Aug 9, 2015

French 'anarchist cell' avoids terrorism charges

An alleged “anarchist cell” at the center of one of France’s most politically charged legal sagas is finally to be tried for sabotaging high-speed train lines. But in a major blow to police, who conducted a seven-year investigation into the group, the four will ...

Aug 9, 2015

Drought causes Panama Canal to reduce cargo size

The Panama Canal will temporarily limit the cargo size of ships using the waterway due to a drought caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon, authorities said Friday. The Panama Canal Authority said the maximum ship draft will be cut to 11.89 meters (39 ...

Aug 5, 2015

Industry group issues safe-use guidelines to fly drones

A group of companies and research institutions in Japan announced guidelines for the safe use of drones at a symposium held in Tokyo on Tuesday. The first-ever safety guidelines for the unmanned aerial systems in the country, compiled by the Japan UAS Industrial Development ...

Jul 14, 2015

Pyongyang installs bike lanes to cut down on accidents

North Korea has installed cycle lanes on major thoroughfares running through Pyongyang in an apparent bid to cut down on pedestrian accidents, as more people have the cash to spend on bicycles to get around. Bicycles are an expensive but popular mode of transport ...

London's commuters make do as strike shuts subway system

Jul 10, 2015

London's commuters make do as strike shuts subway system

Thursday’s transportation choices in London were: take a hike, ride a bike, try to find a bus you like. Millions of commuters jammed buses, rented bicycles or simply walked for miles to and from work as a 24-hour strike shut down the British capital’s ...

Japan Lower House passes bill restricting drone flights

Jul 9, 2015

Japan Lower House passes bill restricting drone flights

The Lower House passed a bill on Thursday that’s designed to ban the flying of drones near the prime minister’s office and other important facilities. The bill was approved by a majority vote at a Lower House plenary meeting, with support from the ruling ...

Changes behind the wheel for Tokyo's taxi industry

Jul 7, 2015

Changes behind the wheel for Tokyo's taxi industry

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The taxi industry is looking at a range of initiatives to improve service for customers, ranging from training drivers as tour guides to adopting larger vehicles. One program already proving popular gives priority to pregnant women entering labor. The pioneering pregnancy-priority dispatch service by ...

Capsized ferry's owner, crew face murder charges

Jul 5, 2015

Capsized ferry's owner, crew face murder charges

Philippine police have filed murder charges against the owner and crew of a passenger ferry that capsized, killing 59 people, an official said Saturday. The charges were filed late on Friday in the central city of Ormoc over the sinking of the Kim Nirvana, ...

Overloading suspected in capsizing of Philippine ferry

Jul 4, 2015

Overloading suspected in capsizing of Philippine ferry

Overloading of cargo and passengers might have been to blame for a Philippine ferry disaster that left dozens dead, an official said Saturday, and a government investigation is now underway. Survivors reported seeing up to 150 sacks of cement in the ship’s cargo area ...