Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » Asia http://www.khaama.com The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:08:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 North Korean leader executes entire family of his uncle: Report http://www.khaama.com/north-korean-leader-executes-entire-family-of-his-uncle-report-3349 http://www.khaama.com/north-korean-leader-executes-entire-family-of-his-uncle-report-3349#comments Sun, 26 Jan 2014 10:56:38 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31588 North Korean leader executes entire family of his uncle: Report
According to reports, the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has executed the entire family of his once powerful uncle Jang Song-thaek. South Korea’s state news agency, Yonhap, reported Sunday that the children of Jang Song-thaek along with his relatives serving as ambassadors to cuba and Malaysia were among those executed by the North Korean leader. Read the full article...]]>
North Korean leader executes entire family of his uncle: Report

According to reports, the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has executed the entire family of his once powerful uncle Jang Song-thaek.

South Korea’s state news agency, Yonhap, reported Sunday that the children of Jang Song-thaek along with his relatives serving as ambassadors to cuba and Malaysia were among those executed by the North Korean leader.

An anonymous source, speaking on the condition fo anonymity, told Yonhap news agency, “Extensive executions have been carried out for relatives of Jang Song-thaek.”

The source further added, “All relatives of Jang have been put to death, including even children.”

According to the sources, Jang’s sister Kye-sun along with her husband and ambassador to Cuba, Jon Hong-jin, the ambassador to Mlayasia, Jang’s nephew Jang Yong-chol and his two sons were executed by Kim Jong-un.

The anonymous sources also added that the sons, daughters and grandchildren of Jang’s two brothers were all executed. The two ambassadors were recalled to Pyongyang in early December.

The report published by South Korea’s state new agency did not specify when the relatives of Jang were killed.

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North Korean leader executed his uncle by 120 starving dogs http://www.khaama.com/north-korean-leader-executed-his-uncle-by-120-starving-dogs-3245 http://www.khaama.com/north-korean-leader-executed-his-uncle-by-120-starving-dogs-3245#comments Sat, 04 Jan 2014 04:39:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31008 North Korean leader executed his uncle by 120 starving dogs
According to reports, North Korea’s second-most-powerful figure was thrown into a cage filled with starving dogs and eaten alive. A Beijing-controlled newspaper – Wen Wei Po reported that Jang Song Thaek and five close associates were stripped and fed to 120 dogs that had not eaten for three days. The report further added that nearly Read the full article...]]>
North Korean leader executed his uncle by 120 starving dogs

According to reports, North Korea’s second-most-powerful figure was thrown into a cage filled with starving dogs and eaten alive.

A Beijing-controlled newspaper – Wen Wei Po reported that Jang Song Thaek and five close associates were stripped and fed to 120 dogs that had not eaten for three days.

The report further added that nearly 300 senior officials witnessed the entire process which lasted for about an hour.

The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un described the execution of his 67-year-old uncle as the removal of “factionalist filth”, in his New Year message.

He said his purge left North Korea in a much stronger position.

Jang Song Thaek was a key member of North Korea’s first family, a man widely seen as regent to leader Kim Jong-un. He was accused of corruption, womanizing, gambling and taking drugs, and to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods.

At least eight people from Jang’s circle were also executed in the purge – alongside the director himself. However, North Korea has so far not confirmed the method of execution by dogs.

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Japan’s population falls by a record 244,000 people in 2013 http://www.khaama.com/japans-population-falls-by-a-record-244000-people-in-2013-2656 http://www.khaama.com/japans-population-falls-by-a-record-244000-people-in-2013-2656#comments Wed, 01 Jan 2014 16:08:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30962 Japan’s population falls by a record 244,000 people in 2013
The health ministry of Japan has estimated that the population of Japan has reduced by a record 244,000 people in 2013. According to the health officials of Japan, around 1,031,000 babies were born last year, which shows a decrease of around 6,000 babies born in 2012. The officials further added that the number of people Read the full article...]]>
Japan’s population falls by a record 244,000 people in 2013

The health ministry of Japan has estimated that the population of Japan has reduced by a record 244,000 people in 2013.

According to the health officials of Japan, around 1,031,000 babies were born last year, which shows a decrease of around 6,000 babies born in 2012.

The officials further added that the number of people that died last year was 1,275,000 which shows a rise of around 19,000 as compared to the year 2012.

According to a government figure, Japan’s population totaled 126,393,679 as of March 31, down 0.21% from a year earlier.

The population of Japan has continually declined since 2007 by natural attrition – deaths minus births.

Japan is having one of the highest proportions of elderly people in the world, with more than 20% of the population aged 65 or over, and the figure is expected to reach nearly 40% by 2060.

The decrease has forced Japan to take aggressive measures in recent months to spur growth in the world’s third-biggest economy.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a combination of easing and cash injections, including higher taxes, higher government spending and long-term structural reforms, in a bid to boost the economy.

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North Korean leader hails execution of his once-powerful uncle http://www.khaama.com/north-korean-leader-hails-execution-of-his-once-powerful-uncle-3240 http://www.khaama.com/north-korean-leader-hails-execution-of-his-once-powerful-uncle-3240#comments Wed, 01 Jan 2014 07:24:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30953 North Korean leader hails execution of his once-powerful uncle
The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in his first public reference to the execution of his once-powerful uncle, has said that North Korea enters the new year on a surge of strength because of the elimination of “functionalist filth.” Kim Jong Un, in a new message broadcast on state TV, said that the country’s Read the full article...]]>
North Korean leader hails execution of his once-powerful uncle

The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in his first public reference to the execution of his once-powerful uncle, has said that North Korea enters the new year on a surge of strength because of the elimination of “functionalist filth.”

Kim Jong Un, in a new message broadcast on state TV, said that the country’s unity was strengthened by the “resolute action.”

Chang Song Thaek was convicted of “acts of treachery” and was purged and executed last month.

South Korea and other regional powers are closely scrutinizing the North Korea’s new year message, which also included a call for improved ties with Seoul.

The purge and execution of the second-most important figure in the country was one of the biggest political developments in North Korea in years.

The political observers are divided about what Jan Song Thaek’s execution means, but many analysts believe it shows Kim Jon Un has yet to established the same absolute power that his father and grandfather enjoyed.

A rare and unfavorable window on North Korea’s inner workings was opened up after public announcement of Jang’s fall, which shows n alleged power struggle between Kim and his uncle after the 2011 death of Kim Jong Il.

Analysts also believe that one of the motives behind Mr. Chang’s downfall was that he was too keen an admirer of China’s economic reform.

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Anti-Pyongyang rallies responded with attack threats http://www.khaama.com/anti-pyongyang-rallies-responded-with-attack-threats-30687 http://www.khaama.com/anti-pyongyang-rallies-responded-with-attack-threats-30687#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:41:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30687 Anti-Pyongyang rallies responded with attack threats
South Korea has received a threatening fax message by North Korean Defense Commission warning to launch a military attack in response to the anti-Pyongyang rallies in Seoul, Yonhap news agency reported. The Seoul rallies have caused the North Korean leader’s anger to attack South ‘without a notice’ in response to the anti-Pyongyang gathering s where Read the full article...]]>
Anti-Pyongyang rallies responded with attack threats

South Korea has received a threatening fax message by North Korean Defense Commission warning to launch a military attack in response to the anti-Pyongyang rallies in Seoul, Yonhap news agency reported.

The Seoul rallies have caused the North Korean leader’s anger to attack South ‘without a notice’ in response to the anti-Pyongyang gathering s where his photographs burnt.

The threats are said to be in response to the rallies by a conservative group in Seoul where the photographs of North Korean current leader Kim Kong-un were set on fire.

The South Korean government has responded immediately to the threat mentioning they are fully ready to take action and react to any provocations.

This comes as the publicly execution of North Korean leader Jang Song-Thaek has sparkled tensions in the region and faced serious criticizes in South Korea.

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American B-52 bombers challenge China air-defense zone http://www.khaama.com/american-b-52-bombers-challenge-china-air-defense-zone-2573 http://www.khaama.com/american-b-52-bombers-challenge-china-air-defense-zone-2573#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:08:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30138 American B-52 bombers challenge China air-defense zone
United States directly challenged China and its establishment of expanded air defense zone after a pair of American B-52 bombers flew over a disputed island chain in East China Sea. The bombers reportedly entered the new Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone without informing Beijing, a US official said. The official further added that no contacts Read the full article...]]>
American B-52 bombers challenge China air-defense zone

United States directly challenged China and its establishment of expanded air defense zone after a pair of American B-52 bombers flew over a disputed island chain in East China Sea.

The bombers reportedly entered the new Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone without informing Beijing, a US official said.

The official further added that no contacts were made with the B-52s as they flew over the s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and returned back to Anderson Air Force Base in Guam.

“The planes flew a pattern that included passing through the ADIZ,” the official quoted by The Wall Street Journal said. “The flight was without incident.”

According to the US officials, the move was made to clarify that the attempt by Beijing to strengthen its influence over the region was not appropriate.

The Islands chain which are known as Diaoyu Islands in China and Senkaku Islands in Japan is considered to be the main source of growing friction in the region.

The islands chain is currently administered by Japan, however, the islands are claimed both Being and Tokyo claim.

