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Typhoon Soudelor kills 14 in China: state media

Typhoon Soudelor killed 14 people in eastern China and four are missing after parts of the country were hit by the heaviest rains in a century, state media reported Sunday.

Twelve of the casualties were reported in and around Wenzhou city in the province of Zhejiang, where downpours caused mudslides and several houses collapsed on Saturday night, Xinhua news agency said.

It added that in the neighbouring city of Lishui, two people were also killed.

Xinhua quoted local disaster relief officials as saying the dead and missing may have been washed away by floods or buried under ruined homes.


Pakistan province orders probe into massive child abuse scandal

A Pakistani province on Sunday announced a judicial inquiry into a massive child abuse and extortion scandal allegedly involving hundreds of victims amid mounting calls for justice.

At least 280 children were filmed being sexually abused by a gang of 25 men who blackmailed their parents by threatening to leak the videos, Latif Ahmed Sara, a representative for the victims' families, said.

Children aged mostly under 14 were also forced to perform sex acts on each other in the more than 400 videos made in Hussain Khanwala village, southwest of Lahore, since 2007, Sara and local media reports said.


Man charged after five children and three adults found dead in Texas home: media

A man who engaged police in a standoff at a Texas home has been charged with capital murder after the bodies of five children and three adults were found inside, US media reported Sunday.

The eight people were found Saturday in the Houston-area house "after a welfare check was conducted on the premises", the Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Deputies from the sheriff's office were called to the residence on Saturday night, spokesman Thomas Gilliland told the KHOU news channel.


Swimming: Sun Yang missed 1500m final at world championships with heart problem

China's world record-holder and Olympic champion Sun Yang confirmed his shock withdrawal from Sunday's 1500m freestyle final at the world championships was down to a heart problem.

The 23-year-old says he made the decision to pull out shortly before being called to the Kazan pool having felt unwell during the warm-up.

Sun explained he started feeling problems with his heart after retaining his 800m freestyle world title on Wednesday.


Football: Philippe Coutinho beauty gives Liverpool Stoke revenge

Philippe Coutinho scored a stunning late goal as Liverpool avenged their humiliating defeat on last season's final day against Stoke City with a 1-0 victory on Sunday.

The Reds were thrashed 6-1 - their heaviest defeat in 52 years - at the Britannia Stadium 77 days ago, but made partial amends for that loss with a hard-fought win in their opening Premier League fixture on the same ground.

Neither goalkeeper had a meaningful save to make in the match, which appeared to be destined to end in a goalless draw.