WASHINGTON — Dozens of world leaders assembling Friday for a nuclear security summit will confront a disparate array of modern-day threats, ranging from government actors like North Korea to murkier groups like the Islamic State.
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KOLKATA, India — Rescuers said Friday there was no hope of finding any more survivors after clearing the crumbled concrete and twisted metal rods from an overpass that collapsed onto a crowded Kolkata neighbourhood, killing at least 24 people and injuring more than 80.
Sixty-seven people were pulled from the debris alive, and by Friday afternoon the wreckage was cleared.
BEIJING — China’s Communist Party has a new target in its campaign against pernicious Western cultural influences: April Fool’s Day.
“The so-called Western April Fool’s Day does not conform to Chinese cultural traditions or socialist core values,” the party’s leading propaganda organ, Xinhua News Agency, said in a brief message on its official microblog Friday.
SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — North Korea fired a short-range missile into the sea and tried to jam GPS navigation signals in South Korea on Friday, Seoul officials said, hours after U.S., South Korean and Japanese leaders pledged to work closer together to prevent North Korea from advancing its nuclear and missile programs.
AMRITSAR, India — The chronic air pollution blanketing much of northern India is now threatening the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion, making the once-gleaming walls of the Golden Temple dingy and dull.
PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — It’s a demand North Korea has been making for decades: The United States and South Korea must immediately suspend their annual military exercises if there is to be peace on the Korean Peninsula. And, once again, it’s a demand that is falling on deaf ears.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Strong winds Monday pushed an ash cloud from an Alaska volcano into the heart of the state, grounding flights and limiting travel to western and northern communities off the road system.
But hours later, officials downgraded the volcano alert level, saying the intensity of the eruption had “declined significantly.”
ALAMEDA, Calif. — A Northern California U.S. Coast Guard crew seized more than 6 tons of cocaine from a semi-submersible vessel off Panama’s Pacific coast, officials said.
The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday released a video of the March 3 bust, which included the arrest of four suspected drug smugglers seen sitting atop the blow-laden submersible with their hands up in the air.
BATON ROUGE, La. — Prosecutors are rarely held accountable for misconduct and mistakes that have left innocent people imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit, according to report Tuesday by a non-profit group that investigates possible wrongful convictions.
LARNACA, Cyprus — An Egyptian man who hijacked an EgyptAir plane during a routine domestic flight to Cairo and forced it to land on the island of Cyprus on Tuesday has surrendered and was taken into custody after he released all the passengers and crew.