Major earthquake strikes Turkey, Syria; scores dead, many trapped

Rescuers try to pull out a survivor from a collapsed building following an earthquake in Diyarbakir, Turkey February 6, 2023. Photo Courtesy: Reuters

Kathmandu: A major earthquake of magnitude 7.9 struck central Turkey and northwest Syria on Monday, killing scores of people and injuring hundreds as buildings collapsed, and triggering searches across the snowy region for survivors trapped in rubble. The quake, which struck in the early darkness of a winter morning, was also felt in Cyprus and… Continue reading Major earthquake strikes Turkey, Syria; scores dead, many trapped

China urges calm over ‘spy’ balloon in US airspace

Kathmandu: China has urged “cool-headed” handling of a dispute over a giant Chinese balloon heading for the eastern US. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier called off a visit to Beijing, saying the “surveillance” balloon’s presence was “an irresponsible act”. Later the US reported a second Chinese balloon floating over Latin America. China expressed… Continue reading China urges calm over ‘spy’ balloon in US airspace

Pakistan mosque blast: Police targeted in attack that kills 47

Kathmandu: At least 47 people have been killed by a bomb that apparently targeted policeman praying in a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan. As reported by the BBC News, no group has said it carried out the attack, but it has been linked to the Pakistan Taliban. The group ended a ceasefire in November, and violence… Continue reading Pakistan mosque blast: Police targeted in attack that kills 47

China’s population falls for first time since 1961

Kathmandu: China’s population has fallen for the first time in 60 years, with the national birth rate hitting a record low – 6.77 births per 1,000 people. The population in 2022 – 1.4118 billion – fell by 850,000 from 2021. China’s birth rate has been declining for years, prompting a slew of policies to try… Continue reading China’s population falls for first time since 1961

Rohingya refugees reach Indonesia after month at sea

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Kathmandu: Dozens of Rohingya refugees – all men – have drifted on to a beach in western Indonesia in a wooden boat with a broken engine, local officials say. They are described as hungry and weak after spending a month at sea. At least three men were taken to hospital. It is not clear if… Continue reading Rohingya refugees reach Indonesia after month at sea

Coldest air of the season’ to hit eastern U.S.

A state plow truck clears the snow along Route 30 in Jamaica, Vt., during a snowstorm on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. Photo Courtesy: AP via New York Daily News

Kathmandu: An Arctic air mass will descend upon the U.S. this week with plenty of precipitation and dangerously low temperatures, making for potentially nightmarish holiday travel conditions, as reported by the New York Daily News (NYDN). As last week’s mega storm wound down before the first day of Chanukah, the possibility of a white Christmas… Continue reading Coldest air of the season’ to hit eastern U.S.

Morocco halts all added flights to Qatar

Kathmandu: Supporters were denied access to the stadium after Royal Air Massoc canceled a scheduled flight from Morocco to Qatar on Wednesday. In the second semi-final of the FIFA World Cup on Wednesday night, Morocco is playing against former champions France. In the same match, supporters who bought tickets to come from Africa to the… Continue reading Morocco halts all added flights to Qatar

Afghanistan-Pakistan border shelling kills civilians

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Kathmandu: Afghan Taliban forces killed six civilians in Pakistan and injured at least 17 others in an “unprovoked” bombing and gunfire attack on a border town on Sunday, Pakistan says. The attack at Chaman was condemned by Pakistan’s military who said the Afghan side launched “indiscriminate fire”. Pakistan forces retaliated. One Afghan soldier was killed.… Continue reading Afghanistan-Pakistan border shelling kills civilians

NYC Mayor Adams’ mental health hospitalization plan greeted with skepticism from cops

Mayor Adams with police officers at the E. 116th St. and Lexington Ave. subway station in East Harlem last week. Photo Courtesy: New York Daily News

Kathmandu: The skepticism was swift and citywide, from police precincts to emergency rooms and EMS ambulances, when Mayor Adams rolled out his new plan to force the mentally-ill into medical treatment. Those front-line first responders, speaking with the Daily News, were quick to question the details surrounding the newly-announced approach to their jobs, specifically citing… Continue reading NYC Mayor Adams’ mental health hospitalization plan greeted with skepticism from cops

Donald Trump says he’ll run for president again in 2024

File Photo In this Nov. 13, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump listens during an event on Operation Warp Speed in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. .Trump is making unsupported claims of massive voting fraud, demanding recounts and calling for audits. All of this an effort to discredit the outcome and, in the process, put democracy itself on trial. Photo Courtesy: AP

Kathmandu: Former US President Donald Trump has launched his third bid for the White House, declaring: “America’s comeback starts right now.” At his Florida estate, he said: “We have to save our country.” Trump’s announcement comes as some fellow Republicans blame him for the party’s lacklustre performance in last week’s midterm elections. President Joe Biden,… Continue reading Donald Trump says he’ll run for president again in 2024