Island quake kills one more…
Island quake kills one
ROME – An earthquake of magnitude 4.0 hit the tourist-packed Italian island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, on Monday night, killing at least one person and injuring some 25 others as buildings collapsed, officials said.
Residents and tourists on the island ran out on to the streets from homes and hotels.
Television images showed that about six buildings in the town of Casamicciola as well as a church collapsed in the quake, which hit at 8.57pm (6.57am Fiji time yesterday).
Chile eases abortion ban
SANTIAGO – A Chilean court on Monday ruled that a law legalising abortion in certain cases is constitutional, a win for President Michelle Bachelet’s centre-left coalition and for groups that have campaigned for years against the country’s strict ban.
With the decision by Chile’s Constitutional Court, women in the South American nation will be allowed to seek an abortion when their life is in danger, when a foetus is unviable or when a pregnancy results from rape. Chile was one of only a handful of countries worldwide where abortion was illegal without exception.
US Navy in ‘operational pause’
SINGAPORE/WASHINGTON – The US Navy announced on Monday a fleet-wide probe and plans for temporary halts in operations to focus on safety, as it searched for 10 sailors missing after the fourth major accident in the US Pacific fleet this year.
The guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain and the tanker Alnic MC collided on Monday while the warship was nearing Singapore for a routine port call.
North Korea slams drills
SEOUL – North Korea denounced on Monday joint military drills between South Korea and the United States amid heightened tension over the North’s nuclear and missiles programmes which it said was aimed at a preemptive attack.
“This is aimed to ignite a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula at any cost,” the North’s KCNA news agency said.
“The situation on the Korean peninsula has plunged into a critical phase due to the reckless north-targeted war racket of the war maniacs.”