Japan flood toll rises
TOKYO • The death toll from heavy rain and flooding in Japan's south has risen to 18, officials said yesterday, as rescue teams continued their search for survivors.
Swathes of Kyushu - the southernmost of Japan's four main islands - have been left devastated after overflowing rivers and torrential downpours swept away roads, houses and schools last week. Thousands of people have been evacuated to makeshift shelters.
China in tourism boom
BEIJING • Chinese mainland travellers are a major driving force for global tourism, according to a report released by China's leading online travel agency Ctrip and a Chinese think-tank, the Centre for China and Globalisation.
Chinese tourists spent US$261 billion (S$361 billion) last year, nearly 21 per cent of the world's tourist consumption. The report said these travellers made more than 120 million outbound trips in 2015, 313 per cent more than in 2005.
Darjeeling clash kills 2
MUMBAI • Two people have been killed as fresh violence erupted in India's Darjeeling hills in protests over the killing earlier of a member of an ethnic minority, police said yesterday.
The region's Nepali- speaking Gorkha community has since last month held protests demanding a separate state, Gorkhaland, within India to protect their Himalayan culture. The tea-growing region of Darjeeling is located in eastern West Bengal state.
Indian fishermen freed
KARACHI • Pakistan yesterday released 78 Indian fishermen held for trespassing into its territorial waters. "The fishermen were released from Karachi's Landhi jail," an official of the provincial home department of Sindh province said. Pakistan still holds in its prisons 298 Indian fishermen.
Indian and Pakistani fishermen are frequently detained for illegal fishing since the Arabian Sea border is not clearly defined and many boats lack the technology to fix their precise location.