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At least 8 dead, 19 missing after China landslides: Xinhua BEIJING: At least eight people have died and around 19 are still missing after devastating landslides swept through two eastern Chinese villages, local authorities told the official Xinhua news agency Saturday. Heavy wind and torrential rains brought by Typhoon Medi triggered the landslides on Wednesday, burying dozens of homes from the villages of Sucun and Baofeng in Zhejiang province's Suichang county. More than 4,000 rescue workers with 180 diggers were scrambling to find survivors but persistent rain and poor road conditions had hindered rescue efforts, the agency reported. Video footage of the landslide on social media showed torrents of water and rock pouring down a mountain towards houses in the valley below while terrified onlookers screamed. Typhoon Megi had already claimed one life on Wednesday morning, when a flash flood tore through the home of a villager in the coastal province of Fujian, according to reports. At least 2.09 million ...

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Japan, India to sign nuclear cooperation deal in Nov TOKYO: Japan and India are likely to sign a civil nuclear cooperation pact during a visit to Japan by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in mid-November, the Mainichi newspaper reported on Saturday.The governments of Asia's second- and third-largest economies are leaning toward holding a summit meeting between Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, the report said, citing unidentified diplomatic sources from both nations.The two leaders last December reached a basic agreement for cooperation in ...

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33 missing after China landslides: Xinhua BEIJING: At least 33 people are missing a day after landslides swept through two east China villages, state media reported Thursday, as rescuers combed through rubble for survivors. Heavy wind and rains brought by Typhoon Megi triggered the landslides around 5:30pm (0930 GMT) Wednesday, which struck the villages of Sucun and Baofeng in eastern Zhejiang province, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Thirteen people had been rescued by early Thursday and 33 remain missing, it ...

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Chinese coal accident kills 18, traps 2: media BEIJING: At least 18 people were killed and two more missing after an explosion Tuesday in a Chinese coal mine, state media reported, the latest disaster in the country's notoriously dangerous mines.A gas explosion ripped through the colliery in the northwestern Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Tuesday morning.The mine was operated by Linli Coal Mining company in the city of Shizuishan, the official Xinhua news agency reported. In a report late Tuesday it said a miner ...

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China air force holds drills in Western Pacific for second time this month BEIJING: China's air force said on Sunday it had flown more than 40 bombers and other fighter planes through a strait between Japanese islands on their way to drills in the Western Pacific. Regular long range drills in the Western Pacific and patrols over the East China Sea air defence identification zone were for the Air Force to protect China's sovereignty and national security, China's air force spokesman Shen Jinke said, according to a statement ...

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India signs deal to buy 36 French Rafale fighter jets NEW DELHI: India signed a formal agreement Friday to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France's Dassault for a reported 7.9 billion euros ($8.8 billion), one of its biggest defence deals in decades.India's Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian signed the agreement at a ceremony in New Delhi after years of tortuous negotiations between the two countries.Defence experts say it will bring a much needed boost to India's air force ...

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Afghanistan inks peace deal with warlord KABUL: Afghanistan Thursday signed a peace agreement with notorious warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, paving the way for him to make a political comeback despite a history of war crimes and after years in hiding.Hekmatyar, who heads the now largely dormant Hezb-i-Islami, is the latest in a series of controversial figures that Kabul has sought to reintegrate in the post-Taliban era.The deal with Afghanistan's second-biggest militant group marks a symbolic victory for President Ashraf Ghani, who has ...