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Indonesia tsunami: Death toll rises to over 1,200

The number of people known to have died in Indonesia in Friday’s earthquake and tsunami has risen to more than 1,200, the country’s disaster response agency says. The death toll jumped on Tuesday from a previous confirmed figure of 844.   The 7.5-magnitude quake struck just off the central island of Sulawesi, setting off a tsunami that hit the coastal ...

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Nobel Prize in Medicine to American, Japanese

The Nobel Prize in Medicine has been jointly awarded to James Allison of the University of Texas and Tasuku Honjo of Japan’s Kyoto University for discovering a form of cancer therapy.   The 9 million-kronor ($1.01 million) prize was announced Monday by the Nobel Assembly of Sweden’s Karolinska Institute.  This year’s Nobel Prize recipients will be revealed starting Monday with ...

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4 remain in hospital after Pacific lagoon plane crash

An airline says four passengers remain hospitalized after one of its planes crashed into a Pacific lagoon in Micronesia last week.   Air Niugini said in a statement Monday that the four are in stable condition at a Chuuk island hospital and would soon be taken to Guam for further treatment.  The Papua New Guinea national carrier says the four ...

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UK Brexit chief says no deal better than being tied to bloc

Birmingham, Oct 1 : Britain’s chief Brexit minister is warning the European Union, and his divided party, that the country will leave the bloc without a deal rather than accept close adherence to its rules and obligations. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab will tell Conservative Party members on Monday that if the EU tries to “lock us in via the back ...

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MNP service for cell phone users kicks off today

The much-awaited mobile number portability (MNP) service for the country’s cell phone customers will start in early hours of Monday.   Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) will unveil the technical and commercial aspects of MNP at a press conference at its office this morning, said its media wing on Sunday.  Officials said all the mobile phone operators, public switched telephone ...

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Suu Kyi lost Malaysia’s support for her role against Rohingya: Mahathir

He says he lost all faith in her Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: Collected Dhaka, Sept 30 : Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said Malaysia will no longer support the leadership of Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi because of her handling of the Rohingya crisis in her country. ...

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Trump, Saudi king discuss oil prices in telephone call

President Donald Trump has discussed global crude oil prices with Saudi King Salman in a telephone call amid the American leader’s call for OPEC to bring down energy prices. The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported the call late Saturday night, saying “the efforts to maintain supplies to ensure the stability of the oil market and ensure the growth of the ...

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Facebook users must log out, re-login across devices: Experts

After Facebook admitted that hackers broke into nearly 50 million users’ accounts by stealing their “access tokens” or digital keys, cyber experts on Saturday warned over 2.3 billion users to log out and log back into Facebook, or any of third-party apps that use Facebook login.   Facebook has reset the access tokens of almost 50 million accounts it knew ...

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Brett Kavanaugh: FBI contacts Deborah Ramirez for interview

The FBI has approached the second woman to accuse US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct as it begins a fresh inquiry into him. Deborah Ramirez accuses Judge Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her during a drinking game when they were students at Yale University in the 1980s.   He has denied the allegation, describing it as a ...

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Indonesia earthquake death toll climbs to 832

At least 832 people were killed in the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the national disaster agency says. It added that the affected area was bigger than initially thought.   Many people were reported trapped in the rubble of buildings that collapsed in Friday’s 7.5-magnitude earthquake, agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news ...

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