A landslide at a construction site in northern Malaysia on Saturday killed three foreign workers, with rescuers searching for 11 others feared trapped in the mud and rubble, officials said. Fire and rescue official Mohamad Rizuan Ramli said a 10-meter (33-feet) -high slope crashed down at the construction site in northern Penang state, a popular tourist destination, early Saturday. He said the bodies of two Indonesians and an unidentified foreigner have been recovered. Rescuers are racing against time to excavate the rubble to get to another 11 foreign workers, believed to be from Indonesia, Myanmar and Bangladesh, who are feared buried alive, he said. Bangladeshi worker Mohammad Jashim Hussein Ahmad told the national Bernama news agency that the landslide happened swiftly without warning and was over in just a minute, burying his friends, who had no time to run. State lawmaker Teh Yee Cheu told local media that he was told by a rescue worker that most of the victims were likely buried at least 10-15 feet under mud and rubble. He said natural boulders from the hill had also come hurtling down during the landslide. He said the victims included a Malaysian, who is the supervisor. Penang city Mayor Maimunah Mohamad Sharif said weather on the island was dry and the cause of the landslide wasn't clear.
Radical Buddhist monks stormed a United Nations safe house for Rohingya refugees near Sri Lanka's capital on Tuesday (Sep 26) and forced authorities to relocate the group, officials said. Saffron-robed Buddhist monks led a mob that broke down gates and entered the walled multi-storied compound at the Mount Lavinia suburb of Colombo as frightened refugees huddled together in upstairs rooms, a police official said. Two police were wounded in the incident, which also saw the mob pelt stones at the safe house and trash the ground floor furnishings upon entry. There were no reports of casualties among the group of refugees, which included 16 children. "We have pushed back the mob and the refugees have been relocated in a safer place," the official said, asking not to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media. Police said they were going through local media video footage as well as Facebook in the hopes of arresting those who took part in the violence, and the monks who incited them. One of the monks who stormed the building posted a video on the social networking site filmed by his radical group Sinhale Jathika Balamuluwa (Sinhalese National Force) as he urged others to join him and smash the premises. "These are Rohingya terrorists who killed Buddhist monks in Myanmar," the monk said in his live commentary, pointing to Rohingya mothers with small children in their arms. The 31 Rohingya refugees were rescued by the Sri Lankan navy about five months ago after they were found drifting in a boat off the island's northern waters. They were thought to be victims of a people smuggler. They were eventually to be resettled in a third country, the official said, adding that they were authorised to remain in Sri Lanka pending the processing of their papers. Sri Lanka's extremist Buddhist monks have close links with their ultra-nationalist counterparts in Myanmar. Both have been accused of orchestrating violence against minority Muslims in the two countries. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar in the face of the current wave of violence there. The Rohingya Muslims have been the target of decades of state-backed persecution and discrimination in mainly Buddhist Myanmar.
Myanmar’s government will manage the redevelopment of villages torched during violence in Rakhine state that has sent nearly half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, a minister was reported on Wednesday as saying. The plan for the redevelopment of areas destroyed by fires, which the government has blamed on Rohingya insurgents, is likely to raise concern about the prospects for the return of the 480,000 refugees, and compound fears of ethnic cleansing. “According to the law, burnt land becomes government-managed land,” Minister for Social Development, Relief and Resettlement Win Myat Aye told a meeting in the Rakhine state capital of Sittwe, the Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported. Win Myat Aye also heads a committee tasked with implementing recommendations on solving Rakhine’s long-simmering tensions. Citing a disaster management law, he said in a meeting with authorities on Tuesday that redevelopment would “be very effective”. The law states the government oversees reconstruction in areas damaged in disasters, including conflict. There was no elaboration on any plan or what access to their old villages any returning Rohingya could expect. The minister was not immediately available for comment. Human rights groups using satellite images have said that about half of more than 400 Rohingya villages in the north of Rankine state have been burned in the violence. Refugees arriving in Bangladesh have accused the army and Buddhist vigilantes of mounting a campaign of violence and arson aimed at driving Rohingya out of Myanmar. Buddhist-majority Myanmar has rejected U.N. accusations of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in response to coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on the security forces on Aug. 25. The government has reported that about half of Rohingya villages have been abandoned but it blames insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army for the fires and for attacking civilians.
