Activist dies in Democratic Republic of Congo unrest


Opposition supporters burn tyres in Kinshasa, Sept 6 Opposition activists gathered after their offices were attacked in Kinshasa

An opposition activist has been shot dead in Democratic Republic of Congo during clashes with police in Kinshasa.  The fighting came after the offices of the opposition Union for Democracy and Social Progress were set alight, and an opposition TV station was attacked. Continue reading Activist dies in Democratic Republic of Congo unrest

Typhoon toll reaches 34 dead, 56 missing

Japan Times

Total devastation: Floodwater still covers part of the town of Nachikatsuura in Wakayama Prefecture Monday morning even though Typhoon Talas has come and gone. KYODO PHOTOS

Talas, the region’s 12th typhoon of the year, has left 34 people dead and 56 missing, making it the deadliest storm to hit Japan in about seven years, a Kyodo News tally indicates.

Police, firefighters and the Self-Defense Forces resumed their search for the missing Monday in Nara and Wakayama prefectures, finding the body of Danzo Mori, 82, who was reported missing in the Nara village of Totsukawa.

The toll from Talas, which was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday afternoon, could grow because flooded rivers, damaged roads and mudslides are hampering relief work over a wide area, including the Kii Peninsula, rescuers said.

The typhoon damage is the worst since Tokage left 98 people dead or missing in October 2004. Continue reading Typhoon toll reaches 34 dead, 56 missing