Category Archives: Asia

Chinese passenger plane goes off NAIA runway

SgOWgYv0Manila: A Chinese commercial passenger plane (Xiamen) went off the Ninoy Aquino International Airport runway amid heavy rains just before midnight Thursday, Some flights have been cancelled and diverted from (NAIA), all 157 passengers and crew of the flight are safe, airport officials said.

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Kerala rain: 45 dead, Kochi airport shut till Saturday

idukki-759111India: The death toll in Kerala rose to 45 on Wednesday, as the rains continued to wreak havoc across the state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called an emergency meeting to take stock of the situation. For the first time in history, the state has opened 33 of its 39 dams.

Services at the Cochin International Airport have been suspended till Saturday 2 pm after the Periyar river flooded an operational area of the airport. “Operations temporarily suspended till August 18th, Saturday, 2 pm, since the inflow is still on a rising trend,” said a statement from airport officials.

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Kuwaitis in Indonesia safe after Lombok quake

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All Kuwaiti Citizen are safe from the earthquake that hit both islands of Bali and Lombok recently, the embassy said in a statement Wednesday.
In cooperation with local authorities, the embassy checked if there are any Kuwaiti victims or injuries; which there was none, the statement noted.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah ordered all Kuwaiti citizens in both islands to be moved to the Indonesian capital Jakarta, and the embassy is currently arranging for them return home, it pointed out.
Indonesia is hit by earthquakes on a yearly basis due to its location within the “Ring of Fire”; an area close to the Pacific Ocean and one of the most vulnerable areas to earthquakes in the world.

Indonesia earthquake: Tourists affected by a strong earthquake line up on a beach as they wait to be evacuated

5b68d7f691f99.imageTourists affected by a strong earthquake line up on a beach as they wait to be evacuated on Gili Trawangan Island, Indonesia.

An operation is underway to evacuate thousands of tourists after a deadly earthquake that rocked some of Indonesia’s most idyllic islands late Sunday night, At least 142 people were killed when the 7- magnitude quake struck the popular tourist island of Lombok, Indonesian authorities said Monday. More than 250 were injured, more than 20000 people have been displaced by the massive earthquake.

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Seoul, Manila Deploys Warships After S. Korean, 3 Filipinos Kidnapped In Libya

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he is considering sending a ship to Libya, Duterte said he also wants to show force after South Korea deployed a warship to Libya to secure the release of its national kidnapped along with the three Filipinos.

Seoul and Manila have confirmed the kidnap victims were featured in a video shared on social media this week. The video, also posted by the SITE Intelligence group, shows the four men addressing the camera in English.

An armed guard is pictured squatting behind them in the sand, but their captors are not identified and the attack has not been claimed by any group. It was not clear when the video was shot.