Residents flee typhoon
A powerful typhoon pounded the southern Philippines today, cutting power, suspending travel and flooding areas already vulnerable to landslides. More than 41,000 residents have moved out of their homes in high-risk coastal villages and along rivers, including in southern provinces that were devastated by a deadly storm a year ago. Power has been cut off in at least eight municipalities in southern Surigao del Sur and Davao Oriental while parts of Agusan del Sur province are flooded, authorities said.
Mob storms city hall
A Protestant mob stormed into the grounds of Belfast City Hall and clashed with police Monday night after the council voted to remove the British flag from the building for most of the year. The Police Service of Northern Ireland said five of their officers and two security guards were injured during the hourlong melee outside city hall. The violence spilled into predominantly Protestant east Belfast, where passing Protestant crowds threw bricks and bottles at a Catholic church and hijacked a bus. More than 1,000 Protestants had rallied outside as council members voted 29-21 to remove the Union Jack from the building for all but 17 designated days each year. The British flag has flown continuously from the city hall’s dome for more than a century.
Group details abuses
A leading rights group charges that al-Qaida committed “horrific” abuses during the 16 months when it controlled parts of Yemen. Amnesty International released a report today that includes excerpts of an al-Qaida video showing a decapitation, amputation and crucifixion. Al-Qaida took over parts of southern Yemen last year, when the country was in turmoil over an uprising that led to the resignation of longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh, once a U.S. ally. Celena Nasser, who wrote the report, said, “We believe that horrific human rights abuses took place and violations of international humanitarian law by both sides.” The report also charges the Yemen government with killing civilians during its offensive against al-Qaida.
Compiled from wire reports.