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Magnitude 6.4 quake rattles Indonesia
WASHINGTON, D.C.
An earthquake of 6.4 magnitude rattled Indonesia's half of New Guinea island yesterday, the U.S. Geological Survey said in a posting on its Web site.
USGS had earlier said the quake was 6.6 magnitude.
The quake, at a depth of 37 kilometers, had its epicenter 182 km west of Jayapura in eastern Indonesia, USGS said.
Japanese shower suit
TOKYO, Japan
No time to bring your suit to a dry cleaner? Just turn on the shower to wash it at home.
Washable suits are already available, but Japanese clothing company Konaka says its "Shower Clean" line of business suits that can be washed in a warm shower and require no ironing is one-of-a-kind.
Konaka says the suits - made of a lightweight fabric easy to clean - will be available in February in Japan.
The firm's Web site shows how to clean them: Reverse the jacket and pants, put them on clothes hangers and douse with warm water for a few minutes to clean the inside. Repeat the process to clean the outside and drip-dry.
Konaka is targeting job-hunting college students who go through a period of job interviews as well as young businessmen living alone, company official Shigeyuki Tsuchiya said.
Biometrics database
WASHINGTON, D.C.
The FBI is embarking on a US$1 billion project to build the world's largest computer database of biometrics to give the U.S. government more ways to identify people at home and abroad, the Washington Post reported on Friday.
The FBI, the main investigative arm of the Department of Justice, has already started compiling digital images of faces, fingerprints and palm patterns in its systems, the paper said.
In January, the agency - which focuses on violations of federal law, espionage by foreigners and terrorist activities - expects to award a 10-year contract to expand the amount and kinds of biometric information it receives, it said.
If successful, the system, called Next Generation Identification, will collect the biometric information in one place for identification and forensic purposes, the Post said.
Tajikistan avalanche
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan
An avalanche killed at least 16 people in the mountains of Tajikistan yesterday, a source in the Interior Ministry told Reuters.
The avalanche hit a road that connects the Central Asian state's capital Dushanbe with another city, Khudjand. It was not immediately clear how many people were trapped at the site, 70 kilometers north of Dushanbe, the source said.


Updated : 2021-07-28 08:01 GMT+08:00