Asia

Israel battles wildfires after record heatwave

JERUSALEM, Undefined (AFP) — Israel sent teams of firefighters and planes Thursday to contain a blaze near Jerusalem as record temperatures fuelled wildfires across the country. Some 100 fires have been reported in Israel in recent days and “at least …

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33 dead in suspected arson attack on Japan animation studio

by Shingo ITO Agence France Presse TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — A suspected arson attack at an animation production company in Japan killed 33 people and injured dozens more on Thursday, after a man reportedly doused the building with flammable liquid …

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Monsoon rains wreaking flood havoc across South Asia

NEW DELHI, India (AFP) — Torrential monsoon rains swept away homes and triggered landslides across South Asia, affecting millions of people and claiming at least 180 lives, officials said Tuesday. The monsoon is crucial for irrigation and groundwater supplies in …

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Quake off Indonesia’s Bali causes minor damage, sparks panic

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AFP) — A strong earthquake struck off the Indonesian holiday island of Bali on Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey said, causing residents to flee their homes and damaging several buildings. The quake, which had a magnitude of …

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Iran’s top diplomat warns US is ‘playing with fire’

by Philippe RATER UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned Monday that the United States is “playing with fire,” echoing remarks by President Donald Trump as the two sides are locked in a standoff …

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Fourteen killed in building collapse as monsoon batters South Asia

NEW DELHI, India (AFP) — Fourteen people were killed when a building collapsed in northern India following heavy monsoon rains which have left more than 130 dead across South Asia, officials said Monday. Floods and landslides caused by the annual …

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Two die, thousands flee after 7.3 quake in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — At least two people have been found dead and thousands were forced from their homes after a major 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the remote Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia, an official said Monday. The shallow quake struck …

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One dies, hundreds evacuate after 7.3 quake in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — At least one person has been found dead and hundreds were evacuated after a major 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the remote Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia on Sunday, an official said. The shallow quake struck about 165 …

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At least 50 dead in Nepal’s monsoon

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AFP) — Floods and landslides caused by torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 50 people across Nepal while dozens more are missing, officials said Sunday. Northeast India has also been hit by floods with 11 deaths recorded …

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Watch: (Eagle News video) Hong Kong clashes that turned violent inside a mall as protests vs extradition bill continue

    In this video taken by the Eagle News team headed by EBC correspondent Kit Wong in Hong Kong, clashes between riot police and protesters turned violent inside the New Town Plaza Mall in Sha Tin late Sunday evening, …

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Deadly monsoon destroys 5,000 shelters in Bangladesh Rohingya camps

by Sam JAHAN BALUKHALI, Bangladesh (AFP) — At least 10 people have died and thousands of shanty homes have been destroyed by monsoon rains in overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh’s southeast, officials said Sunday. Bangladesh’s meteorological department said the …

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Mall clashes at latest Hong Kong anti-extradition march

  by Elaine YU Agence France Presse HONG KONG, China (AFP) — Riot police and protesters fought running battles in a Hong Kong shopping mall Sunday night as unrest caused by a widely loathed plan to allow extraditions to mainland …

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