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Japan/Ecuador: A magnitude-6.4 earthquake hit Kumamoto in Japan on Thursday, killing nine people and wounding 850 others. More than 100 aftershocks followed.

This was followed by another magnitude-7.3 earthquake which struck Japan’s southern island of Kyushu on Saturday.  The death toll amounted to at least 34, with 1,500 being injured.

Many more might be buried after building collapses and landslides. Tens of thousand of people have been evacuated.

Saturday’s earthquake triggered tsunami warnings although none took place.

Still, the Fukuoka Meteorological Agency expected heavy rain in Kumamoto which would bring more landslides and flooding. Compounding the problem there were mudslides, which destroyed a key bridge, cutting off food and other relief supplies to the quake-stricken region.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck the coast of Ecuador, killing over 400 people and injuring more than 2,500.

For more we go to CNN for reports on the quakes in the two countries:


South America: Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff may face impeachment — a first for the country — for allegedly puffing up government accounts before the 2014 election.

A congressional committee decided to proceed on an impeachment charge against the president last Tuesday.  The lower house of parliament cast its vote — over a two-thirds majority — against Russeff this week.

The case now goes before the Senate for a vote.

President Rousseff said her opponents were mounting a “coup.”

For analysis, we go to the BBC:


Business: Reports say the Daily Mail is interested in buying Yahoo.

This is part of Daily Mail & General Trust’s wider strategies, which include buying the news site Elite Daily and moving into TV with a syndicated news show.

Yahoo has a market capitalisation of $38bn (£27bn), but in February, the ailing tech company was exploring a sale, cutting 1,700 staff or 15% of its global workforce, and shutting five foreign offices and seven digital magazines.

But Daily Mail, which is mainly interested in Yahoo’s news and media assets, has to compete with 40 other interested buyers including Verizon, IAC/InterActiveCorp and CBS Corp., according to the Wall Street Journal.

Here’s Bloomberg with the following report:


Vatican: Pope Francis visited the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday and took 12 Muslim refugees to Rome.

The refugees came from three families in Damascus and Deir al-Zour; their homes were destroyed in the Syrian bombing.

The Community of Sant’Egidio, a Catholic charitable association in Rome, will help care for the families and try to find them work, according to the New York Times.

The refugees in Lesbos are mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan through Turkey.  In an agreement between the European with Turkey that took effect last month, migrants arriving in Greece can be swiftly deported back to Turkey.

The pontiff’s action underlines his pleas for sympathy to the vulnerable refugees just as European attitudes are hardening against them, according to the New York Times.

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