Gulf Times - earth-quake
Japan quake toll rises to 18 as hopes fade for survivors

Japan quake toll rises to 18 as hopes fade for survivors

Japanese rescue workers with bulldozers and sniffer dogs scrabbled through the mud Friday to find survivors from a landslide that buried houses after a powerful quake, as the death toll rose to 18.

Japan quake, landslides leave at least 8 dead

Japan quake, landslides leave at least 8 dead

A powerful 6.6-magnitude quake rocked the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido Thursday, killing at least eight people, collapsing homes, and triggering landslides that left dozens missing.

Taiwan quake toll rises to 14 as bodies pulled from rubble

Taiwan quake toll rises to 14 as bodies pulled from rubble

The toll from a deadly 6.4-magnitude quake in Taiwan rose to 14 Saturday as rescuers searching for a missing family of Chinese tourists discovered two more bodies in a partially toppled building.

Congo factions claim pre-poll fraud

Congo factions claim pre-poll fraud

Three opposition candidates have accused Congo Republic President Denis Sassou Nguesso of preparing for widespread vote-rigging, days before an election in which he is expected to win another term of office, extending his long rule.