Seven killed as military vehicle explodes in southeast Colombia

Published On: February 18, 2020 06:55 PM NPT By: Reuters

BOGOTA, Feb 18: Seven people were killed and 11 more injured when a military vehicle exploded while travelling down a highway in southeast Colombia, in a key drug-trafficking region where illegal armed groups vie for control, a high-ranking military official said on Tuesday.

Quarantine on cruise ship in Japan comes under question

Published On: February 18, 2020 06:25 PM NPT By: Associated Press

TOKYO, Feb 18: An extraordinary two-week quarantine of the Diamond Princess cruise ship ends Wednesday, with thousands of passengers and crew set to disembark over the next several days in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo.

HSBC cuts headcount by 35,000 in deep overhaul

Published On: February 18, 2020 06:03 PM NPT By: Associated Press

LONDON, Feb 18: HSBC will shed some 35,000 jobs as part of a deep overhaul to focus on faster-growing markets in Asia and as it tries to cope with a slew of global uncertainties, from Brexit to the trade wars to the new coronavirus.

Iran's Khamenei calls for high turnout in parliamentary election

Published On: February 18, 2020 05:08 PM NPT By: Reuters

DUBAI, Feb 18: A high turnout in a parliamentary election will display unity in Iran against “enemies”, the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted on Tuesday, days before the vote seen as a referendum on the clerical establishment’s popularity.

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Feb 18: The head of a leading hospital in China’s central city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, died of the disease on Tuesday as Apple Inc warned its sales would suffer because of the epidemic, casting a chill on global stock markets.

Disgraced religious order tried to get abuse victim to lie

Published On: February 18, 2020 03:45 PM NPT By: Associated Press

MILAN, Feb 18: The cardinal’s response was not what Yolanda Martínez had expected or could abide.

TAIPEI, Feb 18: Taiwan urged the World Health Organization on Tuesday not to be “kidnapped” by China, as more countries put travel curbs on its citizens because the health agency groups the island’s coronavirus cases with China in the battle on the outbreak.

TOKYO, Feb 18: Japan plans to trial HIV medications to treat patients infected with coronavirus as its growing number of cases poses an increasing threat to the economy and public health, the government’s top spokesman said on Tuesday.

EASTHAM, MASS, Feb 18:  The notorious crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger terrorized Boston from the 1970s into the 1990s with a campaign of murder, extortion, and drug trafficking, then spent 16 years on the lam after he was tipped to his pending arrest.

Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy due to sex-abuse lawsuits

Published On: February 18, 2020 12:38 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Feb 18: Barraged by hundreds of sex-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the hallowed, 110-year-old organization to carry on.