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Vietnam says extreme weather linked to typhoon kills 27 HANOI: Extreme weather caused by Typhoon Rammasun has killed 27 people in Vietnam, with the storm unleashing flash floods, landslides and lightning strikes, authorities said Tuesday.Heavy rain flooded 7,200 houses and 4,200 hectares (10,300 acres) of cropland, with the north of the country worst hit, the national flood and storm control committee said.The cost of the damage was estimated at around $6 million.Rammasun -- meaning "Thunder God" in Thai -- had earlier barrelled through the Philippines and then hit southern China, killing more than 100 people and wrecking over 111,000 homes.It was the most powerful storm to strike China's southern areas since 1973, the country's National Meteorological Center said, and brought torrential rains.The typhoon then weakened into a low-pressure area as it tracked along the China-Vietnam border.In 2013 Vietnam was hit by 15 storms including Typhoon Haiyan, which killed 313 people and caused an estimated $1.4 billion worth of damage, ...


Taliban attack kills four foreigners in Kabul compound KABUL: A Taliban suicide attacker riding a motorbike killed at least four foreigners in a compound in Kabul on Tuesday, police said, in the latest blast to rock the capital during a prolonged impasse over presidential election results."Our initial reports show the explosion took place inside the foreigners' compound -- four foreigners were killed and six were wounded," Kabul police chief Zahir Zahir told AFP. "The foreigners were exercising inside at the time.""Our teams are ...

Israel air strikes kill seven in Gaza GAZA CITY: A series of Israeli air strikes early on Tuesday killed seven people in Gaza, including five members of the same family, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.The deaths hike the total Palestinian toll to 583 since the Israeli military launched Operation Protective Edge on July 8 in a bid to stamp out rocket fire from Gaza.Qudra said a strike on Deir el-Balah in central Gaza killed five family members, four of them women.Another ...

Two Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza: army JERUSALEM: Two Israeli soldiers were killed in combat in the Gaza Strip, the army said Tuesday, raising the number of troops killed in the 15-day conflict with Hamas to 27."Yesterday, Monday, two IDF (Israel Defence Forces) soldiers were killed during battles of Operation Protective Edge," a statement from the army read.The army said three other soldiers were seriously wounded over the course of the night.In Gaza, 576 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched its ...

Japan, Mongolia to sign free trade deal: reports TOKYO: Japan and Mongolia will sign a free-trade deal when their leaders hold talks in Tokyo later Tuesday, reports said, as Japan looks to tap the country's fast-growing economy and huge natural resources.Tokyo is also hoping the deal will deepen ties with Mongolia as it tries to resolve the case of Japanese citizens abducted during the Cold War by North Korean agents, leading dailies the Asahi and Yomiuri reported. Mongolia is one of the few ...

World pushes for truce as Israel batters Gaza GAZA CITY: UN chief Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry were in Cairo on Tuesday in a bid to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas after two weeks of fighting which has left over 570 Palestinians dead.Many of those killed in the relentless Israeli campaign of shelling and airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, in its 15th day, were women and children. On the Israeli side 27 soldiers and two civilians have ...


 



 
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