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Typhoon pounds South Korea, smashes ships; 9 dead

By Tue, Aug 28, 2012 7:36PM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A powerful typhoon pounded South Korea with strong winds and heavy rain Tuesday as it churned up rough seas that smashed two fishing ships into rocks, killing at least five fishermen and forcing the coast guard to perform a daring rescue for the survivors. Rescuers

Burma president announces Cabinet reshuffle

By Tue, Aug 28, 2012 11:17AM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s president announced a major Cabinet reshuffle on Monday, a move analysts see as advancing the once-pariah nation’s reformist agenda. The shake-up is the biggest since President Thein Sein’s government took office from the former military junta in March 2011 and launched a wave of dramatic

Fukushima gamma rays ‘worse than radioactivity’

By Tue, Aug 28, 2012 11:13AM UTC

VIENNA (AP) — Japanese officials reporting on the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster say that gamma rays from the rubble left by the accident are now a greater concern than radioactive cesium still being emitted from the crippled nuclear plant. A report to an International Atomic Energy Agency meeting presented

Car carrying Japan ambassador attacked in Beijing

By Tue, Aug 28, 2012 11:03AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — The Japanese Embassy in Beijing says a car carrying the ambassador was attacked by a man who ripped off the Japanese flag from the vehicle. The attack comes amid rising diplomatic tensions and anti-Japanese sentiment over disputed islands. The embassy said in a statement that Ambassador Uichiro

Tourists saved after boat sinks off Thai island

By Tue, Aug 28, 2012 10:58AM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — A speed boat carrying dozens of foreign tourists near Thailand’s popular resort island of Koh Phi Phi sank in abnormally rough seas, police and witnesses said. All 41 people aboard survived. The boat was carrying 37 Asian and European tourists and four Thai crew members when it