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Typhoon Haiyan: 10,000 feared dead in Philippines http://www.khaama.com/typhoon-haiyan-10000-feared-dead-in-philippines-3064 http://www.khaama.com/typhoon-haiyan-10000-feared-dead-in-philippines-3064#comments Sun, 10 Nov 2013 05:40:34 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29808 Typhoon Haiyan: 10,000 feared dead in Philippines
Police officials in Philippines have said that the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan which swept across the central Philippine province of Leyte could reach as many as 10,000 people. Typhoon Haiyan is said to be one of the strongest stroms ever to make landfall which lashed the area, leaving the seaside city of Tacloban in Read the full article...]]>
Typhoon Haiyan: 10,000 feared dead in Philippines

Police officials in Philippines have said that the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan which swept across the central Philippine province of Leyte could reach as many as 10,000 people.

Typhoon Haiyan is said to be one of the strongest stroms ever to make landfall which lashed the area, leaving the seaside city of Tacloban in ruins.

Elmer Soria, chief superintendent said about 70-80% of the buildings in the area in the path of Haiyan in Leyte province was destroyed.

Tecson Lim, tacloban city administrator said the death toll in that city alone “could go up to 10,000″.

The Haiyan typhoon having speed of 315km/h made landfall on Samar and Leyte islands in eastern Visayas at about 4:40am local time on Friday.

Officials have reported survivors are desperately searching for food and water. The World Food Programme has mobilised some $2m in aid and aims to deliver 40 tonnes of fortified biscuits to victims within the next few days.

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Three suns rise over northern China http://www.khaama.com/three-suns-rise-over-northern-china-2518 http://www.khaama.com/three-suns-rise-over-northern-china-2518#comments Sun, 03 Nov 2013 17:01:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29706 Three suns rise over northern China
According to reports, a rare celestial illusion of “triple suns” occurred in the sky over Chifeng in northern China’s Inner Mongolia. The three suns rising in the skies was displayed in an incredible video which was recorded by stunned onlookers and the video circulated in news reports and social media networks. The sun, accompanied by Read the full article...]]>
Three suns rise over northern China

According to reports, a rare celestial illusion of “triple suns” occurred in the sky over Chifeng in northern China’s Inner Mongolia.

The three suns rising in the skies was displayed in an incredible video which was recorded by stunned onlookers and the video circulated in news reports and social media networks.

The sun, accompanied by two smaller twins, suddenly popped up in the sky at about 9am on Friday morning, CBS News reported. The tripple suns “ice halo” were surrounded by arched rainbow-like halos.

The illusion is a naturally occurring atmospheric phenomenon, also known as a “phantom sun”, and can only form in specific conditions when the sun is viewed at a certain angle from earth.

The phantom sun or ice halo only appears when ice crystals create high clouds in the air around 6,000 meters above ground, and produce reflected sunlight, CBS News reported.

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Powerful earthquakes in China leaves at least 47 dead http://www.khaama.com/powerful-earthquakes-in-china-leaves-at-least-47-dead-1686 http://www.khaama.com/powerful-earthquakes-in-china-leaves-at-least-47-dead-1686#comments Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:35:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=27343 Powerful earthquakes in China leaves at least 47 dead
At least 47 people were killed and nearly 300 others were injured following two powerful earthquakes which struck Gansu province in northern China, the officials said. According to US Geological Survey the first earthquake near Dingxi city had a magnitude of 5.98 and was shallow, with a depth of just 9.8 km (6 miles). Another Read the full article...]]>
Powerful earthquakes in China leaves at least 47 dead

At least 47 people were killed and nearly 300 others were injured following two powerful earthquakes which struck Gansu province in northern China, the officials said.

According to US Geological Survey the first earthquake near Dingxi city had a magnitude of 5.98 and was shallow, with a depth of just 9.8 km (6 miles).

Another earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 hit the same area just over an hour later, which triggered a series of mudslides and landslides, state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

The source further added that the Gansu military police have deployed 500 soldiers, including 120 specialist rescuers, while 500 emergency tents and 2,000 quilts are also being transported to affected areas.

The Chinese president Xi Jinpingand Prime Minister Li Keqiang insisted on the importance of the rescue operations being conducted well, and called on Gansu province to express concerns for the victims.

According to theDingxi government, the earthquake has caused a direct economic loss of 198 million yuan ($32m; £21m), the Dingxi government said.

This comes as an earthquake in Sichuan province left up to 90,000 people dead and millions homeless in 2008.

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U.S. military refuelling plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan http://www.khaama.com/u-s-military-refuelling-plane-crashes-in-kyrgyzstan-2368 http://www.khaama.com/u-s-military-refuelling-plane-crashes-in-kyrgyzstan-2368#comments Fri, 03 May 2013 14:07:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=25598 U.S. military refuelling plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyz and U.S. officials on Friday announced an American military refueling plane took off and crashed in Kyrgyzstan on Friday. An official in Kyrgyz Emergencies Ministry, Bolot Sharshenaliev said at least three people were on board however another official earlier said that there were five people. The C-130 American refuelling plane fell in the northern Read the full article...]]>
U.S. military refuelling plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz and U.S. officials on Friday announced an American military refueling plane took off and crashed in Kyrgyzstan on Friday.

An official in Kyrgyz Emergencies Ministry, Bolot Sharshenaliev said at least three people were on board however another official earlier said that there were five people.

The C-130 American refuelling plane fell in the northern Chuy province at around 2:55 pm local time (0855 GMT), the emergency ministry said. There was no immediate word on any casualties.

Kyrgyzstan hosts a U.S. base that is used for flying troops into and out of Afghanistan and for KC-135 tanker planes that refuel warplanes in flight.

The emergency situations minister Kubatbek Boronov quoted by AFP said, “The plane definitely belongs to the US transit centre. On board were three crew members. Their fate is unknown.”

“I cannot exclude that the three American pilots could have died, being burnt up alive in the explosion,” he said, adding that the search operation would continue at least until nightfall.

The Manas airbase is key to US military operations in Afghanistan, used to ferry troops into the country, refuel warplanes and evacuate wounded soldiers.

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Pakistan Former President Pervez Musharraf Arrested in Islamabad http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-former-president-arrested-in-islamabad-96565 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-former-president-arrested-in-islamabad-96565#comments Fri, 19 Apr 2013 04:43:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=25258 Pakistan Former President Pervez Musharraf Arrested in Islamabad
Pakistan former president, Parvez Musharaf was arrested by Pakistan police on Friday morning from his farmhouse in Islamabad where he had been holed up after Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered his arrest on Thursday. On Thursday morning after his bail cancellation, police tried to reach the former military ruler but he was escorted by his personal security, Read the full article...]]>
Pakistan Former President Pervez Musharraf Arrested in Islamabad

Pakistan former president, Parvez Musharaf was arrested by Pakistan police on Friday morning from his farmhouse in Islamabad where he had been holed up after Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered his arrest on Thursday.

On Thursday morning after his bail cancellation, police tried to reach the former military ruler but he was escorted by his personal security, fleeing in his bullet-proof black four-wheeler.

General Musharraf and his lawyers have been in and out of court numerous times to get his bail extended over the 2007 killing of former PM, the death of a rebel leader from Baluchistan in 2006 and for arresting judges in 2007.

Pakistan’s former military ruler returned home last month from four years of self-imposed exile. His return to Pakistan has been overshadowed by Taliban death threats, the slew of legal cases and a miserable show of support.

The former president managed to escape with his private security guards from the court. Massive security accompanied former leader Pervez Musharraf as he appeared in court.

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US helicopter crashes near North Korea with 21 on board http://www.khaama.com/us-helicopter-crashes-near-north-korea-with-21-on-board-1601 http://www.khaama.com/us-helicopter-crashes-near-north-korea-with-21-on-board-1601#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2013 04:01:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=25207 US helicopter crashes near North Korea with 21 on board
A US military helicopter taking part in a joint South Korea-US drill crashed Tuesday near the North Korean border with 21 personnel on board. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reports that the incident with the CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter occurred at a military shooting range in Cherwon. In the meantime a spokesperson for U.S. Forces Read the full article...]]>
US helicopter crashes near North Korea with 21 on board

A US military helicopter taking part in a joint South Korea-US drill crashed Tuesday near the North Korean border with 21 personnel on board.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reports that the incident with the CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter occurred at a military shooting range in Cherwon.

In the meantime a spokesperson for U.S. Forces Korea tells Fox News the Marine Super Stallion CH-53E helicopter made a hard landing near South Korea’s Jipo-ri Range Tuesday.

All 21 people aboard the helicopter were transported to a local hospital, where 15 were released and six were hospitalized in stable condition.

The precise cause of the accident wasn’t immediately known hoever USFK following a statement said that “a comprehensive investigation will take place to determine the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.”

