headphone
Australian authorities have warned about the dangers of using battery-powered devices on flights after a woman’s headphones caught fire. The woman was dozing on a flight from Beijing to Melbourne when she was woken by the sound of an explosion. She tore the headphones off to find them sparking, catching fire and beginning to melt. The explosion and fire left her with...
Shangai
A Zhangzhou Intermediate People’s Court on Friday sentenced former Vice Mayor of Shanghai Ai Baojun to 17 years in prison for bribery and embezzlement of public funds. The court in Fujian said personal assets worth 841,421 dollars which was held by has been re confiscated. The court ruled that his illicit gains through bribe-taking shall be turned over to the state...
Egypt
The Ministry of Health on Monday said that no fewer than 44 people were killed in bomb attacks on the symbolic cathedral seat of the Coptic Pope and another church on Palm Sunday. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, which also injured more than 100 people and occurred a week before Coptic Easter, with Pope Francis scheduled to visit...
India
At least 25 people have died and dozens more are injured after a wall collapsed at a wedding in India. The wedding guests were in the midst of the celebrations, having dinner and mingling on the outdoor lawns when a strong dust storm blew into the area on Wednesday night. This forced the guests outside to go back indoors. Soon...
Theresa May
Prime Minister Theresa May is to officially notify the European Union next Wednesday, March 29 that the UK is leaving. Downing Street said she would write a letter to the EU’s 27 other members, adding that it expected negotiations to then begin as quickly as possible. The move comes nine months after people voted 51.9% to 48.1% in a referendum. Talks on...
President Mugabe
An American woman Martha O’Donovan, appeared in court on Saturday after she was charged with subversion in Zimbabwe, for allegedly describing President Mugabe on Twitter as a “sick man”. But a lawyer for 25-year-old O’Donovan, Rose Hanzi, told the court that the arrest was illegal because police did not explain the reasons for her client’s arrest when she was taken...
Pakistan
A Bangladeshi court on Wednesday sentenced two men to death for crimes committed during the country’s 1971 war of independence with Pakistan, officials said. The Special War Crimes Tribunal handed down the penalty to Moslem Prodhan, 66, and Syed Mohammad Hossain, 64, for killings and atrocities carried out on civilians during the nine-month war. Prosecution lawyer Tureen Afroz said six charges,...
US
The US is banning electronic devices such as laptops and tablets from cabin baggage on flights from eight Middle Eastern and North African countries. A US government source told the BBC that the measure would affect nine airlines operating out of 10 airports. US media reported the order was sparked by intelligence gathered overseas. It will reportedly include all large electronic devices...
Osama bin Laden’s son reportedly seeks to avenge his father’s death and is poised to become the new leader of Al Qaeda. Personal letters seized in the raid that killed bin Laden show that his son, Hamza, is set on avenging his father’s death, Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent, told CBS News in an interview that will air Sunday. “He...
Hurricane Harvey
The first fatality from Hurricane Harvey was reported in the hard-hit Texas city of Rockport, Arkansas County Judge Burt Mills said Saturday afternoon. The victim died in a house fire during the storm. “We didn’t know about it until today,” he said. At least 12 people were injured. Texans who rode out the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States...

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