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Future batteries could include built-in fire extinguishers

Researchers have developed a lithium-ion battery that includes its own fire extinguisher capable of preventing a device from bursting into flame. It comes in the wake of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 smartphone disaster, potentially preventing future incidents.

Korean Air pledges clampdown on unruly passengers

Seoul - Korean Air said Wednesday it would let its crew use stun guns more aggressively and put more male staff aboard flights to clamp down on violence, after an incident involving an unruly passenger.

66,000 workplace deaths in China last year: report

Bejing - China saw 66,000 workplace deaths in 2015 despite strengthened legislation, Chinese authorities said, highlighting often dangerous labour conditions in the world's second largest economy.

99 percent of fake Apple chargers are dangerous

A safety test of over 400 fake Apple chargers has revealed a staggering 99 percent are dangerous and pose potentially fatal risks. It comes after Apple filed a lawsuit against a counterfeit charger manufacturer selling on Amazon.

Half of Europeans' bad EU driving goes unpunished

Brussels - About half of the driving offences committed by Europeans in other EU countries went unpunished last year, according to internal documents.

Vietnam media fined for 'false' fish sauce reports

Hanoi - Vietnam on Monday fined scores of news outlets for publishing now-discredited reports about toxic fish sauce, accusing them of sparking public panic over the staple condiment in a country plagued by food scares.

Deadly batteries: Accidents with button batteries increase Special

Battery incidents are leading to serious injury and death, and are increasing in many parts of the world. In the U.S., information from the National Battery Ingestion Hotline charts a rising number of button battery injuries caused by flameless candles.

Brazil mine gets safety gear — a year too late

Mariana - Surrounded by big video screens and computers, a team works 24/7 to monitor the slightest threat of an accident at dams used by Brazil's Samarco iron ore mine.The only problem?

Shoddy home renovations may have contributed to Italy quake toll

Rome - Shoddy, price-cutting renovations, in breach of local building regulations, could be partly to blame for the high death toll from this week's devastating earthquake in central Italy, according to a prosecutor investigating the disaster.

Golden Gate Bridge officials commit to buy netting despite cost

San Francisco - Public officials in charge of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge plan to press ahead with installation of steel netting beneath the roadway to stymie the dozens of people who attempt suicide by jumping from the structure each year.

Pakistani shopkeeper killed dozens with 'revenge' sweets

Multan - A Pakistani sweetshop owner has confessed to fatally poisoning at least 30 people by lacing his goods with pesticide in an attempt to take revenge on his older brother, police told AFP Friday.

Europe's air safety agency to study aircraft-drone collision risk

Berlin - Europe's air safety watchdog Wednesday said it would examine the risk of collision between drones and aircraft, as the use of such unmanned flying devices grows.

Pakistan poisoned sweets death toll climbs to 33

Multan - Some 33 people including five children have now died in central Pakistan after eating sweets accidentally tainted with insecticide, officials said Sunday.The mass poisoning occurred in the Karor Lal Esan area of Punjab province last month.

23 dead in Pakistan after eating poisoned sweets

Lahore - At least 23 people have died and dozens of others fell ill in central Pakistan after eating sweets which police suspect were tainted with pesticides, officials said Monday.

Lessons of Chernobyl disaster, 30 years on

Vienna - Ukraine next week marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, when human error and flawed Soviet reactor technology led to the world's worst nuclear accident.

Lessons of Chernobyl disaster, 30 years on

Vienna - Ukraine will next week mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, when human error and flawed Soviet reactor technology led to the world's worst nuclear accident.

Independent report criticizes Europe’s pesticide policy

The ombudsman (office for independent complaints) has criticized the European Commission’s handling of pesticides across the European Union.

Safer holiday destinations now preferred by holiday makers Commissioned

2015 was an eventful year for holiday makers. Sadly, a fair number of holidays ended in disaster, or didn’t take place at all, owing to some chilling global incidents and the impact that they left on tourists, the world over.

Calls for safety overhaul in Taiwan after quake disaster

Taipei - As rescuers continue the grim task of digging bodies from the rubble of an apartment complex that collapsed in a Taiwan earthquake, anger is growing over the shoddy construction of the building and the island's questionable safety record.

Apple recalls dangerous power adapters sold worldwide for years

Apple has announced a voluntary recall of some international AC power adapters shipped with its Mac and iPad computers between 2003 and 2015. The company says the adapters can fail and cause an electric shock.

Bangladeshis take plunge in world's biggest swim lesson

Dhaka - After her eldest son Amanto became one of the 50 children to drown on an average day in Bangladesh, Jahanara Anwar was determined that his younger brother join the world's biggest swimming lesson.

Co-pilot pressing wrong number on an iPad led to plane tailstrike

An incident which saw an airplane's tail strike the runway during take-off from Sydney was caused by the co-pilot pressing the wrong number on an iPad screen, according to a report today. He pressed 6 instead of 7 when entering the plane's weight.

U.S. sees big surge in close calls with drones

Washington - It was a fine summer day over the airport at Charlotte, North Carolina and a CRJ200 commuter jet was preparing to land when its pilots spotted something odd outside their cockpit window -- a drone.The unmanned craft flew about five to 10 feet (1.

'Kids on the frontline': China firefighters in spotlight after blasts

Bejing - As the child of poor Chinese farmers Yang Weigang never dreamt of being a firefighter. But when he grew up, the chance of making a little more money than his poverty-stricken parents outweighed the dangers.

Whistleblower-friendly anonymous router mysteriously vanishes

The creators of a Wi-Fi router that would have helped whistle-blowers to mask their real locations when online have mysteriously cancelled the project without explanation. The news was announced on the firm's Twitter account, to disbelief from followers.

NYC council asks Google to discourage left turns to save lives

New York City - New York City has reportedly asked Google to eliminate left turns from its navigation directions on Google Maps where possible. It is thought that this could save many lives over the course of the year as left turns are notoriously dangerous in NYC.

Report: 999 needs to adapt to the modern world of smartphones

A report has called for Britain's 999 hotline to allow people to report emergencies by texting or using an app. It says this is more applicable to the modern world and could help in cases where sound isn't viable, such as a break-in.

London testing cyclist detection systems for traffic lights

Transport for London is to install special cyclist detection systems at traffic lights throughout the city in an effort to make cycling safer. Traffic lights will know how many cyclists are waiting and adjust timings so they have longer to get away in.

Nova Scotia offers free fishing this weekend Special

Halifax - Nova Scotians and fishing enthusiasts are invited to participate in the province's annual Nova Scotia Sportfishing Weekend on Saturday,June 6 and Sunday, June 7.

Huge security flaw found in Lenovo laptops and computers

Just months after Lenovo was found to be installing adware on its computers, it has now been revealed that the company has left "massive security risks" in its own software supplied with its machines leaving users vulnerable to attack and exploit.
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