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Deadly quake in China’s Sichuan kills 13, injures 175; tourism affected

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Deadly quake in China’s Sichuan kills 13, injures 175; tourism affected

 

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.0 shook a popular tourist destination in the Swedish province of Sichuan in China, killing 19 people and wounding another 175, officials announced today.

Authorities fear the death toll may rise.
The high-intensity earthquake struck yesterday at 09:19 local time and the epicenter was controlled to a depth of 20 km, Xinhua public agency announced.

Jiuzhaigou, or the Jiuzhai Valley National Park is known for spectacular waterfalls and karstic formations. More than 34,000 people visited the tourist attraction yesterday.

So far, 13 people have died and 175 others have been injured in the earthquake in Sichuan, the provincial government reported.

Among the wounded a Frenchman and a Canadian.

Maxence Vallon, 18, was injured on both legs; While the Canadian, who asked not to be identified, suffered minor head injuries, according to the report. Both were treated at the Jiuzhaigou County Hospital.

The exact number of victims of foreigners in the disaster was not immediately known.

“We were lying in the open ground to seek refuge when a stone fell and hit my brother on the right leg,” said Romain Vallon, who is studying in Beijing.

The brothers stayed in a hotel with their mother in Jiuzhaigou when the earthquake occurred.

Five of the dead were visitors to the Jiuzhaigou National Park, said the center of earthquake networks in China (NECC).

So far, 31,500 tourists have moved.

Tourist buses and private vehicles were put into service to help transport stranded tourists.

The power, communication and water supply of the municipal head have been restored.

So far, Jiuzhaigou County has sold more than 90 emergency vehicles and 1,200 people for rescue work. The county has also sent consultants to hotels, inns and streets to provide a possible counseling service to tourists.

The quake was felt in the provincial capital of Chengdu, about 300 kilometers south of the epicenter, and other areas in the neighboring provinces of Gansu and Shaanxi, according to the report.

Xi Jinping has called for all efforts to quickly organize relief and rescue the injured.

Authorities should check the impact of the earthquake, evacuate and regulate visitors and local people, and reduce deaths and injuries as much as possible, Xi said.

As the earthquake occurred during the flood season and tourist season, authorities should improve early warning and geological monitoring to protect themselves from other disasters, and do everything possible to protect people’s lives and property, he added.

Minister Li Keqiang also urged local authorities to manage and control.

The Chinese cabinet, the State Council issued a national task force to the disaster area to guide the relief work. Local governments have also activated high-level emergency response procedures.

Western People’s Liberation Army (EPL) theater command, which oversees the Chinese province of Sichuan, has improved air traffic control in the area of last night’s earthquake to make way for emergency mission flights, the PLA Daily reported.


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Venezuela’s new assembly declares itself all-powerful

Venezuela’s new assembly declares itself all-powerful

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Venezuela’s new assembly declares itself all-powerful

The new constitutional assembly assumes more power in Venezuela, declaring the upper body in all government institutions, including the Congress controlled by the opposition.

This decree Tuesday produced hours after the delegates of the meeting have taken control of a legislative chamber and presented images of the late President Hugo Chavez, who installed the socialist system of Venezuela.

Delcy Rodriguez, head of the Socialist Party and the leader of power, said the unanimously approved decree bans lawmakers from Congress to take measures that could hamper laws passed by the recently established Constituent Assembly.

“We are not threatening anyone,” said Aristobulo Isturiz, first vice president of the Constituent Assembly. “We are looking for ways to coexist.”

Congressional leaders, who have previously voted not to recognize any of the new super-body decrees, said lawmakers try to meet Wednesday at the legislative palace dome, but there were doubts about whether security guards guarding the building would be to leave them get in.

Opposition to President Nicolas Maduro also faces another battle Wednesday in the Supreme Court of the Government, which has scheduled a hearing on charges against an opposition mayor of the Caracas area.

The judges sentenced another mayor Tuesday for not being against protesters during four months of political turmoil.
Calling the July 30 constituent assembly elections, Maduro said a new constitution would help resolve the nation’s political stalemate, but opposition leaders think it is a takeover and the president’s allies have said that Go after your opponents.

Before his decree declares the Almighty, the assembly expelled the Attorney General of Venezuela, established a “truth commission” that should target enemies Maduro, and pledged to “support
T and solidarity “with the unpopular president.

