Powerful quakes rock Sulawesi in Indonesia, destroying homes

World 09/28/18, 06:48

Powerful earthquakes jolted the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday, destroying houses and killing at least one person. An official said widespread damage was expected and urged people to stay outdoors because of the danger of strong aftershocks.The U.S. Geological Survey said the strongest quake had a magnitude of 7.5 ...

Indonesia earthquake: Massive 7.7 tremor sparks tsunami warnings

World 09/28/18, 06:42

The massive earthquake measuring 7.7 magnitude hit Indonesia today after a 6.1 tremor overnight, triggering a tsunami warning. The huge 7.7 magnitude quake was recorded near the island of Sulawesi, east of Borneo, the US Geological Survey said. An earlier quake destroyed some houses, killing one person and injuring at least 10, authorities ...

Update: Indonesia says Sulawesi quake caused tsunami

World 09/28/18, 06:37

The Latest on a powerful earthquake that rocked central Sulawesi in Indonesia (all times local):8:10 p.mA spokesman for Indonesia's geophysics agency says a powerful Sulawesi earthquake caused a tsunami, apparently after the agency lifted a tsunami warning.Hary Tirto Djatmiko confirmed to The Associated Press that a tsunami occurred. He said ...

Thousands of travelers affected in Europe by Ryanair strike

Europe 09/28/18, 05:50

Thousands of travelers in Europe saw their plans disrupted Friday after airline Ryanair cancelled 190 flights because of strikes by cabin crew in Spain, Belgium, Holland, Portugal, Italy and Germany.A passenger stands in front of Ryanair airline check-in desks during a Ryanair employees strike at the Charleroi airport, outside Brussels, ...

Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Asia & Pacific 09/28/18, 05:33

Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in disputed Kashmir after Indian troops killed a young shepherd who was tending his sheep, officials and residents said.In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, Kashmiri men shout slogans as they carry the body of Mohammad Saleem Malik, a civilian, during his funeral procession ...

Rwanda fee hike to visit gorillas leads to drop in tourists

Africa 09/28/18, 05:26

Gorilla tourism is an important income source for Rwanda, but a recent increase in permit fees for safaris meant a steep decline in visitors.Now fees have been reduced by 30 percent for the low season in the hope that visitors will return.Earlier this year the WWF conservation group said the ...

War-torn South Sudan launches youth rugby league for peace

World 09/28/18, 05:20

Clutching the ball with both hands, Gloria Nene charges past opponents and proudly scores a try. The 11-year-old girl traded in Boro Boro, South Sudan's equivalent of dodgeball, for rugby a few months ago and already has decided she wants to go pro."It's good to play. If you're outside doing ...

Ethiopia charges 5 with terrorism over assassination attempt

World 09/28/18, 05:08

Ethiopia's attorney general on Friday filed terrorism charges against five people accused of trying to "kill the prime minister" at a huge rally in the capital in June, barely two months after the reformist leader took office.The charges say the five acted on the premise that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ...

Airline in miracle lagoon landing has never had fatality

World 09/28/18, 04:57

The plane that crash-landed Friday in a remote Pacific lagoon was operated by Air Niugini, an airline that's hardly a household name but provides crucial links between isolated Melanesian outposts in the Pacific and the rest of the world. So far it appears none of the 47 people on board ...

Macedonia or North Macedonia? State readies for crucial vote

Europe 09/28/18, 04:52

Macedonians are weighing matters of national identity and national interest as they prepare to decide what their homeland will be called.Sunday's referendum asks voters if they support changing the Balkan nation's name from Macedonia to North Macedonia. Greece has agreed to drop longstanding objections to neighboring Macedonia's bids to join ...

Suspects in Dutch extremist plot to appear before judge

Europe 09/28/18, 04:33

Seven men suspected of planning a major extremist attack in the Netherlands are scheduled to appear before an investigating judge, a day after prosecutors said that a huge police operation had thwarted their plot.Some 400 police took part in raids Thursday that led to the arrest of the men aged ...

Powerful storm rolls across south Greece, outages reported

Europe 09/28/18, 04:09

Toppled trees hit power lines and caused outages in parts of Athens as a powerful storm rolls across southern Greece.Schools in the Greek capital and several other parts of the country were closed Friday, and civil protection services were on alert through the weekend. Winds were expected to reach up ...

Germany’s president hopes for thaw in relations with Turkey

Europe 09/28/18, 04:09

Germany's president is entering talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the hope that the state visit leads to a thaw in relations between the two NATO allies.President Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the RND media group Friday that the three-day visit to Germany isn't "an expression of normalization (of relations), ...

Italian stocks plunge on populist government’s plans

Europe 09/28/18, 03:42

Italy's stock market fell sharply Friday after the populist, euroskeptic government announced a sharp public spending increase that will push the budget deficit to 2.4 percent of gross domestic product next year, risking a collision with the European Union.The benchmark FTSE MIB dropped 4.6 percent by Friday afternoon, and helped ...

Iran’s FM calls Netanyahu’s claims at UN an ‘obscene charge’

World 09/28/18, 03:24

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency says the country's foreign minister has denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's allegations against Tehran at the U.N. General Assembly as an "obscene charge."Friday's report also says Mohammad Javad Zarif called Netanyahu a "liar who would not stop lying."Netanyahu on Thursday claimed at the General ...

India’s top court lifts temple’s ban on women who menstruate

World 09/28/18, 02:57

India's Supreme Court on Friday lifted a temple's ban on women of menstruating age, holding that equality is supreme irrespective of age and gender.The historic Sabarimala temple had barred women age 10 to 50 from entering the temple, one of the largest Hindu pilgrimage centers in the world.Some religious figures ...

Pakistan’s Ahmadis fearful as leaders bow to extremists

World 09/28/18, 02:30

Pakistan's embattled Ahmadiyya minority enjoyed a brief moment of hope earlier this month when one of its own, a U.S.-based Princeton economist, was appointed to an economic advisory council.But the backlash from Islamic hard-liners, which led newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan to quickly rescind the appointment under political pressure, ...

Photos from Japanese space rovers show asteroid is … rocky

World 09/28/18, 02:02

New photos taken on the surface of an asteroid show that it is (drumroll, please) ... rocky.It may be no surprise, but Japan space agency scientists and engineers are nonetheless thrilled by the images being sent to Earth by two jumping robotic rovers that they dropped onto an asteroid about ...

Journalists slam pending Bangladesh digital security law

World 09/28/18, 01:56

Journalists and human rights groups are demanding major amendments to a bill recently passed in Bangladesh's Parliament, saying it will further choke constitutionally protected freedom of speech.A powerful body of editors of leading newspapers and TV stations has officially protested the bill, called the Digital Security Act, and plans to ...