At least 32 dead in Ethiopia landslides: official

At least 32 dead in Ethiopia landslides: official
Landslides caused by heavy rain killed at least 32 people in southern Ethiopia over the weekend, the government said on Monday. The Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) said nine people died in the Gamo Gofa zone, with 17 injured. The state-affiliated Fana Broadcast Corporate on Sunday reported that 23 people were killed in a landslide ...

Mother of ‘nut rage’ Korean Air heiress questioned

Mother of ‘nut rage’ Korean Air heiress questioned
The scandal engulfing the Korean Air dynasty widened Monday as 69-year-old matriarch Lee Myung-hee faced police questioning over allegations she assaulted employees including household staff and construction workers renovating her home.Lee's two daughters, who held management positions at South Korea's top carrier, became viral sensations for their...

Italian president’s powers limited but key in a crisis

Italian president’s powers limited but key in a crisis
The president of Italy, an institutionally respected figure, has limited powers but ones which have often proved crucial during political crises.The current President Sergio Mattarella refused to appoint a eurosceptic finance minister, even though he was the choice of the prime minister-designate and had the backing of the majority of parliamentari...

Iranian FM to visit India for talks on ties

Iranian FM to visit India for talks on ties
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will embark on a visit to India on Sunday for talks on bilateral ties, official IRNA news agency reported. Zarif will head a political and economic delegation seeking to expand comprehensive ties between the two countries, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi told IRNA. During the stay in ...

Death toll from Sri Lanka’s monsoon rains rises to 23

Death toll from Sri Lanka’s monsoon rains rises to 23
Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center (DMC) said on Monday that the death toll from Sri Lanka's monsoon rains had risen to 23, while75,000 people have been evacuated and relocated to safer shelters.DMC Spokesperson Pradeep Kodippili said out of the 23 killed, five had died after being struck by lightning while there were some deaths also reported ...

Egyptian court orders temporary ban on YouTube

Egyptian court orders temporary ban on YouTube
An Egyptian high court has approved a month ban on video-sharing site YouTube on Saturday, over a video that is believed to denigrate the Prophet Mohammad.The ruling is considered final and cannot be appealed.Mohamed Hamid Salem, an Egyptian lawyer filed a lawsuit against YouTube for publishing the low-budget 13-minute video. The video, which wa...

Myanmar receives back first 62 returnees from Bangladesh: gov’t

Myanmar receives back first 62 returnees from Bangladesh: gov’t
Myanmar has received first 62 returnees through Nga Khu Ya reception camp in Rakhine state, who had fled to Bangladesh due to the Rakhine conflict, according to a statement from the State Counselor's Office Sunday.The returnees include 58 persons pardoned by the President and four lifted from prosecution. They had first returned by their own arr...

Erdogan congratulates Maduro after controversial election win

Erdogan congratulates Maduro after controversial election win
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has congratulated his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro on winning a new term in office, the Turkish presidency said Wednesday, after an election widely condemned by the international community.Erdogan, along with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is among very few prominent world leaders to have congratu...

Palestinian president takes medical tests, third time in one week

Palestinian president takes medical tests, third time in one week
RAMALLA / Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been taken to a hospital in Ramallah for medical tests for the third time this week, said local press sources on Sunday. According to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA, Abbas's test results came out very good and the 82-year-old president's health is in good condition. Abbas had an e...

Six bodies recovered after east China ship sinking

Six bodies recovered after east China ship sinking
Rescuers have found the bodies of six people who went missing after a ship sank in waters off Fujian Province on May 16, authorities said Sunday.Early Wednesday morning, a cargo ship with 11 crew members on board sank off the coast of Tangyu Island, near Fuzhou. Five people were rescued, the other six were missing. As of 9 p.m. Saturday, res...