The latest outbreak of demonstrations began in early April in response to a quickly canceled attempt by the Supreme Court to support the government withdrawing the National Assembly from its jurisdiction.

But the problems have developed into a broad movement driven by anger against inflation of three digestible Venezuela, food shortages and medicines, and high crime rate.

Opposition lawmakers said Rodríguez’s security forces began the conference building late Monday and seized control of an unused assembly room, almost identical to where lawmakers meet.

“This government invades the spaces that it is incapable of legitimately winning,” said Stalin Gonzalez, an opposition lawyer on Twitter, referring to the overwhelming victory of the opposition in the 2015 parliamentary elections.

Before the meeting will be Tuesday, the Supreme Court condemned the mayor of the region of Caracas to 15 months in prison for not following an order to remove the barricades installed during the protests against the government.


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Kenya election: opposition leader rejects early results that point to defeat

Kenya election: opposition leader rejects early results that point to defeat

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Kenya election: opposition leader rejects early results that point to defeat

Opposition leader Kenya Raila Odinga rejected the first presidential results that showed he was losing to former president Uhuru Kenyatta, raising fears that his angry supporters could take to the streets to protest.

Millions of people stood in line Tuesday evening to vote in an election as a key test of the stability of one of the most important countries in Africa.

The results published by Kenya’s Electoral Commission put Kenyatta on 55% and Odinga on 45%, after more than nine of the 10 polling stations reported. Participation appears to have been about 75%.

In 2007 Odinga’s angry refusal of the outcome of an election marked by irregularities led to riots and reprisals by the security forces, which caused the country to go through its worst crisis for decades.

Approximately 1,200 people were killed in a campaign of ethnic violence that followed.

Odinga, a polarizing character who makes his fourth offer of power, said Tuesday night that the first results were “fictitious” and “false”, saying a late-night press conference that his party narrative put it forward.

“We have our projections of our agents that show we are far ahead,” Odinga said.

The former political prisoner and businessman also claimed that the killing of a senior election official last week was linked to an attempt to forge polls. Chris Msando, the chief electoral officer of the Electoral Commission, was found strangled and tortured in a forest on the outskirts of Nairobi.

Many Kenyans say that a repeat of the 2007 violence is unlikely as the country has learned from the traumatic experience. One voter told the Guardian in the poll that young citizens wanted “peace, peace, peace.”

Odinga’s supporters, who have been questioned in recent days, have said they would not go to the streets if they believed they had been defeated enough, although they insisted that their leader was the victim of the victory Last two ballots.

“There will be no problems if the process is fair and transparent, but if it is equipped, there will be chaos,” said Paul Ouma, a director of the bus company, before the poll.

In the poor neighborhood of Mathare, a bastion of Odinga, the young men predicted that “life would never be the same again” if the opposition lost. “People will fight … it will have been stolen,” said Brian Aswani.

In Kibera, another poor neighborhood where Odinga is popular, the young men said they would wait for the decision of their leader. “If we lose, we will wait for our leader Raila [Odinga] to speak,” he said, “if it says fight, we will fight,” said Abraham Ashidiva, 24.

There were no signs of problems in Nairobi or Kisumu, a western city that was hit by the violence of 2007.

Odinga, 72, is the son of the first vice president of Kenya. He is an ethnic Luo from the West, an area that has long been neglected by the central government and feeling its perceived exclusion from power.

Kenyatta, the 55-year-old son of the first president, Jomo Kenyatta, is a Kikuyu, the ethnic group that has provided three of the four presidents since independence from Great Britain in 1963 …….


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Gulf Diplomatic Crisis Splits Families, Dashes Dreams

Gulf Diplomatic Crisis Splits Families, Dashes Dreams

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Gulf Diplomatic Crisis Splits Families, Dashes Dreams

DOHA, QATAR: For Qataris affected by the diplomatic crisis looming over the Gulf, the reality of politics is paramount: families are divided, frozen goods and dreams on hold.

Sara, a 29-year-old Qatari, was ready to begin her senior year at a business school in Dubai, where, on June 5, an Arab bloc led by Saudi Arabia has drastically reduced its ties to the country.

“We were told that suddenly they could no longer go to school and had to return to Doha,” he said.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain accused the Gulf emirate of supporting Islamist extremism and being too close to the region’s Archbishop Ryan Riyadh.