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North Korea declares formal “state of war” against South http://www.khaama.com/north-korea-declares-formal-state-of-war-against-south http://www.khaama.com/north-korea-declares-formal-state-of-war-against-south#comments Sat, 30 Mar 2013 05:51:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=24667 North Korea declares formal “state of war” against South
North Korea issued its latest belligerent threat Saturday, saying it has entered “a state of war” with South Korea a day after its young leader threatened the United States because two American B-2 bombers flew a training mission in South Korea. “As of now, inter-Korea relations enter a state of war and all matters between Read the full article...]]>
North Korea declares formal “state of war” against South

North Korea issued its latest belligerent threat Saturday, saying it has entered “a state of war” with South Korea a day after its young leader threatened the United States because two American B-2 bombers flew a training mission in South Korea.

“As of now, inter-Korea relations enter a state of war and all matters between the two Koreas will be handled according to wartime protocol,” the North said in a statement on Saturday attributed to all government bodies and institutions.

The statement carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency said, the statement was issued jointly by the North’s government, ruling party and other organizations.

There was no sign of unusual activity in the North’s military or anything to suggest an imminent aggression, a South Korean defense ministry official said.

The White House said it took the new warning seriously, but said Pyongyang’s threats were following a familiar pattern.

“We’ve seen reports of a new and unconstructive statement from North Korea. We take these threats seriously and remain in close contact with our South Korean allies,” said Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the National Security Council.

In the meantime analysts say a full-scale conflict is extremely unlikely and North Korea’s threats are instead aimed at drawing Washington into talks that could result in aid and boosting leader Kim Jong Un’s image at home.

But the harsh rhetoric from North Korea and rising animosity from the rivals that have followed U.N. sanctions over Pyongyang’s Feb. 12 nuclear test have raised worries of a misjudgment leading to a clash.

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Hiroshima atomic bomb victim toll at 557,478: New report reveals http://www.khaama.com/hiroshima-atomic-bomb-victim-toll-at-557478-new-report-reveals-1518 http://www.khaama.com/hiroshima-atomic-bomb-victim-toll-at-557478-new-report-reveals-1518#comments Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:57:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=24644 Hiroshima atomic bomb victim toll at 557,478: New report reveals
According to the latest report released by the Japanese city fo Hiroshima on Thursday, at least 557,478 victims have been recorded from the actual damage of the 1945 atomic bombing. This was more than 15,000 people recorded in the previous file, reports Xinhua. The report also focused on demographic changes in the recent decades, compiling Read the full article...]]>
Hiroshima atomic bomb victim toll at 557,478: New report reveals

According to the latest report released by the Japanese city fo Hiroshima on Thursday, at least 557,478 victims have been recorded from the actual damage of the 1945 atomic bombing.

This was more than 15,000 people recorded in the previous file, reports Xinhua.

The report also focused on demographic changes in the recent decades, compiling as part of the city’s more than 30-year-old investigative project on the victims.

According to the Atomic Bomb Survivors Relief Department at the Hiroshima City Office, The released data was based on the latest tallies, calculated until 2011 with 120,000 additional historical sources such as medical treatment notes and necrologies.

The actual number of “direct victims” of the atomic bombing including those who were within the city and its neighboring towns and villages were updated in the report which totals to 384,743.

The report also revealed that the number of victims who have died so far is 277,996, less than the 280,959 indicated by previous data in 1999.

Kaoru Ohsugi, director of the division, told Xinhua that since there were still different ways to interpret the numbers concerning the A-bomb victims and damage, the division decided to update the figures, collecting new information and checking the details using computers.

“Considering the remaining time the survivors have to live and the verification procedures we can use, this report may be the last edition the city officially issues,” Ohsugi said.

The study will most likely be the last one because 68 years have passed since the bombing and it is unlikely that any new documents will be discovered, an official suggested.

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Khar tops the list of most gorgeous women politicians http://www.khaama.com/khar-tops-the-list-of-most-gorgeous-women-politicians-1476 http://www.khaama.com/khar-tops-the-list-of-most-gorgeous-women-politicians-1476#comments Wed, 13 Mar 2013 09:53:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=24199 Khar tops the list of most gorgeous women politicians
According to a survey conducted by an Indian weekly, Pakistan foreign minister Hina Rabbani has topped the list of most gorgeous women politicians in the world. The survey report released on Wednesday revealed that Hina Rabbani Khar is famous for wearing attractive and fashionable outfits. Khar, elected  member of national assembly from the seat of Read the full article...]]>
Khar tops the list of most gorgeous women politicians

According to a survey conducted by an Indian weekly, Pakistan foreign minister Hina Rabbani has topped the list of most gorgeous women politicians in the world.

The survey report released on Wednesday revealed that Hina Rabbani Khar is famous for wearing attractive and fashionable outfits. Khar, elected  member of national assembly from the seat of Pakistan Peoples Party has been the focus of the media during foreign trips for her handbags and dresses.

The survey also found that Kashmala Tariq, another Pakistani lawmaker and member of Pakistan Muslim League-Like Mindedhas secured the 8th position for her dressings and outspoken statements.

The number 9 position on the list of most gorgeous women politicians has been secured by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Sonia Gandhi, the head of India’s Congress Party, Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of Sonia Gandhi, Ruby Dhalla, a Canadian politician and Yulia Tymoshenko, former Prime Minister of Ukraine are the other women politicians who have secured positions in top 10 gorgeous women politicians of the world.

Among the women politicians who could not find place in the top 10 gorgeous women politicians of the world includes Jordan’s Queen Rania Al Abdullah and United States’ first lady, Michelle Obama were placed at 11 and 12 rank respectively.

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Anger sparked in China over 2-months old baby’s murder http://www.khaama.com/anger-sparked-in-china-over-2-months-old-babys-murder-1448 http://www.khaama.com/anger-sparked-in-china-over-2-months-old-babys-murder-1448#comments Wed, 06 Mar 2013 09:22:23 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=23934 Anger sparked in China over 2-months old baby’s murder
An outrage sparked in China following the case of a baby killed after the car in which he was sleeping was stolen by a Chinese man in Jilin province on Monday. The boy was in an SUV stolen by Zhou Xijun, 48, in northeastern Jilin province on Monday, triggering a hunt involving thousands of police Read the full article...]]>
Anger sparked in China over 2-months old baby’s murder

An outrage sparked in China following the case of a baby killed after the car in which he was sleeping was stolen by a Chinese man in Jilin province on Monday.

The boy was in an SUV stolen by Zhou Xijun, 48, in northeastern Jilin province on Monday, triggering a hunt involving thousands of police officers and taxi drivers until he handed himself in the following day and confessed, reports said.

Zhou “discovered a baby in the back seat of the stolen car, stopped at the side of a road before strangling the baby to death and burying it in the snow,” Jilin police quoted by AF said in an online statement.

The baby’s father had purportedly parked in front of the supermarket he runs in Changchun and entered the store to turn on a stove, leaving his son in the back seat with the car’s engine still running.

News of the murder provoked a storm of anger on Chinese social media, with news of the incident re-tweeted 120,000 times on Weibo, the country’s version of Twitter. While many people demanded the death penalty for Zhou, others questioned why the baby had been left in the car.

“Baby Haobo, sleep well – you are not big enough to experience the first spring yet…… but the person who hurt you will be punished and we will try to the make the world you hardly knew a better place.” the official Sina Weibo account of People’s Daily’s newspaper wrote.

“I would never have imagined that what people most feared would actually happen… the killer should be severely punished,” wrote another user.

According to the United Nations, China had a murder rate of 1.0 per 100,000 people in 2010 which is among the lowest in the world.

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North Korea plans new nuclear test in rebuke to UN http://www.khaama.com/north-korea-plans-new-nuclear-test-in-rebuke-to-un-2137 http://www.khaama.com/north-korea-plans-new-nuclear-test-in-rebuke-to-un-2137#comments Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:40:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=22513 North Korea plans new nuclear test in rebuke to UN
North Korea said Thursday that it plans to carry out a new nuclear test and more long-range rocket launches, all of which it said are a part of a new phase of confrontation with the United States. Although it was not the first time North Korea had expressed such a strident stance, its posture, coming Read the full article...]]>
North Korea plans new nuclear test in rebuke to UN

North Korea said Thursday that it plans to carry out a new nuclear test and more long-range rocket launches, all of which it said are a part of a new phase of confrontation with the United States.

Although it was not the first time North Korea had expressed such a strident stance, its posture, coming under the new leadership of Kim Jong-un, threw a direct challenge to President Obama as he starts his second term, and to Park Geun-hye, who will be sworn in as president of South Korea next month.

The announcement by the country’s top military body came a day after the UN Security Council agreed a U.S.-backed resolution to censure and sanction the country for a rocket launch in December that breached its bans.

In a statement carried Thursday by state media, the National Defense Commission in Pyongyang threatened to wage a “full-fledged confrontation” against the U.S. for what it calls continued hostility.

North Korea, which often issues bellicose statements in its state media, said Thursday that it rejected all Security Council resolutions concerning it.

In the meantime Glyn Davies, the U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, warned Pyongyang against conducting a nuclear test.

“Whether North Korea tests or not, it’s up to North Korea. We hope they don’t do it, we call on them not to do it. It will be a mistake and a missed opportunity if they were to do it,” he said to reporters in Seoul.

Analysts said the North could test as early as February as South Korea prepares to install a new, untested president or that it could choose to stage a nuclear explosion to coincide with former ruler Kim Jong-il’s Feb. 16 birthday.

