World Briefs: Amnesty for prisoners to mark end of WWII

Amnesty for prisoners to mark end of WWII

BEIJING • Beijing yesterday approved an amnesty for "several thousand" prisoners in a gesture to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat of Japan in World War II, the Xinhua news agency said.

The National People's Congress' standing committee adopted the measure covering thousands of war veterans as well as elderly, young or sick prisoners.

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Tropical storm leaves 20 dead in Dominica

MIAMI • Tropical Storm Erika was soaking Haiti with heavy rain and strong winds on Friday as it swirled across the Caribbean, but showed signs of losing steam as it headed toward south Florida, the US National Hurricane Centre said.

Twenty people were confirmed dead on the island of Dominica, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said late on Friday. Rescuers were still searching for others reported missing.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 30, 2015, with the headline 'World Briefs: Amnesty for prisoners to mark end of WWII'. Print Edition | Subscribe