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Powerful typhoon churns toward Okinawa with strong winds TOKYO: A large powerful typhoon moved slowly towards Japan's Okinawa island chain on Saturday, packing heavy winds that disrupted flights and knocked out power.Typhoon Vongfong, Japan's strongest storm this year, at 0500 GMT Saturday was about 150 km (94 miles) southeast of Naha City, the biggest city in Okinawa, and moving north at 15 kph (9 mph), Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.Its winds gusted up to 234 kph (146 mph). Fourteen people in Okinawa and Kagoshima prefecture in Kyushu were injured due to strong winds, the Mainichi newspaper reported.It was likely to be closest to Okinawa - 1,600 km (1,000 miles) southwest of Tokyo, and the home of the largest contingent of U.S. troops in Japan - on Sunday morning Japan time, local media reports said.The typhoon was expected to weaken as it moved north, however, and likely to hit land on Monday morning on the westernmost main island of ...

China sentences two cult members to death for McDonald's murder BEIJING: China sentenced two members of a banned religious cult to death on Saturday for the murder of a woman at a McDonald's restaurant after she refused an apparent attempt by the group to recruitment her, state media said.The 37-year-old woman was attacked in May in the eastern province of Shandong by members of Quannengshen, the Church of Almighty God, which had preached that a global apocalypse would take place in 2012.The case sparked a ...
Ten Chinese among 27 hostages freed in Cameroon - Cameroon presidency YAOUNDE: Twenty-seven hostages seized by suspected militants from Boko Haram in Cameroon this year, including 10 Chinese workers, have been released, the Cameroon presidency said on Saturday.The Chinese workers were seized in May near the town of Waza, 20 km (12 miles) from the Nigerian border.The others freed include the wife of Cameroon's vice-prime minister who was seized in July, the presidency said.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Suicide bomber attacks Afghan provincial police HQ, killing one KABUL: A suicide attacker wearing a police uniform attacked a provincial police headquarters in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing one officer and wounding four other people, an official said.The bombing in Helmand province is the latest by militants bent on weakening the Afghan security forces ahead of the withdrawal of most foreign troops at the end of this year.The unidentified attacker approached the police compound in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, wearing a police uniform ...
Chinese premier criticises lazy officials as corrupt BEIJING: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has once more laid down the law with government workers who are trying to kept a low profile amidst a corruption crackdown, saying that "just muddling along" is exactly the same as actually being corrupt.Li has already this year criticised officials for being "lazy and slack" in implementing Beijing's policy directives as they kept their heads down to stay out of trouble during President Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-graft campaign.In remarks ...
HK demos throw Beijing propaganda machine into overdrive BEIJING: Fearful of comparisons to the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, Beijing has launched a dual effort to suppress news of swelling pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong while giving a heavy spin to what information it allows to get through, analysts say.Scenes of the massive, yet peaceful, protests that have taken over the streets of the former British colony are being flashed around the world, where the reaction has been mostly supportive. On the Chinese mainland, ...
Taliban bombs hit Afghan army vehicles, killing at least seven KABUL: Two Taliban suicide bombers carried out separate attacks on Afghan army vehicles in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 15, the government said, a day after Afghanistan signed security deals with Nato and the United States. The agreements will allow foreign troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, filling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani."An Afghan army bus and another car ...

 



 
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