Governor Robert Bentley resigned on Monday after pleading guilty to two campaign misdemeanors amid allegations that he misused public resources to pursue an affair with a former aide. He was also accused of intimidating officials in an attempt to cover it up. Public allegations of an affair between Bentley and former senior political adviser Rebekah Caldwell Mason did not break...
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...
IMF
An employee at the Paris offices of the International Monetary Fund suffered injuries to her hands and face after opening a letter which exploded on Thursday, police said. Several people were evacuated from the building near the Arc de Triomphe monument “as a precaution”, a police source said. Although no link has been established at this stage, a Greek far-left group...
4-year-old
Most preschoolers struggle to go to school on their own, let alone trek 5 miles (8 kilometers) of snowfield packed with wolves in subzero temperature in Siberia. However, a four-year-old girl Saglana Salchak in Russia’s Tuva republic did just that last month to fetch help for her grandmother. Her heroic move touched souls around the world, but also raised concern...
bird flu
Japanese authorities on Friday started to slaughter about 288,000 chickens at poultry farms in two prefectures after bird flu was confirmed early The local government confirmed an H5 type of virus in some of the dead birds in genetic testing. In the north-eastern part of Miyagi, about 200 local officials and 180 troops culled about 220,000 chickens at a poultry farm...
Trump
President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, now has an office at the White House, although she will not be a government employee, an administration official told AFP Monday. Since Trump’s inauguration on January 20, his eldest daughter, aged 35, has been seen often in the presidential mansion’s West Wing, the hub of US executive power. On Friday, she attended a round table...
Landslide
The Ethiopian parliament on Tuesday declared a three-day national mourning for 72 citizens who lost their lives after a massive garbage dump landslide on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. Head of Addis Ababa City Administration Communication Affairs Office, Dagmawit Moges, said during the three-day national mourning period, from Wednesday to Friday, the country’s flags will fly at half mast. Moges said...
Cyclone Debbie
A powerful cyclone has hit the north-east Australian coast hard, causing major damage, torrential rain and power cuts to tens of thousands of homes. The BBC reports Cyclone Debbie made landfall between Bowen and Airlie Beach in Queensland as a category four storm, whipping gusts of up to 263km/h (163 mph). It is moving inland as a category three but could...
french
After the scandal that brought out the dirty secrets of most French politicians, and the subsequent declaration of interest by Emmanuel Macron to become the President of France, the man who fell in love and married his high school teacher, has won the French Presidential election. Three projections, issued within minutes of polling stations closing at 8 p.m. (2 p.m....
park
South African rangers and police on Tuesday captured four of five lions that had escaped from the country’s flagship Kruger National Park, the national wildlife parks’ authority said. The big cats had been sighted on Monday at a road crossing in the town of Komatipoort near the Mozambican border. Three of them were eventually spotted outside the park, SAN Parks spokesman...

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