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Russian passenger jet with 46 aboard missing in Indonesia http://www.khaama.com/russian-passenger-jet-with-46-aboard-missing-in-indonesia-911 http://www.khaama.com/russian-passenger-jet-with-46-aboard-missing-in-indonesia-911#comments Wed, 09 May 2012 11:07:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=14880 Russian passenger jet with 46 aboard missing in Indonesia
A Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 on a demonstration flight with 46 people on board went missing south of the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Wednesday, a search and rescue official said. The officials further added, a Sukhoi Superjet 100-95, registration RA-97004 performing a demonstration flight from Jakarta Halim Perdanakusuma Airport to Jakarta Halim Perdanakusuma Airport (Indonesia) Read the full article...]]>
Russian passenger jet with 46 aboard missing in Indonesia

A Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 on a demonstration flight with 46 people on board went missing south of the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Wednesday, a search and rescue official said.

The officials further added, a Sukhoi Superjet 100-95, registration RA-97004 performing a demonstration flight from Jakarta Halim Perdanakusuma Airport to Jakarta Halim Perdanakusuma Airport (Indonesia) with 36 passengers, 6 crew and 2 Sukhoi officials, was enroute near Mount Salak and Bogor about 36nm south of Jakarta about 30 minutes into the flight when the radio contact with the aircraft was lost.

The aircraft has not returned to the airport at the scheduled time following takeoff. By that time, the fuel should have been totally spent. Shortly before going off the radar, the crew of the aircraft had asked for permission to descend, Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency quotes an Indonesian aviation official as saying.

The Russian aircraft arrived in Indonesia on May 9 – the fourth stop on its Asian demonstrative tour, which includes six countries in total. The plane had previously visited Myanmar, Pakistan and Kazakhstan. After Jakarta it was supposed to go to two more Asian countries – Laos and Vietnam.

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Series of earthquakes hit eastern and western Indonesia http://www.khaama.com/series-of-earthquakes-hit-eastern-and-western-indonesia-768 http://www.khaama.com/series-of-earthquakes-hit-eastern-and-western-indonesia-768#comments Sat, 21 Apr 2012 06:49:13 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=14017 Series of earthquakes hit eastern and western Indonesia
A series of earthquakes struck eastern and western Indonesia in a span of several hours on Friday night-Saturday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported on its website. Authorities said there was no threat of a tsunami, and that the worst-hit area was the town of Ransiki in western Papua, where students attending morning classes Read the full article...]]>
Series of earthquakes hit eastern and western Indonesia

A series of earthquakes struck eastern and western Indonesia in a span of several hours on Friday night-Saturday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported on its website.

Authorities said there was no threat of a tsunami, and that the worst-hit area was the town of Ransiki in western Papua, where students attending morning classes ran from school buildings that shook for around a minute.

In Manokwari, “the quake was felt quite strongly for a couple of seconds, and residents ran away from houses and buildings,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.

Children in the town of Manokwan, closest to the epicenter, were seen running from their schools screaming. Streets also filled with those escaping shaking houses and stores.

There have been no reports of damage or casualties, and no tsunami warning has been issued so far.

The Papua region was struck by two mild aftershocks, while a 6.1-magnitude quake hit off Sumatra island, with no reports of damage or casualties.

A massive quake struck off Sumatra earlier this month, in which 10 Indonesians died, mostly from heart attacks and shock.

The 8.6-magnitude quake triggered an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami alert which caused little damage and few casualties.

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9 killed and injured in massive Indonesian quake http://www.khaama.com/9-killed-and-injured-in-massive-indonesian-quake-076 http://www.khaama.com/9-killed-and-injured-in-massive-indonesian-quake-076#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:24:38 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=13578 9 killed and injured in massive Indonesian quake
According to Indonesia disaster management and mitigation agency officials, at least five people were killed and four others were injured in the Aceh province of Indonesia as a result of the two massive quakes on Wednesday. Eko Budiman, deputy head of the emergency mitigation agency quoted by Reuters News Agency said, “The reports were of Read the full article...]]>
9 killed and injured in massive Indonesian quake

According to Indonesia disaster management and mitigation agency officials, at least five people were killed and four others were injured in the Aceh province of Indonesia as a result of the two massive quakes on Wednesday.

Eko Budiman, deputy head of the emergency mitigation agency quoted by Reuters News Agency said, “The reports were of people panicking but there was little damage. We need to check for sure.”

Five people died in northern Indonesia, at least two from heart attacks, the agency said.

Two massive earthquakes of 8.6 and 8.2 magnitude on the Richter scale struck off Indonesia on Wednesday, triggering a tsunami alert in 28 India Ocean Rim countries, including India. The tremors brough back terrifying memories of the 2004 tsunami that left over 200,000 dead.

The 8.2 magnitude earthquake sent panicked residents into the streets in Aceh and was felt as far away as southern India. It was followed by a series of strong aftershocks.

“Based on data collected on victims and damage, five people died, one person is critically injured and six others had minor injuries,” National Mitigation Agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

All of the casualties were in Aceh province, where 170 000 people died in a 2004 tsunami, he said.

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Tsunami warning after 8.9 magnitute quake hit Indonesia http://www.khaama.com/tsunami-warning-after-8-9-magnitute-quake-hit-indonesia-064 http://www.khaama.com/tsunami-warning-after-8-9-magnitute-quake-hit-indonesia-064#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2012 09:27:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=13527 Tsunami warning after 8.9 magnitute quake hit Indonesia
A MAGNITUDE-8.9 earthquake has struck off the western coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, triggering a tsunami warning, the US Geological Survey reported. Syed, an official at Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency who goes by only one name, said a tsunami warning has been issued. The U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday the quake was Read the full article...]]>
Tsunami warning after 8.9 magnitute quake hit Indonesia

A MAGNITUDE-8.9 earthquake has struck off the western coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, triggering a tsunami warning, the US Geological Survey reported.

Syed, an official at Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency who goes by only one name, said a tsunami warning has been issued.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday the quake was centered 20 miles beneath the ocean floor around 308 miles from the provincial capital of Banda Aceh.

Tremors were also felt in Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Patna and several other cities on the eastern coast of India.

The closest city to the quake’s epicenter 33 km beneath ocean floor is provincial capital Banda Aceh with a population of over 220,000, some 500 kilometers away.

Indonesia straddles a series of fault lines that makes the vast island nation prone to volcanic and seismic activity. In the meantime India has issued tsunami warning for the Nicobar islands shortly following massive earthquake off the Sumatra coast.

A tsunami warning and evacuation order were also issued by disaster prevention authorities in the southern Thai provinces of Phuket and Phangnga on Wednesday after a huge earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia.

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Chinese teen sells kidney to buy iPhone, iPad http://www.khaama.com/chinese-teen-sells-kidney-to-buy-iphone-ipad-049 http://www.khaama.com/chinese-teen-sells-kidney-to-buy-iphone-ipad-049#comments Sun, 08 Apr 2012 04:11:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=13394 Chinese teen sells kidney to buy iPhone, iPad
In the second case of its kind in China, a teenage boy sold his kidney to buy an Apple iPhone and iPad. A 17-year-old high school student from Anhui province, surnamed Wang sold his kidney to buy the expensive gadgets, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The source further added, at five people in southern China Read the full article...]]>
Chinese teen sells kidney to buy iPhone, iPad

In the second case of its kind in China, a teenage boy sold his kidney to buy an Apple iPhone and iPad. A 17-year-old high school student from Anhui province, surnamed Wang sold his kidney to buy the expensive gadgets, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The source further added, at five people in southern China have been charged with intentional injury in the case of a Chinese teenager who sold a kidney so he could buy an iPhone and an iPad.

The five included a surgeon who removed a kidney from a 17-year-old boy in April last year. The boy, identified only by
his surname Wang, now suffers from renal deficiency, Xinhua quoted prosecutors in Chenzhou city, Hunan province, as saying on Friday.

The news agency said that the man who allegedly organized the plot was in need of money to pay off gambling debts. He supposedly received about $35,000 to get the kidney, out of which he paid about $3,000 to the student. The defendant also allegedly paid the medical staff for the operation, and for the rental of a medical facility.

It said about 1.5 million people in China need organ transplants, but that only about 10,000 transplants are performed each year, fueling the illegal trade in organs.

Wang was recruited from an online chatroom and is now suffering from kidney failure and is in deteriorating health, the Xinhua news agency said.

International human rights groups have long accused China of harvesting organs from executed prisoners for transplant without the consent of the prisoner or their family, charges the government has denied.

China banned the trading of human organs in 2007, Xinhua said. Several other suspects involved in the case are still
being investigated.

Apple products are hugely popular in China, but are priced beyond the reach of many Chinese. IPhones start at 3,988 yuan (£400), and iPads begin at 2,988 yuan – just under £190.

