Dozen tourist buses catch fire in China

Beijing, May 1 (PTI) At least a dozen tourist buses mysteriously caught fire at a parking lot in eastern Beijing, officials said. Beijing fire prevention bureau received a report in the afternoon that several buses were ablaze at a parking lot outside Xiedao Holiday Resort in Chaoyang district. The bureau sent 12 teams of firemen and 50 fire engines to the scene. The flames were extinguished at 2:23 pm (local time) and no casualties were reported, the bureau said...

UNFPA regrets U.S. Decision to withhold funding

Kathmandu, April 4: UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, has said it regrets the decision by the United States (US) to deny any future funding for its life-saving work the world over. This decision is as the UNFPA called based on the erroneous claim that UNFPA “supports, or participates in the management of, a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization'” in China. “The UNFPA refutes this claim, as all of its work promotes the human rights of individuals...

1 dead, 14 injured in shooting incident at Cincinnati nightclub

(CNN): One person was killed and 14 others injured when gunfire broke out at a nightclub in Cincinnati early Sunday, police said. The shooting occurred at Cameo Night Club just after 1 a.m. ET, CNN affiliate WLWT reported. Several people are currently in surgery, Cincinnati Police Sgt. Eric Franz told CNN. Police do not have any suspects in custody, but are interviewing witnesses. While the motive is unclear, there’s no reason to suspect terrorism at this point, Franz said. Assistant...

U.S. Pacific Commander Harris calls on PM Dahal

March 21, 2017: Admiral B. Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM), today has called on Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal at latter’s official residence at Baluwatar. On the occasion, PM Dahal said that US Army’s support to Nepal during aftermath of the April 2015 earthquake was an example of high level partnership. He paid tribute to six US Army personnel who had lost their lives while rescuing quake affected people in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal...

Man droving suspicious car near White House detained

March 19, 2017(AP): A man who drove to a security checkpoint near the White House in a car that was deemed suspicious has been detained by the U.S. Secret Service. The car was stopped Saturday night about a quarter-mile from the White House. The Secret Service says it’s investigating. It hasn’t said what caused the car to be considered suspicious. Republican President Donald Trump wasn’t at the White House because he and his family are spending the weekend at...

Syrian children in state of ‘toxic stress’: Save the Children

March 7, 2017 (BBC): Save the Children reported millions of Syrian children could be living in a state of “toxic stress” due to prolonged exposure to the horrors of war. The damage to an entire generation of children could soon become irreversible without immediate help, it adds. The stress of war has led to increased bedwetting, self-harm, suicide attempts and aggressive behaviour among many children, according to a new report. The findings are based on hundreds of interviews in...

East China storm kills six, at least 20 injured

March 2, 2017: (Xinhua) Six people died and more than 20 were injured after stormy weather hit east China’s Jiangsu Province Wednesday afternoon, local authorities said Thursday. Strong gales swept Wuxi and Yancheng cities, with a maximum speed of 110 km per hour, tearing off roofs and damaging billboards and power facilities, according to the meteorological observatory of Yancheng City. In Wuxi, a pedestrian was hit by a falling billboard and died. Similar gale-triggered accidents left five people dead...

China’s first high level biosafety lab ready for service

March 1, 2017: China’s first high level biosafety laboratory has been accredited and will be formally putinto service, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said on 23rd February. The lab willenable Chinese scientists to research live Ebola virus and other highly contagious andinfectious diseases. The authorization certificate was issued by the China National Accreditation Service forConformity Assessment, according to CAS. The lab is based in Wuhan, capital city of Central China’s Hubei Province, and will be usedto study class...

UN documents nearly 1,500 child soldiers in Yemen

Feb 28, 2017 (AFP) – Nearly 1,500 children have been recruited by Yemen’s warring parties, mostly the Shiite Huthi rebels, since March 2015, the UN said on Tuesday. The UN has verified the recruitment of 1,476 children, all boys, between 26 March 2015 and 31 January 2017, said a statement by the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani. “The numbers are likely to be much higher as most families are not willing to talk...

SpaceX to fly two space tourists around the moon in 2018

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced Monday afternoon that the space tourists had already placed a significant deposit for the trip. The travelers will undergo fitness tests and begin training later this year. “Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration,” SpaceX said in a blog post. For takeoff, SpaceX will use the same launch pad near Cape Canaveral, Florida,...

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