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At least 18 dead in Japan landslide: report TOKYO: At least 18 people were killed and another 13 were still missing after a huge landslide engulfed homes in western Japan, reports said Wednesday.Dozens of houses were buried when a wall of mud thundered down a hillside in Hiroshima overnight, television pictures showed, with national broadcaster NHK citing local police for the death toll.Nippon TV gave the same figure.The number of dead rose rapidly from an initial toll of four, although emergency services said it was too early to tell exactly how many people had lost their lives."We haven't assessed the full extent (of the disaster) yet," said a spokesman for Hiroshima's fire department earlier.Rescuers said the victims included a two-year-old child and a 77-year-old woman.Another emergency services spokesman said several more people were missing although the exact number was not yet confirmed.There are "several spots where people are supposed to be buried alive, and we still don't know ...

Japan to resume Fukushima rice exports TOKYO: Japan is to restart exports of rice grown in Fukushima for the first time since foreign sales were halted due to fears of contamination by the nuclear disaster there, officials said Tuesday.The National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations (Zen-Noh), a major wholesaler of Japanese agricultural products, said it will send 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of the grain to Singapore.Its provenance will be marked and it will not be mixed with other produce, an official ...
China to spend $1bn on massive Caribbean resort ST. JOHN'S: Chinese investors are to plunge more than US$1 billion into developing Antigua and Barbuda's first mega-resort, creating 1,000 jobs for the tiny cash-strapped nation.Construction on the mammoth 1,600-acre (647-hectare) multi-hotel, residential and commercial project is slated to begin early next year. The 'Singulari' scheme -- 50 per cent bigger than the regionally-heralded Baha Mar resort under way in the Bahamas -- is being lauded as a major feather in the East Caribbean country's ...
Pope says he wants to visit China ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE: Pope Francis said on Monday that he wants to visit China and called for the Catholic Church in the country to be allowed to do its "job"."You ask me if I want to go to China? Certainly, even tomorrow," he told reporters on board the papal plane as he returned from a visit to South Korea. "But the church asks for the freedom to do its job in China, there is ...
Thai junta boosts spending on defence, education in draft budget BANGKOK: Thai junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha, stressing that the military had a "limited time" in power before a return to civilian rule, submitted a draft fiscal 2015 budget on Monday, with defence and education receiving hefty increases.The military seized power in May after months of street demonstrations which led to the ouster of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.The Ministry of Education was allocated 498.16 billion baht ($15.66 billion), a 3.2 percent increase from last year's ...
Aquino says Chinese survey ships seen in Philippine waters MANILA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino said two Chinese survey vessels had been sighted in a gas-rich area of its exclusive economic zone, raising concerns of heightened tensions in the disputed South China Sea. China claims almost the entire South China Sea, believed to be rich in deposits of oil and gas resources. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also claim the sea where $5 trillion of ship-borne goods pass every year. "Recently, we got ...
South Korea, US start military drill despite North threats SEOUL: South Korea and the United States on Monday launched an annual military drill, Seoul's defence ministry said, despite condemnation by North Korea which has threatened a "merciless" retaliatory strike.The beginning of the "Ulchi Freedom Guardian" exercise, which will last until August 29, came as Pope Francis led a mass for inter-reconciliation in Seoul at the end of the five-day trip to South Korea.Although largely played out on computers, the drill involves tens of thousands ...

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