A Pakistani military plane on a training flight has crashed into homes near the garrison city of Rawalpindi, killing at least 18 people, The incident, which took place before dawn on Tuesday, created a fireball that lit up the night sky above the Mora Kalu village on the outskirts of Rawalpindi, Troops and police cordoned off the residential area to search for plane debris and investigative evidence after the rescue efforts had ended.
Tokyo: Japan is now sweating under a murderous heatwave after a historic lengthy rainy spell earlier this month, raising fresh concerns over Tokyo’s preparedness to protect athletes and spectators from the heat at the Olympic Games this time next year.
The government said on Tuesday that 11 people died and 5,700 people were taken to hospital with heat exhaustion symptoms in the week ending Sunday.
Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was formally installed as Malaysia’s new king on Tuesday, as part of a grand ceremony marking the event held at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur.
In his speech televised nationwide, Abdullah pledged to prioritize the welfare of the people and called for unity among the various groups in the multi-racial and multi-religious country.
“I will put the people first, respect the old and honor the young. I will express all this with great humility,” he said. “I hope that efforts to eradicate poverty are also given priority. The cycle of the legacy of poverty should be addressed immediately because it can affect the agenda of building a developed nation.”
Earlier in the day, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad delivered the address of congratulations and pledge of loyalty on behalf of the people at the installation of Abdullah.
Mahathir added that his government would continue to push ahead with economic programs and policies designed to make Malaysia a prosperous, dignified and independent nation guided by the concept of shared prosperity.
Abdullah replaces his predecessor Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan state who resigned on Jan. 6, the first-ever time a reigning king had abdicated the throne since the country’s independence in 1957.
Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, with nine sultans or rulers, who head their respective state and act as the religious leader, taking turns to serve as King for a five-year term.
At least 24 people are presumed dead and more people are missing after a suspected arson attack on an animation studio in the Japanese city of Kyoto. fire department official Satoshi Fujiwara said 35 others have been injured, some of them critically.
Dozens of people have been killed as monsoon floods rip through Nepal, Bangladesh and north-eastern India, At least 65 people have lost their lives in Nepal as torrential rains hit the region, police said on Monday, Thirty people are reported missing amid floods and landslides, while 38 have been injured, Heavy rains have also caused deaths in overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, Millions of people have been affected by rising floodwaters across the region as part of the seasonal monsoon, Heavy rains are expected to continue in the coming days.
There were no reports of major damage in Indonesia from a weekend magnitude 7 earthquake off the northeastern coast of the island of Sulawesi and authorities lifted a tsunami warning on Monday .