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Heavy rain leaves one dead, two missing in Japan

Heavy rains lashed Japan over the weekend, leaving one person dead and two missing, the government said on Monday as it issued a severe storm warning. A 79-year-old woman was confirmed dead Sunday after being discovered inside a house that was destroyed by mudslides in Yamaguchi prefecture, on Japan’s southwest…

New Zealand military told to soften manual that equates media with extremist groups

New Zealand’s military was ordered on Monday to rewrite a manual that warns the media poses as much of a threat to national security as extremist groups and foreign intelligence services. Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman said the language in the manual, which is used to train the military in security…

Oil spill hits popular Thai tourist island of Ko Samet

Thai navy personnel battled on Monday to clean up a beach on a popular tourist island after oil from a pipeline leak washed up in a national park. Roughly 50,000 litres of crude oil gushed into the sea on Saturday about 20 kilometres (12 miles) off the coast of the…

Sixteen arrested at British anti-fracking protest

Sixteen protesters were arrested on Friday as British police broke up a blockade against exploratory drilling by a fracking company in southern England. Campaigners demonstrated for a second day against planned test drilling by British firm Cuadrilla, which specialises in hydraulic fracturing for shale gas, known as “fracking”. The rural…

Chinese ‘Giant panda channel’ coming to Internet

Panda lovers around the world will be able to watch live 24-hour Internet broadcasts of the iconic Chinese animals from next month, state media reported Sunday. The “Giant panda channel” will start broadcasts from August of pandas in Sichuan province, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing an announcement by…

Ex-President Jimmy Carter plans to visit North Korea: report

SEOUL (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is planning to visit North Korea soon to try to win the release of a U.S. citizen held for committing crimes against the reclusive state, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Monday. Carter has made contact with the North to arrange…

Italy bus crash kills 30

Thirty people died after a coach came off a flyover and plunged 30 metres (98 feet) down a slope in southern Italy Sunday, a photographer at the scene said. “Looking down from the overpass, the scene of the tragedy: some 30 bodies covered by white sheets, lined up along the…

Police find body of ‘best man’ missing after Hudson River boat crash

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The body of the “best man” killed when a speedboat carrying six members of an upcoming wedding party smashed into a barge on the Hudson River on Friday night was found in the river on Sunday, Rockland County Sheriff William Barbera said. Mark Lennon, 30, who…

Crisis in Egypt: ‘We didn’t have space in the fridges for all the bodies’

As the death toll rises, a report from Cairo’s main mortuary after the police massacre of pro-Morsi supporters The sand-filled forecourt outside the Zeinhom morgue, Cairo’s main mortuary, was a carousel of coffins. From the left-hand door, out came families carrying dead relatives to their funerals, stray dogs sniffing at…

Earthquakes can release sub-sea pockets of methane

Earthquakes can rip open sub-sea pockets of methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas, according to a study by German and Swiss scientists published on Sunday. Quake-caused methane should be added to the list of heat-trapping carbon emissions that affect the world’s climate system, although the scale of this contribution remains…

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