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Japan rain kills two, prompts evacuation advisory for 80,000 TOKYO: Floods and landslides following torrential rain in western Japan have killed at least two people and prompted one city to advise more than 80,000 people to flee their homes, officials said Sunday.One man was confirmed dead in Kyoto city early Sunday after he was swept away by a flooded river while trying to build a sandbag barrier, Kyoto prefectural officials said.In nearby Ishikawa prefecture, the body of a 74-year-old woman was pulled from her house after a landslide, national broadcaster NHK said.Western and central Japan were Sunday still being battered by heavy rain that started Friday.Fukuchiyama City in Kyoto prefecture experienced rainfall of 303 millimetres (12 inches) during the 24 hours to early Sunday, a record for the city, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.The municipality issued an evacuation advisory -- a recommendation that is different from an order to evacuate -- to all 80,860 residents, as major parts ...

Pope baptises father of Korea ferry disaster victim SEOUL: Pope Francis on Sunday baptised the father of one of hundreds of high school students killed in South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster in April, the pontiff's spokesman said.Lee Ho-Jin, 56, who lost his youngest son in the tragedy, was baptised in a simple ceremony at the Vatican embassy in Seoul, choosing Francis as his baptismal name.Lee had asked the pope to baptise him when Francis held a private audience with a group of Sewol ...
Philippines brings home hundreds more workers from Libya MANILA: More than 400 Filipino workers who fled conflict in Libya arrived in the Philippines late on Saturday following a three-day mass evacuation by air and sea. The group, including 10 children, were picked up from the Libyan ports of Benghazi and taken to Malta by ship on Thursday, where they caught a chartered flight to Manila."Our mission is to ensure the safety of Filipinos who are caught in dangerous situations abroad," Foreign Secretary Albert ...
Two held in Malaysia for 'stealing from MH370 victims' KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police have arrested a bank officer and her husband over allegations they stole more than $30,000 from the accounts of four passengers aboard missing flight MH370, an official said Friday.The couple have been held in police custody since Thursday on suspicion of withdrawing 110,643 ringgit ($34,850) from the accounts of two Malaysian and two Chinese MH370 victims, said Zainuddin Ahmad, a district police chief in Kuala Lumpur.Police are also looking for another ...
Pope, in improvised remarks, urges Koreans to pray for unity SOLMOE: Pope Francis on Friday urged Koreans to pray and work for the re-unification of their divided peninsula, saying they should aim to reunite as one family "with no victors or vanquished". The pope, in his most specific comments on the division of Korea since he started his five-day trip to the South on Thursday, made the impromptu comments in response to a question by a girl at a youth rally. "Let us pray for ...
South Korea slams Japan war shrine visits SEOUL: South Korea on Friday denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for offering donations to a controversial war shrine that Seoul sees as a symbol of Tokyo's militarist past."Our government deplores that the Japanese prime minister gave offerings again to the Yasukuni shrine, the symbol of Japan's colonial atrocity," a foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement.The statement also slammed two Japanese cabinet ministers who visited the shrine, which honours some 2.5 million citizens who ...
Malaysia to begin repatriating remains of MH17 victims KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia said Thursday that the remains of 16 victims aboard downed Flight MH17 will repatriated on August 22, declaring it a day of national mourning.Coffins bearing the remains will arrive on a special flight and be received by the country's king, prime minister and other dignitaries to a minute of silence at Kuala Lumpur's main international airport, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a statement.The remains will then be brought to the ...

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