Well-known Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser said yesterday that she and her husband have been placed under house arrest in Beijing as China plays host to U.S. State Secretary John Kerry for the latest round of U.S.-China talks.
A dozen people died and 33 others were missing yesterday after being swept away or buried by two landslides in southwestern China. Heavy rains triggered the landslide in Fugong county of Yunnan province that killed six people and left 25 others missing while destroying a silicon mine, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
Japan protested to China over a newspaper’s depiction of exploding mushroom clouds in a map of Japan, calling it offensive. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan, as the only nation to have suffered atomic attacks, will “never tolerate” such a depiction. The Chongqing Youth News carried a full-page color map of Japan, with the cartoon drawing of an exploding mushroom cloud over Hiroshima and Nagasaki and a title saying “Japan wants a war again.”
The rival candidates in Indonesia’s presidential election each claimed victory yesterday, raising uncertainty about the political and legal landscape in a nation that made the transition from dictatorship to democracy less than two decades ago.
North Korea launches two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast, a South Korean defense official says in a continuation of a recent series of missile and rocket test launches.
As the country begins a 10-day period of mourning to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of its first leader, Kim Il Sung, Pyongyang watchers are paying closer attention to his grandson — who was shown on state media walking to his seat for a memorial event with a noticeable limp.
Officials discovered 50 bodies, many of them blindfolded and with their hands bound, in an agricultural area outside a city south of Baghdad yesterday, raising concerns over a possible sectarian killing amid the battle against a Sunni insurgency. The dead were all men and it appeared they had been killed a few days earlier and then dumped in the remote area. The area south of Hillah is predominantly Shiite, but there is a belt of Sunni-majority towns.
An Iranian official says some progress is being made at nuclear talks with six world powers ahead of a July 20 target date for a deal, but “substantial differences” remain. Foreign Ministry spokesman Marzieh Afkham spoke yesterday in Vienna as negotiators worked on a draft agreement meant to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for an end to sanctions.
Government officials say its troops have retaken the presidential palace in the capital of Mogadishu, after Islamic militants forced their way in and exchanged heavy gunfire with troops and guards. After more than two hours of fighting, Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s office tweeted that “the shameful attack” has been foiled.
Brazilian officials say an Argentine reporter covering the World Cup has been killed in a car accident caused when a vehicle being chased by police slammed into his taxi. The Globo TV network that Jorge Luis Lopez flew out of the car and hit a concrete wall, killing him instantly. The cab driver suffered minor injuries. The three occupants of the stolen car were arrested. Lopez was working for Argentine sports daily Ole and La Red radio station in Buenos Aires.
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