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Over 30K stranded in Japan due to heavy snow

TOKYO — The heavy snowfall in Japan had resulted in cancellation and delay of dozens of flights that affected over 32,000 people, the Aviation Wire flights monitor said on Tuesday. According to the Aviation Wire, the Japan Airlines alone cancelled 124 domestic and 20 international flights on Monday, changing the plans of about 18,500 people. …

Hundreds of families affected by powerful quake in Peru

MEXICO CITY — More than 100 people have been injured as a powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Peru, the country’s National Emergency Operations Center (COEN) said in a statement Monday, citing Peru’s National Institute for Civil Defense. “The number of injured increased to 104, (with) 780 families and the same number of houses …

UN chief welcomes reopening of intra-Korean communication channel

WASHINGTON — The UN Secretary-General welcomes the reopening of dialogue between North Korea and South Korea, United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said in a statement on Wednesday. “It’s always a positive development to have dialogue between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea,” Haq said. “In that context the secretary-general welcomes …

Usain Bolt suffers injury in final career race August 13, 2017, 2:06 pm Share

LONDON, Aug. 13 — Prominent Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt suffered injury and failed to finish the final race in his career, the 4 x 100 meters relay at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in Athletics held in London. Bolt said before the race, that he had been feeling pain. The sprinter pulled up and fell to the ground at the final leg of the relay carried out late …

US Vice President Pence begins Central, South American trip

MOSCOW, Aug. 13 — US Vice President Mike Pence starts his trip to Central and South America on Sunday. According to the White House, Pence will travel to Cartagena and Bogota in Colombia, Buenos Aires in Argentina, Santiago in Chile and Panama City in Panama, completing the trip on Friday, August 18. “At President [Donald] Trump’s direction, and in a sign of the high importance, …

Daesh, Taliban terrorists execute 40 hostages in Afghanistan

KABUL, Aug. 6 — Daesh and Taliban terrorists executed up to 40 hostages in the northern Afghan province of Sare Pol, Zabihullah Amani, a spokesman for the governor of the province told Sputnik on Sunday. “Daesh and Taliban terrorists committed a horrible massacre after capturing the Mirza Olang area. According to first reports, some 30 …

N. Korea slams new US travel ban for Pyongyang

MOSCOW, Aug. 4 — The North Korean Foreign Ministry criticized Friday a new ban preventing US citizens from traveling to North Korea and accused Washington of a “hostile policy” toward Pyongyang. “The move is a dirty scheme aimed at limiting human exchanges to prevent US citizens from seeing North Korea as it is and a …

Economic consequences of Brexit-related uncertainties start to build

MOSCOW, Aug 4 — Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney said that the consequences of uncertainties regarding Brexit are becoming apparent as lacking clarity of future relations with the European Union is having impact on some companies’ decisions to enter new markets or make investments. The consequences of uncertainties regarding Brexit are becoming …

Stoltenberg condemns deadly attack on NATO convoy in Afghanistan

MOSCOW, Aug. 3 — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg condemned on Thursday the attack on a NATO convoy in Afghanistan which claimed lives of two US soldiers. “I strongly condemn yesterday’s attack on a NATO convoy in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan, which left two US soldiers dead and four more wounded … This cowardly …

Brazilian president vows reforms after surviving bribery charge vote

MEXICO CITY, Aug. 3 — Brazilian President Michel Temer praised the lower house of parliament on Wednesday for rejecting a bribery charge against him, saying he would use his time in office to deliver on his pledge of reforms. “The parliament’s sovereign decision is not anyone’s personal victory, but a victory of a democratic state …