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China punishes social media, websites on coup talk‎ http://www.khaama.com/china-punishes-social-media-websites-on-coup-talk%e2%80%8e-978 http://www.khaama.com/china-punishes-social-media-websites-on-coup-talk%e2%80%8e-978#comments Sat, 31 Mar 2012 07:27:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=13055 China punishes social media, websites on coup talk‎
The Chinese government has once again cracked down on Chinese microblog services Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo, after it temporarily banned the comment features on both services following their role promoting speculation of an impending political coup. The extensive clampdown, announced late Friday by state media, underscores the authoritarian government’s anxieties over a public that Read the full article...]]>
China punishes social media, websites on coup talk‎

The Chinese government has once again cracked down on Chinese microblog services Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo, after it temporarily banned the comment features on both services following their role promoting speculation of an impending political coup.

The extensive clampdown, announced late Friday by state media, underscores the authoritarian government’s anxieties over a public that is wired to the Internet and eager to discuss political events despite censorship and threats of punishment.

Authorities closed 16 websites for spreading rumours of “military vehicles entering Beijing and something wrong going on in Beijing,” the official Xinhua news agency said late Friday, citing the state Internet information office.

Beijing police also detained six people for allegedly fabricating and spreading the above-mentioned rumours, particularly through microblogging posts, Beijing Municipal Bureau of Public Security said.

Analysts say the political drama has exposed divisions in the ruling Communist Party as it prepares for a key leadership transition later this year.

In an editorial Saturday, the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party, pledged to punish those responsible for the “lies and speculation”.

“Online rumours undermine the morale of the public, and if out of control, they will seriously disturb the public order and affect social stability,” said the newspaper, according to Xinhua.

The Twitter-like microblogs, with their huge user numbers and rapid-fire postings, have proved a challenge for Beijing and its Internet monitors. Social media played a role in forcing the government to disclose more information after a crash on the showcase high-speed rail network last summer and to provide more information on the thick air pollution in Beijing and other cities.

The restriction comes two weeks after the government introduced ‘real-name’ regulation to cut down on usage Weibos by anonymous users, in a bid to increase accountability and lessen the discussion of rumor.

According to the new rules, Weibo users must verify their account with documentation that proves their identity to enjoy full publishing rights. However, little impact has been felt and many unverified users can still use the service without verifying their identity, for now.

China blocks all information deemed sensitive under a vast censorship system known as the “Great Firewall”, but the huge rise of weibos is making this task increasingly difficult.

Censors had previously blocked all forms of search on the weibos for terms linked to Bo.

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China boosts defence spending by 11.2 percent in 2012 http://www.khaama.com/china-boosts-defence-spending-by-11-2-percent-in-2012-806 http://www.khaama.com/china-boosts-defence-spending-by-11-2-percent-in-2012-806#comments Sun, 04 Mar 2012 09:21:21 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=12132 China boosts defence spending by 11.2 percent in 2012
Chinese governmental officials on Sunday announced, China will boost military spending by 11.2 percent this year, unveiling Beijing’s first defence budget since President Barack Obama launched a “pivot” to reinforce U.S. influence across the Asia-Pacific. Although the planned figure is less than last year’s 12.7 percent increase, China’s military leaders have said they are unhappy Read the full article...]]>
China boosts defence spending by 11.2 percent in 2012

Chinese governmental officials on Sunday announced, China will boost military spending by 11.2 percent this year, unveiling Beijing’s first defence budget since President Barack Obama launched a “pivot” to reinforce U.S. influence across the Asia-Pacific.

Although the planned figure is less than last year’s 12.7 percent increase, China’s military leaders have said they are unhappy with recent moves by the Obama administration to increase the U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Only twice since the early 1990s has the increase been less than double digits.

Beijing’s defence budget has risen each year for two decades to become the world’s second-biggest, behind the US.

A spokesman for China’s national parliament Li Zhaoxing, citing a budget report submitted to the country’s rubber-stamp legislature said, the defence budget will rise 11.2 per cent to 670.27 billion yuan ($106.41 billion).

Li said the world has nothing to fear, and the money spent on the PLA paled in comparison with the Pentagon’s outlays.

Li, speaking at a news conference a day before the opening of the annual session of the congress, said China’s military spending was small as a percentage of gross domestic product compared to other countries, especially the United States

The figure marks a slowdown from 2011 when spending rose by 12.7 per cent but is still likely to fuel worries over China’s growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region and push its neighbours to forge closer ties with the United States.

Washington, which spends about $740bn on defence each year, already has bases housing thousands of American troops across the region.

The increase in defence spending is part of China’ long-term military modernization process, but also is partly spurred by Obama’s new emphasis on the Asia-Pacific, said Sarah McDowall, a senior analyst at IHS Jane’s, a London-based security consultancy.

China has advertised its long-term military ambitions with shows of new hardware, including its first test flight of a stealth fighter jet in early 2011, and its launch of a fledgling aircraft carrier in August both trials of technologies that remain years from deployment.

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Gunmen kill 15 fishermen in southern Philippines http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-kill-15-fishermen-in-southern-philippines-506 http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-kill-15-fishermen-in-southern-philippines-506#comments Tue, 24 Jan 2012 04:37:40 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=10475 Gunmen kill 15 fishermen in southern Philippines
Military officials in southern Philippines said, at least 15 fishermen were killed and three others wounded in the southern Philippines when gunmen opened fire on three boats. The officials further added, the incident took place in Basilan province on Monday, which is considered to be a stronghold of Muslim rebels. Meanwhile a military spokesman said, Read the full article...]]>
Gunmen kill 15 fishermen in southern Philippines

Military officials in southern Philippines said, at least 15 fishermen were killed and three others wounded in the southern Philippines when gunmen opened fire on three boats.

The officials further added, the incident took place in Basilan province on Monday, which is considered to be a stronghold of Muslim rebels.

Meanwhile a military spokesman said, it was likely caused by rivalry over fishing turf.

Several suspects have been identified in connection to the incident, officials said.

Lt Col Randolph Cabangbang regional military spokesman quoted by Agence France Presse news agency said, “They (the victims) were fishing on another group’s turf.”

According to Lt Randolph, the possibility of Islamist militants or Muslim guerrillas being involved in the incident had so far been ruled out.

The shooting was discovered by other fishermen in the area.

The victims were residents of Pagadian city, 160km north-east of Basilan.

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Man dies of bird flu in the city of Shenzhen China http://www.khaama.com/man-dies-of-bird-flu-in-the-city-of-shenzhen-china-292 http://www.khaama.com/man-dies-of-bird-flu-in-the-city-of-shenzhen-china-292#comments Sat, 31 Dec 2011 10:27:07 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=9496 Man dies of bird flu in the city of Shenzhen China
Saturday, December 31, 2011 – According to Chinese State Media, a man in southern China’s Guangdong province died of bird flu on Saturday a week after being admitted to hospital with a fever. The official Xinhua news agency said, The 39-year-old bus driver living in Shenzhen, just across the border from Hong Kong, developed symptoms Read the full article...]]>
Man dies of bird flu in the city of Shenzhen China

Saturday, December 31, 2011 – According to Chinese State Media, a man in southern China’s Guangdong province died of bird flu on Saturday a week after being admitted to hospital with a fever.

The official Xinhua news agency said, The 39-year-old bus driver living in Shenzhen, just across the border from Hong Kong, developed symptoms on Dec. 21 and was admitted to a hospital on Dec. 25 because of severe pneumonia.

The man from Shenzhen, just across the border from Hong Kong, developed symptoms last week and was admitted to a hospital on Christmas Day because of severe pneumonia, the man died in the early afternoon on Saturday (local time), after having tested positive for the H5N1 virus, the source added.

In the meantime, Guangdong’s official newspaper, the Southern Daily, said 120 people who had contact with the man had developed no signs of sickness.

Shenzhen borders Hong Kong, which recently ordered a suspension of live poultry imports from the mainland after three birds tested positive for the virus.

The H5N1 virus is fatal in humans in about 60 percent of cases but does not pass easily from human to human.

The World Health Organization says it has never identified a “sustained human-to-human spread” of the virus since it re-emerged in 2003.

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Philippine flash floods death toll rises to nearly 1,500 http://www.khaama.com/philippine-flash-floods-death-toll-rises-to-nearly-1500-247 http://www.khaama.com/philippine-flash-floods-death-toll-rises-to-nearly-1500-247#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2011 08:54:55 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=9283 Philippine flash floods death toll rises to nearly 1,500
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 – Philippines Office of Civil Defense on Tuesday said, the death toll from floods in the southern Philippines has climbed to 1,453 as heavy rains triggered fresh floods in provinces on the east coast. The officials further added, more bodies had been found in the waters south of the island of Read the full article...]]>
Philippine flash floods death toll rises to nearly 1,500

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 – Philippines Office of Civil Defense on Tuesday said, the death toll from floods in the southern Philippines has climbed to 1,453 as heavy rains triggered fresh floods in provinces on the east coast.

The officials further added, more bodies had been found in the waters south of the island of Mindanao.

The port city of Cagayan de Oro suffered the most deaths at 891, while 461 people were killed in nearby Iligan City from the Dec. 17 floods triggered by Tropical Storm Washi.

It is not clear how many people are still missing but officials say the search for bodies will continue.

In the meantime the Disaster Council of Philippine, more than 376,000 people were displaced by the storm and almost 55,000 are still huddled in crowded makeshift evacuation centres.

The officials in Disaster Council of Philippine also said, it could take up to six months to build temporary housing almost 55,000 who are now homeless in the wake of the storm.

