Typhoon Nuri kills 7 in Philippines Five people were killed as Typhoon Nuri slammed into the northern Philippines Wednesday, triggering heavy rain and warnings of possible storm surges, officials said. Large parts of Luzon island were drenched by heavy rain, including Manila and nearby suburbs, and schools called off classes in some affected provinces, disaster relief officials said.
MANILA - Agence France-Presse
Sudan paper seized for criticizing government
Sudanese security agents seized the entire print run of a Sudanese newspaper four days running after it published articles criticizing the government, the owner said yesterday. William Ezekiel said the government had objected to columns and editorials in his English-language paper Sudan Tribune, which focused on shortcomings in the roll-out of a 2005 north-south peace deal.
JUBA - Reuters
5-year-old Iraqi boy wins asylum
A 5-year-old Iraqi boy who came to the United States in 2006 after he was shot in the face by insurgents has won asylum and can remain with his foster parents in America. Muhammed "Hamoody" Jauda suffered persecution in Iraq, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has acknowledged. Hamoody was 2 years old at the time, and he was blinded and disfigured in the attack.
WASHINGTON - The Associated Press
Two more tankers hijacked by pirates
An Iranian and a Japanese tanker were hijacked by pirates off Somalia yesterday -- bringing to six the number of ships attacked in the Gulf of Aden in the past month, a maritime watchdog said. Noel Choong, head of the Kuala Lumpur-based International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) Piracy Reporting Center, said the two tankers were hijacked between 10am (0200GMT) and 11am (0300GMT) while sailing through the region.
KUALA LUMPUR - Agence France-Presse
Nigeria military chiefs dismissed
Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua has replaced his chief of defence staff and named new heads of the army, navy and air force in his first major military shake-up since taking office more than a year ago. Yar'Adua appointed Air Marshal Paul Dike, previously head of the air force, as his chief of defence staff late on Wednesday. A presidency statement said the men they replaced were all retiring from service.
ABUJA – Reuters
Iran truck accident kills 30 Afghans
At least 30 Afghans were killed and 83 injured when a truck overturned in southern Iran, the official news agency IRNA reported yesterday. Local medical official Mohammad Ali Ghanaat Pisheh told the news agency that the casualties were among a total of 125 Afghan illegal immigrants traveling in the 10-wheeler.
TEHRAN - Agence France-Presse