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Abe sweeps to resounding victory in poll
TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swept to a resounding victory in a snap election on Sunday and immediately vowed to “deal firmly” with threats from North Korea that dominated the campaign. Abe’s conservative coalition was on track to win 311 seats in the 465-seat parliament, according to a projection from private broadcaster TBS, putting the nationalist premier on course to become Japan’s longest-serving leader.
 
 
Returning Rohingya may lose land, crops under Myanmar plans
SITTWE (Myanmar): Rohingya Muslims who return to Myanmar after fleeing to Bangladesh are unlikely to be able to reclaim their land, and may find their crops have been harvested and sold by the government, according to officials and plans seen by Reuters. Nearly 600,000 Rohingya have crossed the border since Aug.25, when coordinated Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts sparked a ferocious counteroffensive by the Myanmar
   
Typhoon kills two in Japan, prompts call for evacuation
TOKYO: A typhoon roared towards Japan’s main island on election day on Sunday, killing at least two people, prompting a warning for tens of thousands to evacuate and the cancellation of hundreds of flights. One man was killed under scaffolding that collapsed in high winds and a fisherman was killed as he tended to his boat, Kyodo news agency said. There were a handful of minor injuries. Typhoon Lan, classified as an intense
 
 
Foreigners among 11 workers dead in Malaysia landslide
Tanjung Bungah: Eleven people, mostly foreign workers, were killed in a landslide at a construction site on Malaysia’s Penang Island, officials said on Sunday, as anger mounted among residents at the accident. Huge mounds of earth slipped off a hillside on Saturday morning and buried the men as they worked on two apartment blocks of affordable housing on the island, which is popular with tourists. Authorities initially said
   
Indonesia furious after army chief denied US visa
JAKARTA: Indonesia intends to send a diplomatic note to the US secretary of state and summon Washington’s deputy ambassador in Jakarta to explain why the head of its military was denied entry to the United States, Indonesian officials said on Sunday. Armed Forces Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo was about to board a flight on Saturday when the airline informed him that the US Customs and Border Protection had denied him entry,
 
 
3 sons of slain terrorist still in Marawi: Military
MANILA: The three sons of the country’s most wanted terrorist who was recently killed are still in Marawi City and are now the object of mopping up operations by government security forces, according to a senior military officer. Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, the chief of the military’s Western Mindanao Command, disclosed the three sons of the late Isnilon Hapilon were holed up in one of the five buildings in the Marawi
   
Bank for OFW set to offer low remittance fee
MANILA: A senior Cabinet official assured that the soon-to-open bank for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) would offer them efficient service including low remittance fee as well as in the annual interest rate on “soft loans.” In this light, Secretary Silvestre Bello of the Department of Labor and Employment urged the OFWs to give their full support to the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFB) which is expected to start operation in early
 
 
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