North Korea slams U.S. for supporting Taiwan in nod to ally China

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — North Korea on Saturday accused the Biden administration of raising military tensions with China through its “reckless” backing of Taiwan, and said that the growing U.S. military presence in the region constitutes a potential threat to the North. In comments carried by state media, North Korea Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong … Read more

More clashes as banned TLP continues protest in Pakistan

The group said five supporters died in the clashes while at least two police officials were also killed. Thousands of supporters of the banned far-right Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) have departed the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore, clashing for a second straight day with police who lobbed tear gas shells into the crowd, a party spokesman … Read more

‘I wasn’t sure if I was ready’: Doubts of head armorer, 24, in charge of guns on Alec Baldwin film

The 24-year-old head armorer in charge of guns on Alec Baldwin film where cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was tragically shot and killed on Thursday had admitted she wasn’t sure she was ready for the job in an interview before filming started.  ‘I almost didn’t take the job because I wasn’t sure if I was ready, but … Read more

Trial opens against Italy’s Salvini for blocked migrant ship

Demonstrators show a placard reading “Mr. Salvini is this how you save innocent lives?” as they stage a protest outside Palermo’s court where the trial of Former minister of interior Matteo Salvini has started in Palermo, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Salvini is accused of kidnapping more than one hundred migrants and keeping them for weeks … Read more

What Philly’s ballot question about marijuana decriminalization really means

Philadelphia voters will have four ballot questions to answer during the general election on Nov. 2. One asks whether the city should urge Harrisburg to decriminalize and legalize marijuana. Another proposes a way to streamline civil service hiring decisions. The third would create the Department of Fleet Management to oversee the city’s vehicles, and the … Read more

Salvini due in court for blocking migrant rescue ship

The head of the right-wing Lega party could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty. Italy’s former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is due to stand trial on Saturday in the Sicilian capital Palermo for his role in preventing the Open Arms migrant rescue ship from docking at an Italian port in 2019. … Read more

Howard, AD downplay scuffle: ‘We squashed it’

LOS ANGELES — The Lakers‘ rocky start to the season continued with teammates Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard getting involved in a heated exchange in the first half of Friday’s 115-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns. Amid a 27-11 run by Phoenix to take a 13-point halftime lead, Howard and Davis had to be separated … Read more

Niwa working with Education Ministry to monitor CO2 in classrooms

Air quality experts are working with officials on rolling out carbon dioxide monitoring in classrooms to help counter the threat of Covid-19. Photo: 123rf Many classrooms have poor ventilation and when crowded could cause virus transmission. The Education Ministry’s main advice to schools is to keep their windows open as much as possible to allow … Read more

Covid-19 wrap: Northland and Blenheim cases, and DHB vax data

The first Covid-19 cases in the South Island in almost a year, children test positive in Northland, and data showing how many each DHB have yet to vaccinate. Blenheim’s old railway station: the city is the first place in the South Island where a Covid-19 case has been found in the community in almost a … Read more

T20 World Cup: West Indies on the menu as Super 12 gets under way

Australia v South Africa and West Indies v England to be played on the opening day of the Super 12 round. The Super 12 round of cricket’s T20 World Cup starts in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday with holders West Indies taking on 2016 runners-up England in the evening match after Australia and South … Read more