WA: Radiation scares as small capsule lost on road between Perth and Newman

Somewhere on a 1000 km stretch of road in Western Australia, a small capsule of radioactive material has been lost. The capsule — which could fit a 10 cent coin — came loose earlier in January during transit from the north of the Pilbara mining town of Newman to Perth’s eastern suburbs. The small, round, … Read more

WA: Radioactive capsule lost between Perth and Newman

Somewhere on a 1000 km stretch of road in Western Australia, a small capsule of radioactive material has been lost. The capsule — which could fit a 10 cent coin — came loose earlier in January during transit from the north of the Pilbara mining town of Newman to Perth’s eastern suburbs. The small, round, … Read more

Stokes Beach, Kangaroo Island voted Australia’s best beach

Stokes Bay on Kangaroo Island has beaten nearly 12,000 Australian beaches to be crowned the best in the country. It is the first time a South Australian beach has taken the top spot on Tourism Australia’s annual top 10 best Australian beaches. Compiled by expert Brad Farmer AM, who traveled to beaches across the country, … Read more

Jin Tian: Eight dead, nine missing after ship capsizes near Japan

CNN — Eight people aboard a cargo ship that capsized off the coast of Japan earlier this week have died and nine remain missing, Japan’s Coast Guard said Thursday. Six of the dead are Chinese nationals and two are Myanmar nationals, the Coast Guard said. The Hong Kong-flagged ship Jin Tian sent out a distress … Read more

Bride in China invites ex-boyfriends to her wedding

A fierce bride seated all her former lovers at one table at her wedding reception in China’s Hubei on Jan. 8, according to a local report. As reported by the New York Post, the viral video has been viewed 2.91 million times on Weibo, one of China’s largest social media apps. It shows five men … Read more

Russian warship armed with hypersonic missiles to train with Chinese, South African navies

CNN — A Russian warship armed with advanced hypersonic missiles completed an exercise in the Atlantic Ocean ahead of joint naval exercises with the Chinese and South African navies scheduled for next month, the Russian defense ministry said on Wednesday. Russia’s Admiral Gorshkov frigate, armed with hypersonic Zircon missiles, was practicing “executing a missile strike … Read more

From China to Japan, deadly cold grips East Asia. Experts say it’s the “new normal.”

Hong-Kong CNN — A deadly cold snap sweeping East Asia has claimed the lives of at least four people in Japan after freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall caused traffic chaos during the Lunar New Year holiday, with climate experts warning that such extreme weather conditions could ” new norm”. Japanese officials said all four of … Read more

Chinese engineer sentenced to 8 years in prison for espionage

CNN — A former Chicago graduate student was sentenced to eight years in prison on Wednesday for spying for the Chinese government by gathering information on engineers and scientists in the United States. Ji Chaoqun, a Chinese national who came to the US in 2013 to study electrical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology … Read more

Jetstar passengers stranded at Kansai Airport in Osaka, Japan

Jetstar passengers flying to Cairns were left stranded and confused overnight at a Japanese airport after a snowstorm grounded flights. At least 250 passengers were forced to camp at a gate at Kansai Airport in Osaka for 18 hours after their flight’s boarding time was repeatedly pushed back. Travelers said they were left in the … Read more

Cargo ship Jin Tian capsizes off the coast of Japan with 22 on board

Tokyo CNN — Five crew members have been rescued and efforts are underway to rescue 17 others after a cargo ship capsized off Japan’s Nagasaki prefecture on Wednesday, Japan’s Coast Guard told CNN. The Coast Guard said it received a distress signal late Tuesday night from the Hong Kong-flagged ship Jin Tian as it sailed … Read more