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Strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes off Mexico

Strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes off Mexico

WASHINGTON: A strong 6.2-magnitude undersea earthquake struck off the coast of Mexico today, US seismologists said. The US Geological Survey said the quake occurred around 1153 GMT and was located about 295 kilometres southwest of the coastal resort city of Puerto Vallarta. They had earlier put the quake’s magnitude at 6.6. There were no immediate […]

Drugs, prostitution add 10bn pounds a year to British economy

Drugs, prostitution add 10bn pounds a year to British economy

London: The inclusion of illegal activities such as prostitution and drugs into national accounts would add about 10 billion pounds to national output, Britain’s statistics office said Thursday. In a paper in which it estimated prostitutes’ “sales” and costs incurred — condoms and “working clothes”– the Office of National Statistics (ONS) said the inclusion of […]

Ten Chadians killed in southern Libya

Ten Chadians killed in southern Libya

N’djamena: Ten Chadian nationals have been gunned down in southern Libya by attackers in military uniform, the Chadian foreign ministry said Thursday. “Ten Chadian nationals were shot dead in cold blood in Sbeha by a group of armed men, all of them wearing military uniforms,” the ministry said in a statement. It added that the […]

Japan Oil Tanker Explosion Leaves Four Hurt

Japan Oil Tanker Explosion Leaves Four Hurt

One person is missing and four people have been seriously hurt after an oil tanker exploded off the coast of Japan. The blast and subsequent fire aboard the 998-tonne vessel Shoko-Maru sent towers of billowing acrid smoke into the sky near Himeji port, around 280 miles west of Tokyo. Coastguard ships battled the blaze on […]

5 reasons Obama sounds defensive on foreign policy

5 reasons Obama sounds defensive on foreign policy

President Obama felt a need to answer critics of his foreign policy in his speech Wednesday at the United States Military Academy at West Point. “By most measures, America has rarely been stronger relative to the rest of the world,” Obama said. “Those who argue otherwise — who suggest that America is in decline, or […]

Reports: 4 Nigerian girls escape Boko Haram

Reports: 4 Nigerian girls escape Boko Haram

Four of the more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted last month from a village school by the Boko Haram insurgent group have escaped their captors, according to a local official, Nigerian newspaper reports. Bana Lawan, chairman of the Chibok Local Government Area, said on Wednesday that the four girls escaped their captors on Tuesday, both […]

Report: ‘Pings’ may have never come from Flight 370

Report: ‘Pings’ may have never come from Flight 370

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A U.S. Navy spokesman on Thursday dismissed as “speculative and premature” an American expert’s reported comments that the acoustic “pings” at the center of the search for the missing Malaysian plane did not come from the jet’s black boxes. CNN reported that the Navy’s civilian deputy director of ocean engineering, Michael […]

Nepal rally marks anniversary of Everest conquest

Nepal rally marks anniversary of Everest conquest

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hundreds of people in Nepal’s capital held separate rallies to mark the 61st anniversary of the first conquest of Mount Everest and to remember the 16 Sherpa guides who died in an avalanche last month on the world’s highest mountain. Kancha Sherpa, 81, the lone surviving member of the first expedition […]

Iraq may serve as cautionary tale for Afghanistan

Iraq may serve as cautionary tale for Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The United States has been funneling tons of weapons into Iraq, including sniper rifles , tank rounds and missiles, but the country’s U.S.-trained military has not been able to dislodge Jihadists who have seized control of territory in parts of western Iraq and held it for much of this year. The United States […]

Japan oil tanker explodes off SW coast; 1 missing

Japan oil tanker explodes off SW coast; 1 missing

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese oil tanker exploded Thursday off the country’s southwest coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing, the coast guard said. Four others were severely injured. Photos and video from the scene showed billowing clouds of black smoke as coast guard vessels sought to douse the fire, […]

Snowden: I was a trained spy, not just a hacker

Snowden: I was a trained spy, not just a hacker

Edward Snowden suggested during an interview that aired on NBC Wednesday night that he believed he did the right thing in making classified U.S. government information available to the news media. “There have been times throughout American history where what is right is not the same as what is legal,” Snowden said during the hourlong […]