Asia Briefs: Earthquake rocks central Philippines

Earthquake rocks central Philippines

MANILA • A 6.5-magnitude earthquake killed at least one person in the central Philippines yesterday, with at least five more people trapped inside a collapsed commercial building, officials said.

Rescuers pulled out six people from the three-storey structure in the town of Kananga, near the quake's epicentre on Leyte island, Kananga vice-mayor Elmer Codilla told Agence France-Presse.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Annual birth rate in Japan falls below 1m

TOKYO • The number of annual births in Japan fell below one million for the first time on record last year, government data showed, underscoring the seriousness of the country's declining birth rate.

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There were 981,202 births across the country last year, the Internal Affairs Ministry said. The country's population fell by 308,084, or 0.24 per cent, last year to 125,583,658, marking the eighth straight year of decline and the largest annual decrease.

THE JAPAN NEWS/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

430 Indonesians deported from Turkey

ANKARA • Turkey has already deported 430 Indonesians for attempting to cross into Syria in the past two years, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Wednesday.

She made the statement following a bilateral meeting with the Turkish minister of home affairs, reported Tempo news website. Ms Retno said not all of them who were deported were linked to radical ideologies or terrorist organisations.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 07, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe