Ten good things about Cape Town’s drought

Published On: February 5, 2018 12:19 PM NPT By: Agencies

It might not seem like it right now, but the drought that has hit Cape Town and surrounding areas‚ officially the worst in recorded history‚ has done us all some good.

CAYCE, S.C. Feb 5: An Amtrak passenger train slammed into a parked freight train in the early-morning darkness Sunday after a thrown switch sent it hurtling down a side track, authorities said. Two Amtrak crew members were killed, and more than 100 people were injured.

Kim Jong Un's secret profit center in Africa revealed

Published On: February 4, 2018 04:48 PM NPT By: Agencies

North Korea, Feb 4: On the surface, there is nothing remarkable about this sleepy fishing port in Maputo. But hidden from view, wedged between the other boats and ships docked there, are the rusty Susan 1 and Susan 2. These are not ordinary fishing vessels, but sanctions-busting trawlers manned by crews from North Korea.

Police: 5-year-old girl burned in voodoo ritual; 2 charged

Published On: February 4, 2018 08:46 AM NPT By: Associated Press

EAST BRIDGEWATER, Feb 4: Two sisters tied down and burned a 5-year-old girl, permanently disfiguring her, in a voodoo ritual meant to rid her of a demon causing her to misbehave, police said. The women also threatened to cut off the head of the girl’s 8-year-old brother with a machete, authorities said.

Police: Extreme-right gunman shoots 6 Africans in Italy

Published On: February 4, 2018 08:26 AM NPT By: Associated Press

MILAN, Feb 4: An Italian gunman with extreme right-wing sympathies shot and wounded six African immigrants Saturday in a two-hour drive-by shooting spree, authorities said, terrorizing a small Italian city where a Nigerian man had been arrested days earlier in a teenager’s gruesome killing.

BEIRUT, Feb 4: Turkey said eight of its troops were killed Saturday in Ankara’s military operation against a Syrian Kurdish militia, the deadliest day in the two-week-old offensive in the enclave of Afrin, while in another part of Syria, al-Qaida-linked militants downed a Russian fighter jet, then shot and killed the pilot.

UN: Saudi-led coalition killed 68 children in Yemen

Published On: February 3, 2018 04:35 PM NPT By: Agencies

YEMEN, Feb 3: According to a confidential document obtained by al-Jazeera news broadcaster, the Saudi-led military coalition killed 68 children and wounded 36 others in war-torn Yemen from July to September 2017.

GENEVA (AP), Feb 2:  About 90 people are feared drowned after a smuggler’s boat carrying mostly Pakistani migrants capsized off Libya’s coast early Friday, the U.N.’s migration agency said.

Maldives Supreme court orders release of key political prisoners

Published On: February 2, 2018 05:35 PM NPT By: Reuters

MALDIVES, Feb 2: The Supreme Court of the Maldives on Thursday ordered the immediate release of political prisoners including former president Mohamed Nasheed.

WASHINGTON, Feb 2: The United States is set to announce an arms embargo against South Sudan on Friday, three sources familiar with the decision told Reuters, stepping up pressure against President Salva Kiir to end the country’s civil war and humanitarian crisis.