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US billionaire launches campaign to impeach Trump

LOS ANGELES – US billionaire Tom Steyer of California kicked off an online and TV advertising campaign against President Donald Trump Friday, calling for people to write letters to Congress members for the president’s impeachment. In a one-minute-long video ad posted on Youtube, Steyer calmly listed the reasons why the president should be impeached including “brought …

Hurricane Nate makes landfall, FEMA provides aid to Louisiana

HOUSTON— Hurricane Nate made a landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River on the southeastern Louisiana coast Saturday evening, and federal emergency aid has been put in place. The US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to supplement state, tribal and local …

Hurricane Nate strengthens over Gulf of Mexico

MEXICO CITY – Category 1 Hurricane Nate intensified early Saturday as it moved over the Gulf of Mexico on its way to the US mainland. While Nate was not expected to affect Mexican territory, the National Meteorological Service (SMN) reported the storm’s winds picked up speed to reach 150 km per hour, with gusts of up …

Cholera death toll rises to 2,151 in war-torn Yemen: WHO

SANAA— The death toll of the Cholera epidemic in war-ravaged Yemen has risen to 2,151 since it broke out in late April, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Saturday. A total of 800,626 people from 22 provinces out of total 23 have been infected, WHO said in a statement distributed to the local media. The …

Scientists make breakthrough in replacing Wi-Fi with Li-Fi

CHANGCHUN— Chinese scientists have made a breakthrough in creating full-color emissive carbon dots (F-CDs), which brings them one step closer to developing a faster wireless communication channel that could be available in just six years. Light Fidelity, known as Li-Fi, uses visible light from LED bulbs to transfer data much faster than radio wave-based Wi-Fi. …

Hong Kong is 6th most competitive economy: WEF

HONG KONG— The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has been ranked as the sixth most competitive economy in the world, according to the latest World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index. Hong Kong has climbed three spots from last year. According to the index released on Wednesday, Switzerland, the United States, Singapore, the Netherlands …

10 missing, 5 hurt in US Navy destroyer, merchant vessel collision

SINGAPORE— Some 10 sailors were missing and five others were injured after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel in waters east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore early on Monday, the US navy said in a statement. According to the statement by U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet, USS John …

Experts to build largest solar thermal power plant in Australia

CANBERRA— Energy experts on Tuesday hailed the South Australian government’s decision to build the world’s largest solar thermal power plant as a very exciting development for clean energy in Australia. Late on Monday, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill announced that construction on a 150-megawatt solar thermal power plant would begin in the town of Port …

Poor children at greater risk for heart disease later in life

SYDNEY, Aug. 11— Australian researchers released a study on Friday showing that children who grow up in lower socioeconomic backgrounds have a higher propensity to be afflicted with heart disease later in life. The study conducted by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute assessed nearly 1,500 Australian families and found that the family situation, and neighborhood, …

Heroin to kill more Australians than car crashes

MELBOURNE, July 31—  More Victorians will be killed by heroin than by car crashes within two years, data released on Monday revealed. The number of Victorians who died from heroin overdoses has risen 71 percent since 2012 to 190 in 2016, the Coroners Court data revealed. Simultaneously, the state’s road toll has been on the …

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