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Typhoon Kalmaegi sweeps out of Philippines MANILA: Typhoon Kalmaegi swept out of the Philippines on Monday after causing chest-deep floods in some rural areas but largely leaving the storm-prone country unscathed, authorities said.The storm, with winds of 160 kilometres (100 miles) an hour, struck the northeast of the main Philippine island of Luzon on Sunday evening, then moved west across land before heading into the South China Sea on Monday.Six people were killed after a passenger ferry sank in the central Philippines on Saturday evening amid rough weather as the storm approached, a navy spokeswoman said.But officials said this was not directly linked to the typhoon, and said there had been no reports of other casualties related to the weather."We have no casualties... because we gave out advance warnings, because our local chief executives acted early, because we had pre-emptive evacuation and took our countrymen out of danger," Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas said.However he also described ...

Thai king discharged after more than month in hospital BANGKOK: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, was discharged on Monday in what the palace said was a healthy condition after nearly five weeks of treatment at a Bangkok hospital for stomach inflammation.Accompanied by Queen Sirikit, who was also admitted for a health checkup, the king was greeted by thousands of Thais who cheered and waved flags outside Siriraj hospital, where he stayed for nearly four years from 2009 to 2013.The king and ...
Singapore Aug private home sales 432 units, down 43pc y/y SINGAPORE: Sales of private homes by developers in Singapore in August totalled 432 units, down 43 percent from 756 units a year earlier, the Urban Redevelopment Authority said on Monday. The fall in sales follows the introduction in June 2013 of property cooling measures that restricted levels of borrowing relative to monthly income. In August 2012 developers sold 1,427 private homes. Sales last month fell 15 percent from July, when 509 units were sold. Copyright ...
Australian PM governs from tent as he keeps vow to Aborigines SYDNEY: Australian premier Tony Abbott shifted his office to a tent in an isolated Aboriginal community Monday, keeping a promise made when he came to power despite having just committed troops to the fight against Islamic State.Abbott vowed to spend a week each year in a remote indigenous location when he was sworn in 12 months ago, seeking to be the "prime minister for Aboriginal affairs".He made good on his commitment by moving the hub ...
14 killed, 12 missing as boat sinks in Indonesia JAKARTA: A boat sank Sunday in bad weather off eastern Indonesia, killing at least 14 people and leaving 12 others missing, an official said.The long wooden boat carrying 35 passengers went down in the waters off Sula islands after it was hit by towering waves in rough weather, National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said."Of the 35 passengers, nine survived, 14 died and 12 are still missing," he said, adding that a rescue ...
Fijians go to polls, seek to end 'coup culture' SUVA: The Pacific nation of Fiji will Wednesday hold its first elections in almost eight years, with voters urged to embrace democracy after decades of ethnic tensions and military meddling in civil affairs.The September 17 vote is considered pivotal to ending the archipelago's "coup culture", which saw four governments toppled between 1987 and 2006 amid instability stemming from tensions between indigenous Fijians and ethnic Indians.After nearly eight years of authoritarian rule, 590,000 registered voters in ...
Search for missing as three die in Philippine ferry sinking MANILA: Three people were killed as rescuers searched for at least three others still missing with more than a hundred rescued after a ferry sank in waters off the central Philippines, the government said Sunday.At least 110 people have been rescued after the sinking of the Maharlika II ferry on Saturday night, said President Benigno Aquino's spokeswoman Abigail Valte.There had been some confusion over the number of people aboard the vessel when it went down ...

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