COSTA RICA, Jan 1: A plane carrying 10 U.S. citizens and two local crewmembers crashed in a wooded area, killing all aboard Sunday, Costa Rica’s government said.

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, Jan 1: Costa Rican investigators are looking into what caused a charter aircraft to crash in woods in the country’s northwest soon after takeoff, killing the 10 U.S. citizens and two local crewmembers on board.

SEOUL, South Korea, Dec 30: North Korea said Saturday that it will never give up its nuclear weapons as long as the United States and its allies continue their "blackmail and war drills" at its doorstep.

Bad to worse: How diplomatic hopes with North Korea plunged

Published On: December 30, 2017 02:09 PM NPT By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, Dec 30:  In the first month of Donald Trump's presidency, an American scholar quietly met with North Korean officials and relayed a message: The new administration in Washington appreciated an extended halt in the North's nuclear and ballistic missile tests. It might just offer a ray of hope.

CAIRO, Dec 30: A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire Friday outside a church in a Cairo suburb and at a nearby store, sparking a shootout that killed at least nine people, including eight Coptic Christians, authorities said. It was the latest attack targeting Egypt’s embattled Christian minority.

Officials: Deadly NYC fire lit by child playing with stove

Published On: December 30, 2017 07:54 AM NPT By: Associated Press

NEW YORK, Dec 30: A preschooler toying with the burners on his mother’s stove accidentally sparked New York City’s deadliest fire in decades, an inferno that quickly overtook an apartment building and blocked the main escape route, the fire commissioner said Friday.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A ban on ivory sales in China, the world's largest importer and end user of elephant tusks, takes effect on Sunday with wildlife activists calling it a vital step to reducing the slaughter of the endangered animals.

New York City fire kills 12, sends residents scrambling

Published On: December 29, 2017 03:54 PM NPT By: Associated Press

NEW YORK, Dec 29:  New York City’s deadliest residential fire in decades spread through every floor of a Bronx apartment building within a matter of minutes, city officials said, killing 12 people and sending other residents scrambling outside into the cold and down fire escapes to safety.

Twelve dead in New York City apartment fire - mayor

Published On: December 29, 2017 10:05 AM NPT By: Reuters

NEW YORK, Dec 29: Twelve people were killed, including an infant, and four were critically injured on Thursday in a fire in an apartment building in New York City’s borough of the Bronx, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Islamic State kills 41 in attack on Afghan cultural center

Published On: December 29, 2017 07:21 AM NPT By: Associated Press

KABUL, Dec 29: An Islamic State suicide bomber struck a Shiite cultural center in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 41 people and underscoring the extremist group’s growing reach in Afghanistan even as its self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria has been dismantled.