Anime fans shocked by arson attack at famous Kyoto studio

National Jul 18, 2019

Anime fans shocked by arson attack at famous Kyoto studio

An arson attack at a well-known animation studio in Kyoto that left at least 33 people dead Thursday stunned fans of anime both at home and abroad. Expressions of sympathy and prayers poured in from fans of works produced by Kyoto Animation Co., also known ...

Hawaii declares emergency over Maui wildfires

World Jul 13, 2019

Hawaii declares emergency over Maui wildfires

Hawaii's governor on Friday declared an emergency on the island of Maui, where firefighters were battling a blaze that forced the evacuations of thousands of people and sent huge clouds of smoke billowing over nearby beaches. Although most of the evacuees were later allowed to ...

Fire breaks out at restaurant in Kyoto's Gion geisha district

National Jul 9, 2019

Fire breaks out at restaurant in Kyoto's Gion geisha district

A fire broke out Monday at a restaurant in an area of Kyoto popular with tourists, engulfing several neighboring buildings, police said. The fire occurred at around 9:15 p.m. at a restaurant on the main street of the Gion geisha district, where there are numerous ...

Death toll rises to two in Osaka warehouse fire

National Jul 8, 2019

Death toll rises to two in Osaka warehouse fire

The death toll from a warehouse fire in Osaka Prefecture has risen to two, as a man who had been hospitalized with serious injuries died Monday, local police said. Jun Yamanishi, 36, is the latest victim of the fire at a warehouse in Takatsuki, Osaka ...

Cigarette or electrical fault 'may have caused' Notre Dame fire

World Jun 27, 2019

Cigarette or electrical fault 'may have caused' Notre Dame fire

A cigarette or an electrical fault could have started the devastating fire that ripped through Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral in April, French prosecutors said Wednesday, ruling out any criminal intent. The statement by prosecutors, which also said an investigation was being opened into possible negligence, ...

Spain battles wildfire amid European record heat wave

World Jun 27, 2019

Spain battles wildfire amid European record heat wave

Hundreds of firefighters and soldiers battled a wind-fuelled forest fire in Spain on Wednesday amid a Europe-wide heat wave that has sent temperatures soaring to record highs in several countries. Fifteen water-dropping aircraft were helping firefighters to put out the blaze, which broke out at ...