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Death toll in China epidemic surges past 1,500

Bejing - The death toll from China's new coronavirus epidemic surged past 1,500 on Saturday after 143 more people died in the country, according to official data.

All-at-sea cruise ship finally gets permission to berth

Pattaya - Aboard a US cruise ship that was rejected at Asian ports over coronavirus fears, stoic passengers kept their spirits up with poolside yoga, spin classes, comedy shows and a few drinks.

Nearly 550 killed in Iraq protest violence: commission

Baghdad - Nearly 550 Iraqis have been killed in protest-related violence since unprecedented anti-government demonstrations erupted in the capital and southern cities in October, the Iraqi Human Rights Commission said on Friday.

China virus death toll rises to 304 with 45 new fatalities: govt

Bejing - The number of confirmed deaths from China's coronavirus outbreak rose to 304, as authorities in hardest-hit Hubei province on Sunday reported 45 new fatalities.

China virus death toll rises to 259, infections surge

Bejing - The death toll from China's new coronavirus outbreak has risen to 259 and the tally of confirmed infections has surged to nearly 12,000, the government said on Saturday.

China virus death toll rises to 170, more than 1,700 new cases

Wuhan - The nationwide death toll from China's viral epidemic has leapt to 170, the government said on Thursday, with more than 1,700 new infections confirmed.

Nine people dead in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Los Angeles - Nine people were killed in the helicopter crash which claimed the life of NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter, Los Angeles officials confirmed on Sunday.

China death toll spikes to 80, over 2,700 cases confirmed

Wuhan - China said on Monday that the death toll from a deadly viral outbreak spiked to 80 as the hard-hit epicentre province of Hubei suffered 24 new fatalities, while total confirmed cases nationwide rose sharply to 2,744.

China virus death toll rises to 56, total cases near 2,000

Wuhan - The death toll from a virus in China has risen to 56 and the number of people infected across the country is nearing 2,000, authorities said Sunday.

China virus toll jumps to 25 dead with 830 confirmed cases: govt

Bejing - The death toll in China's viral outbreak has risen to 25, with the number of confirmed cases also leaping to 830, the government said on Friday.

Iraq protester gunned down in second night of violence

Basra - An Iraqi demonstrator was shot dead in the southern city of Basra overnight, a security source and the human rights commission said Thursday, the latest in a string of protester deaths.

All 176 dead in Ukrainian jet crash: Iran media

Tehran - All 176 people on board a Ukrainian passenger plane were killed when it crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran on Wednesday, Iranian state media reported.

Eight still missing in NZealand volcano eruption: police

Whakatane - Eight people were still missing after a volcanic eruption in New Zealand, with no indications they survived the explosion that has already left five dead, police said Tuesday.

Iran rejects as 'lies' unrest death tolls given abroad

Tehran - Iran on Tuesday rejected as "utter lies" unofficial casualty figures given for street violence that erupted last month during demonstrations against a shock decision to hike fuel prices.

Iran rejects as 'lies' unrest death tolls given abroad

Tehran - Iran's judiciary on Tuesday rejected as "utter lies" unofficial casualty figures given for street violence that erupted last month during demonstrations against fuel price hikes.

Iran unrest killed 'at least 208': Amnesty International

London - At least 208 people are believed to have been killed during a crackdown on protests in Iran last month that followed a sharp fuel price hike, Amnesty International said Monday.

UN 'alarmed' dozens may be dead in Iran protests

Geneva - The United Nations voiced alarm Tuesday at reports dozens may have been killed in Iranian demonstrations, as the Islamic republic said it will unblock the internet only once calm has been restored.

Three Iran security personnel killed by 'rioters': reports

Tehran - Three members of the Iranian security forces have been stabbed to death by "rioters" near Tehran, the ISNA and Fars news agencies reported late Monday.

Tear gas grenades kill Iraq protesters as govt feels heat

Baghdad - Four protesters were killed by tear gas canisters in Baghdad on Thursday as security forces tried to snuff out the largest grassroots movement to sweep Iraq in years.

Tear gas grenades kill 4 protesters in Baghdad: medics

Baghdad - Four protesters were killed by tear gas canisters in Baghdad on Thursday, medics told AFP, the latest deaths from what rights groups have slammed as a "gruesome" misuse of the weapon.

Israel says overnight strike on Gaza house killed Islamic Jihad commander

Jerusalem - Israel's military said Thursday that an overnight strike in Gaza that Palestinians officials say left eight members of the same family dead killed an Islamic Jihad commander.

Two Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes: Gaza ministry

Gaza - Two Palestinians were killed in Israeli air and missile strikes on Gaza early Wednesday, the territory's health ministry said, taking the death toll from a two-day flare-up to 12.

In Iraq protests, counting the dead is a dangerous job

Baghdad - One protester killed. Then five. Suddenly, more than 40. As Iraq's anti-government demonstrations turned bloody, a network of rights defenders and medics began documenting deaths to fill a gag order on casualty numbers.

157 dead in Iraq protests: new official toll

Baghdad - The death toll from week-long anti-government protests that erupted in Baghdad and southern Iraq at the start of October totalled 157, an official inquiry announced Tuesday, ahead of further demonstrations.

'Unprecedented' Afghan civilian casualties in July-September: UN

Kabul - An "unprecedented" number of civilians were killed or wounded in Afghanistan from July to September this year, the United Nations said in a new report released Thursday, calling the violence "totally unacceptable".

Israeli woman dies months after wounds from Gaza rocket

Jerusalem - An Israeli woman wounded by Palestinian rocket fire from the Gaza Strip in November 2018 has died from her injuries, officials said Monday.The southern coastal city of Ashkelon, where she lived, announced the death of Nina Genisdanova in a statement.

Death toll from Taliban bomb attack rises to 39

Kabul - The death toll from a massive Taliban bomb attack which flattened a hospital in southern Afghanistan earlier this week has risen to at least 39, officials said Friday.

Fourth death after Dutch policeman shoots family

Den Haag - A woman has died of her wounds in hospital after her estranged Dutch policeman husband shot her and his two young daughters before turning the gun on himself, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Gaza under alert after bombings kill three police officers

Gaza - Hamas said Wednesday that two overnight bombings killed three Palestinian police officers in the Gaza Strip in what witnesses called suicide attacks as the Palestinian enclave was placed under a state of alert.

Two US soldiers killed in Afghanistan: NATO

Kabul - Two US military personnel were killed Wednesday in Afghanistan, NATO announced, as potentially decisive talks between the US and the Taliban on the future of the war-wracked country are set to resume in Qatar.
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