The government besides has vowed to set up tent cities in safe areas to temporarily house the evacuees — perhaps for as long as three months, until more permanent shelters can be erected.

The Philippines is struck by about 20 major storms annually, with most hitting Luzon, the largest and most populous island in the Southeast Asian archipelago.

Two typhoons, Nesat and Nalgae, hit the country within days of each other from late September, leaving more than 100 people dead, while tropical storm Banyan killed another eight people in October.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Il dies at age of 69 http://www.khaama.com/north-korean-leader-kim-jong-il-dies-at-age-of-69-220 http://www.khaama.com/north-korean-leader-kim-jong-il-dies-at-age-of-69-220#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2011 04:33:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=8898 North Korean leader Kim Jong Il dies at age of 69
Monday, December 19, 2011 – North Korean State Television in capital Pyongyan on Monday announced the death of the N. Korean Leader Kim Jong-il. He died at the age of 69. Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 but he had appeared relatively vigorous in photos and video from recent trips to Read the full article...]]>
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il dies at age of 69

Monday, December 19, 2011 – North Korean State Television in capital Pyongyan on Monday announced the death of the N. Korean Leader Kim Jong-il. He died at the age of 69.

Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 but he had appeared relatively vigorous in photos and video from recent trips to China and Russia and in numerous trips around the country carefully documented by state media. The communist country’s “Dear Leader” — reputed to have had a taste for cigars, cognac and gourmet cuisine — was believed to have had diabetes and heart disease.

His death raises the specter of political chaos in a nuclear-armed hermit country. In September 2010, Kim Jong Il unveiled his third son, Kim Jong Un, as his successor, putting him in high-ranking posts. But it is unclear whether the Swiss-educated, Jong Un, 27, has the skills to stay in power or keep the fragile country from

North Korea’s state-run news agency, KCNA, urged people to unite behind the younger Kim.

The news came as North Korea prepared for a hereditary succession. Kim Jong Il inherited power after his father, revered North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, died in 1994. In September 2010, Kim Jong Il unveiled his third son, the twenty-something Kim Jong Un, as his successor, putting him in high-ranking posts.

The KCNA said, a funeral for Kim Jong-il will be held in Pyongyang on 28 December and Kim Jong-un will head the funeral committee.

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Deadly storm, floods kill over 650 in south Philippines http://www.khaama.com/deadly-storm-floods-in-south-philippines-kill-over-120-162 http://www.khaama.com/deadly-storm-floods-in-south-philippines-kill-over-120-162#comments Sat, 17 Dec 2011 07:18:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=8852 Deadly storm, floods kill over 650 in south Philippines
Monday, December 19, 2011 –  According to officials, the death toll from storm-triggered flash floods in the southern Philippines has risen to more than 650. Rescuers struggled to help survivors and a ravaged city prepared for a mass burial as the death toll from devastating flash floods in the southern Philippines rose past 650 on Read the full article...]]>
Deadly storm, floods kill over 650 in south Philippines

Monday, December 19, 2011 –  According to officials, the death toll from storm-triggered flash floods in the southern Philippines has risen to more than 650.

Rescuers struggled to help survivors and a ravaged city prepared for a mass burial as the death toll from devastating flash floods in the southern Philippines rose past 650 on Sunday.

Health officials in the city of Iligan say unclaimed bodies are being buried after being marked for possible future identification.

Many more people are said to be missing and thousands of others have fled to higher ground.

According to the Philippine Red Cross officials, at least 652 people were killed and more than 900 others were missing.

Iligan Mayor Lawrence Cruz said floods had swamped at least 10 villages on the city’s outskirts.

Forecasters said the eye of Tropical Storm Washi had passed close to Dipolog City, west of Iligan City, early on Saturday and it was now heading out into the Sulu Sea.

The Philippines is struck by about 20 major storms annually, with most hitting Luzon, the largest and most populous island in the Southeast Asian archipelago.

Two typhoons, Nesat and Nalgae, hit the country within days of each other from late September, leaving more than 100 people dead, while tropical storm Banyan killed another eight people in October.

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India grew faster than China in 2010 http://www.khaama.com/india-grew-faster-than-china-in-2010 http://www.khaama.com/india-grew-faster-than-china-in-2010#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2011 05:35:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=2474 India grew faster than China in 2010
WASHINGTON: Crouching Tiger snuck past the Fiery Dragon? The intense debate about whether lumbering India can overtake China’s red hot economy has been fed more fuel with The Economist suggesting that it may already have happened in 2010 “without anyone as much as noticing”. On the face of it, China grew by 10.3% last year, Read the full article...]]>
India grew faster than China in 2010

WASHINGTON: Crouching Tiger snuck past the Fiery Dragon? The intense debate about whether lumbering India can overtake China’s red hot economy has been fed more fuel with The Economist suggesting that it may already have happened in 2010 “without anyone as much as noticing”. On the face of it, China grew by 10.3% last year, comfortably outpacing India’s estimate of 8.6%. But the IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released earlier this week says that India grew by 10.4% in 2010. How can that be? Here’s how the acclaimed journal crunches the numbers to arrive at the same conclusion. India typically reports its GDP “at factor cost”, meaning it adds up all the income earned in the course of producing the country’s goods and services. Other countries, including China, typically report their GDP “by expenditure”, i.e. by adding up all the spending (including taxes) on domestically produced goodies. So, says The Economist in a blog post, you have to factor in a couple of things into the Indian GDP: taxes and subsidies. A sales tax adds to the amount you have to spend on a good. A subsidy has the opposite effect. If these taxes and subsidies remained steady as a percentage of output, they would not affect the growth rate of GDP, even if they do affect its level. In India, net indirect taxes rose from 7.5% of output in 2009 to 9.2% in 2010, boosting the growth rate of GDP by expenditure for that year. So if New Delhi adopts the same metric as other countries to measure its GDP, i.e., by expenditure, it lifts India’s growth to 10.36% in 2010. “That’s fully 0.06 percentage points faster than China. Jai Hind!” says The Economist. Not everyone buys into the conclusion. “Brilliant. So all India has to do is increase indirect taxes every year by 1000% and her GDP will go to the moon,” one reader wrote in snarkily. Another maintained that exchange rate is a more important factor than taxes, pointing out that the IMF estimates growth rates by converting the GDP of countries in local currencies to dollar at market exchange. While India’s currency appreciated 6.4% in 2010, from Rs 48.85 per dollar in 2009 to Rs 45.93 in 2010, China’s Renminbi appreciated only 0.9%, from 6.84 per dollar in 2009 to 6.77 in 2010. So India’s GDP got a push that was higher than China’s. The Economist itself had a tongue-in-cheek take on the whole India versus China growth issue, saying that given the fervid debates “it would be ironic if the moment (of India overtaking China) had already come and gone, without any fuss, fanfare or felicitation”.

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New Zealand earthquake leaves 400 dead, missing http://www.khaama.com/new-zealand-earthquake-leaves-400-dead-missing http://www.khaama.com/new-zealand-earthquake-leaves-400-dead-missing#comments Wed, 23 Feb 2011 04:42:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=2119 New Zealand earthquake leaves 400 dead, missing
CHRISTCHURCH: Hundreds of rescuers swarmed over twisted and smoking buildings Wednesday in a frantic search for survivors after New Zealand’s catastrophic earthquake left nearly 400 dead or missing. ( In Pics ) Emergency services cordoned off central Christchurch, which was devastated by Tuesday’s shallow, 6.3-magnitude tremor, to hunt for anyone still alive along with an Read the full article...]]>
New Zealand earthquake leaves 400 dead, missing
CHRISTCHURCH: Hundreds of rescuers swarmed over twisted and smoking buildings Wednesday in a frantic search for survivors after New Zealand’s catastrophic earthquake left nearly 400 dead or missing. ( In Pics )

Emergency services cordoned off central Christchurch, which was devastated by Tuesday’s shallow, 6.3-magnitude tremor, to hunt for anyone still alive along with an unknown number of bodies buried in the rubble.

Prime Minister John Key declared a national emergency as 75 bodies were recovered, punctuated by the rescue of about 30 overnight. About 300 people were still missing in New Zealand’s worst natural disaster in 80 years.

Key said the quake had “wreaked death and destruction on a dreadful scale” in the country’s second biggest city, six months after a 7.0-magnitude quake shook buildings violently in Christchurch but miraculously caused no deaths.

The latest tremor toppled many buildings and left central Christchurch strewn with debris. The city’s landmark cathedral lost its spire. Dozens of aftershocks rocked the city, much of which was without power and water.

Rescuers had to amputate limbs to free some survivors, while one resident said he saw a woman die with her baby in her arms when she was hit by falling debris in Cashel St Mall. She was killed instantly, but the baby survived.

“We tried to pull these big bricks off (her)… she was gone,” Tom Brittenden told the Christchurch Press.

Some rescue efforts were frustrated by a two-block exclusion zone around the city’s tallest hotel, the Grand Chancellor, as the 26-storey building leaned precariously and looked close to collapse.

Elsewhere flickering hope was dashed when reports that 15 people had been pulled alive from the six-storey CTV building, which was razed to the ground, were denied by New Zealand’s fire chief.

