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Typhoon Rai knocked out communications and electricity in many areas, ripping off roofs, toppling concrete power poles and flooding villages - Copyright AFP Arif Kartono

Philippines typhoon death toll hits 375

20/12/2021 - 17:35:21
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Manila (AFP + Diplomat.so) - The death toll from the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year surged to 375 on Monday, as desperate survivors pleaded for urgent supplies of drinking water and food.
The charred interior of the fourth floor of the narrow office building was visible through broken and blackened windows STR JIJI PRESS/AFP

27 feared dead in building fire in Japan's Osaka

17/12/2021 - 14:27:31
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Tokyo (AFP + Diplomat.so) – Twenty-seven people were feared dead after a blaze swept through a commercial building housing a mental health clinic in the Japanese city of Osaka on Friday, fire officials said.
Doctor wearing PPE looks on before a house-to-house coronavirus testing drive on July 21, 2020 in Lima, Peru. Raul Sifuentes | Getty Images News | Getty Images

WHO says no Omicron deaths yet, as variant spreads worldwide

04/12/2021 - 00:18:31
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Geneva, Switzerland (AFP + Diplomat.so) - The Omicron variant has been detected in 38 countries but no deaths have yet been reported, the WHO said on Friday, as authorities worldwide rushed to stem the spread of the heavily mutated Covid-19 strain.
Medical staff members push a cart out of the COVID-19 infection department in a city clinic in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Coronavirus infections and deaths in Ukraine have surged to all-time highs amid a laggard pace of vaccination, which is one of the lowest in Europe. Ukrainian authorities on Thursday reported over 22,000 new confirmed infections and 546 deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest numbers since the start of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukraine sees new record high in COVID 19 deaths

23/10/2021 - 17:24:28
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KYIV, Ukraine (AP + Diplomat.so) — Ukraine's coronavirus infections and deaths reached all-time highs for a second straight day Friday, in a growing challenge for the country with one of Europe's lowest shares of vaccinated people.

North Korea fires ballistic missile: South's military

19/10/2021 - 09:24:38
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Seoul (AFP + Diplomat.so) - North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea on Tuesday, South Korea's military said, the latest in a series of tests by Pyongyang as a US envoy repeated calls for dialogue.
This file photo shows Nigerian troops patrolling the streets of the remote northeastern town of Baga, Borno State, Nigeria, April 30, 2013. (AFP Photo)

Islamic State kills 16 Nigerian soldiers in ambush

16/09/2021 - 20:25:44
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Abuja (AFP + Diplomat.so) - At least 16 Nigerian soldiers and two anti-jihadist militia have been killed in an ambush by IS-allied fighters on their patrol on a highway in northeast Borno State, two military sources told AFP on Thursday.
Fishermen fasten the boat as Typhoon Chanthu approaches to Taiwan in Keelung, New Taipei City, Taiwan, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Taiwan's weather bureau warned of high winds and heavy rain as Typhoon Chanthu roared toward the island Saturday and said the storm's center was likely to pass its east coast instead of hitting land. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Strong typhoon increases in force as it heads toward Taiwan

11/09/2021 - 08:10:55
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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP + Diplomat.so) — Taiwan's weather bureau warned of high winds and heavy rain as Typhoon Chanthu roared toward the island Saturday and said the storm's center was likely to pass its east coast instead of hitting land.