Cyclone Idai: Fears for 500,000 people as 90% of Mozambique city destroyed, aid officials say Fears are growing for more than 500,000 people in the Mozambique city of Beira, after aid agency officials warned that 90% of the area had been "destroyed" by Cyclone Idai. The cyclone slammed into the southeast African country as a high-end Category 2 storm with 175 kph (110 mph winds) at midnight Thursday, causing widespread devastation, before moving inland into Zimbabwe and Malawi. In an address on national radio Monday, Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi warned that while the official death toll stood at 84, "everything indicates that we can have a record of more than 1,000 dead." Nyusi described seeing "bodies floating" in the water after two rivers broke their banks "wiping out entire villages" and isolating others. "It's a real humanitarian disaster of large proportions," said Nyusi. If Nyusi's estimated death toll is confirmed, Tropical Cyclone Idai would be the deadliest tropical … [Read more...] about Cyclone Idai: Fears for 500,000 people as 90% of Mozambique city destroyed, aid officials say
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At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
The leader of the Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan was killed by airstrikes over the weekend along with 10 other people, government officials said Sunday following a string of deadly attacks by the extremist group. Victims of Islamic State: mourners carry the coffin of one of the 41 victims of a bomb attack on a Shiite cultural centre in Kabul claimed by IS last December. Now the IS country leader has been reported killed (AFP Photo/WAKIL KOHSAR) The intelligence agency said Saad Arhabi died in a joint operation with coalition forces late Saturday in the group's eastern stronghold in Nangarhar province near the border with Pakistan. "The Emir of Daesh in Afghanistan along with 10 others was killed," said a statement by the National Directorate of Security, calling the group by an Arabic acronym. Arhabi is the fourth leader of IS's Afghan branch to be killed since the group first emerged in the country around 2014. The agency also said a large number of weapons, ammunition and … [Read more...] about Afghan officials say Islamic State leader killed by airstrikes
There is "no evidence" Chinese authorities have been intervening to move the exchange rate of the yuan, a senior International Monetary Fund official said on Tuesday (Jul 24). The chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, Maury Obstfeld, says recent currency movements in China are not evidence of official manipulation of the yuan. (AFP/FRED DUFOUR) The comments by IMF chief economist Maury Obstfeld came after US President Donald Trump accused China and the European Union of keeping their currencies artificially weak to make their exports more competitive. Even though there have been some currency movements recently, "there is no evidence of manipulation," Obstfeld said. The IMF official noted in an interview on CNBC that a recent US Treasury report that looks at currency manipulation "came to the same conclusion." "They haven't been intervening in their foreign exchange market as far as we can see," he said. Other factors in the Chinese economy are putting pressure … [Read more...] about IMF official says ‘no evidence’ China manipulating currency
North Korea’s top three military officials have been removed from their posts, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday, as U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prepare to meet on June 12 in Singapore. The U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was commenting on a report by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency that all three of the North’s top military officials were believed to have been replaced. Trump on Friday revived the summit after canceling it a week earlier. The United States is seeking a negotiated end to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. U.S. officials believe there was some dissension in the military about Kim’s approaches to South Korea and the United States. The U.S. official did not identify the three military officials. Yonhap identified them as defense chief Pak Yong Sik; Ri Myong Su, chief of the Korean People’s Army’s (KPA) general staff; and Kim Jong Gak, director of the KPA’s … [Read more...] about North Korea’s top three military officials replaced, US official says