Nine injured after Rio carnival float collapses

Nine people were injured in Brazil Tuesday during the fourth round of samba parades when the platform of a float collapsed under the weight of dancers.The incident happened around 3:00 am during the Unidos da Tijuca parade in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambodromo, a day after a truck carrying a float ran into bystanders late Sunday […]

Samsung heir indicted for bribery, embezzlement

The heir to the Samsung empire and four other top executives from the world’s biggest smartphone maker were indicted Tuesday on multiple charges including bribery and embezzlement, South Korean prosecutors said. “Special prosecutors today indicted Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-Yong… for bribery, embezzlement, hiding of assets overseas… and perjury,” said Lee Kyu-Chul, spokesman for […]

Quake hits off Japan’s Fukushima, no tsunami risk

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday struck northeastern Japan near the disaster-hit Fukushima nuclear plant but there was no fear of a tsunami, Japanese and US authorities said. The quake struck at a depth of 42.3 kilometres (26 miles) in the Pacific Ocean 34 kilometres east-northeast of the town of Namie, the US Geological Survey said. […]

China transfers hit new record despite crackdown

Chinese clubs splashed a record 388 million euros ($411 million) on footballers in the January-February transfer window despite an official crackdown on spending, with Oscar’s heavyweight move to Shanghai SIPG leading the way. In spite of moves to curb “irrational” expenditure, China’s top tier beat last year’s record of 345 million euros and outstripped the […]

Bloody accident and rain mar joyful Rio carnival

A huge float carried by an out-of-control truck at the Rio de Janeiro samba parade struck at least six people, seriously injuring two.The accident late Sunday, which coincided with heavy drizzle, marred the start of the all-night samba dance-off at the Sambodromo stadium. The truck, topped with one of the extravagant floats that symbolize the […]

Police foil Algeria suicide attack

A policeman managed to foil an attempted suicide attack in eastern Algeria on Sunday, opening fire on the bomber and triggering the explosives belt he was wearing, officials said.The national police force said the attacker had been approaching a police station in the city of Constantine when he was shot by the officer. “An officer […]