But there was applause when a woman wrapped in blankets emerged from the Pyne Gould Corporation building, some 24 hours after the quake rocked busy lunchtime streets at about 12:50 pm on Tuesday.

The survivor’s sister, Sally Bodkin-Allen, said her sibling had ducked under a desk when the quake struck, an act of quick-thinking that saved her life.

“It just seems like a miracle… it must be a very strong desk and she must have got under it very quickly,” Bodkin-Allen told Fairfax media.

Other media reports told of trapped people desperately phoning or texting relatives as they waited for help.

Resident Mark Maynard kept an anxious vigil outside the Pyne Gould building for his wife, who works on the first floor and called 20 minutes before the quake to say she had forgotten her mobile phone.

“It is still no good at the moment. I am hanging around waiting, what do you do?” Maynard told Fairfax.

The clock is ticking for those trapped, with New Zealand’s emergency management chief John Hamilton saying rescuers may have just two or three days to pull out anyone still alive.

Police Superintendent Russell Gibson warned that the toll was certain to rise as more than 500 emergency workers combed through shattered buildings, listening out for tapping, shouting and other signs of life.

“There is incredible carnage right throughout the city,” he told Radio New Zealand. “There are bodies littering the streets, they are trapped in cars and crushed under rubble.

“We are getting texts and tapping sounds from some of these buildings and that’s where the focus is at the moment,” he added.

The quake was the deadliest to hit New Zealand since 256 people died in a 1931 tremor, and Key’s declaration of a state of emergency will free up national resources to focus on Christchurch.

Twenty-four Japanese citizens were among the missing, including 11 foreign-language students whose school had collapsed, Japanese reports said.

Two South Koreans – a brother and a sister in their early 20s – were also missing feared trapped in the same language school, the government in Seoul said.

Specialist teams from Australia, Britain, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States were due to join the New Zealand rescuers as an international effort swung into action.

Seismologists said that despite being smaller, the latest tremor was more destructive than the September quake because it was nearer to Christchurch’s centre and much closer to the earth’s surface.

New Zealand sits on the “Pacific Ring of Fire”, a vast zone of seismic and volcanic activity stretching from Chile on one side to Japan and Indonesia on the other.

Khaama Press (KP.)

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New Zealand earthquake kills 65 http://www.khaama.com/new-zealand-earthquake-kills-65 http://www.khaama.com/new-zealand-earthquake-kills-65#comments Tue, 22 Feb 2011 06:49:26 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=2103 New Zealand earthquake kills 65
(BBC) – New Zealand’s prime minister says at least 65 people have died after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch. John Key said the toll was expected to rise further, adding: “We may be witnessing New Zealand’s darkest day.” The tremor struck at 1251 (2351 GMT on Monday), only 10km (6.2 miles) south-east of the city Read the full article...]]>
New Zealand earthquake kills 65

(BBC) – New Zealand’s prime minister says at least 65 people have died after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch.

John Key said the toll was expected to rise further, adding: “We may be witnessing New Zealand’s darkest day.”

The tremor struck at 1251 (2351 GMT on Monday), only 10km (6.2 miles) south-east of the city and at a depth of 5km (3.1 miles), causing widespread damage.

Mr Key said the emergency services were working as fast as they could to find people trapped under the rubble.

The damage is said to be far worse than after the 7.1-magnitude quake on 4 September, which left two people seriously injured but no fatalities.

Its epicentre was further away from the city and deeper underground, but still caused an estimated $3bn (£1.9bn) in damage.

Community ‘in agony’

TV pictures of the aftermath of Tuesday’s earthquake showed scores of collapsed buildings in Christchurch, on South Island.

People could be seen wandering the rubble-filled streets in distress.

Local police said there were reports of multiple fatalities, including people on two buses which had been crushed by falling buildings.

There were also reports of fires and of numerous people being trapped in collapsed buildings, they added. Officials said up to 30 people were feared still trapped inside the Pyne Gould Guinness building.

Local television showed bodies being pulled out of rubble strewn around the city centre.

Christchurch Cathedral, an iconic stone building in the centre of the city, was partly destroyed, its spire toppling into the square below.

“I was in the square right outside the cathedral – the whole front has fallen down and there were people running from there – there were people inside as well,” John Gurr, a camera technician, told the Reuters news agency. “Colombo Street, the main street, is just a mess.”

Radio New Zealand reported that its staff had to cling to their desks during the tremor, and that a church near its offices had collapsed.

Concrete in Victoria Square had risen at least a metre in some places and there are signs of liquefaction around the Avon river, RNZ added.

Power and telephone lines were knocked out, and pipes burst, flooding the streets with water.

The suburbs of Lyttleton and New Brighton are reportedly “unliveable”.

Grant Beedie, who was working in a factory in Sydenham, told the BBC that the damage was “massive… like a warzone”.

“The entire building just shook. We all just hit the ground and shut our eyes. There were loads of things flying off the shelves,” he said. “There were massive machines moving about – it was scary. I was almost in tears.”

Christchurch mayor Bob Parker said there was “a lot of devastation”.

“We’re really in a position where we are now just trying to build up a picture of the scale of this and areas of damage and trying to quantify it in some way,” he told the BBC.

“We’re beginning to get a feeling, from what we’ve got so far, that a significant number of people are injured and a significant number of people are still trapped in buildings,” the mayor added.

“And as we get further into that rescue operation… clearly we’re going to be presented with statistics that are going to be bleak.”

Just how bleak was soon revealed by the prime minister, who said 65 people were confirmed dead and scores more were injured or missing.

“It is just a scene of utter devastation,” Mr Key said. “We have to work as fast as we can to get people out of environments where they are trapped.”

“This is a community that is absolutely in agony. We just need this community, as it has done before and as it will do again, to come together, to check and support one another,” he added. “We will get through this. New Zealand will regroup and Christchurch will regroup.”

The military has been called in to assist the rescue effort, and the government has accepted the offer of specialist help from Australia.

Civil Defence Controller David Coetzee said “significant” aftershocks should be expected. Some have been as powerful as magnitude 5.

New Zealand lies at the southern end of the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, and above an area of the Earth’s crust where the Pacific Plate converges with the Indo-Australian Plate.

The country experiences more than 14,000 earthquakes a year, of which only around 20 have a magnitude in excess of 5.0.

The last fatal earthquake was in 1968, when a 7.1-magnitude tremor killed three people on the South Island’s western coast.

Are you in New Zealand? Have you been affected by the earthquake? Get in touch with us.

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Malaysia warns Muslims of Valentine’s Day ‘trap’ http://www.khaama.com/malaysia-warns-muslims-of-valentines-day-trap http://www.khaama.com/malaysia-warns-muslims-of-valentines-day-trap#comments Mon, 14 Feb 2011 04:07:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=1951 Malaysia warns Muslims of Valentine’s Day ‘trap’
(BBC) – Malaysia has stepped up a campaign to stop Muslims celebrating Valentine’s Day – labelling it a “trap” that could encourage immoral behaviour. Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said Monday’s celebration of romantic love was “not suitable” for Muslims. Several Malaysian states are planning to carry out checks on hotels to stop young couples Read the full article...]]>
Malaysia warns Muslims of Valentine’s Day ‘trap’

(BBC) – Malaysia has stepped up a campaign to stop Muslims celebrating Valentine’s Day – labelling it a “trap” that could encourage immoral behaviour.

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said Monday’s celebration of romantic love was “not suitable” for Muslims.

Several Malaysian states are planning to carry out checks on hotels to stop young couples having premarital sex.

The anti-Valentine’s Day campaign by the country’s Islamic authorities goes back to a fatwa issued in 2005.

Leaflets have been distributed to Muslim university students urging them to avoid Monday’s celebration.

The government-run Department of Islamic Development, which handles religious policies, has launched a publicity campaign called “Mind the Valentine’s Day Trap”.

Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz, the department’s chief, told state media: “In reality, as well as historically, the celebration of Valentine’s Day is synonymous with vice activities.

“Islam would reject anything, even from the Eastern culture, if it contravenes the Islamic teachings.”

He said Islam had never rejected positive things from the West, noting that it had embraced Mother’s and Father’s Day.

But not all Malaysian Muslims agree with the campaign, with some saying Valentine’s Day is harmless.

Other faiths are not affected by the boycott in a country where Muslims make up nearly two-thirds of the 28 million population.

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Indonesia sex tape star is jailed http://www.khaama.com/indonesia-sex-tape-star-is-jailed http://www.khaama.com/indonesia-sex-tape-star-is-jailed#comments Mon, 31 Jan 2011 05:45:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=1772 Indonesia sex tape star is jailed
(BBC) – A court in Indonesia has sentenced one of south-east Asia’s best known pop stars to three-and-a-half years in prison for making and distributing sex videos on the internet. The tapes of Nazril Irham, or Ariel as he is known, and two other celebrities, were made public last June. He is the first celebrity Read the full article...]]>
Indonesia sex tape star is jailed

(BBC) – A court in Indonesia has sentenced one of south-east Asia’s best known pop stars to three-and-a-half years in prison for making and distributing sex videos on the internet.

The tapes of Nazril Irham, or Ariel as he is known, and two other celebrities, were made public last June.

