May 20, 2018 World News
Sixty-eight percent of the world‘s population will live in urban areas by the year 2050, the United Nation said Wednesday, up from the current 55 percent. The UN report predicted an extra 2.5 billion people living in ever-expanding cities in the next 30 years, with as much as 90 percent of the urban growth centered on Asia and Africa. The boom in city-dwellers will be concentrated in certain countries, with 35 percent of urban expansion occurring in India, China and Nigeria alone between 2018 a
MOUNT OLIVE, New Jersey -- A school bus taking children on a field trip to a historic site collided with a dump truck on Thursday, ripping the bus apart and killing a student and a teacher.The crash left the bus lying on its side on the guardrail of Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, its undercarriage and front end sheared off and its steering wheel exposed. Some of the victims crawled out of the emergency exit in the back and an escape hatch on the roof. More than 40 people were taken to hospitals.F
May 18, 2018World News
Betsy Davis threw herself a party before becoming one of the first people to use a California law allowing her to take her own life in 2016.Her sister and other advocates fear others won't have the same choice after a Riverside County judge threw out the law Tuesday because he said it was unconstitutionally approved by the Legislature.Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia ruled lawmakers illegally passed the law during a special session devoted to other topics, but he gave the state attorney gener
May 16, 2018World News
South Korean capital Seoul has been named the 10th best city in the world for university students, according to a report from the QS Best Student Cities Ranking. London overtook last year’s top-placed city Montreal to rank No. 1. The Canadian city was demoted to fourth, behind Tokyo in second and Melbourne at third. The study builds the rankings based on factors such as the number of top universities in a city, the local jobs market, the diversity of the culture and the quality of life.
May 16, 2018World News
Chinese President Xi Jinping has emerged as the world's most powerful person, according to Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful people. Russian President Vladimir Putin ranked second, while US President Donald Trump was third. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was named the fourth most powerful person as well as the most powerful woman, followed by Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ranked 54th and 36th respectively.
May 14, 2018World News
There is widespread interest about autonomous vehicles in India, Malaysia, China and South Korea, according to a survey by IPSOS in selected countries. The poll results show that 58 percent of global respondents were curious about the technology, but 13 percent swore they would never use it. Thirty percent reported their excitement. India, which records the highest number of road deaths across the globe, has the most people excited about self-driving cars. While 1 in every 10 road deaths is rep
At least two people were killed and 13 others injured in bomb attacks, including a suicide blast, targeting churches in Indonesia's second biggest city Surabaya, police said Sunday, the latest assault on a religious minority in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country."There have been three attacks at three churches," East Java Police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said.The deadly blasts all occurred within 10 minutes of each other, police said, with the first explosion at 7.30 am (0030 GMT).
Can a hamburger or steak be labeled "meat" if it is plant-based? That question has sparked a debate about US food labels as key US cattle industry players have sought to crack down on marketing of proteins made from soy and other plant-based substances. Jessica Almy, policy director of the non-profit Good Food Institute, which promotes meat-alternatives, said labels must state clearly if a product is made from soy or another plant, but they usually make sense in context. "Regardless of
In the upscale Los Angeles community known as the "Black Beverly Hills" where Meghan Markle's mother lives, the neighbors are delighting in the frenzy around the upcoming Royal Wedding. "This has probably been the number one topic for a long time in this neighborhood," Windsor Hills resident Earl Hutchinson, an author specializing in African American rights and history, tells AFP. In this file photo taken on December 01, 201
China's first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier started sea trials on Sunday, state media said, as the country prepares to add a second such warship to its naval fleet.The carrier, known only as "Type 001A", set out for the trials on Sunday morning, according to official news agency Xinhua, while state broadcaster CCTV said the ship left a port in northeastern China around 6.45 am (2245 GMT Saturday).Expected to be commissioned by 2020, the ship will give China a second aircraft carrier
A knifeman shouting "Allahu akbar" was shot dead by police in central Paris late Saturday after he killed one person and injured four, prompting a terror probe.The attack took place near the city's main opera house in an area full of bars, restaurants and theatres which were brimming on a weekend night.French President Emmanuel Macron said: "France once again pays the price of blood."Saturday's assault is the latest to strike a nation rocked by a series of jihadist attacks in the last three year
With Facebook confronting calls to do more to protect user privacy as well as existential questions about its purpose in life, the company naturally used its F8 summit last week as an opportunity to cultivate an image as a less creepy presence in our daily lives.No, wait, never mind: Facebook announced it is launching an online dating service. The creatively named Dating application will let Facebook users create special profiles to employ in their quests for love and romance. Users who opt into
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday he had been formally invited to visit China and would do so at “an appropriate time”, as the regional powers try to warm ties.Chinese premier Li Keqiang is in Tokyo for talks on North Korea and bilateral ties, a month after the two Asian rivals pledged a “new starting point” for relations. (AFP-Yonhap)“As we mark the 40th anniversary of the Japan-China peace and friendship treaty this year, I wish to build a relationship where leaders can easily v
May 9, 2018World News
May 10, 2018World News
Edwin Montoya's family carved their farm on the slopes of the Kilauea volcano out of "raw jungle," transforming it into a fertile collection of gardens, animal pens and fruit trees. Now the property is imperiled by the very land it stands upon. A couple of miles up the hill, lava has destroyed dozens of homes and his daughter's farm is in an evacuation zone. Despite the nearby danger, Montoya plans to stay unless he is forced to leave. "I'm going to go ahead and stick it out," he said. "If
May 9, 2018World News