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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…

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…

China moves Tibet hardliner to heavily Catholic province

BEIJING (Reuters) – The hardline Chinese official removed last week as Communist Party chief of restive Tibet has been made head of the province in the center of contention over China’s Catholics, giving him an influential role in another sensitive religious issue. Zhang Qingli, who gained a reputation as an…

Taiwan evacuates thousands as typhoon hits

Taiwan evacuated thousands of people, closed down schools and halted rail services on Monday as Typhoon Nanmadol swept across some of the island’s most densely populated areas. The typhoon, which left at least 13 dead in the Philippines at the weekend, made landfall near the city of Taitung on the…

Anti-corruption activist ends hunger strike as Indian government gives in

Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare ended his 13-day hunger strike on Sunday triggering wild celebrations among supporters after parliament agreed to consider his demands. Hazare’s fast at an open-air venue in New Delhi attracted tens of thousands of people every day as a nationwide protest movement emerged to back his…

Lockerbie bomber said to be ‘at death’s door’

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Neighbors of the Libyan man convicted in the 1988 bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner over the Scottish town of Lockerbie described a wealthy recluse, constantly surrounded by security guards. Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, who had been diagnosed with cancer, served only eight years in a Scottish jail for…

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