Japan explosion: 20 reported injured in Sapporo restaurant blast

  A huge explosion and fire has hit a restaurant in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo, according to BBC. Initial reports on Japanese media suggested at least 20 people...

  Asia / South Asia

Japan explosion: 20 reported injured in Sapporo restaurant blast

  A huge explosion and fire has hit a restaurant in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo, according to BBC. Initial reports on Japanese media suggested at least 20 people were injured, with many rushed to hospital in ambulances. The cause of the explosion in the Toyohira district is not yet known. Images on social media initially showed flames rising...

Afghanistan hosts Pakistan, China for talks on security and trade

Officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan and China met in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday to discuss trade, development and solutions to end the region's relentless conflicts, reports Al Jazeera. The bitter relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan dominated the talks, with all three countries agreeing that a peaceful end to the war would have economic and trade benefits for the entire...

  Americas

Mulvaney called Trump ‘terrible human being’ in 2016, video shows

President Donald Trump’s choice of new acting White House chief of staff once described him as “a terrible human being”, it has emerged, according to BBC. A video shows Mick Mulvaney making the disparaging remark in a debate shortly before the 2016 presidential election. “Yes, I am supporting Donald Trump, but I’m doing so despite...

  Europe

  Europe

At least 21 dead in Ethiopia ethnic violence

Heavy fighting between ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia has killed at least 21 people and wounded 61, its state news agency said on Saturday, amid escalating violence that has sent hundreds fleeing across the border to neighbouring Kenya. Outbreaks of violence in the south between the Oromo and other groups have escalated since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed - the first...

Fire destroys voting machines in Congo

Fire has gutted an electoral commission depot in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the violent run-up to a presidential vote. More than two-thirds of the electronic voting machines allocated for Kinshasa had been destroyed, an official said. The cause of the fire has not been confirmed. Black smoke could still be seen over the site on...