Deadly storm hits Philippines
Flash floods and landslides caused by Tropical Storm Jangmi leave at least 31 people dead and seven missing.
Flash floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Jangmi have left at least 31 people dead and seven missing in the Philippines, including in areas still recovering from last year’s Typhoon Haiyan, officials have said.
Jangmi, packing winds of 65 kilometres per hour and gusts of 80 kph, had dumped heavy rains on southern Mindanao Island.
Floods destroyed bridges and highways, sending thousands of residents to evacuation centres.
The storm then pushed its way through eastern and central islands, where most of the deaths occurred on Tuesday.
The government weather bureau said that as of late Tuesday afternoon, the eye of the storm was 140 kilometres southwest of central Iloilo City, moving west at 19kph towards western Palawan Island.
Deadly earthquake hits southern China
Officials say at least one person dead and 38 others injured, eight of them critically, in mountainous Yunnan province.
An earthquake has struck southwest China’s mountainous Yunnan province, killing at least one person and injuring dozens of others.
The 6.0-magnitude struck on Tuesday at a shallow depth of 10km at 9.49 pm (13:49 GMT), the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, in a region that lies close to China’s borders with Myanmar and Laos.
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Hamas says Israel stalling on agreement as Gaza death toll hits 2,016
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Hamas spokesman on Sunday accused Israel of “stalling” in ongoing negotiations in Cairo to achieve a long-term truce in Gaza, stressing that “the ball is in the Israeli occupation’s court.”
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said during a march in solidarity with Palestinian resistance in Rafah that the group’s “priority is to reach an agreement, but the occupiers must stop stalling.”
“We are discussing an agreement from a position of strength, not weakness,” he said, adding: “Either we have an agreement that meets our demands, or no agreement.”
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Gaza death toll surpasses that of Cast Lead as count hits 1,437
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Palestinian death toll in the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza surpassed that of Operation Cast Lead on Thursday as the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli attacks hit 1,437.
In the most recent lethal Israeli attack, an airstrike hit the al-Bayoumi family home in al-Nusairat refugee camp, killing at least 11 Palestinians and injuring at least 45.
According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, 1,417 Palestinians were killed during Israel’s infamous three-week offensive on Gaza in 2008-2009.
Some 5,303 people were injured during Cast Lead, while at least 8,265 have been injured throughout Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s name for its current offensive.