Pakistan plane carrying aid joins Afghan quake relief effort

ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani military cargo plane carrying relief goods for Afghanistan’s earthquake-affected people landed at the Khost airport Saturday, officials said, as tents, food and medical supplies rolled into the mountainous region. Thousands were left homeless or injured by this week’s powerful earthquake in eastern Afghanistan, which state media said killed 1,150 people. An … Read more

India flies tons of essentials to quake-rocked Afghanistan

DELHI– India sent family tents, blankets and other relief supplies for a team to distribute in eastern Afghan villages where a deadly earthquake collapsed thousands of timber and stone homes to rubble. State media reported that close to 3,000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged, and the death toll rose to 1,150 people with scores … Read more

India sends team to help with deadly Afghanistan earthquake

DELHI– India said it sent a technical team to Kabul to coordinate the delivery of humanitarian assistance after a powerful earthquake in eastern Afghanistan that state media reported killed 1,000 people. India’s External Affairs Ministry said the team has been deployed to its embassy in the Afghan capital. The embassy has been vacant since the … Read more

EXPLAINER: Why Sri Lanka’s economy collapsed and what’s next

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka– Sri Lanka’s prime minister says the island nation’s debt-laden economy has “collapsed” as it runs out of money to pay for food and fuel. Short of cash to pay for imports of such necessities and already defaulting on its debt, it is seeking help from neighboring India and China and from the … Read more

UK to see 2nd national rail strike after talks hit stalemate

LONDON — Britain faces the second of three national railway strikes Thursday after new negotiations between union and employers ended in deadlock. The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union accused the government of “wrecking” Wednesday’s talks and said the 24-hour walkout by 40,000 cleaners, signalers, maintenance workers and station staff would go ahead as planned. The … Read more

South Dakota AG convicted on 2 impeachment charges, removed

PIERRE, SD — The South Dakota Senate on Tuesday convicted Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg of two impeachment charges stemming from a 2020 fatal crash, removing and barring him from future office in a stinging rebuke that showed most senators didn’t believe his account of the crash. Ravnsborg, a first-term Republican who only recently announced he … Read more

Fire rips through 4 Baltimore row homes, leaves 3 hurt

BALTIMORE– A fire tore through four Baltimore row homes early Wednesday, sending three people to a hospital, officials said. The blaze broke out around 4:30 am in the 300 block of East 31st Street, a few blocks from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore City Fire Department spokesperson Blair Adams said. Four homes were on fire and … Read more

6 dead in China as rain triggers landslides, house collapse

In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, water flows out from a gate of the Shuikou Hydropower Station in southeastern China’s Fujian Province, Monday, June 13, 2022. Heavy rain in China has claimed several lives this week and forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people. (Lin Shanchuan/Xinhua via AP)

Satellite spots huge burst of methane from Russian coal mine

BERLIN — A private company that uses satellites to spot sources of methane emissions around the globe said Wednesday that it detected one of the largest artificial releases of the potent greenhouse gas ever seen, coming from a coal mine in Russia earlier this year. Montreal-based GHGSat said one of its satellites, known as ‘Hugo,’ … Read more