Five people died and four remain missing in the city of Ankang in northwest China's Shaanxi Province after heavy rain hit the city starting Tuesday, local authorities said Thursday, according to Xinhua.Around 150,000 people suffered losses, and the local government has evacuated more than 27,000 residents, according to the city's flood control headquarters.The rain also damaged at least 2,000 houses and more than 12,000 hectares of crops. The direct economic losses surpassed 540 million yuan (around 81 million U.S. dollars), it said.On Thursday, the provincial weather bureau has lifted a blue alert for heavy rain, but warned the city to take precautions against geological disasters including floods and mudslides.China has a four-tier color-coded weather warning system, with red the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved Japan's House of Representatives on Thursday, calling a general election in a bid to maintain his hold on power, while opposition parties rallied together in a major reorganization aimed at giving the administration a challenge at the polls, according to Kyodo.Abe dissolved the lower house and set an Oct. 22 election as soon as it convened at noon for an extraordinary session, without making a policy speech and without a plan to hold a press conference afterward.The timing of the election, official campaigning for which will start on Oct. 10, suggests the premier's primary goal is to take advantage of perceived weakness and lack of preparation in the opposition.The main opposition Democratic Party has recently been in disarray, while a new party with charismatic Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike at the helm was established just this week.
Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry has said the Armenian armed forces continue to violate the ceasefire regime. "The Azerbaijani armed forces came under fire 139 times throughout the day," the ministry said in a statement."The Azerbaijani army`s positions came under fire from Armenian villages, including Chinari and Mosesgekh in Berd district, Vazashen and Paravakar in Ijevan distrct, Dovekh in Noyemberyan district, unnamed hills in Krasnoselsk district," the ministry said."The army`s positions also came under fire from the Armenia-occupied districts of Azerbaijan, including Chilaburt, Yarimja and Goyarkh villages in Tartar, Namirli, Taghibayli, Shikhlar, Bash Garvand, Abdinli, Garagashli, Kangarli, Sarijali, Ajarli, Novruzlu, Yusifjanli and Marzili villages in Aghdam, Kuropatkino village in Khojavand, Ashagi Veysalli, Gobu Dilagharda, Garvand, Garakhanbayli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Gorgan, Horadiz and Kurdlar villages in Fuzuli, Mehdili and Nuzgar villages in Jabrayil, as well as unnamed hills in Goranboy, Goygol, Tartar, Aghdam, Fuzuli and Kojavand,” the ministry added.
The 8th Russia-Azerbaijan Inter-regional Forum under the motto "Investments, innovations and tourism” has kicked off in Stavropol.A 120-man Azerbaijani delegation led by Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev attends the event co-organized by the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Azerbaijan's Ministry of Economy.The forum will feature round tables on a number of issues, including cooperation in industrial and humanitarian spheres, development of tourism, and innovations in the field of healthcare.Russia-Azerbaijan Inter-regional Forum has been held since 2010.More than 500 businessmen from more than 70 companies representing both countries attended the forum, which saw the signing of 12 bilateral documents in Baku last year.Russia is a key trade and economic partner of Azerbaijan. Russia has invested over $3 billion in Azerbaijan.More than half of the Russian regions have already signed bilateral agreements with Azerbaijan on trade, economic, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation.
Brazilian Pedro Henrique has scored Qarabağ's first ever goal in the UEFA Champions League group stage as the Azerbaijani football club lost 1-2 to Roma in their second match of Group C.Early strikes from Manolas and Džeko left Roma in control before Henrique pulled one back in the 28th minute.Despite the home side`s pressure in the second half Roma managed to win for the first time in seven attempts in the Champions League, and the first time away from home since 2010.
Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry has said the Armenian armed forces continue to violate the ceasefire regime. "The Azerbaijani armed forces came under fire 122 times throughout the day", the ministry said in a statement."The Azerbaijani army`s positions came under fire from Armenian villages, including Dovekh, Shavarshavan villages and nameless hills in Noyemberyan district, Chinari, Mososgekh and Aygedzor in Berd district and unnamed hills in Krasnoselsk district," the ministry said."The army`s positions also came under fire from the Armenia-occupied districts of Azerbaijan, including Goyarkh and Chilaburt villages in Tartar, Bash Garvand, Javahirli, Garagashli, Shirvanli, Kangarli, Sarijali, Novruzlu and Merzili villages in Aghdam, Kuropatkino village in Khojavand, Ashagi Veyselli, Gobu Dilagharda, Garvand, Garakhanbayli, Gorgan, Kurdlar, Horadiz villages in Fuzuli, Nuzgar and Mehdili villages in Jabrayil, as well as unnamed hills in Goygol, Goranboy, Tartar, Aghdam, Khojavand and Fuzuli", the ministry added.
Turkish security forces have neutralized 34 PKK terrorists in a week of operations, according to the country's Interior Ministry on Monday, according to Anadolu Agency.During the operations, 22 terrorists were killed, two were captured and 10 surrendered, a statement issued by the ministry said.According to the statement, more than 2,849 arrests were made in 1,094 operations between Aug. 21-28.They include the arrest of 127 suspects for aiding the PKK, 44 for alleged ties to Daesh, 400 for potential links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), and 14 who allegedly joined leftist terrorist organizations, the statement added.Also last week, security forces destroyed nine shelters used by terrorists, and 27 mines and explosives in the southeastern provinces of Hakkari and Diyarbakir as well as in the eastern Bingol.They also seized 351 kilograms of explosive materials and heavy ammunition.During 639 anti-drug operations in 72 provinces, security forces arrested 2,258 suspects.The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU -- resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015. Since then, it has been responsible for the deaths of around 1,200 Turkish security personnel and civilians.
At least 54 early morning commuters were injured, one seriously, when a train failed to stop properly and collided against the end-of-line buffers at a station serving the downtown port area of the prosperous northeastern Spanish city of Barcelona, authorities said Friday, EFE news agency reports.The city's emergency medical service said 19 passengers suffering from less serious injuries, among whom was the train driver, had also been taken to several Barcelona hospitals while 34 had been treated for cuts and bruises, the agency said.
The Supreme Court on Friday disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding office in a landmark decision after a corruption probe into his family wealth, cutting short his third stint in power, according to The Express Tribune.The top court five-judge larger bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa has unanimously disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for not disclosing his employment in UAE based offshore company Capital FZE.“He [Nawaz] is no more eligible to be an honest member of the parliament, and he ceases to be holding the office of prime minister,” said Judge Ejaz Afzal Khan in court.
The price of oil changed in the world markets.On NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) cost of the US light crude oil decreased $0.17 to stand at $43.77. Price of the Brent crude oil at the London ICE (Intercontinental Exchange Futures) fell $0.18 to trade at $48.59.The price of a barrel of Azeri Light crude oil increased $0.73 to stand at $52.51 on the world markets.