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  • Briton dies after sea snake bite in Australia

    05 October 2018 6:02 AM 50

    A young British man has died after being bitten by a sea snake while working aboard a fishing trawler off Australia's northern coast, authorities said on Friday, in a rare case despite the marine creature's deadly venom. The 23-year-old was bitten as he pulled up a net around noon on Thursday when the vessel was some 70 nautical miles south of Groote

  • Volcano erupts on same Indonesian island as earlier quake

    03 October 2018 7:00 AM 26

    A volcano erupted on Wednesday on the same central Indonesian island as an earlier earthquake and authorities warned planes about volcanic ash in the air. Mount Soputan in North Sulawesi province spewed ash 6 000m into the sky on Wednesday morning. The eruption status was raised from an alert to standby 4km from the summit and up to 6.5km to the west-southwest

  • Parents leave 5-year-old at German airport after holiday

    02 October 2018 6:09 PM 41

    Police in Germany say a couple left their five-year-old daughter behind at the airport after returning from a holiday. Reutlingen police said on Tuesday that officers spotted the child wandering aimlessly and alone around the terminal at nearby Stuttgart Airport late on Monday. The girl was taken to the airport police station. Shortly afterward, her mother

  • Germany: Widow kept husband's body for 18 months

    02 October 2018 10:55 AM 26

    Prosecutors in the northern city of Hamburg say a widow kept her husband's body hidden inside her home for one and a half years after he died because she couldn't bear to part with him. German news agency dpa reported on Monday that police found the man's body inside the couple's apartment last month after being alerted by a building administrator who had become

  • Seoul: North Korea estimated to have 20

    02 October 2018 8:17 AM 47

    A top South Korean official told lawmakers that North Korea is estimated to have up to 60 nuclear weapons, in Seoul's first public comment about the size of the North's secrecy-clouded weapons arsenal. Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon told parliament on Monday the estimates on the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal range from 20 bombs to as many as 60. He was responding

  • Trump says he'd be a 'mess' as a drinker

    02 October 2018 7:26 AM 48

    US President Donald Trump jokes he'd be a "mess" if he indulged in alcoholic beverages. Trump spoke about his drinking habits on Monday at a news conference as he discussed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's comments about drinking beer in high school and college. The president noted that he is not a drinker, saying "I can honestly say I've never

  • WATCH: Here are the top World news stories for today, October 2

    02 October 2018 3:26 AM 27

    Indonesia scrambled on Monday to get help into quake-hit Sulawesi island as survivors streamed away from their ruined homes and accounts of devastation filtered out of remote areas, including the death of 34 children at a Christian camp. US President Donald Trump said on Monday he wants the FBI to conduct a "comprehensive" and quick investigation into sexual

  • String of disasters exacts heavy damage, human toll in Asia

    01 October 2018 8:16 AM 50

    A recent string of natural disasters, the latest a deadly earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, have exacted a severe toll both in economic damage and human lives throughout Asia. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, or UNISDR, says up to 1.6 million people could be affected by the magnitude 7.5 earthquake and the tsunami it created on Friday in a central

  • Yale classmate recalls Kavanaugh as frequent, heavy drinker

    01 October 2018 7:14 AM 42

    A Yale University classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is disputing Kavanaugh's characterisation of his drinking while in college. Charles "Chad" Ludington says in a statement issued on Sunday that Kavanaugh was "a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker". He also says Kavanaugh was often belligerent and aggressive when drunk. The FBI has begun

  • Palestine sues US at international court over Jerusalem embassy

    29 September 2018 2:35 PM 26

    Palestine filed a complaint against the United States with the United Nations top court over Washington's decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In a statement issued on Friday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) said Palestine contends the embassy's relocation is in breach of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic