Japan's highest waterfall freezes
Japan's highest waterfall has frozen in the chilly weather, according to News on Japan. Called Nachinotaki, the waterfall in Wakayama Prefecture is 133 meters high. A nearby Shinto shrine, Kumano Nachi Taisha, was made to honor the flowing water as a deity ...
British explorer dies on Antarctica solo trip
A British explorer who was trying to become the first person to cross Antarctica unsupported and unaided has died after falling ill just 30 miles (50 km) short of completing his mission, his wife said, according to Reuters. Former army officer Henry Worsley, 55, was 71 days and 913 miles into his journey when ...
Ford Motor to close operations in Indonesia, Japan
Ford Motor Co. is packing its boxes in two Asian markets, saying it plans to close sales operations in Japan and Indonesia by the end of 2016 amid a broader pullback by Detroit car companies from unprofitable ventures ...
Banksy's new artwork criticizes use of teargas in Calais refugee camp
A new artwork by Banksy criticizing the use of teargas in the “Jungle” refugee camp in Calais has appeared on the French embassy in London, according to the Guardian. The artwork, which depicts a young girl from the film and musical Les Misérables with tears in her eyes as CS gas billows towards her ...
Adidas to end IAAF sponsorship deal early in wake of doping crisis
Adidas, the IAAF's biggest sponsor, has told athletics' world governing body it is to terminate their sponsorship deal four years early, according to BBC. The sportswear giant informed the IAAF of its decision - understood to be a direct result of the doping ...
Moroccan trainee teachers protest over grant cuts
Thousands of trainee teachers took to the streets of Morocco's capital on Sunday in protest at government decrees that would cut grants and affect their job prospects, according to AFP. Representatives of the five major trade unions and youth activists joined the protesters who gathered ...
Streets littered with rubble as 6.1 quake strikes off coasts of Spain, Morocco
An earthquake registering 6.1 on the Richter scale has struck the Mediterranean Sea between Spain and Morocco. Buildings have been damaged by the quake, which was felt in Spanish cities, including Seville and Malaga, according to Russia Today ...
East Asia facing worst winter in decades, 85 dead in Taiwan
East Asian countries are facing one of the worst winters to have hit the region in over 60 years as temperatures continue to plummet. Taiwan recorded the highest toll of 85 deaths as of 24 January evening, due to the cold spell, according to International Business Times ...
Greek Hellenic Petroleum, Iran’s NIOC sign agreement on crude oil purchases
Greece's biggest oil refiner Hellenic Petroleum agreed on Friday to buy crude oil from the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), the first European refiner to restart trade relations with Iran after the lifting of international sanctions, according to Reuters ...
MH370 hunt loses sonar probe to undersea volcano
An underwater sonar vehicle used in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 has now been lost to the deep ocean floor after hitting an undersea volcano, Australian officials said on Monday. The "towfish", pulled behind a search ship and fitted with survey instruments, plunged ...
Magnitude 7.3 quake hits south Alaska
A major earthquake hit southern Alaska early on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, setting off tremors felt more than 170 miles (280 km) away in the state's biggest city Anchorage, according to Reuters. The magnitude 7.3 quake struck 30 miles east-southeast ...
Turkish Airlines cancels 19 flights due to severe weather conditions
Turkish Airlines has announced it canceled 19 flights due to bad weather conditions in Istanbul on January 24. TK 0341 Baku-Istanbul-Baku flight is among those cancelled by the Turkish carrier ...
BMW opens first engine plant in China
German automaker BMW opened its first engine plant in China, according to Xinhua news agency, The plant, based in the northeastern city of Shenyang, belongs to its Chinese joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) Holdings Ltd. It began construction in August 2013. ...
Foreign visitors to Japan, tourists' spending in 2015 hit new records
The number of foreign visitors to Japan in 2015 reached 19.74 million and these travelers spent an estimated 3.48 trillion yen ($29.6 billion), both hitting new record highs, the Japan Tourism Agency said, according to Kyodo News. ...
Turkish soldier martyred in southeast PKK operation
One Turkish soldier was martyred in an operation against the terrorist PKK organization in southeastern Turkey, according to Anadolu Agency. Turkish General Staff said in a press release that the soldier, who was heavily wounded in an armed attack by the terrorists in ...
World's fastest cheetah dies
Sarah the cheetah, who shattered the world record for the standing 100-meter dash in a feat photographed by National Geographic magazine, was euthanized this week at the Cincinnati Zoo, according to the National Geographic ...
UN Economic and Social Council marks 70th anniversary, cites ‘central role’ in sustainable development
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), its current President highlighted the organ’s central role in realizing the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aim to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate ...
Google agrees £130m UK tax deal with HMRC
Google has agreed to pay £130m in back taxes after an "open audit" of its accounts by the UK tax authorities. The payment covers money owed since 2005 and follows a six year inquiry by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. ...
Four dead in worst Canada school shooting in decade, suspect caught
The gunman suspected of killing four people and injuring several others in Canada's worst school violence in a decade first shot his two brothers at home before opening fire at the remote community high school, a family friend and the town's acting mayor said on Friday, according to Reuters. Police said a suspect was arrested after the shooting in La Loche, Saskatchewan, an ...