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25 killed as typhoon Usagi batters China


Super typhoon Usagi killed at least 25 people after it pounded south China’s Guangdong province with torrential rain and winds that blew cars off the road, crippled power lines and threw transport systems into chaos.

North Korea tests rocket engine: US think tank


New satellite images suggest North Korea tested a long-range rocket engine last month, a US research institute said Monday.

Typhoon Man-yi may hit Fukushima nuclear plant


Typhoon Man-yi hit central Japan Monday, with almost 300,000 households told to evacuate and fears the storm could go on to hit the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

China’s ‘Brother Watch’ gets 14-year prison term

A Chinese provincial official whose grinning at the scene of a deadly bus crash sparked an outcry and, eventually, led to corruption charges was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in prison.

92-year-old on trial for Nazi war crime


A 92-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen SS is going on trial in Germany Monday on charges he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944.

Russia absolutely unconvinced by Syria chemical attack claims

Russia is totally unconvinced by evidence presented by the US and its allies of an alleged chemical attack outside Damascus that the West says was perpetrated by the Syrian regime, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Liquid ammonia leak kills 15 in Shanghai


At least 15 people were killed Saturday after liquid ammonia leaked from a refrigeration unit at a cold storage plant in Shanghai, state media and the government said.

Putin calls Syria chemical use claims ‘nonsense’

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday dismissed as “nonsense” claims that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons and demanded that the United States provide proof.

Bo’s trial continues for third day in China


The high-profile trial of disgraced Chinese leader Bo Xilai continued for the third day Saturday as prosecutors presented more evidence to prove charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power against him.

Six killed as Indonesia volcano erupts


Gushing hot lava from an erupting volcano killed six people sleeping in a beach village in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, after ash and smoke shot up to 2,000 metres (6,560 feet) into the air, a disaster official said.

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