'Future Shock' author Alvin Toffler dies at 87

Jun 30, 2016

'Future Shock' author Alvin Toffler dies at 87

Alvin Toffler, a guru of the post-industrial age whose million-selling “Future Shock” and other books anticipated the disruptions and transformations brought about by the rise of digital technology, has died. He was 87. He died late Monday in his sleep at his home in ...

Phelps wins 200m butterfly, makes fifth Olympic team

Jun 30, 2016

Phelps wins 200m butterfly, makes fifth Olympic team

Michael Phelps surged to the wall, and then whipped around to spot his time. That number wasn’t really important. The only thing that mattered was No. 5. Phelps became the first male swimmer to qualify for five Olympics with a victory in the 200-meter ...

Jun 30, 2016

Obama's Hiroshima visit reflects strong U.S.-Japan ties: report

A recently released U.S. congressional report embraced President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Hiroshima as a manifestation of a robust relationship between the United States and Japan. The report, by the Congressional Research Service, Congress’ nonpartisan research arm, also focused on the upcoming Upper ...

Malaysian opposition leader charged with corruption

Jun 30, 2016

Malaysian opposition leader charged with corruption

A vocal critic of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged with corruption on Thursday in a further blow to the divided opposition, which alleged that the case was politically motivated. Lim Guan Eng, who has repeatedly demanded that Najib explain a massive financial ...

Duterte takes office as Philippine president

Jun 30, 2016

Duterte takes office as Philippine president

Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in Thursday as president of the Philippines, with many hoping his maverick style will energize the country but others fearing he could undercut one of Asia’s liveliest democracies amid his threats to kill criminals en masse. The 71-year-old former prosecutor ...

Jun 30, 2016

Australian teen pleads guilty in Islamic State-inspired murder plot

A teenager pleaded guilty Thursday to plotting to run over and behead a police officer as part of an Islamic State group-inspired attack on an Australian Veterans’ Day ceremony. Sevdet Besim, 19, pleaded guilty in Victoria state’s Supreme Court to one count of planning ...

Jun 30, 2016

Nepal to speed up aid grants to quake victims

Nepal’s government has agreed to provide aid grants in two instead of three installments to people who lost their homes in last year’s devastating earthquake. Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli made the announcement after the main opposition party protested in parliament for days demanding ...

Japanese space agency to trial electric cable for space junk removal

Jun 30, 2016

Japanese space agency to trial electric cable for space junk removal

The space agency is planning an experiment to remove simulated space junk as part of efforts to develop a simple and inexpensive disposal system for objects that might puncture the International Space Station or destroy satellites. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said scientists will ...