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November 5, 2017 3:40 PM Bomb threats force evacuation of Moscow's Bolshoi theater, hotels: reports

MOSCOW - Bomb threats forced thousands of people to evacuate Moscow's Bolshoi theater, Metropol hotel, GUM department store on the Red Square and other public places on Sunday, local media reported. A spate of anonymous phone calls have caused disruption at shopping centers, train stations and public buildings across Russia in the past two months. The calls 386

October 23, 2017 7:06 AM Typhoon Lan heads out to sea, leaves five dead and flooding

TOKYO: A rapidly weakening typhoon Lan made landfall in Japan on Monday, setting off landslides and flooding that prompted evacuation orders for tens of thousands of people, but then headed out to sea after largely sparing the capital, Tokyo. Five people were reported killed, hundreds of plane flights cancelled, and train services disrupted in the wake of Lan, which 53

October 23, 2017 2:50 AM Typhoon leaves two dead after lashing Japan on election day

TOKYO: A powerful typhoon left two dead, two missing and dozens injured in Japan Monday (Oct 23), moving northward off the Pacific coast after millions struggled to the polls for a national election. Authorities advised thousands living in coastal areas or near rivers to evacuate to shelters before Typhoon Lan, described as "very large and very strong" 43

October 22, 2017 2:40 PM 2 dead as typhoon brings heavy rain, wind to election-day Japan

TOKYO (AFP) - A powerful typhoon barrelled towards Japan on Sunday (Oct 22), leaving two dead and more than 10 injured, as millions struggled to the polls for a national election. Authorities advised thousands living in coastal areas or near rivers to evacuate to shelters as Typhoon Lan, described as "very large and very strong", dumped torrential rain over much of the country 74

October 22, 2017 12:50 PM Typhoon Lan Drenches Japan on Election Day, Tens of Thousands Advised to Evacuate

The typhoon, classified as an intense Category 4 storm by the Tropical Storm Risk monitoring site, was south of Japan and moving northeast at 40 kph on Sunday afternoon, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said. Tokyo: Tens of thousands of people across Japan were advised to evacuate, hundreds of flights were cancelled and train services were disrupted 34

October 22, 2017 7:59 AM Approaching typhoon brings heavy rain, wind to election-day Japan

Analysts say that if the weather affects turnout, it is likely to benefit Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose conservative voters are seen as more determined to cast their ballots TOKYO, Japan – A powerful typhoon barrelled toward Japan on Sunday, October 22, prompting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to order his government on alert as millions struggled to the polls 47

October 17, 2017 9:00 PM Fighters cheer Raqqa liberation, but experts say ISIS battle far from over

RAQQA (Syria) • Joyous fighters from the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) yesterday raised their yellow flag in Raqqa's Al-Naim traffic circle, which became known as "Hell Roundabout" after it was used for gruesome public executions by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). "Hell Roundabout is now Al-Naim Roundabout again," declared the cheering 36

October 17, 2017 6:05 PM Islamic State group loses emblematic Syria stronghold Raqa

RAQA: US-backed forces took full control of Raqa from the Islamic State group on Tuesday (Oct 17), defeating the last militant holdouts in the de facto Syrian capital of their now-shattered "caliphate". The victory caps a battle of more than four months for Raqa, and hammers another nail in the coffin of the militant group's experiment in statehood 40

October 16, 2017 10:08 PM Gunmen, bombers raid Changi Airport as agencies simulate response to terror attacks

SINGAPORE: As Singaporeans snoozed through the wee hours of Tuesday (Oct 17) morning, two masked gunmen stormed Changi Airport MRT Station. The rifle-wielding assailants got off the train before firing wildly at a platform full of waiting passengers, sparking a flurry of screams and scattered running. This simulated attack marked the start of Exercise 101

October 16, 2017 3:48 PM Wildfires kill 34 in Portugal and Spain

PORTUGAL — At least 31 people have died in fires ravaging forests in northern and central Portugal over the past 24 hours, rescuers said on Monday (Oct 16) afternoon, after three people were killed in Spain in blazes sparked by arsonists and fanned by Hurricane Ophelia. In Portugal, Prime Minister Antonio Costa declared a state of emergency as some 5,000 firefighters 47