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Toxic alcohol kills 69 in India, hundreds hospitalised

Sixty-nine workers have died and at least 200 others have been hospitalised in northeastern India after drinking toxic liquor, officials said Saturday, in the latest case of alcohol poisoning in the country. “We have recorded the death of 50 persons in Golaghat since Thursday night,” Dhiren Hazarika, deputy commissioner of Golaghat district in Assam state, […]
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North Korea’s Kim to make official visit to Vietnam in ‘coming days’

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un will soon make an official visit to Vietnam, Hanoi said Saturday as it beefed up security on the Chinese border where Kim is expected to cross by train ahead of his summit with US President Donald Trump next week. Vietnam is hastily preparing for a second summit between Trump and […]
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5.5-magnitude quake hits Japan’s Hokkaido, no tsunami risk

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake jolted Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido Thursday but there was no tsunami warning and no reports of injuries or damage to property, authorities said. The quake struck at 9:22 pm local time (1222 GMT) at a depth of 41 kilometres (25 miles), according to the US Geological Survey. The epicentre was around […]
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Ghosn held $260,000 Rio party billed to Renault-Nissan, documents show

Former Renault and Nissan head Carlos Ghosn and his wife invited friends to a $260,000 Carnival party in Brazil last year and charged it to his employers, documents seen by AFP show, a move Ghosn’s lawyer defended as a routine corporate function for a multinational CEO.
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Taiwan unveils long-awaited gay marriage bill

Taiwan’s ruling party unveiled its latest attempt to create Asia’s first gay marriage law on Thursday, a bill offering same-sex couples “permanent unions” as well as limited adoption rights, despite stiff opposition from conservatives.
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Inferno kills at least 70 in Dhaka apartment blocks

At least 70 people were killed when fire tore through crumbling apartment blocks in a historic part of Dhaka, setting off a chain of explosions and a wall of flames down nearby streets, officials said Thursday.
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Pakistan ‘ready to talk’ on Kashmir, warns India against attack: PM

Pakistan is ready to help India investigate the deadliest blast in Kashmir in decades, but will retaliate if Delhi attacks, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Tuesday as tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals soared.
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