Australia checks if listeria contaminated rockmelons were exported

By Alison Bevege SYDNEY, Mar 4 : Australian authorities said on Sunday they were checking whether rockmelons had been exported from a farm where fruit contaminated with listeria has been found to have killed three elderly people and caused illness in at least 12 others. New South Wales Food Authority said that the company whose […]

S.Korea names envoys in bid to arrange U.S.-N.Korea talks

By Josh Smith SEOUL, Mar 4 : South Korean President Moon Jae-in has picked two senior security officials as special envoys to North Korea, Yonhap news agency reported Sunday, as upcoming joint military drills by U.S. and South Korean troops drew condemnation from Pyongyang. National Intelligence Service (NIS) chief Suh Hoon and National Security Office […]

Trump praises Chinese president extending tenure ‘for life’

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON, March 4 : U.S. President Donald Trump praised Chinese President Xi Jinping Saturday after the ruling Communist party announced it was eliminating the two-term limit for the presidency, paving the way for Xi to serve indefinitely, according to audio aired by CNN. “He’s now president for life, president for life. And […]

Counting through the night, Germany’s SPD readies coalition verdict

By Gernot Heller and Andrea Shalal BERLIN, Mar 4 : Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) began counting the votes of hundreds of thousands of party members who will decide if a new coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel takes office, more than five months after a general election. With the SPD’s 464,000 members promised the final say […]

Killer storm exits U.S. Northeast, leaving floods, outages

By Joseph Ax PRINCETON, N.J., Mar 3 : A powerful storm that killed at least seven people moved away from the northeastern United States on Saturday but will continue to lash the coast with damaging winds, hampering power restoration efforts and causing additional flooding, forecasters said. The snow and rain ended by Saturday morning, but […]

Video replays set to be used at World Cup after IFAB approval

By Brian Homewood ZURICH, Mar 3 : The use of video replays to help referees make key decisions was approved by soccer’s rule-making body IFAB on Saturday, opening the way for the system to be used at this year’s World Cup. Soccer’s world governing body FIFA has said the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system will […]