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 Asia floods: Millions in India and Bangladesh affected after torrential rains batter region

Millions of people across India and Bangladesh have been affected by raging floods and landslides that left more than 100 people dead and entire communities devastated. The South Asian nations, home to more than 1.3 billion people, have been particularly badly hit by the rains, prompting some of the worst flooding in the region in … 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

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

Iran media: Scores injured in explosion at chemical factory

TEHRAN, Iran — An explosion at a chemical factory in southern Iran injured scores of people, most of them lightly, the country’s state TV reported Tuesday. The report said a leak from an ammonium tank caused the blast on Monday evening in the southern city of Firouzabad in Fars province, located about 770 kilometers (480 … Read more

Italy locates 7 bodies at scorched crash site of helicopter

ROME — Italian rescuers on Saturday located the bodies of seven people, including four Turks and two Lebanese, who died when their helicopter crashed in a heavily forested, mountainous area in north-central Italy during a storm, authorities said. Col. Alfonso Cipriano, who heads an air force rescue coordination unit that led the search, said rescuers … Read more

Report: Helicopter with 7 people on board missing in Italy

Turkish media reports say a helicopter with seven people on board, including four Turkish citizens, has gone missing in northern Italy ANKARA, Turkey– Turkish media reports say a helicopter with seven people on board, including four Turkish citizens, has gone missing in northern Italy. NTV television said Friday the helicopter took off from the city … Read more

Chinese fighter jet crashes into homes, killing 1 on ground

BEIJING — A Chinese air force fighter jet crashed into houses during a training mission in central China, killing one person on the ground and injuring two others, state media said. The reports were unusual because China generally keeps military accidents under wraps or emphasizes the heroic role of the pilot in avoiding casualties on … Read more

10 killed, 50 more injured in train derailment in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran — A passenger train partially derailed in eastern Iran early Wednesday, killing at least 10 passengers and injuring 50 more, some critically, state TV said. The report said the number of casualties could rise. Four of the seven cars in the train derailed in the early morning darkness near the desert city of … Read more