All Qatari were ordered to leave their territory within two weeks, their ambassadors and citizens of the Qatari emirate and their banned ports and airspace have been withdrawn.

Qatar has denied the allegations and denounced what it called a “blockade” to bring the rich emirate knees.

Qatar authorities have participated in schools and universities to register returned students.
But for Sara and many like her, the crisis was personal.

“When someone makes you stop studying, you destroy your dreams,” he said.

“One day, overnight, without notice … suddenly you are told” you have to stay at home, there is no school for you “.

Divide families

As the stagnation is integrated into its third month, the uncertainty due to agony, especially for families of mixed nationality.

Sara, who did not want her name to be revealed because she fears the consequences of her relatives elsewhere in the region, a Qatari mother and emirate father.

This is not unusual in a region where cross-border marriages are common.

Diplomatic fear launched these families into their own crises.

“Half of my family is in Dubai, UAE. I also have a family in Bahrain,” Sara said, choking back tears.

When her grandmother became ill in Dubai, her mother was reluctant to go to the United Arab Emirates, fearing she might return to her children in Qatar.

The Arab bloc states demanded that their citizens leave Qatar, but many have hesitated to do so, especially those who have families in the small gas-rich emirate.

Some say they fear reprisals by their own governments.

A Saudi mother, who was based in Qatar for years and asked to remain anonymous, said she was terrified.

She and her two adult daughters find themselves trapped between fear of their own government and uncertainty about their future in Qatar.

“We feel trapped,” he told AFP by telephone. “We’re going to renew our visas in a year. It’s scary, we do not know what’s going to happen.”

She said she did not want to return to Saudi Arabia, but fears that if she does not, Saudi Arabia’s late husband, her only source of income, will not be able to access her pension.

His daughters, who work in Qatar, also want to stay. We started losing your hair due to stress in the problem.

All three refused to meet AFP journalists in person for fear of consequences.

Other Qataris interviewed in the Doha center set up to support those affected by the crisis, fear their assets in other countries.


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Nagasaki mayor: Threat of new nuclear attack growing

Nagasaki mayor: Threat of new nuclear attack growing

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Nagasaki mayor: Threat of new nuclear attack growing

Fear of another attack on nuclear bomb increases during the 72nd anniversary of the United States’ Nagasaki atomic bomb, the city’s mayor announced, apparently referring to North Korea’s nuclear threat in the region.

In a ceremony marking the nuclear tragedy of World War II Wednesday Tomihisa Taue urged nuclear states to abandon such weapons and criticized the Japanese government for not participating in global efforts to ban the nuclear ban.

The anniversary of the bomb comes as Pyongyang and Washington face a growing threat in the former’s nuclear weapons program.

President Donald Trump threatened North Korea “with the fire and fury” and North Korean military said it was considering plans to attack Guam.

“The international situation surrounding nuclear weapons is becoming increasingly tense,” Taue told Nagasaki Peace Park.

“A strong sense of anxiety is spreading throughout the world in the not too distant future, these weapons could actually be used again.”

The first atomic bomb in the world, have used 6 August 1945, killed 140,000 people in Hiroshima. The bombing of Nagasaki three days later killed 70,000 more.

At 11:02, when the bomb dropped 72 years ago, the people of the ceremony observed a moment of silence as the bell rang.

“The nuclear threat will not end, as long as nations continue to assert that nuclear weapons are essential to their national security,” Taue said.

Abe’s government criticized

Taue also criticized the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for what he said were empty promises to work for a world without nuclear.

He said that Japan’s absence, even during the diplomatic negotiations for the UN nuclear ban, passed in July, is “incomprehensible to those living in cities that suffered atomic bombing.”

The great palaver praised the survivors of the bomb, or “hibakusha”, for their dedication to the effort.

He urged the Japanese government to change its policy of relying on the United States’ nuclear umbrella and joining the nuclear ban treaty as soon as possible.

Abe, in a speech that was almost a repeat of what he said in Hiroshima, did not mention the UN’s nuclear ban treaty.

More than 175,000 hibakusha have died in Nagasaki since the attack, including 3,551 in the last year, while more than 300,000 of their comrades died in Hiroshima.

The average age to survive beyond 81 years. Many suffer long-lasting effects from radiation.