He is the first celebrity to be charged under Indonesia’s strict pornography law that came into effect in 2008.

Ariel denied distributing the videos, he said they had been stolen.

But conservative Islamic groups called for him to be punished.

About 500 supporters gathered outside the court as proceedings were held behind closed doors, AFP news agency reported.

The singer was accompanied by his girlfriend, TV presenter Luna Maya, who is said to be the woman in one of the two videos.

The woman alleged to appear in the other, Cut Tari, is a soap opera star previously linked to the singer.

The two women were not facing charges.

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Flooding peak looms for Brisbane http://www.khaama.com/flooding-peak-looms-for-brisbane http://www.khaama.com/flooding-peak-looms-for-brisbane#comments Wed, 12 Jan 2011 15:32:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=1619 Flooding peak looms for Brisbane
(BBC) – The Australian city of Brisbane is preparing for the worst of its devastating floods, with water levels set to peak over the next few hours. The peak is now expected to reach 5.2m (17ft) at 0400 local time on Thursday (1800GMT Wednesday), down from the 5.4m of the devastating 1974 floods. But Queensland’s Read the full article...]]>
Flooding peak looms for Brisbane

(BBC) – The Australian city of Brisbane is preparing for the worst of its devastating floods, with water levels set to peak over the next few hours.

The peak is now expected to reach 5.2m (17ft) at 0400 local time on Thursday (1800GMT Wednesday), down from the 5.4m of the devastating 1974 floods.

But Queensland’s premier warned many would wake “to scenes many have never seen anything like in their lives”.

The death toll in Queensland is 12 so far, with dozens reported missing.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard called the disaster’s scale “mind-boggling”.

Queensland’s Premier Anna Bligh said: “We are now in the grip of a very serious natural disaster.

“We are now seeing thousands of homes inundated with water up to the roof. Many, many more are expected to see significant water damage.”

She said 20,000 to 30,000 people would be affected in Brisbane.

Although the flood peak could be below the 1974 level, Ms Bligh said: “This is still a major event, the city is much bigger, much more populated and has many parts under flood that didn’t even exist in 1974.

“We are still looking at an event which will cripple parts of our city.”

Many supermarkets have been stripped of supplies, while a number of rubbish collections and bus services have halted.

During the day on Wednesday, the central business district escaped serious flooding, with the slightly lower level of water than forecast.

However, boats and pontoons still floated down the roaring Brisbane river, along with massive amounts of debris.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman said he had “a sense of horror and awe about the power of the river”.

“At the moment we are seeing pontoons and people’s boats… sadly in the coming hours we might be seeing bits of people’s houses… and that breaks my heart.”

The central district is still in danger – the flood’s peak early on Thursday will coincide with a high sea tide.

The city’s South Brisbane and West End districts have already been badly hit, the Brisbane Courier Mail reported. In all, more than 50 suburbs and 2,100 roads could be left under water.

More than 100,000 properties have had their power cut as a precaution against flooding of electricity substations.

Leisa Bourne of Red Cross Queensland told the BBC the city’s residents had been orderly in preparing their evacuation plans during the day on Wednesday but she expected an influx of people to evacuation centres when the flood hit its peak.

‘Completely unrecognisable’

West of Brisbane in the city of Ipswich, the Bremer river peaked at around 20m on Wednesday.

About 1,000 homes were inundated and 7,500 more affected, the Queensland Times reported. More than 1,000 people are in evacuation centres there.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said he expected flood levels to drop within the next 36 hours, allowing the clean-up to begin afterwards.

“If I find anybody looting in our city, they will be used as flood markers,” he warned.

One man found dead in his car in Ipswich has not yet been included in the death toll of 12.

Ms Bligh said: “There are some parts of Brisbane and Ipswich which are already completely unrecognisable.”

Water levels are expected to stay high in Brisbane until Saturday.

However Ms Bligh vowed the state would get back on its feet swiftly.

“We believe we can recover very quickly. That is our intention,” she said.

Ms Gillard urged Australians to look out for their neighbours.

“If there’s someone in your street you’re worried about, maybe an older Australian that you haven’t seen for a while, maybe give them a knock on the door and make sure they’re okay.”

The worst affected area was the town of Toowoomba, west of Brisbane, where residents described an “instant inland tsunami” of 8m ripping through the streets on Monday.

One good piece of news on Wednesday was that the number of missing in the Lockyer Valley had been revised down from 51 to 43, but there were grave fears for nine.

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China limits new cars in Beijing http://www.khaama.com/china-limits-new-cars-in-beijing http://www.khaama.com/china-limits-new-cars-in-beijing#comments Fri, 24 Dec 2010 06:59:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=1443 China limits new cars in Beijing
(BBC) – New rules have taken effect in China that restrict car purchases in an effort to combat serious traffic problems in the capital, Beijing. The city authorities will allow only 240,000 vehicles to be registered for 2011 – one third of this year’s total. Car buyers have been swamping dealers in anticipation of the Read the full article...]]>
China limits new cars in Beijing

(BBC) – New rules have taken effect in China that restrict car purchases in an effort to combat serious traffic problems in the capital, Beijing.

The city authorities will allow only 240,000 vehicles to be registered for 2011 – one third of this year’s total.

Car buyers have been swamping dealers in anticipation of the new rules, which will still leave about five million cars on the road in the capital.

Traffic and air pollution in Beijing is among the worst in the world.

Officials said the new rules would not solve the full extent of the city’s problems, only slow the down the rate at which they are worsening.

“It will be difficult to dramatically improve the traffic situation in a short time,” said Liu Xiaoming, deputy director of the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau.

“But it can slow down the pace of worsening traffic congestion.”

Under the new rules, government departments will not be allowed to increase the size of their fleets for five years.

About 750,000 new cars appeared on Beijing’s streets this year, raising the total of registered vehicles for the city 4.8m.

China overtook the United States as the world’s biggest car market in 2009.

Scepticism

Nearly 90% of the new licence plates will be allocated for residents; people driving cars into Beijing from other areas will need permits to do so.

The authorities have delayed the imposition of a congestion charge – a fee for cars to enter specified zones – saying the idea needed more study.

In anticipation of the new ruling, 30,000 new vehicles were registered in the past week, at least three times the normal rate, Xinhua state news agency reported.

“I heard that they were going to change the policy, so I wanted to buy this [car] before the year was over,” one buyer named Mr Yang told the BBC.

“We rushed to buy a car, because I need it for work. But it will be really inconvenient for me to drive a car when the streets become so congested,” he said.

Residents say that Beijing’s roads sometimes resemble car parks; a record 140 traffic jams were recorded on one evening in September.

A spectacular 120km (75-mile) long traffic jam formed on the Beijing to Tibet route in early September, only a week after another 100km (62-mile) jam had been cleared in the same area.

There remains a high level of scepticism about how well the new measures will work however.

“I think we should learn from other countries and make the parking fees even higher, that is certainly a method. And these cars, we can’t just allow the number of cars to grow. We must control them,” said Beijing resident Wu Ning Juan.

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Dozens die in new Mount Merapi eruption in Indonesia http://www.khaama.com/dozens-die-in-new-mount-merapi-eruption-in-indonesia http://www.khaama.com/dozens-die-in-new-mount-merapi-eruption-in-indonesia#comments Fri, 05 Nov 2010 05:23:53 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=725 Dozens die in new Mount Merapi eruption in Indonesia
(BBC) – At least 49 people have been killed in the latest eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano – more than doubling the death toll since it became active again last week. Dozens are being treated for burns and respiratory problems after a gas cloud hit villages with even greater force than the previous eruptions. Read the full article...]]>
Dozens die in new Mount Merapi eruption in Indonesia

(BBC) – At least 49 people have been killed in the latest eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano – more than doubling the death toll since it became active again last week.

Dozens are being treated for burns and respiratory problems after a gas cloud hit villages with even greater force than the previous eruptions.

More than 90 people are now said to have been killed.

An estimated 75,000 residents have been evacuated from the area.

Mount Merapi, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, is located in a densely populated area in central Java.

The latest eruption began late on Thursday, sending residents streaming down the mountain with ash-covered faces.

Rescue workers said villages in the area were in flames and bodies burnt beyond recognition.

‘Danger zone’

Many of the dead are believed to be children from Argomulyo village, 18km (11 miles) from the crater, the Associated Press news agency quoted emergency officials as saying.

The agency quoted hospital spokesman Heru Nugroho as saying that 48 bodies had been brought in after the inferno, and that 66 others had been injured – although these figures were not independently confirmed.

Earlier, government volcanologist Surono told AFP: “This is the biggest eruption so far. The heatclouds went down the slopes as far as 13km (eight miles) and the explosion was heard as far as 20 kilometres away.”

The authorities have decided to widen the “danger zone” around the crater from 15 km (9 miles) to 20km (12 miles).

A rescue official told the BBC some of the casualties could have been avoided if residents had stayed away from the danger zone.

Scientists are warning of further eruptions in the coming weeks.

Indonesia is also dealing with the aftermath of another natural disaster, after a tsunami hit the Mentawai islands last week, claiming more than 400 lives and sending thousands into emergency shelters.
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