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Japan landslides, floods death toll rises to six TOKYO: The death toll from landslides and floods in an earthquake-battered region of southern Japan has risen to six, an official said Wednesday, with all missing now accounted for.A man in his 80s and a 53-year-old woman were confirmed dead after being found Tuesday by rescuers where landslides hit in the southern prefecture of Kumamoto."We found the last person who had been missing yesterday... the woman was confirmed dead," Kumamoto official Motoko Takata told AFP, adding that thousands of people were still unable to return home.More than 6,000 residents in the area evacuated their homes, including those who had fled to safety after two earthquakes in April.The 6.2-magnitude and 7.0-magnitude tremors were followed by more than 1,700 aftershocks, which broke up the ground in many areas, officials said, leaving them vulnerable to the heavy seasonal rains that hit Japan at this time of year.The tremors left 49 dead and caused ...

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Debris found in Australia ruled out as from MH370 SYDNEY: A piece of debris that washed up on a remote island off Australia's south coast was ruled out Wednesday as coming from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.The item was found earlier this month among seaweed and driftwood and resembled part of a plane, with the words "Caution No Step" visible, according to footage on Australia's Channel Seven.The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is coordinating the search, examined the debris and dismissed it as being ...

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Japan PM defends economic policy ahead of election TOKYO: Japan's prime minister defended his economic policy Tuesday ahead of parliamentary elections next month amid calls for a change of course in the world's number three economy.Half of the 242 seats in Japan's upper house are up for grabs in the July 10 vote and although Shinzo Abe's premiership will not be contested, the polls are likely to be seen as a referendum on his policies.In a debate with opposition parties ahead of the ...

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South China floods kill 22, with more rain forecast BEIJING: Severe floods in southern China have killed at least 22 people and left 20 missing since Saturday, the government said, with the rains expected to continue for the next three days. About 200,000 people from eight southern provinces and regions, including Hubei, Sichuan, Guizhou, Jiangxi, Yunnan, Zhejiang and Anhui, had been forced to evacuate, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on its website.Storms had pushed water levels in rivers to dangerous levels, leading to ...

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North Korea diplomat expected to attend forum with US envoy in China SEOUL: A North Korean diplomat who was part of "six-party talks" aimed at ending the country's nuclear programme arrived in China on Monday where she is expected to attend a forum in which the US nuclear envoy will take part, Japan's Kyodo news agency said.If the diplomat does take part, it would be a rare gathering of experts from the six countries weeks after Chinese President Xi Jinping said he would like to see the ...

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UN presses for access to migrants after Indonesia boat standoff JAKARTA: The United Nations refugee agency on Monday called for access to a group of migrants believed to be from Sri Lanka, following a week-long standoff that saw their boat stranded off the coast of Indonesia. The boat carrying the 44 migrants, including women and children, was reportedly en route to Australia and had drifted into Indonesian waters near northern Aceh province on June 11 after encountering engine trouble. Local officials had initially stopped the ...

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Nearly 50 die in Indonesia landslides, authorities warn of more rain JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities raced on Monday to rescue victims of landslides and flash floods caused by torrential rain at the weekend that killed nearly 50 people and left many missing in the main island of Java. Search and rescue teams used earth movers and bulldozers to clear debris in several locations in Central Java province after heavy rainfall damaged thousands of homes and forced residents to evacuate."Around 200 people...in joint teams from the military, police, ...