Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn swears in new cabinet

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn swore in a new cabinet on Wednesday, calling for “order and peace” but without mentioning recent anti-government student protests that have urged reforms of the powerful monarchy. The ceremony marked the king’s first public appearance since the nearly unprecedented calls in two student-led protests for curbing the new powers King Vajiralongkorn… Read More Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn swears in new cabinet

Mexico’s President Lopez Obrador says two ex-presidents should testify in graft case

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday said two former presidents should have to testify about corruption after a former head of state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) accused former officials of involvement in bribes. Former Pemex Chief Executive Emilio Lozoya on Tuesday filed a complaint saying former President Enrique Pena Nieto and his… Read More Mexico’s President Lopez Obrador says two ex-presidents should testify in graft case

U.S. billionaire Sumner Redstone dies at 97

Viacom and CBS Chairman Emeritus Sumner Redstone, the media mogul who took his father’s movie theater chain and built it into an empire that included Paramount Pictures, CBS and MTV, has died at 97, ViacomCBS and National Amusements said on Wednesday. Redstone, as executive chairman of both Viacom Inc and CBS Corp, had controlled the… Read More U.S. billionaire Sumner Redstone dies at 97

Oil spillage spread killing sea life around Mauritius

Mauritian volunteers fished dead eels from oily waters on Tuesday as they tried to clean up damage to the Indian Ocean island’s most pristine beaches after a Japanese bulk carrier leaked an estimated 1,000 tonnes of oil. The ship, MV Wakashio, owned by Nagashiki Shipping and operated by Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd, struck a coral… Read More Oil spillage spread killing sea life around Mauritius

Three dead, several injured following train derailment in Scotland

A train derailed in eastern Scotland on Wednesday, killing three people according to PA Media news agency, in what Scottish premier Nicola Sturgeon described as an extremely serious incident. There was no official confirmation of casualties, with Sturgeon saying she had received reports of serious injuries. Dark smoke billowed from a woodland area at the… Read More Three dead, several injured following train derailment in Scotland

Three dead following clashes between Muslims, police over offensive Facebook post

At least three people died in clashes with police in the Indian city of Bengaluru overnight after a Facebook post offensive to Muslims sparked protests in which a police station was attacked, and a politician’s house and vehicles were torched. Unable to quell protesters using batons and tear gas, besieged officers opened fire as they… Read More Three dead following clashes between Muslims, police over offensive Facebook post

Google launches earthquake sensor feature in Android phones

Alphabet Inc’s Google’s Android phones on Tuesday started detecting earthquakes around the world to provide data that could eventually give billions of users precious seconds of warning of a tremor nearby, with an alerting feature first rolling out in California. Japan, Mexico and California already use land-based sensors to generate warnings, aiming to cut injuries… Read More Google launches earthquake sensor feature in Android phones

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe biden picks Senator Kamala Harris as running mate

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday picked Senator Kamala Harris as his choice for vice president, making her the first Black woman on a major-party U.S. presidential ticket and giving him a partner well prepared to go on the attack against Republican President Donald Trump. With social unrest over racial injustice rocking the country… Read More U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe biden picks Senator Kamala Harris as running mate