May 24, 2019

10 dead, 8 missing after boat capsizes in China

yorkfoto/iStock(GUIZHOU, China) -- At least 10 people are dead and eight missing after a boat capsized on a river in southwestern China. The vessel capsized in the remote Banrao village of Guizhou province. Police arrested the captain, and the others who were rescued were rushed to a hospital. Accidents on Chinese waterways have declined in recent years because of an increased government emphasis on safety. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
May 23, 2019

More troops, defensive capabilities requested to Middle East to deter Iran

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan (US Department of Defense)(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Central Command is requesting additional defensive capabilities that could lead to as many as 5,000 to 10,000 additional troops being sent to the Middle East to deter Iran, a U.S. official told ABC News. On Thursday afternoon, acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan confirmed that the Pentagon is asking for more forces, but would not confirm any numbers, saying that it was not 5,000 or 10,000. "What..
May 23, 2019

UN names Ebola chief to tackle world’s 2nd largest outbreak: ‘We have no time to lose’

lucagavagna/iStock(NEW YORK) -- United Nations officials on Thursday named an emergency Ebola response coordinator to help bolster efforts to contain the growing outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo that has killed more than 1,200 people in 10 months. David Gressly, the U.N. deputy special representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been appointed to the new position, in which he "will oversee the coordination of international support for the Ebola response a..
May 23, 2019

Narendra Modi claims victory in Indian election

Chirag Wakaskar/Getty Images(LONDON) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed victory in the country's general election on Thursday, as early vote counts showed his Bharatiya Janata Party on course for a significant win. Early data from the nation's Electoral Commission showed the BJP led in contests for 269 of the 542 seats in Parliament, while its rival party, the Indian National Congress, was winning just 56. "Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a stro..