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Ousted Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif kicks off rally to hometown Lahore amid security concerns

Ousted Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif kicks off rally to hometown Lahore amid security concerns

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Ousted Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif kicks off rally to hometown Lahore amid security concerns

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Shariz went to his hometown, Lahore, Punjab House in Islamabad, through the magnificent trunk road in order to expose his popularity among the masses.

Sharif undertook the trip after meeting with senior officials of his party and Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi Khawan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Abid Ali Sher, Dawn News.

Stringent safety measures were deployed along the GT road.
According to the report, a crowd of some 5,000 people who must accompany Sharif will lead to the procession that will pass its first stop in D-Chowk.

According to the report, the Sharif rally will run slowly through elaborate hosting plans and should arrive in Lahore by Thursday.

Citing safety concerns about a bombing in Punjab province, Sharif was warned by his brother, Punjab’s chief minister Shahbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also to avoid taking the road.

However, the former prime minister said that this is not a protest, and only a trip home and he is committed because “risks must be taken for the country.”

Meanwhile, opposition leader Imran Khan, Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf claimed that the state was used to carry out the historic return of the prime minister.

“Nawaz Sharif’s plan to travel to Lahore on the GT Road ride is a deliberate attempt to further undermine the Supreme Court of Pakistan, challenging its decision on the Panama issue,” Khan said on Twitter Sunday.

Dawn also quoted PTI leader Abdul Alem Khan as saying: “The Punjab government uses all its resources to succeed the program (the return of Nawaz Lahore).”

Similar reservations were voiced by the head of the Muslim Awami League, Cheikh Rashid, who says the procession was an attempt to seek an Army National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf had enacted the NRO during his regime. It provides an amnesty to politicians, bureaucrats, political workers, etc., who were accused of corruption, murder, terrorism, money laundering, etc.

Pakistan’s Electoral Commission today urged Nawaz to be removed from his post as leader of his Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) party.

After his arrival in Lahore, he must announce the candidate to the NA-120 that was launched because of his flight.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan disqualified Prime Minister Sharif placed in the investigation Documents of Panama.

The court found that Sharif was “fit for office” and had been “bad by Parliament and the courts for failing to disclose in the FZE Dubai-based company based on its application documents for the year 2013.”


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Guam residents fear attack after North Korea statements

Guam residents fear attack after North Korea statements

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Guam residents fear attack after North Korea statements

Hagatna, Guam – Residents of the small Pacific island of Guam say they fear being trapped amid growing tensions between the US and Canada. And North Korea after Pyongyang announced that it was considering plans to attack the strategic importance of the United States.

Although local authorities have downplayed the threat, people living and working on the island, which serves as a launch pad for the US military said on Wednesday they could not raise the idea of shadows to be a Potential objective.

“I’m a little worried, a little panic. Is it really said to happen?” Said Chugrad Cecil, a 37-year-old bus driver for a tour bus company in Guam. “If it’s just me, it does not bother me, but I do not have to worry about my son. I have the impression of movement (Guam) now.”

Guam is accustomed to the threats of North Korea, but progress in the country’s nuclear program is combined with strong rhetoric of President Donald Trump raised the already high animosity and expressed concern that a miscalculation could cause conflicts between the Nations with nuclear weapons.

Reports have suggested that North Korea had mastered a technological barrier needed to attack the United States with a nuclear missile.

Progress has been detailed in an official Japanese assessment and later a Washington Post story cited US intelligence officials and a confidential report from the Defense Intelligence Agency.

In response, Trump Tuesday threatened the communist country “with fire and fury”. On Wednesday, the North Korean military said in a statement that it was studying a plan to create a “wraparound fire” in areas around Guam with medium- and long-range ballistic missiles.

Although it is highly unlikely that Pyongyang’s risk annihilation ensured its venerated leadership with a preemptive strike against US citizens, some residents are concerned.

“If anything happens, we must all be prepared, be ready and pray to God for this not to happen,” said Daisy Mendiola, 56, after finishing his lunch with his family at a restaurant near Hagatna. “Everyone is afraid because we are dealing with powers beyond us.”

Other residents are concerned about the political environment and the government’s ability to find a peaceful solution.

Todd Thompson, a lawyer living in Guam, said he was past threats because he “thought cold heads prevailed in Washington, and was only a vain threat.”


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Quake in China’s Sichuan kills 19, including tourists, injures 247

Quake in China’s Sichuan kills 19, including tourists, injures 247

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Quake in China’s Sichuan kills 19, including tourists, injures 247

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck a remote and mountainous area of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, killing 19 people, including six tourists, and injuring 247, the provincial government and official media reported Wednesday.