China is limiting its oil exports to North Korea to comply with new sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council last week, which include fuel import restrictions. China's Ministry of Commerce said in a statement on its website on Saturday that China would limit exports of refined petroleum products from October 1, and ban condensates and liquefied natural gas immediately. China will also ban textile imports from the North Korea, the ministry said. Textiles are one of North Korea's last major sources of foreign revenue following repeated rounds of UN sanctions under which Beijing cut off purchases of coal, iron ore, seafood and other goods. China accounts for about 90 percent of North Korea's trade, making its cooperation critical to any efforts to derail Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles. They supported the latest rounds of UN Security Council sanctions but are reluctant to push Pyongyang too hard for fear the government might collapse. They also argue against doing anything that might hurt ordinary North Koreans. Joseph Cheng of the Chinese University of Hong Kong said “China wants to demonstrate its support of the world community's position dissuade North Korea from continuing to hold nuclear tests and long-range missile tests”. But Cheng also said that Beijing understands that economic sanctions alone “will not be able to persuade Pyongyang to give up their programmes”. On Friday, US President Donald Trump praised China for increasing financial restrictions, and has been pushing Beijing to apply more pressure to North Korea over it nuclear programme. His comments came a day after he signed an executive order allowing Washington to ramp up sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear missile programme. Trump said the measure would allow sanctions against "individuals and companies that finance and facilitate trade" with Pyongyang. Also on Friday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said his country could consider a hydrogen bomb test on an unprecedented scale on the Pacific Ocean - a threat, Japan labelled as "totally unacceptable".
The rapid spread of "super malaria" in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning. This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs. It emerged in Cambodia but has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in southern Vietnam. The team at the Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok said there was a real danger of malaria becoming untreatable. Prof Arjen Dondorp, the head of the unit, told the BBC News website: "We think it is a serious threat. "It is alarming that this strain is spreading so quickly through the whole region and we fear it can spread further [and eventually] jump to Africa." In a letter, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, the researchers detail the "recent sinister development" that has seen resistance to the drug artemisinin emerge. About 212 million people are infected with malaria each year. It is caused by a parasite that is spread by blood-sucking mosquitoes and is a major killer of children. The first choice treatment for malaria is artemisinin in combination with piperaquine. But as artemisinin has become less effective, the parasite has now evolved to resist piperaquine too. There have now been "alarming rates of failure", the letter says. Prof Dondorp said the treatment was failing around a third of the time in Vietnam while in some regions of Cambodia the failure rate was closer to 60%. Resistance to the drugs would be catastrophic in Africa, where 92% of all malaria cases happen. There is a push to eliminate malaria in the Greater Mekong sub-region before it is too late. Prof Dondorp added: "It's a race against the clock - we have to eliminate it before malaria becomes untreatable again and we see a lot of deaths. "If I'm honest, I'm quite worried." Michael Chew, from the Wellcome Trust medical research charity, said: "The spread of this malaria 'superbug' strain, resistant to the most effective drug we have, is alarming and has major implications for public health globally. "Around 700,000 people a year die from drug-resistant infections, including malaria.
Aung San Suu Kyi has broken her silence on the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis. In a live televised address, Myanmar's State Counselor and de facto leader said that she was "aware of the fact that the world's attention is focused on the situation in Rakhine State" and that Myanmar "does not fear international scrutiny." Suu Kyi stood alone on a large stage in front of a packed auditorium of Myanmar government officials and high ranking militarily personnel in the capital Naypyidaw, began her address by underscoring the fragile nature of Burmese democracy and how little time her own party had been in power. "After half a century or more of authoritarian rule, now we are in the process of nurturing our nation," she said. Addressing the situation in Rakhine State directly for the first time since the United Nations labeled the military's actions there a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing," Suu Kyi said that her government still needed to find out "what the real problems are." "There have been allegations and counter-allegations. We have to listen to all of them. We have to make sure those allegations are based on solid evidence before we take action," she said. "We want to find out why this exodus is happening. We'd like to talk to those who have fled, as well as those who have stayed." More than 400,000 Rohingya, a Muslim minority living in northern Myanmar, have fled since the end of August. From squalid and overcrowded camps in neighboring Bangladesh, they have shared stories of rape, murder and torture, allegedly at the hands of the military. Suu Kyi did not mention the Rohingya specifically, instead referring in broad terms to Muslims and Muslim groups. Notably, her only use of the term "Rohingya" was in reference to the "Rohingya Salvation Army" which she claimed was "responsible for acts of terrorism."
