Heatwave in Japan sparks fears for 2020 Olympics

A deadly heatwave in Japan this week has many residents in the Japanese capital questioning the wisdom of staging the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in July and August. Rescuers in Tokyo...

  Asia / South Asia

Heatwave in Japan sparks fears for 2020 Olympics

A deadly heatwave in Japan this week has many residents in the Japanese capital questioning the wisdom of staging the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in July and August. Rescuers in Tokyo responded to more than 3,000 emergency calls on Wednesday as the heatwave continued to grip Japan. The 2020 Olympics will run from July 24 to Aug. 9 when temperatures in...

Chennai court charges 17 men for raping minor multiple times

Seventeen men have been charged in India with the gang-rape of an 11-year-old deaf girl in the city of Chennai. Police say she was raped repeatedly since the start of the year. They say the main perpetrator was a lift operator in her apartment block. He is alleged to have drugged the girl and invited other men to assault her....

  Americas

11 die in Missouri boat capsize

At least 11 people drowned on Thursday when an amphibious “duck boat” capsized and sank in stormy weather on a lake in Missouri with 31 people, including children, on board, as divers searched for other possible victims, police said. Seven people were taken to hospital following the incident on the “Ride the Ducks” amphibious vehicle...

  Europe

  Europe

‘N Korea, Eritrea account highest rates of modern slavery’

North Korea and Eritrea have the world’s highest rates of modern slavery, said a global survey on Thursday that highlighted how conflict and government repression are the main drivers of a crime estimated to affect more than 40 million people worldwide. The Central African nation of Burundi also has a high prevalence of slavery, according to the 2018 Global Slavery...

Diversity of tribes not a weakness but strength: Obama

Former US President Barack Obama has urged Kenya’s leaders to turn their backs on the divisive ethnic politics that have frequently spilled over into violence and to stamp down on corruption. Obama made the remarks while addressing a ceremony marking inauguration of a school in his father’s home village of Kogelo in western Kenya. He praised a rapprochement between President...