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Japan's Sakurajima volcano erupts on southern island of Kyushu

Japan volcanoA fiery volcano on Japan's island of Kyushu erupted Friday evening, sending lava streaming down a side of the mountain. No injuries were reported.

Images of the powerful eruption showed Sakurajima volcano emitting ash and rock into a darkened evening sky, and even flashes of volcanic lightning, Sky News reported.

The eruption occurred around 7 p.m. local time, according to television network NHK, which also aired footage of the blast.


U.S., 11 nations sign contested Trans-Pacific trade deal; Sanders vows to kill it if elected

TPP signedRepresentatives of a dozen nations met in New Zealand to sign the debated Trans-Pacific Partnership, which seeks to bolster economies and investments between the United States and a number of Pacific Rim governments.

The TPP agreement was signed by the parties on Thursday, New Zealand time, during a formal ceremony in Auckland.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman attended the signing for President Barack Obama's administration.


Assange 'unlawfully detained' in embassy, UN panel reportedly will rule

Julian AssangeWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's three-and-a-half-year stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London amounts to "unlawful detention," a United Nations panel examining his appeal will reportedly rule on Friday.

Assange, a former computer hacker who has been holed up in the embassy since June 2012, told the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention that he was a political refugee whose rights had been infringed by being unable to take up asylum in Ecuador.


5,000 migrant children reported missing in Germany

Immigrant children missing in GermanyNearly 5,000 unaccompanied migrant children and teens in Germany have been reported missing, German officials said.

The German Federal Criminal Police Office said migrant children 4,749 have been reported missing as of Jan. 1. Six months ago the reported number in Germany was 1,637. The agency said children are sometimes reported missing in several cities, distorting the figures, but it acknowledged some of those unaccounted for are likely crime victims.


Bomb likely caused Somalia plane blast, say U.S. government sources

Bomb caused blast on AirbusInvestigators believe a bomb probably caused the onboard explosion that forced an Airbus A321 to return to the Somali capital of Mogadishu for an emergency landing this week, U.S. government sources said on Wednesday.

One man was killed by the blast on Tuesday on the Daallo Airlines plane, officials said. Local authorities north of Mogadishu said the body of a man, believed to have been sucked out through the hole in the fuselage made by the blast, was found in their area.


Egypt court overturns death sentences for 149

Egypt overturns death sentencesAn Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday overturned death sentences for 149 people accused of killing policemen in a mob attack on their station, a judicial source said.

The court ordered a retrial for the defendants over the attack, which killed 13 policemen near Cairo on Aug. 14, 2013, the day police shot dead hundreds of demonstrators in the capital.

The initial ruling in February 2015 came amid a series of death sentences in mass trials that were criticized internationally, as the government cracked down on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.


German teen admits she lied about migrant gang rape

German teen admits she lied about migrant rapeA 13-year-old German girl has admitted she lied about being gang raped by migrants, an allegation that ignited a diplomatic war of words between Germany and Russia and further stirred anti-immigrant feelings in Europe.

The teen, who was identified only as Lisa under German privacy laws, said she made up the allegation she was abducted and raped by three men of Arabic and Turkish descent to cover the 30 hours she spent with a 19-year-old man and his mother.


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