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Ancient town under water as downpours hit central China BEIJING: One of China’s renowned ancient towns was under water Wednesday as heavy rain hit the centre of the country, with tens of thousands of people evacuated from the area.The old town district of Fenghuang nestles on the banks of a winding river in a picturesque, mountainous part of Hunan province, and boasts stunning Qing and Ming dynasty architecture back hundreds of years.It can attract 30,000 visitors a day and has applied for world heritage status recognition from UNESCO, but pictures showed it inundated, with the central span of a bridge poking up through the waters.Reports said electricity had been cut off and 50,000 tourists and locals had been evacuated from Fenghuang and the surrounding county.“Torrential downpours have led to Fenghuang old town becoming a water town”. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

India PM, China's Xi pledge stronger ties in first meeting NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed on the need to resolve a decades-old border dispute during talks before the BRICS summit in Brazil, a statement said Tuesday. The leaders also pledged to strengthen trade and diplomatic ties during the 80-minute meeting in Fortaleza, their first since nationalist hardliner Modi won landslide elections in May."Both sides emphasised on the need to find a solution to the Boundary Question," the ...
Two dead in fresh Karabakh border clashes: separatists YEREVAN: An ethnic Armenian separatist officer in Nagorny Karabakh and an Azerbaijani soldier died in the latest raid along the disputed region's volatile frontline, the rebel defence ministry said on Saturday.Several other Azerbaijani soldiers were captured in the fighting, breakaway Armenian forces said, although Baku has made no comment on the claims.A 37-year-old Armenian woman, Movses Gasparian, was seriously wounded in the shootout, rebels claimed.At least 18 soldiers have been killed in a surge in ...
Minor tsunami hits northeastern Japan TOKYO: A minor tsunami hit Miyagi prefecture in Japan early Saturday after a strong 6.8-magnitude quake jolted the country's northeastern Pacific coast, prompting advisories for regions including around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. A tsunami of 20 centimetres was observed at 5.12 am (2012 GMT Friday) in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The agency had issued a tsunami advisory for Miyagi as well as neighbouring Fukushima and Iwate prefectures, warning that a ...
Afghan presidential hopeful Ghani backs 'extensive' audit KABUL: Afghan presidential hopeful Ashraf Ghani, who emerged victorious in the preliminary results of his country's runoff presidential election, on Friday backed an extensive audit of the bitterly disputed polls.As he met US Secretary of State John Kerry, Ghani said he and his supporters wanted "to ensure that the election process enjoys the integrity and the legitimacy of the people of Afghanistan and the world. "Therefore we believe in the most intensive and extensive audit ...
Combining vaccines may help eradicate polio LONDON: Combining two types of polio vaccine, including one that is injected rather than given orally, appears to give better immunity and to eradicate the crippling disease.British and Indian researchers said the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), which is given by injection, could provide better and long lasting protection used live oral polio vaccine (OPV).Africa and Europe over the last 10 years have efforts to wipe out the disease, caused by a virus that replicates in ...
India’s onion crisis: shortages after the best-ever harvest PACHORE WANI: Indian farmer Ranganath Watpade made a killing last year by putting off selling his onions until four months after he harvested them. This year, the same trick has backfired. The country has produced a record harvest, but many farmers in the onion bowl of India’s western state of Maharashtra have lost a large share of their crop damaged in storage, adding to the country’s inflation woes.A doubling in retail prices across major cities ...


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