Jan 12, 2015

At least 56 dead in Mozambique beer poisoning

At least 56 people including a toddler in the northwest of Mozambique have died from apparent poisoning after consuming traditional beer known as “phombe,” local authorities said Sunday. Carla Mosse, director of health for the province of Tete, told Radio Mocambique that 39 people ...

Jan 5, 2015

Elderly Osaka pair killed in four-car crash; five hurt

Two elderly residents of Osaka Prefecture were killed Sunday evening and five people suffered various injuries in a four-vehicle collision in the prefectural city of Yao. Masaru Shinohara, an 80-year-old company executive of Higashi-Osaka, and Haruko Abe, a self-employed, 70-year-old resident of Daito, died ...

Jan 4, 2015

New Year's death toll from 'mochi' chokings hits nine

Nine people had choked to death as of Friday after eating glutinous “mochi” rice cakes to celebrate the new year, an official and local media reported Sunday. In Tokyo alone, 18 people were sent to hospitals after experiencing varying degrees of suffocation due to ...

Dec 24, 2014

Report: At least 60 journalists killed in 2014

At least 60 journalists around the world were killed in 2014 while on the job or because of their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday, making the past three years the deadliest for journalists since the organization began keeping track more than ...

Middle-aged biker accident deaths surge, prompting safety concerns

Dec 17, 2014

Middle-aged biker accident deaths surge, prompting safety concerns

While the number of fatal traffic accidents has been on the decline nationwide in recent years, those involving middle-aged and elderly motorcyclists have been increasing, prompting safety concerns among road-traffic authorities. One of the main reasons for the increase is believed to be that ...

Dec 16, 2014

GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 42

General Motors Co. on Monday raised the death toll related to its defective ignition switches to 42 as it weighs compensation claims following its long-delayed recall of millions of cars. As of Friday, there were four more deaths eligible for compensation than a week ...