On Tuesday morning, North Korea launched a missile test that was intercontinental missile, Pyongyang said. This time for the first time the successful test of intercontinental missiles demanded that North Korea The information was given on North Korean state television channel on Tuesday. It has been said that President Kim Jong Un himself has reviewed the missile called Yangshan. The missile went above 2 thousand 802 kilometers and was 933 kilometers away in the sea before the specific target hit. Earlier on Tuesday morning, South Korean army said that at 8:40 am local time, missile was thrown from an air base in the Panghian area, about 100 kilometers northwest of North Korea's capital Pyongyang. In addition, the Japanese government said in a statement that the missile flew about 40 minutes in the sky and it probably hit the Special Economic Zone zone of the Japan Sea. North Korea has been improving missile technology for years after ignoring UN sanctions. The country is believed to be trying to build missile-capable missile in the mainland about 9,000 kilometers away. It was reported from the US military command in the Pacific Tuesday morning, this is a medium-range missile. Meanwhile, South Korean President Mon Zaye urged the United Nations Security Council to take action against North Korea immediately after the missile test. US President Donald Trump has also reacted angrily to the incident. On Twitter, he pointed to the North Korean President and wrote, 'Will this person not do any good work in his life?'
Two pole resident in the shopping mall and two places in the prison. One of the fountains of light in the night and in the darkness of the other person, the prisoners sung in the morning of the release. But there is a place in the world where residents of these two poles have come together at one point. A huge luxurious shopping mall is now being used as a prison. Sixties The dictator Marcos Perez was then in Venezuela's state power. Suddenly on the head of Perez sat on the shopping mall, ghosts. He ordered the construction of a shopping mall on the hill of San Agustin, south of the capital, Caracas. This shopping house, known as El Helikoidi or Hilix, was designed by renowned designer Richard Burkinister Fuller. This spiral-shaped shopping mall is about two and a half miles tall. There were a variety of amenities including three hundred shops, a five star hotel, a separate theater for watching movies, gallery for pictures, gymnasiums, pool venues and nurseries. Besides, one of the benefits of the shopping mall was to take the car directly on any floor. It was so beautiful in architecture that the Nobel laureate in Chile named Pablo Neruda described the shopping mall as the most beautiful building of the sixties. Besides, the renowned painter Salvador Dali's desire to design inside. All the construction work of the building was being done properly. But the hazard started when the dictator Perez fell down to the end of the sixties. Due to involvement of the dictator, the new government did not show any interest in the shopping mall. Turning off financing also halts its work. As a result, it became a land of illegal occupants. The negligent building has become a hub of alcohol, gambling and sexual business. In the beginning of 1982, the government started to look at the building with the intention of building the museum. All illegal occupants were evicted. But after moving away from the previous plan, the government established the headquarters of Venezuela Intelligence here in 1984. As a result, the shopping mall has now become a prisoner. Political prisoners are interrogated and tortured here. A statistics from a non-government organization revealed that in 2014 there are about 145 inhuman torture cases. What a ridiculous mockery of fate! What was supposed to be was the shopping mall, which is now a terrible prison. Around the night, the shopping mall was spreading the fountain of light, the people around him were heavily shrieked.
According to Saudi media, over two million Muslims from around 150 countries are performing the annual pilgrimage this year, which includes more than 100,000 from Bangladesh. The final rituals of the Hajj started on Tuesday, when pilgrims gathered at Mina where they spent the day and night in prayers before heading to Arafat on Wednesday morning. Pilgrims will spend the day at the Arafat plains the most important ritual without which the pilgrimage is not valid. The day at Arafat will be spent in prayers, reciting from the holy book of Quran and calling out the chant: “Labbaika Allahumma, Labbaik, Labbaika laa shareeka laka labbaik. Innal-Hamda wanni'mata laka wal mulk. La shareeka lak" (Here I come in response to Thy call, Allah, here I am. There is no other God but Allah. Praise be unto Thee). After sunset, the pilgrims will leave Arafat and head to nearby Muzdalifah to stay overnight, where they will collect pebbles for the next phase of the pilgrimage  the symbolic stoning of the devil represented by three pillars in Mina. They will move back to Mina after dawn on Thursday for the stoning, a ritual that lasts three to four days, and for sacrificing animals to celebrate the beginning of the Eid-ul-Azha. Though the rituals for the five-day annual gathering began on Tuesday, the rituals will peak on Wednesday when pilgrims will assembled at the Arafat plains where Prophet Mohammed (SM) is believed to have delivered his final sermon more than 1,400 years ago.

