack that killed 41

KABUL – ISIS has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on a Shia cultural center in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, that left 41 people dead and dozens injured. Two children were among the dead and 84 people were injured in the blast, according to a Health Ministry spokesman. The attack rocked the center in the […]

UKRAINE – Prisoner swap

UKRAINE – Prisoner swap

HORLIVKA – Ukraine and pro-Russian separatist rebels conducted the largest exchange of prisoners since conflict broke out in 2014, sending hundreds of captives home to their families on Wednesday ahead of New Year and Orthodox Christmas. More than 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict and casualties are still reported almost daily despite a […]

PHILIPPINES – Tropical Storm Tembin kills more than 100 on Mindanao

PHILIPPINES – Tropical Storm Tembin kills more than 100 on Mindanao

More than 100 people are reported to have been killed as a tropical storm swept through the southern Philippines, with dozens more missing. Storm Tembin brought flash flooding and mudslides to parts of Mindanao island. Two towns badly hit were Tubod and Piagapo, where a number of homes were buried by boulders. Tembin, with winds […]