Monsoon rains wreaking flood havoc across South Asia

16 July 2019, 10:07 AM
Torrential monsoon rains swept away homes and triggered landslides across South Asia, affecting millions of people and claiming at least 180 lives, officials said Tuesday.
The logo of Amazon is seen on the door of an Amazon Books retail store in New York City
Amazon workers strike as ‘Prime’ shopping frenzy hits 16 July 2019, 5:32 AM

Amazon workers picketed outside the facility, briefly delaying a few trucks and waving signs with messages along the lines of "We're human, not robots."

Ebola case in DRC’s Goma a ‘potential game-changer’ 15 July 2019, 7:54 PM

A confirmed Ebola case in the key Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma is a "potential game-changer" in the epidemic that will be assessed by a WHO emergency response board, the UN said Monday.

Tech tax set to dominate G7 finance ministers meeting 15 July 2019, 3:28 PM

A row over taxing tech giants is set to dominate a meeting of G7 finance ministers near Paris this week, with the world's leading industrialised nations already riven by disruptive US trade policies.

Empty nets as overfishing and climate change sap Lake Malawi 15 July 2019, 10:48 AM

On the shores of Lake Malawi, a crowd eagerly awaits the arrival of a white and yellow cedarwood boat carrying its haul.

India scrubs Moon mission launch one hour before liftoff 15 July 2019, 7:38 AM

India on Monday postponed the launch of a lunar probe less than an hour before blast-off because of a technical problem, delaying its bid to become only the fourth nation to land a spacecraft on the Moon.

Health workers dressed in yellow
Ebola case confirmed in eastern DR Congo city of Goma: official 15 July 2019, 5:35 AM

 The first case of Ebola has been confirmed in Goma, now the biggest city to have been affected by the disease since its outbreak in eastern DR Congo last August, the health ministry said on Sunday

Tree planting
Volunteers from across the world plant trees near Knysna 14 July 2019, 6:32 PM

Thousands of trees have been planted near Knysna in the Southern Cape by volunteers from across the world.

Ten dead, homes destroyed by monsoon rains in Bangladesh refugee camps 14 July 2019, 3:48 PM

At least 10 people have died and thousands of shanty homes have been destroyed since April by monsoon rains in overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh's southeast, officials said Sunday.

Major 7.3 quake hits eastern Indonesia: USGS 14 July 2019, 12:32 PM

A major 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the remote Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia Sunday, sending panicked residents running into the streets but no tsunami warning was issued.

Tropical Storm Barry pelts Louisiana, millions brace for flooding 14 July 2019, 6:51 AM

Authorities warned of heavy rain and possible tornadoes throughout Saturday as major storm Barry buffeted Louisiana, though there were few indications of widespread flooding.

Russia launches space telescope 13 July 2019, 9:40 PM

 Russia launched a space telescope Saturday from the cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, a joint project with Germany intended to replace one it lost in January.  

George autism center a safe haven for children 13 July 2019, 6:34 PM

An autism centre in George in the Southern Cape has become a haven for special needs children.

India set to launch into lunar south pole 13 July 2019, 1:55 PM

Fifty years since man first walked on the moon, India's space ambitions are taking a giant leap.

Storm Barry takes aim at Louisiana, could roar ashore as hurricane 13 July 2019, 1:36 PM

Millions of residents in Louisiana on Saturday braced for Tropical Storm Barry, which is threatening the southern US state and its largest city New Orleans...

Storm Barry takes aim at Louisiana, could roar ashore as hurricane 13 July 2019, 10:05 AM

Millions of residents in Louisiana on Saturday braced for Tropical Storm Barry, which is threatening the southern US state and its largest city New Orleans...

25 injured as quake rocks southern Philippines 13 July 2019, 7:36 AM

Twenty-five people were injured and several homes, churches and other buildings damaged on Saturday when an earthquake sent terrified residents of the southern Philippines fleeing their homes before dawn, police said.

Zweli Mkhize
Mkhize says the time to implement NHI is now 12 July 2019, 9:43 PM

South Africa will implement the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHI), with or without the funds, in order to provide universal health care for all.

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Eastern Cape clinic complies with NHI requirements 12 July 2019, 6:54 PM

Primary health care in rural areas is a primary goal for the NHI project and in provinces like the Eastern Cape the need is dire.

Congo rules out using additional trial vaccines to combat Ebola 12 July 2019, 3:27 PM

The Democratic Republic of Congo will not permit the use of further experimental vaccines as it combats an Ebola outbreak because doing so risked “confusing the population," the government said on Friday.

Russian S-400 Triumph medium-range and long-range surface-to-air missile systems drive during the Victory Day parade at Red Square in Moscow.
Turkey receives first delivery of Russian S-400 missile system 12 July 2019, 12:16 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after meeting US counterpart Donald Trump last month that he was confident Ankara would not face sanctions for buying the Russian missile system.

Pepsi and Coca Cola drinks
Study finds possible link between sugary drinks and cancer 11 July 2019, 6:29 PM

People who drink a lot of sugary drinks have a higher risk of developing cancer, although the evidence cannot establish a direct causal link, researchers said on Thursday.

Dr Bandile Masuku
Gauteng Health launches Psychiatric ward at Helen Joseph Hospital 11 July 2019, 5:23 PM

Gauteng MEC for health, Dr Bandile Masuku, says mental health care should be more community-based.

Jackson Mthembu
NHI Bill to be tabled in Parliament 11 July 2019, 3:51 PM

Cabinet has approved the NHI Bill to be tabled in Parliament. This is according to the Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu. Primary health care in rural areas is a primary goal for the NHI project.

Environmentalists urge SA to ditch Grand Inga project in DRC 11 July 2019, 12:15 PM

Environmentalists are urging South Africa to ditch the Grand Inga project in the Democratic Republic of Congo saying the hydropower scheme is overpriced.

NASA shake-up in new race to the moon 11 July 2019, 9:17 AM

As NASA scrambles to meet US President Donald Trump’s mandate to return humans to the moon by 2024, two longtime heads of NASA’s human exploration wing were demoted Wednesday in a slew of administrative shakeups, officials said in an internal memo.

Branson’s Virgin Orbit moves closer to commercial satellite launch 11 July 2019, 8:01 AM

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit on Wednesday released a rocket from the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner in mid-air in a key test of its high-altitude launch system for satellites, the company said.

Bloodhound Supersonic making its way to SA 10 July 2019, 9:04 PM

It's official; the Bloodhound Supersonic car will finally make its first appearance on South Africa soil in October.

The Komsomolets
Soviet sub that sank off Norway in 1989 still emitting radiation 10 July 2019, 4:25 PM

A Soviet nuclear submarine which sank off Norway in 1989 is still emitting radiation, researchers said on Wednesday following an expedition that used a remotely controlled vehicle for the first time.

WATCH: Memorial service for Mandla “Spaceboy” Maseko 10 July 2019, 11:39 AM

The memorial service for 30-year-old Mandla Maseko, popularly known as Spaceboy, is being held at Airforce Base in Swartkop in Pretoria.

The logo of Apple is seen at a store in Zurich, Switzerland.
Apple starts China app development program 10 July 2019, 11:33 AM

Apple opened a similar accelerator in 2017 in India. Both the Indian and Chinese smartphone markets are dominated by companies who make Android-based devices.