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Japan’s finance minister Noda to become PM

Japan’s premier-designate Yoshihiko Noda on Monday vowed a safe pair of hands in rebuilding the country from its tsunami-nuclear disasters after he was elected the ruling party chief. The low-key, business-friendly finance minister is set to be confirmed as prime minister on Tuesday by parliament, replacing the unpopular Naoto Kan…

Mumbai hit by heavy flooding

Heavy rainfall left parts of the Indian financial hub Mumbai underwater on Monday, flooding homes, closing schools and badly disrupting train services. The Indian Meteorological Department said 178.6 millimetres (7.03 inches) of rain fell in the 24 hours to 8:30 am local time (0300 GMT) in the south of the…

S.Africa may dehorn rhinos, ban hunts to stop poaching

South Africa is investigating dehorning its rhino population and stopping legal trophy hunts to fight a poaching crisis that has killed 279 animals this year, the environment minister said Monday. Officials are considering putting a moratorium on rhino hunting to deal with abuses in the allocation of permits, which were…

Taiwan deploys 50,000 troops as typhoon hits

Taiwan deployed more than 50,000 troops on Monday and evacuated thousands of people as Typhoon Nanmadol pummelled some of the island’s most densely populated areas. Soldiers moved in to help flood-threatened residents, a motorcyclist was reported killed, and in one remote area more than 300 villagers were trapped by landslides.…

Bolt says he must move on after 100m false start

Jamaican Usain Bolt Monday insisted that he will not dwell on his sensational disqualification from the men’s 100m final at the world championships because of a false start. The 25-year-old, who has been the unchallenged star of world sprinting in recent years, lost out in his bid to defend his…

Passengers jump out of plane in India after bad landing

Terrified passengers jumped out of a plane in India on Monday after it skidded to halt on landing, trying to escape before emergency ladders were put in place, officials said. Seven passengers were injured in the pre-dawn incident when the Gulf Air flight from Bahrain to Kochi in the southern…

Irene moves to Canada, US damage estimated at $7bln

The remnants of Irene reached Canada Monday after barreling through the northeastern United States where the storm claimed at least 18 lives and caused estimated economic damage of up to $7 billion. Millions of people were without power along the East Coast after the huge storm — now downgraded to…

Samsung, Apple tablet row heats up in Australia

Electronics giant Samsung Monday said it would launch a counter claim against US firm Apple in Australia as part of a dispute between the rival companies over tablet computers. The American company launched legal action against South Korea’s Samsung Electronics in Sydney earlier this month, accusing it of infringing its…

Lockerbie bomber Megrahi comatose: brother

The only man convicted for the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet which killed 270 people when it blew up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie is drifting in and out of a coma, his brother said on Monday. Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, who has terminal cancer, “is in…

China artist Ai Weiwei calls Beijing a ‘nightmare’

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has called Beijing a “nightmare” and said China’s justice system cannot be trusted, in his first article for a foreign magazine since his release from detention in June. The outspoken critic of the Communist Party disappeared for nearly three months earlier this year before Chinese…

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