North Korea fires two cruise missiles, South Korea says

The launch is being analyzed by the intelligence authorities of South Korea and the United States. It comes as North Korea has ramped up its missile tests this month, saying it will bolster its defenses against the US and evaluate “restarting all temporally suspended activities,” according to state media KCNA. If confirmed as a test,… Continue reading North Korea fires two cruise missiles, South Korea says

Indonesia karaoke bar brawl and fire: At least 19 killed in West Papua blaze

One person was fatally stabbed in the fight early on Tuesday before the venue was set on fire with 18 people trapped inside, a police official said. “Fights among youths in cities are normal, but that it has caused so many deaths, that is a first,” Adam Erwini, a spokesman for West Papua police, told… Continue reading Indonesia karaoke bar brawl and fire: At least 19 killed in West Papua blaze

Tonga volcano eruption ‘hundreds of times’ more powerful than Hiroshima atomic bomb, NASA says

Jim Garvin, chief scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said the eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano on January 15 released “hundreds of times the equivalent mechanical energy of the Hiroshima nuclear explosion,” referring to one of two atomic bombs dropped by the United States on Japan during World War II. “This is a preliminary… Continue reading Tonga volcano eruption ‘hundreds of times’ more powerful than Hiroshima atomic bomb, NASA says

Pakistan appoints Justice Ayesha Malik as first female Supreme Court judge

Justice Ayesha Malik, 55, had been selected by a commission that decides on the promotion of judges. As is typical for Supreme Court judges, she was sworn in on live TV, with her oath administered by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmad. “I congratulate Justice Ayesha Malik for becoming the first female judge of the Supreme Court,”… Continue reading Pakistan appoints Justice Ayesha Malik as first female Supreme Court judge

Chinese warplanes fly near Taiwan after US-Japan show of naval might

The flights by the People’s Liberation Army aircraft came a day after the United States and Japanese navies put on a massive show of force in the Philippine Sea, putting together a flotilla that included two US Navy aircraft carriers, two US amphibious assault ships and a Japanese helicopter destroyer, essentially a small aircraft carrier.… Continue reading Chinese warplanes fly near Taiwan after US-Japan show of naval might

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern cancels wedding plans due to Omicron surge

Speaking at a regular Covid-19 news conference, Ardern said health authorities have reported nine Omicron cases in Motueka in a single-family household. The family traveled to Auckland to attend a wedding, a funeral, an amusement park, and a tourist attraction last weekend, prompting the country to move to the highest “red light” setting. Ardern told… Continue reading New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern cancels wedding plans due to Omicron surge

Death of horse tripped while filming stunt for South Korean drama prompts outcry

The horse fell on November 2 while filming a scene for period drama “The King of Tears, Lee Bang-won,” Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) said in a statement Thursday. The statement said the stunt required an actor riding the horse to fall off and the production team had “prepared and checked … in case of an… Continue reading Death of horse tripped while filming stunt for South Korean drama prompts outcry

Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh dead

The monastic organization that he founded, Plum Village, announced the news on their website. Plum Village said Thich Nhat Hanh passed away “peacefully” on Saturday morning local time. “Thay [Thich Nhat Hanh] has been the most extraordinary teacher, whose peace, tender compassion, and bright wisdom has touched the lives of millions,” the Plum Village statement… Continue reading Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh dead

Tonga’s ‘Aquaman’ survives 27 hours at sea after tsunami

“On the eighth time I thought, the next time I go underwater that’s it, because my arms were the only things that were keeping me above water,” Lisala Folau, who is disabled and cannot walk properly, told Reuters from Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa. “So the ninth time I went under and came up and grabbed a… Continue reading Tonga’s ‘Aquaman’ survives 27 hours at sea after tsunami

South China Sea: US Navy warship USS Benfold challenges Chinese territorial claims

The USS Benfold sailed around the Paracel Islands, known as the Xisha Islands in China, in what the Navy calls a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP), Lt. Mark Langford, spokesperson for the US 7th Fleet, said in the statement. The Paracels are a collection of 130 small coral islands and reefs in the northwestern part… Continue reading South China Sea: US Navy warship USS Benfold challenges Chinese territorial claims