Accidents and disasters
SEOUL, South Korea - An explosion at a chemical plant in South Korea killed six workers on Friday, fire officials said.
The victims were doing welding work when the blast tore down a waste storage facility at a chemical plant run by Hanwha Chemical Co. in the southeastern city of Ulsan, according to the officials.
The exact cause of the explosion wasn't immediately known. But fire officer Kim Jung-sik said that gas trapped inside the storage might have triggered the blast.
MANILA, Philippines - MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least three more bodies have been recovered from a ferry that capsized in choppy waters in the central Philippines, raising the death toll in the accident to 38 with 15 others missing, the coast guard said Friday.
At least 134 people from the M/B Kim Nirvana were rescued by fishing boats and coast guard personnel or swam to safety off Ormoc city on Leyte Island on Thursday, said coast guard spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo.
MARYVILLE, Tenn. - A CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire in the middle of the night in eastern Tennessee, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people and sending dozens to the hospital with respiratory issues and nausea.
MANILA, Philippines - A ferry carrying 189 people, including at least one Canadian, capsized Thursday minutes as it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 dead and 26 others missing, coast guard officials said.
They said the Canadian was among at least 127 people from the M/B Kim Nirvana who were rescued by nearby fishing boats and coast guard personnel or swam to safety off Ormoc city on Leyte Island.
The name and hometown of the Canadian were not immediately available.
MEDAN, Indonesia - The aging Indonesian military transport plane that crashed into a residential neighbourhood of Medan killing 141 people had a propeller "abnormality" that indicates an engine stalled, the air force chief said Thursday.
Air Marshal Agus Supriatna told reporters the fact that the plane turned rightward after takeoff and was flying at a lower than normal speed also suggests an engine failure.
TAIPEI, Taiwan - A pilot described by colleagues as nervous and hasty mistakenly throttled down a still-running engine following a glitch with the other engine in an airline crash that killed 43 people in Taiwan in February, flight safety officials said Thursday.
Fire crews have reported progress fighting wildfires in tinder-dry, drought-stricken Washington state, as well as in Nevada.
Here is a look at hotspots around the West.
Firefighters attacked hotspots at a wildfire that has destroyed nearly 30 homes in the central Washington city of Wenatchee.
By Wednesday evening, the blaze was 83 per cent contained, fire spokesman Vladimir Steblina said.
WEST POINT, Neb. - An explosion and fire at a northeast Nebraska petroleum distribution centre left seven people injured Wednesday, two of them critically, officials said.
The explosion happened at Sapp Bros. Petroleum in West Point, about 70 miles northwest of Omaha, General Manager Tim Kaup said. He told reporters the company doesn't yet know what caused the explosion.
St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point said in a statement that seven people were taken to the facility following an incident at Sapp Bros. Petroleum in the town about 70 miles northwest of Omaha.
CAIRO - The latest news on the nine Muslim Brotherhood leaders killed in a Cairo apartment raid (all times local):
The Muslim Brotherhood says its leaders killed in a Cairo apartment were murdered in "in cold blood," calling for a rebellion against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who it calls a "butcher."
MEDAN, Indonesia - Indonesia's air force said Wednesday it will investigate if the transport plane that crashed into a city neighbourhood, killing 141 people, was violating orders by carrying paying passengers. A local military commander said the search for bodies has ended.