Apple launches HomePod as rival to Amazon, Google smart speakers 

After missing the critical holiday shopping season, Apple Inc has jumped into the voice speaker wars with the HomePod smart speaker, a device that will use its Siri voice assistant and compete against offerings from Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google. Apple on Tuesday said it will start taking online orders for its HomePod smart… Read More Apple launches HomePod as rival to Amazon, Google smart speakers 

One dead, several injured in Kentucky high school shooting

One person was killed and multiple others were wounded in a shooting at a high school in western Kentucky on Tuesday, but a suspect was arrested shortly after the violence, state police reported on Twitter. The shooting erupted at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, a town about 130 miles (210 km) northwest of… Read More One dead, several injured in Kentucky high school shooting

Former Chief Justice of Nigeria Dahiru Musdapher passes on 

Eminent jurist and former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Dahiru Musdapher is dead. The former CJN died at a London hospital on monday after a protracted illness. Musdapher was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria on August 27, 2011 and sworn-in by former President, Goodluck Jonathan two days after. He served as Chief… Read More Former Chief Justice of Nigeria Dahiru Musdapher passes on 

Two policemen killed as suspected sea pirates abduct foreign expatriates in Bayelsa 

​Some unknown gunmen have killed two policemen and abducted two foreigners, an American and a Canadian in Bayelsa State. The gunmen suspected to be sea pirates on Monday attacked Ogbia Marine Police Division in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Two police officers were shot dead during the attack which lasted for over three… Read More Two policemen killed as suspected sea pirates abduct foreign expatriates in Bayelsa 

Authorities issue tsunami warnings as magnitude-7.9 earthquake hits Alaska 

A magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit the Gulf of Alaska in the early hours of Tuesday, prompting warnings of a possible tsunami down the west coast of North America. Emergency sirens sounded in Kodiak, a town of 6,100 people on Alaska’s Kodiak Island, one of the closest settlements to the epicenter. “This is a tsunami warning.… Read More Authorities issue tsunami warnings as magnitude-7.9 earthquake hits Alaska 

South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela dies at 78

South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela died on Tuesday, his family announced. He was aged 78. The announcement triggered an outpouring of tributes to his music, his long career and his anti-apartheid activism. “After a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer, he passed peacefully in Johannesburg,” Masekela’s family said in a statement. ​It hailed… Read More South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela dies at 78

One dead, four injured as volcano erupts near ski resort in Japan

A Japanese soldier was killed Tuesday and several other people injured after a volcano erupted near a popular ski resort, sparking an avalanche and leaving scores stranded — including tourists from Britain and Taiwan. Footage broadcast on Japanese television showed thick black smoke interspersed with falling rocks rolling down the snow-covered side of the volcano… Read More One dead, four injured as volcano erupts near ski resort in Japan

U.S. singer Neil Diamond announces tour retirement following Parkinson’s disease diagnosis

U.S. singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, one of pop music’s all-time best-selling artists, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and plans to retire from touring, his official website said on Monday. The onset of the disease has made it difficult for him to travel and perform on a large-scale, a statement on the site said, adding he… Read More U.S. singer Neil Diamond announces tour retirement following Parkinson’s disease diagnosis