Aug 16, 2016

Philippines' Duterte jacks up budget to fight crime

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced a sharp increase in next year’s national budget to fund his controversial war on crime, with security forces to get big pay raises. The political outsider swept to a landslide election victory in May and immediately implemented an ...

JFK airport stampede reflects twitchiness over terror attacks

Aug 16, 2016

JFK airport stampede reflects twitchiness over terror attacks

Did boisterous celebrations over an Olympic victory by the world’s fastest man lead to a false alarm about gunfire and a panicked evacuation of Kennedy Airport? That’s one of the possibilities police were exploring Monday as they reviewed security camera footage and interview witnesses ...

Aug 15, 2016

Thailand detains several people for questioning over deadly blasts

Thailand’s army said on Monday it had detained several people for questioning over a wave of deadly bombings in some of the country’s best known-beach resorts that killed four people and wounded dozens, including tourists. Last week’s blasts came days after Thais voted to ...

Hong Kong protest leaders avoid prison for 2014 rally

Aug 15, 2016

Hong Kong protest leaders avoid prison for 2014 rally

Three Hong Kong student protest leaders have avoided prison time for leading or encouraging an illegal rally that sparked huge pro-democracy street protests two years ago. On Monday, Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were sentenced instead to community service. Nineteen-year-old Wong became ...

Aug 15, 2016

Police say reports of shots fired at JFK airport unfounded

Reports of shots fired at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport Sunday night led to evacuations, grounded flights and some frightening moments for fliers before the reports were later determined to be unfounded. “At this time, no firearm, rounds or shell casings or ...

Bomb squads, stray bullets unnerve some at Rio Games

Aug 13, 2016

Bomb squads, stray bullets unnerve some at Rio Games

A bomb squad rushed past crowds on Copacabana Beach to investigate a backpack abandoned near Rio’s ritziest hotel. Despite the potential for danger, local diners sipped beer, watched an Olympic swimming race on a big-screen television and took selfies with a disposal robot. A ...

Aug 12, 2016

Four drown off west Hokkaido coast

Four men drowned in an accident off the coast of Ishikari in western Hokkaido, police and the Japan Coast Guard said Friday. The deceased are believed to be Hokkaido residents in their late teens or 20s, the police said. A barbecue stove and beer ...

Germany agonizes over role of army at home after attacks

Aug 12, 2016

Germany agonizes over role of army at home after attacks

Heavily armed soldiers have been a common sight in Paris since France was hit by deadly attacks, but in neighboring Germany, talk about troops patrolling at home for the first time since World War II has sparked an emotional debate. For many, Defense Minister ...