CHINA

US envoys summoned

over Russia sanctions

China summoned the American ambassador and the defense attache and recalled its navy commander from a U.S. trip to deliver a strong protest against economic sanctions Washington lodged over the purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile equipment.

The Defense Ministry said the U.S. had no right to interfere in Chinese military cooperation with Russia.

“We demand that the U.S. immediately correct the mistake and revoke the so-called sanctions, otherwise the U.S. must bear the consequences,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

CANADA

Tornado rips through

capital, levels homes

A powerful tornado that carved a path through parts of Canada’s capital snapped trees, tossed cars and obliterated dozens of homes, leaving what the city’s mayor on Saturday said resembled “a war scene.”

More than 150,000 customers were still without power following the tornado, which churned through pockets of Ottawa’s west and south ends, as well as densely populated sections of the neighboring Quebec city of Gatineau late Friday.

Authorities said dozens of people suffered injuries, but there were no reports of fatalities.

JAPAN

Delayed supply ship

goes to space station

An unmanned Japanese space capsule is headed to the International Space Station filled with cargo including food, experiments and new batteries.

The craft was launched Sunday at 2:52 a.m. from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. It will take 4½ days to reach the space station.

The launch was delayed for about two weeks because of bad weather and a mechanical problem. The delay led NASA to postpone two space walks.

MALDIVES

Police raid opposition office before election

Police in the Maldives raided the main campaign office of the opposition presidential candidate on Saturday, the eve of an election viewed as a referendum on whether democracy will survive in the country.

Police said they had obtained a warrant to search the office based on police intelligence that it may have been used to coordinate vote-buying, opposition spokesman Shauna Aminath said, adding that a senior campaign official had been named as a suspect.

 

Beacon Journal/

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