Jul 24, 2014

Random checks catch 99 tipsy Indian pilots since 2011

Random Indian preflight safety checks have caught 99 tipsy pilots since 2011, the national aviation minister told parliament on Monday. The revelation could fuel questions about airline discipline and whether safety procedures in India’s fast-growing industry need to be tightened further. “Since 2011 a ...

Jul 21, 2014

Taiwan student facing firing squad over subway massacre

Taiwanese prosecutors on Monday said they were seeking the death penalty for a man accused of killing four people and wounding nearly two dozen others in a stabbing spree on the Taipei subway. Cheng Chieh, a 21-year-old college student, was charged with four accounts ...

At least 38 killed in fiery China road accident

Jul 19, 2014

At least 38 killed in fiery China road accident

At least 38 people were killed when a van carrying flammable liquid hit a bus on a highway in central China early Saturday, state media reported. The collision in Hunan province triggered a fire and explosion that destroyed five vehicles, the official Xinhua News ...

Jul 17, 2014

U.S. warns of aviation risk from North Korean rockets

The United States and its allies have lodged concerns with the U.N. aviation agency over North Korea’s rocket launches, fearing they could put civilian airplanes at risk, officials said Wednesday. The United States and several other countries charged that the communist state has not ...

Aldrin solicits moonwalk memories

Jul 17, 2014

Aldrin solicits moonwalk memories

On July 20, 1969, the world united and rejoiced in a way never seen before or since as Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. The third Apollo 11 astronaut, Michael Collins, stayed in lunar orbit to take care of the mother ...

Two workers held over negligence leading to Moscow subway crash

Jul 17, 2014

Two workers held over negligence leading to Moscow subway crash

Russian investigators said Wednesday they had detained two subway workers over a devastating crash in the Moscow subway that killed 22 people. City authorities declared Wednesday a day of mourning after the worst accident in the metro’s eight-decade history. Moscovites swapped stories of how ...

Jul 16, 2014

Mexico City requires driving tests for first time

Mexico City has 4 million cars on the road already, but only now will it require people to pass a test before getting behind the wheel, finally bringing the capital in line with international standards. The sprawling city of 9 million people has until ...

Jul 4, 2014

Quebec rail explosion prompted regulation, safety changes

The explosion of an oil train that killed 47 people in Quebec last year forced tighter rules to address the rapid growth of transporting oil by rail in North America. In the immediate aftermath, all eyes fell on the owner, American firm Montreal, Maine ...

Quebec town still recovering from train disaster

Jul 4, 2014

Quebec town still recovering from train disaster

Backhoes and bulldozers are still digging out oil-seeped soil and pavement in the center of the lakeside Quebec town of Lac-Megantic. Where the post office, public library and restaurants once stood, there is only the clanging of machinery kicking up dust over the emptiness. ...

Jun 26, 2014

S. Korea's Park keeps premier who quit

After two failed attempts to appoint a new prime minister, South Korean President Park Geun-hye announced Thursday her “agonized” decision to retain the incumbent, who resigned over April’s ferry disaster. In an effort to assuage criticism of the government’s emergency response, Chung Hong-won resigned ...

Sewol survivors return to school

Jun 25, 2014

Sewol survivors return to school

Holding hands as they walked through the school gates, some fighting back tears, 75 children who survived South Korea’s worst maritime disaster in 20 years returned to class on Wednesday pledging to remember their lost friends. Wailing parents of the 250 children who did ...