Rock fall strikes Yosemite National Park for a second day

A massive new rock fall hit Yosemite National Park, cracking with a thundering roar off the El Capitan rock formation, injuring one person and sending huge plumes of white dust surging through the valley floor below. The slide came a day after a giant slab of granite plunged from the same formation, killing a British […]

Donald Trump plays left and right in drive to protect ‘Dreamers’

President Donald Trump and top aides have urged conservative Republicans in Congress to craft legislation protecting “Dreamers” brought illegally to the United States as children, a move that could jeopardize efforts to work with Democrats on the issue. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and other officials have reached […]

UN chief to Myanmar: End military ops, open humanitarian access

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres decried the humanitarian “nightmare” faced by Myanmar’s Rohingya and demanded that the government end military operations and open humanitarian access to its conflict-wracked western region. “The situation has spiraled into the world’s fastest developing refugee emergency, a humanitarian and human rights nightmare,” Guterres said in a speech to the UN […]

North Korea warns of ‘more gift packages’ for United States

North Korea is ready to send “more gift packages” to the United States, one of its top diplomats said on Tuesday, dismissing the international uproar over his country’s latest and biggest nuclear weapons test. Han Tae Song, ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the United Nations in Geneva, was addressing the […]

Iran says hajj success opens way for talks with Saudi Arabia

Iran thanked Saudi Arabia today for its handling of the annual hajj pilgrimage, saying it opened the way for negotiations between the regional rivals. “We thank Saudi Arabia… for adopting a new approach in dealing with Iranian pilgrims,” said Ali Ghazi-Askar, the head of the hajj organisation in Tehran, according to the state broadcaster. Some […]