Researchers develop advanced water purification technology

CANBERRA-- Australian researchers have developed a new method of purifying water which they say could save millions of lives.Scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have designed their own type of graphene, a form of carbon consisting of a single... Read More

(Update) Florida high school shooting kills 17

WASHINGTON -- A mass shooting in a Florida high school killed 17 people on Wednesday, local police said.Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told the press that 12 were killed in the school building, two were killed outside the building, one on a road nearby and two died in hospital from wounds.The... Read More

S. African President Zuma resigns

JOHANNESBURG -- South African President Jacob Zuma resigned on Wednesday."The ANC (African National Congress) should never be divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign," Zuma said in an evening address to the nation.Zuma announced that, although he doesn't agree with ANC's... Read More

20 injured in Florida school shooting, suspect caught

WASHINGTON -- At least 20 people were wounded in a school shooting on Wednesday in the US state of Florida, according to local media.The shooting took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, just north of Miami. According to aerial footage, students were seen running from the... Read More

2018 Stenin photo tilt winners to get 3-M rubles

MOSCOW, Russia – The prize money for the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, conducted by Rossiya Segodnya under the patronage of the Russian Federation’s Commission for UNESCO, has been increased to 3 million rubles, or 100,000, 75,000 and 50,000 rubles for first, second... Read More

Russian passenger jet crashes with 71 aboard dead

MOSCOW -- A Russian airliner carrying 71 people crashed on Sunday shortly after taking off from the country's second-busiest airport in Moscow, killing all the people on board.The Antonov-148 of Saratov Airlines with 65 passengers and a crew of six was en route from Domodedovo Airport in Moscow to... Read More

Taiwan earthquake death toll rises to 12

TAIPEI -- Two more bodies were found in the ruins of a building in Taiwan's Hualien County Friday afternoon, taking the death toll of the recent magnitude-6.5 earthquake in the area to 12.The bodies were identified as a Canadian couple, according to Taiwan's emergency operation center.A family of... Read More

UN official warns against complacency in fight vs. IS

UNITED NATIONS -- A senior UN official on Thursday warned against complacency in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group despite its recent military setbacks in Iraq, Syria and the southern Philippines.The fight against the IS is entering a new phase after the terrorist group's... Read More

4 killed in Taiwan quake

TAIPEI-- Four people were killed and 225 were injured as of 10:40 a.m. Wednesday after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan.A total of 236 people have been rescued but there are still 148 people missing with 143 trapped in Yun Men Tusi Ti building, according to the local disaster relief... Read More

ASEAN united on KSCIP initiative

SINGAPORE -- All 10 ASEAN countries have agreed with the King Salman Center for International Peace (KSCIP) initiative, said Malaysian Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein."I will bring it up to Saudi Arabia," he told Malaysian media on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow 2018... Read More

5.2 magnitude quake jolts Myanmar

YANGON -- An earthquake of 5.2 magnitude jolted Myanmar's Bago region, the Meteorology and Hydrology Department said.The earthquake struck at 11:25 p.m. local time (16:55:35 GMT) with a depth of 10 kilometers, Xinhua News Agency reported.The epicenter was 32 kilometers southwest of Phyu city in Bago... Read More

Israel starts deportation of African migrants

TEL AVIV -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that the country’s authorities have started the procedure of deportation of thousands of African immigrants."Today, we have started the procedure of deportation of illegal immigrants from Israel, similar to what advanced... Read More

Son of Cuba's late leader Castro commits suicide battling depression

HAVANA -- Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, the eldest son of late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, took his own life Thursday morning after being treated for depression for months, an official release said.According to a statement on the government site Cubadebate, Castro Diaz-Balart, 68, suffered... Read More

Myanmar to crack down on unlicensed firearms

YANGON -- Myanmar's northwestern Chin state government has vowed to crack down on carrying illegal firearms due to excessive hunting across the state, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Wednesday.The Chin state government called for wildlife conservation in the state while stressing... Read More

Facebook bans all ads for bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies

SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook said on Tuesday that no "deceptive promotional practices such as cryptocurrency" will be allowed in any ads on its website.The new Facebook policy released on Tuesday virtually bans all ads that promote cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, across the Facebook community."Ads... Read More

US lifts refugee ban from 11 'high-risk' countries

WASHINGTON -- The United States on Monday lifted a ban on admissions to refugees from 11 countries that it identified present a high security risk, while announcing new vetting measures.The changes came after a 90-day review by the White House of refugee admissions from the North Korea, Egypt, Iran,... Read More

NoKor cancels joint cultural event with SoKor before Winter Olympics

SEOUL -- North Korea cancelled the joint cultural event with South Korea set to be held days before the 2018 Winter Olympics, according to Seoul's unification ministry on Tuesday.North Korea sent a notice at about 10:10 p.m. local time on Monday (1310 GMT) via the restored inter-Korean hotline of... Read More

Buddhist leader: Focus on human rights key to solving global issues

TOKYO/Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ --On January 26, 2018, Buddhist philosopher Daisaku Ikeda, President of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), issued his annual peace proposal, titled "Toward an Era of Human Rights: Building a People's Movement."Ikeda welcomes the July 2017 adoption of the Treaty on the... Read More

Canada sports minister resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations

OTTAWA -- Canadian Sport and Disabilities Minister Kent Hehr announced his resignation Thursday over allegations of his sexual misconduct.Hehr said he welcomes and respects an investigation process and he will stay on as a member of parliament at the House of Commons.The allegations against Hehr... Read More

6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes off northeastern Japan

TOKYO -- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 struck off northeastern Japan, at 7:51 p.m. local time (1051 GMT) Wednesday, Japan Meteorological Agency said.The temblor was centered off the coast of Aomori prefecture, with the epicenter at a latitude of 41.0 degrees north and a longitude... Read More