High levels of a hazardous substance called strontium-90 have been found in groundwater at the devastated Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan, the utility that operates the facility said yesterday.
Strontium-90 is a by-product of the fission of uranium and plutonium in nuclear reactors, asFULL STORY
A North Korean envoy held talks with Chinese officials yesterday that experts said were unlikely to yield concessions from Pyongyang on its nuclear program, but were more aimed at repairing ties with Beijing.
North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan, who has represented Pyongyang atFULL STORY
Military helicopters yesterday carried out emergency food drops for thousands of people stranded by flash flooding from early monsoon rains, which have killed at least 120 in northern India, officials said.
The states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh have witnessed torrential rains at least three timesFULL STORY
Hong Kong can showcase its democratic pedigree by its handling of the Edward Snowden case, Chinese state media said yesterday, in comments appearing to distance Beijing from any decision on his possible extradition.
The semi-autonomous territory — which has a separate legal system from mainland ChinaFULL STORY
The Philippines has deployed a fresh batch of marines and supplies to a shoal in the disputed South China Sea, where a Chinese warship and surveillance vessels appeared last month and triggered a new standoff in the strategic waters, Philippine Secretary of Defense Voltaire GazminFULL STORY
G8 leaders on Tuesday called for a peace conference on Syria to be held as soon as possible, but deep divisions remained as Russia stood by its embattled Middle East ally.
At the end of two days of tough talks in Northern Ireland, the leaders agreedFULL STORY
Tens of thousands of Brazilians again flooded the streets of the country’s biggest city to raise a collective cry against a longstanding lament — people are weighed down by high taxes and high prices but get low-quality public services and a system of government infectedFULL STORY
War and other crises drove one person from their home every 4.1 seconds last year, the UN’s refugee agency said yesterday, pushing the number of people forcibly displaced to a two-decade high of 45.2 million.
All told, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) annual figuresFULL STORY
Militants detonated multiple bomb blasts and breached the main UN compound in Mogadishu yesterday, sparking gunbattles with security forces that killed at least 12 people.
UN personnel who reached the compound’s secure bunker all survived, though officials hinted not all reached that bunker.
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Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum resigned on Tuesday, a day after he was charged with fraud and corruption in the latest major Canadian municipal scandal.
“I am going to put my energies into my defense and into my family,” said Applebaum, who had promised to clean upFULL STORY
Suicide blast kills 34
The death toll from a suicide attack at a funeral rose to 34 yesterday after seven victims died overnight in hospital, police said. “The death toll has risen to 34. Seven more critically injured have died in hospital,” police official Tahir AyubFULL STORY