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Japan quake, landslides leave at least 8 dead

A powerful 6.6-magnitude quake rocked the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido Thursday, killing at least eight people, collapsing homes, and triggering landslides that left dozens missing. Multiple, large-scale landslides struck the sparsely populated countryside, which was also hit by the edge of a powerful typhoon that surged through Japan earlier this week.   Aerial views showed dozens of houses destroyed ...

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Two Koreas agree to hold September summit in Pyongyang: Seoul

Kim Jong Un will meet the South’s President Moon Jae-in at a summit in Pyongyang in September to discuss nuclear disarmament, Seoul said Thursday. This would be the third meeting this year between the two leaders, who will discuss “practical measures to denuclearise” the flashpoint peninsula during the September 18-20 summit, South Korean National Security Advisor Chung Eui-yong told reporters. ...

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18 die in rain-related incidents in northern India

At least 18 people were killed and 36 others injured in rain-related incidents in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, officials said Wednesday. The casualties were reported from 10 districts across the state in the past 36 hours.   “Some 18 people have died and 36 injured due to heavy rains and flooding in the state since Monday night, ...

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Elevator plummets at Tehran site, kills 6 workers

Iran’s official IRNA news agency reports that an elevator at a construction site plummeted multiple floors, killing six construction workers in the capital Tehran. Jalal Maleki, spokesman for the Tehran Fire Department, tells IRNA the incident took place Tuesday night in the Chitgar district. Unofficial reports said the elevator plunged more than 20 stories.   The semi-official ISNA news agency ...

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9 killed as Japan hit by strongest typhoon in 25 years

At least nine people were killed and 300 others injured as Typhoon Jebi made landfall in western Japan on Tuesday, reports UPI. Officials said two men in their 70s were killed, one when he fell from his roof in Osaka prefecture — and the other when a warehouse collapsed in Shiga prefecture, NHK public radio reported.   The storm, named ...

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Pakistani lawmakers begin electing new president

Photo: Lawmakers cast their votes at the National Assembly. Islamabad, Sep 4 : Polling has started in Pakistan to elect a president, a process likely to strengthen the grip of the ruling party whose nominee is expected to easily become the new ceremonial head of state. The president is indirectly elected by lawmakers from the National Assembly, the Senate and ...

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Strongest typhoon in quarter century hits Japan

The strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years made landfall Tuesday, the country’s weather agency said, bringing violent winds and heavy rainfall that prompted evacuation warnings. Typhoon Jebi, packing winds of up to 216 kilometres (135 miles) per hour, made landfall around midday in western Japan near areas still recovering from deadly record rains earlier this summer.   Prime ...

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Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of Afghan militant network, dies

The founder of the Haqqani militant network has died after several years of illness, the Afghan Taliban has announced. Jalaluddin Haqqani was a significant militant figure in Afghanistan and had close ties to both the Taliban and al-Qaeda.   The Haqqani network has been behind many of the co-ordinated attacks on Afghan and Nato forces in recent years.   His ...

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Duterte in Israel for first visit by a Philippines president

In this April 19, 2018 file photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, right, jokes to photographers as he holds an Israeli-made Galil rifle which was presented to him by former Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa at the turnover-of-command ceremony at the Camp Crame in Quezon city northeast of Manila. Jerusalem, Sep 3 : Philippine President Rodrigo ...

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US calls Myanmar court ruling ‘deeply troubling’

Yangon, Sep 3 : The U.S. says the conviction of two Reuters reporters in Myanmar is “deeply troubling for all who support press freedom and the transition toward democracy.” Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were found guilty Monday of violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act while reporting on government abuses against the country’s Rohingya Muslims. In a statement, the ...

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