India rescues 81 Rohingya on drifting boat, 8 dead, one missing

India’s coastguard finds 81 survivors and eight dead on a boat crammed with Rohingya refugees adrift in the Andaman Sea. India’s coastguard has found 81 survivors and eight dead on a boat crammed with Rohingya refugees adrift in the Andaman Sea, an Indian foreign ministry official said. The official on Friday added that the survivors […]

Michael Somare, PNG’s ‘father of the nation’, dead at 84

Pacific island nation’s four-time prime minister, who led the independence from Australia, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February. Papua New Guinea’s first Prime Minister Michael Somare has died aged 84, his daughter announced on Friday. Known as the “father of the nation”, Somare led the Pacific archipelago to independence from Australia in 1975 and […]

Former U.S. Gymnastics Coach Is Dead After Human Trafficking Charges

The former U.S. Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert died by suicide on Thursday, according to a spokeswoman for the Michigan attorney general’s office, shortly after he was charged with human trafficking, criminal sexual conduct and other crimes. Mr. Geddert, who owned a gym where athletes said they were sexually assaulted by the former team doctor […]

Two dead, hundreds arrested in Niger’s post-election violence

Violence erupted after electoral commission declared former interior minister Mohamed Bazoum victor in Sunday’s runoff vote. At least two people have been killed and hundreds arrested in Niger’s post-election violence. Violence erupted on Tuesday after the electoral commission declared former interior minister Mohamed Bazoum victor in Sunday’s runoff vote with 55.75 percent, while opposition candidate […]

In Pictures: Ecuador prison riots leave dozens dead

Ecuador on Wednesday raised the death toll from riots in four jails to 79, including 18 prisoners who were found dismembered at one site, one of the bloodiest outbreaks of prison violence in the country’s history. But even as authorities said they had regained control following the initial riots, the head of Ecuador’s national police […]

Two dead in shootout between Philippine police, narcotics agents

Two Philippine police officers were killed and one injured in an attack with a narcotics enforcement squad, following a bungled entrapment operation outside a busy shopping mall in Metro Manila, raising more questions over the continuing deadly drug war of President Rodrigo Duterte. The attack on Wednesday evening also injured three agents of the Philippine […]

More than 50 dead and dozens injured in prison riots in Ecuador

Officials said gun and knife battles between rival gangs erupted on Monday night in three different prisons in the country. Prisons in Ecuador were on high alert after more than 50 people were killed and dozens of others injured in three prison riots, police said on Tuesday. According to authorities, riots erupted in prisons located […]

Is Algeria’s Hirak dead?

The Hirak, the peaceful uprising that led to the fall of former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, is celebrating its second anniversary. In February 2019, hundreds of thousands of Algerians took to the streets to protest against the upcoming presidential election, which they anticipated would be rigged. Bouteflika was forced to resign, but for most protesters, […]

Four Pakistani female aid workers shot dead by assailants

At least four female development workers killed after unidentified assailants fired at their vehicle in restive North Waziristan, police official says. Islamabad, Pakistan – At least four female development workers have been killed in a targeted attack in the northwestern Pakistani district of North Waziristan, police say, the latest attack in an escalation of violence […]

US: Three dead in New Orleans gun store shooting

A man opened fire in a gun store, killing two people, before he was shot dead as customers and staff fired back. A man who entered a gun shop in a suburb of the US city of New Orleans and fatally shot two people has died after customers and staff opened fire on him in […]

‘They are no more’: Three missing K2 climbers declared dead

Thursday’s announcement brings closure to a dramatic tragedy on one of the most dangerous mountains to climb in the world. Three mountaineers who went missing in Pakistan earlier this month while attempting to scale the world’s second-highest mountain, K2, are now considered dead, according to Pakistani officials. Thursday’s announcement brings closure to a dramatic tragedy […]

