HANOI -- At least eight people died and 45 others remain missing in landslides in Vietnam's central Quang Nam province as of Thursday morning, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Two separate landslides occurred in Tra Van and Tra Leng communes in Nam Tra My district of Quang Nam province on Wednesday. So far eight bodies have been recovered from a landslide in Tra Van commune, said the report. (Vietnam -Landslide)
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AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Boosted by the China International Import Expo (CIIE), China is becoming one of the fastest growing consumer markets for the New Zealand oral care products, New Zealand entrepreneurs said on Thursday.
Mark Hitchcock, general manager of New Zealand oral care brand Grin Natural, who is now busy working on the company's presence in the upcoming CIIE in November, told Xinhua that the Chinese market represented about one third of its export volume and was growing fast. (New Zealand-Oral Care-CIIE)
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SEOUL -- South Korea's top court on Thursday upheld an appellate court's ruling to sentence former President Lee Myung-bak to 17 years in prison over a set of corruptions, including bribery and embezzlement.
The Supreme Court handed down the ruling on Lee, who served as the country's head of state for five years from early 2008, fining him 13 billion won (11.5 million U.S. dollars). (South Korea-Ex-President-Sentence)
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HOUSTON -- Hurricane Zeta landed on the U.S. Gulf Coast Wednesday afternoon as a Category 2 storm, bringing dangerous winds and surging ocean waves and causing outages as residents in southern United States are scrambling against potential flooding.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Zeta weakened as it moved into southeastern Mississippi, with sustained winds of 90 miles (145 km) per hour on Wednesday night. (US-Houston-Zeta)
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WASHINGTON -- Philadelphia on Wednesday imposed a citywide curfew after police's fatal shooting of a black man triggered two nights of protests.
The curfew started from 9 p.m. (0100 GMT) until 6 a.m. (1000 GMT) Thursday. The city managing director's office has notified local businesses, and grocery stores, restaurants and pharmacies are allowed to operate delivery services after 9 p.m., according to local media. (Philadelphia-Curfew-Protests)