Japanese public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dropped in the days since his ruling coalition rammed through legislation allowing the nation's troops to fight abroad, opinion polls showed today.

Parliament in the officially pacifist nation passed the contentious security bills early Saturday, a move that could see Japanese troops engage in combat overseas for the first time since the end of World War II.

A weekend poll taken by the top-selling, centre-right newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun showed that public support for the Abe government dropped four points to 41 percent compared with a similar survey taken in mid-August.

Its disapproval rating rose six points to 51 per cent, the Yomiuri said.

A separate poll taken by the liberal Asahi Shimbun showed the government's approval rating down one point to 35 percent. 

A majority of those polled voiced disapproval of what they said was the way the government bulldozed the legislation through Diet and complained that Abe had not offered persuasive and detailed arguments to justify the move.

The legislation had sparked angry street protests with tens of thousands taking part, and fuelled anger among Japan's neighbours.

However, the Yomiuri reported Abe's supporters were relieved to see only a moderate drop in public support.

"His condition became unstable this morning, and we were able to successfully stabilise his cardiac condition. However, in the late evening, Dalmiya suffered a massive gastro-intestinal bleeding and in spite of all the efforts of doctors he succumbed to the bleeding at 8:45pm," attending doctor Anil Mishra said.

Earlier, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Treasurer Biswarup Dey had said, "He passed away at around 9pm."

The veteran cricket administrator, 75, was admitted to the BM Birla Hospital on Thursday night and shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

He also underwent a coronary angiography with his condition remaining stable for close to three days. Credited with turning the gentleman's game into a global sport of big money and a reach well beyond its traditional bastions, Dalmiya's death was widely mourned.

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled his death and extended their condolences to his family.

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar tweeted: "Heartfelt condolences to the family & friends of Jagmohan Dalmiya. Had met him in June. Little did I realise that it would be the last.”

“Will always cherish his encouragement & support over the years. Worked hard for the game of cricket & excelled as an administrator. Was touched by his efforts to make my penultimate Test at Eden Gardens very special. RIP Jagmohan Dalmiya," he added.

"Saddened by Mr Dalmiya's death.Immense contribution to Indian and world cricket. A huge loss. Always a players man! Condolences to family!"

posted former India captain and leg-spin great Anil Kumble on Twitter. "Dalmiya Ji's contribution 2 Indian cricket was immense. He was an astute administrator & a visionary. His demise is a huge loss 2 Indian cricket," added former Indian batsman VVS Laxman. Former India cricketers Madan Lal and Chetan Sharma also expressed their shock.

"It is a big loss to Indian cricket. He was one of the finest cricket administrators I have known. We owe it to him for uplifting the status of Indian cricket to what it is today. He was a great manager of people," Lal, who was part of the 1983 World Cup-winning Indian team, told IANS.

"He was a great man. He was the man responsible for the uplift of Indian cricket. From starting players' pension, to their welfare to commercialisation of the sport, we owe a lot to Jaggu Da," said Sharma, the first Indian bowler to bag an international hat-trick.

Sharma, who said he had played for Bengal for 5-6 years, said Dalmiya was "partly responsible" for his selection in the Indian team also.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee rushed to the hospital along with city Mayor Sovon Chatterjee to pay her last respects.

CAB officials and former cricketers too reached the hospital. "He was a giant amongst sports administrators, a true lover of Bengal," said Banerjee, announcing he will be accorded state honours. "Dalmiya's contribution to cricket cannot be described in words. It is really shocking to realise that he is no more.I had talked to his family members when he was hospitalised on Thursday. They told me he was doing fine.

"He was like a victorious king who fought valiantly in the field of cricket administration and today he left us but remained undefeated. He had so many dreams about world cup cricket. We will try to fulfil those dreams," she said.

"He was an asset... we are all proud of him. We will give him state honours." Dalmiya's funeral will take place on Monday at the Keoratala crematorium. Condoling his death, BCCI secretary Anurag

Thakur in a statement said: "On behalf of all the members of BCCI, I wish to submit our condolences to the bereaved family of Mr Dalmiya. “As a visionary and a father figure of Indian cricket, Mr Dalmiya worked towards the development of the game of cricket in India. The cricketing fraternity will miss him dearly."

Paying rich tributes to Dalmiya, ICC Chief Executive Officer Dave Richardson said it was his legacy that India will forever remain important for world cricket. Born into a business family in 1940, Dalmiya was a club-level cricketer.

He kept wickets for two teams -- Jorabagan and Rajasthan -- in the (then) Calcutta Cricket League, and switched to cricket administration after hanging up his gloves. Dalmiya, who was also ICC chief for three years, was an ally of Bangladesh cricket.