37 dead after after bus plunges into canal in central India

Police say at least 37 passengers killed after a bus fell off a bridge into a canal in Madhya Pradesh state. At least 37 passengers have been killed after a bus fell off a bridge into a canal in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, police told AFP news agency. “We have so far […]

In Pictures: Russia and France bury their dead 200 years later

The remains of French and Russian soldiers who died during Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow in 1812 were laid to rest with military honours in a rare moment of unity between the two countries. Officials gathered with descendants of 19th-century Russian and French military leaders at a windswept ceremony on Saturday in the western Russian town […]

Homeless Man Arrested in Subway Stabbings That Left 2 Dead, 2 Wounded

The Police Department’s move to send 500 more officers to patrol the subways was criticized by activists who say the police are ill-equipped to deal with people who are homeless or mentally ill. But Tony Utano, the president of Transport Workers Union Local 100, welcomed the additional officers, pointing to a rise in violence against […]

At least five dead in massive Texas crash after icy storm

Huge winter storm blankets United States south in snow and ice, causing fatal crashes and emergency declarations. At least five people were killed Thursday in a massive crash involving 75 to 100 vehicles on an icy Texas interstate, police said, as a winter storm dropped freezing rain, sleet and snow on a large section of […]

Joe Allen, Theater District Restaurateur, Is Dead at 87

“Joe Allen was right for the spirit of what theater people want — a glass of wine, a hamburger,” Mimi Sheraton, a former restaurant critic for The New York Times, said in an interview. “It was that straightforward food. The atmosphere was very relaxing, it was not much on décor, the food wasn’t too expensive.” […]

18 dead, more than 200 missing in India’s Himalayan glacier disaster

Indian rescuers are searching for more than 200 people missing in the Himalayas, including some trapped in a tunnel, after part of a glacier broke away, sending a torrent of water, rock and dust down a mountain valley. Sunday’s violent surge below Nanda Devi, India’s second-highest peak, swept away the small Rishiganga hydroelectric project and […]

K2 climbers in Pakistan feared dead days after they went missing

It was the group’s second attempt at climbing K2 this winter, a season that has already seen three other climbers die in the area. Pakistani military helicopters continue to search for three missing climbers on the world’s second-highest mountain K2, as hopes for their survival fade rapidly. Muhammad Ali Sadpara, 45, of Pakistan, John Snorri, […]

Himalayan glacier bursts in India; dozens feared dead

DEVELOPING STORY Footage from local TV channels shows water gushing towards a dam in the state of Uttarakhand, washing away parts of it. Dozens of people are feared dead in India after a Himalayan glacier broke apart and crashed into a hydroelectric dam with people hurriedly being evacuated amid rising water levels on a nearby […]

Lebanese anti-Hezbollah activist found dead in his car

Lokman Slim, known for his opposition to the Shia movement, has been found dead in his car in the country’s south, officials say. A prominent Lebanese activist known for his opposition to Hezbollah has been found dead in his car in the country’s south, security officials and local media said. Lokman Slim had not been […]

Hal Holbrook, Actor Who Channeled Mark Twain, Is Dead at 95

Hal Holbrook, who carved out a substantial acting career in television and film but who achieved his widest acclaim onstage, embodying Mark Twain in all his craggy splendor and vinegary wit in a one-man show seen around the world, died on Jan. 23 at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 95. His death […]

Hundreds of pelicans found dead in Senegal World Heritage site

At least 750 pelicans found dead in Djoudj bird sanctuary near border with Mauritania, Senegal’s parks director says. Some 750 pelicans have been found dead in a UNESCO World Heritage site in northern Senegal that provides refuge for millions of migratory birds, the country’s parks director said. Rangers found the pelicans on January 23 in […]

Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian teen in occupied West Bank

Atallah Rayyan, 17, was fatally shot at a military post near a Jewish settlement after he allegedly tried to attack Israeli soldiers. Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian teen near the Jewish settlement of Ariel in the occupied West Bank. According to an Israeli military statement on Tuesday, Atallah Rayyan, 17, tried to carry […]