Deep earthquakes generally cause less surface damage than shallow tremors. The 6.8 magnitude tremor was so powerful, it was felt hundreds of miles away, in neighbouring Thailand. Office buildings in Bangkok also shook for a few seconds, residents there said. Earlier, an quake measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale had struck Italy killing over 38 persons.
According to Reuters , Duterte told reporters that it was "better to continually engage China in a diplomatic dialogue rather than anger officials there". "China welcomes the statement made by [Philippine] President Duterte that the Philippines won't raise the issue of the Arbitration's decision concerning the South China Sea at the upcoming summit", Lu Kang said at a briefing.
One American service member was killed and another injured in southern Afghanistan's Taliban stronghold of Helmand province a day after the US military announced it was deploying almost 100 troops to the same region in response to recent "tactical victories" by the jihadist group.
TURKISH artillery bombarded Islamic State (Isis) fighters in north-west Syria for a second day yesterday in a prelude to an invasion by proxy forces. He will be the most senior official from Washington to come since the July 15 failed coup attempt in Turkey.
Many black voters dismiss the GOP nominee's overtures as another racially charged pitch from a campaign aimed exclusively at whites. "Having heard the mayor of Amatrice say, 'The town no longer exists, ' and knowing that there are children among the dead, I am deeply saddened", Pope Francis said.
The New York Times has now drafted in U.S. security investigators to assess the damage of the attack. In a statement, Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said the paper is "vigilant about guarding against attempts to hack into our systems".