The 1998 ICC knockout tournament, later dubbed the mini-World Cup, was held in Bangladesh during his tenure as the governing council's president.

In 2000, he played a crucial role in Bangladesh getting the Test status despite lacking proper infrastructure and showing questionable performance.

A day after two decades of frontier-free travel across Europe unravelled in the face of an unprecedented influx of people seeking refuge from war and poverty, ex-communist Hungary effectively sealed this entrance to the EU in scenes carrying echoes of the Cold War. Having spent the night in the open, families with small children sat in fields beneath a new 3.5-metre high fence running almost the length of the EU’s external border with Serbia, halted by a right-wing government that hailed a “new era”. Others pressed against gates, confused and demanding passage. More still sat on the main highway from Serbia to Hungary. "I will sit here until they open the border. I cannot go back to Syria. Life in Syria is finished," said a Kurd from Syria who gave his name as Bower. The government said it was aiming to deal with asylum requests within a matter of hours, exercising the right to reject them almost immediately on the grounds that Hungary  as of July  considers Serbia a ‘safe’ country for refugees. Long queues formed in no-man's land at metal containers built into the fence, where migrants were expected to register, stranded in what the government has dubbed a ‘transit zone’ and denied official entrance into Hungary. No one appeared to have crossed the border. “Once their data is entered into the computer system, the decision can be issued very fast, saying ‘you came through Serbia, Hungary considers Serbia safe, so your asylum claim is inadmissible,’” said Marta Pardavi of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee rights body. “(Language) Interpretation will be over the phone,” she said. “Those who apply for legal remedy will have to wait in this transit zone, or no-man’s land.” Nine Syrians and seven Afghans were detained by police and face possible imprisonment on suspicion of breaching the fence, the first arrests under the new rules. The influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees from the Middle East, Africa and Asia has triggered discord and recrimination in Europe. EU ministers failed to break a deadlock on Monday over sharing out responsibility for some of those seeking asylum. Austria and Slovakia followed Germany in re-establishing border controls and Austria said it would dispatch armed forces to guard its eastern frontier with Hungary. At least 200,000 migrants have crossed Hungary so far this year, streaming north through the Balkan peninsula having hit Greek shores by boat and dinghy from Turkey. More than 9,000 entered on Monday, a record for the year, and the flow continued unabated over Greece’s northern border into Macedonia on Tuesday, threatening to create a dangerous bottleneck in the impoverished and volatile Balkans. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, one of Europe’s most vociferous opponents of immigration, has vowed to stop the flow. His government on Tuesday declared a "state of crisis" in two southern border counties, making it easier to mobilise resources. The prospect of a long wait at the Hungarian border, possible imprisonment or expulsion back to Serbia may force many to seek alternative routes. They could go west into Serbia’s fellow former Yugoslav republic Croatia, or east into Romania, both members of the EU like Hungary but not of Europe’s Schengen zone of border-free travel. “Maybe we’ll try Croatia, then Slovenia and from there to Vienna and Germany,” said Emad, a refugee from the Syrian capital Damascus as he entered Macedonia from Greece. “I don’t know if it’s a good plan, but we have to try.” Others may bide their time at the fence, where the razor wire and soldiers resembled the borders of eastern Europe during the Communist era. “I don’t know what I will do,” said 40-year-old Riad from Aleppo, once Syria’s commercial hub reduced in many parts to rubble since war broke out in 2011 and put to flight millions of Syrians. “I will wait to see. We have lost everything to reach this point.” Serbia, an impoverished ex-Yugoslav republic years away from joining the EU, says it is readying more temporary accommodation, but warned it would not accept anyone turned back from Hungarian territory. “That's no longer our responsibility,” Aleksandar Vulin, the minister in charge of policy on migrants, told the Tanjug state news agency. “They are on Hungarian territory and I expect the Hungarian state to behave accordingly towards them.” The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, reiterated on Tuesday that it advised against sending refugees back to Serbia. "Safe third country" status implies refugees have a fair chance of being granted asylum and would receive the necessary protections and support. Rights groups say Serbia meets none of the criteria and is still finding homes for thousands of its own refugees from the collapse of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the last time Europe confronted displacement of people on such a scale. “We’re on the street now,” said Mouz, a 22-year-old Syrian, who slept on the border. Asked if he might consider another route, he replied: “I don’t know. I’m from Syria. I cannot go back.”