China decries Dalai Lama amid Tibet jubilee
BEIJING • China celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Tibet Autonomous Region, with a rallying cry against exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
Mr Yu Zhengsheng, in charge of religious groups and ethnic minorities, and who is number four in the ruling Communist Party, stressed the official line yesterday that the Dalai Lama - who fled China in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule - is a violent separatist.
The Dalai Lama, who is based in India, said he is merely seeking greater autonomy for his Himalayan homeland.
Typhoon Etau heading for mainland Japan
TOKYO • With Typhoon Etau barrelling towards Japanese mainland yesterday, the authorities advised more than 120,000 people to evacuate due to possible flooding.
The storm, with wind speeds of up to 126km per hour, is expected to land on Japan's main Honshu island today.
Japan's weather agency issued heavy rain and strong wind warnings, with Japan Airlines saying some south-western regional airports could see delays or cancellations.
Six arrested for alleged rape of girl, 17, in India
NEW DELHI • Police have arrested six men after a teenager alleged she was gang-raped after being lured to a hotel by the promise of a job.
The 17-year-old girl told police she had travelled from her home in New Delhi to the western city of Jaipur with neighbours, who had promised her work there.
She said she was confined to a hotel where 10 people, including the manager, took turns to rape her. She managed to escape last week, and filed a complaint in Delhi, police said yesterday.