The quake struck a sparsely populated area of 200 km (120 miles) northwest of Guangyuan City on Tuesday at a depth of 10 km (6 miles), said the US Geological Department. It was also close to the nature reserve of Jiuzhaigou, a tourist destination.

Sichuan is often affected by earthquakes. An earthquake in May 2008 killed nearly 70,000 people.

An independent earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 hit a remote area of northwest China’s Xinjiang region, more than 2000 km (1240 miles), Wednesday morning, the earthquake management in China said. The People’s Daily said 32 people were injured in mainly rural areas.
The Sichuan government said rescue crews gradually evacuated tourists and residents who were isolated by landslides.

Six tourists were killed, according to the official Chinese news agency.

State television said 19 people had died and most of the wounded were not seriously injured.

The Sichuan government said about 30,000 tourists were evacuated from the earthquake zone, causing traffic jams on narrow roads.

A few dozen tourists had camped at Jiuzhaigou Airport, waiting for flights. The airport was opened and began evacuating people by air, according to state media.

A traveler with a young woman who gave her surname as Li said she was at her hotel when the earthquake occurred.

“The walls and floor shook. Some things fell off the table,” he said.

Some people were injured at the hotel, but most were fine.

“Rescue services have sprung up quickly and gave us water and food,” Li said.

Priority was given to being evacuated as it was with a small child. “At first, the road was blocked, but the ambulance road cleared this morning.”

A Frenchman and a Canadian suffered minor injuries, Xinhua reported.

The Sichuan government said at first fears that part of a hotel collapsed was exaggerated, with only relatively minor damages and all safely evacuated.

The earthquake management in Sichuan, which also measures the magnitude 7.0 earthquake, said the quake’s epicenter was in Ngawa prefecture, which is largely populated by Tibetans, many of whom are nomadic shepherds.

The area was shaken by a series of Wednesday aftershocks.

Images on social media sites run by the state showed damage to Jiuzhaigou, fallen tiles of buildings and people outdoors.

According to state television, power was restored greatly in the affected areas and the military also sent rescue teams to help rescue.


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Guam residents fear attack after North Korea warning, governor dismisses threat

Guam residents fear attack after North Korea warning, governor dismisses threat

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Guam residents fear attack after North Korea warning, governor dismisses threat

Residents of the US territory of Guam say the fear after being caught amid growing tensions between President Donald Trump and North Korea, but Governor Eddie Calvo assured his constituents that there is no threat to island.

North Korea’s military said on Wednesday it was reviewing plans to attack the island, a military center about 1,500 miles south of Tokyo in the Pacific Ocean.

“An attack or threat against Guam is a threat or an attack in the United States,” said Calvo, who said he spoke Monday morning with White House officials. “They said the United States would be defended.”

North Korea said it had come to master a crucial technology to hit the United States with a nuclear missile. In response, Trump threatened the Communist country “with fire and fury.”

“I’m a little worried, a little panic. Will this really happen?” Said Cecil Chugrad, a 37-year-old bus driver for a tour bus company in Guam. “If it’s just me, it bothers me, but I do not have to worry about my son. I feel I’m relocating now.”

Guam Interior Security Councilor George Charfauros insisted on calm and said the defenses were in place for such threats.

The United States will not be afraid of North Korea: Nikki Haley
Guam sets up the US Army missile defense system Known as the High Altitude Terminal Defense Area, or THAAD, even the recently installed system in South Korea.

Todd Thompson and Mitch, two brothers, both lawyers in Guam, said they had seen no panic or get rid of supplies.

“I think people are surprised and I really do not know what to think,” said Todd Thompson.

North Korea made a similar threat a few years ago.

“I did it because I thought that cold heads prevail in Washington, and that it was just a threat in vain,” he said. “But I have to say I’m not laughing now. I’m afraid things have changed in Washington and who knows what’s going to happen?

Mitch Thompson added that he believes that “many people are not sure that the White House will make the right choice under the circumstances.”

The brothers plan to be off the island in the coming weeks.

A travel agent in Guam said they had not had an outbreak of customers wanting to book flights off the island.

“It’s not bad at all, there’s chaos,” said Mariah Sablan, who works for Golden Dragon Travel Inc. “This is like a normal work day.”


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