Over 80 dead in China floods

Updated 28 August 2013
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Over 80 dead in China floods

BEIJING: More than 80 people have been killed and tens of thousands have fled their homes after the worst floods to hit northeast China in more than a decade, state media said Tuesday.
At least 20 people died in Jilin province and 239,000 residents were evacuated after persistent rain “brought chaos” to 56 counties, Xinhua news agency reported.
Rainstorms have also swept Heilongjiang and Liaoning provinces. A total of 85 people are now confirmed dead in the northeast with 105 missing, Xinhua said.
In Jilin, 585,000 hectares (1.4 million acres) of cropland had been damaged along with thousands of homes, it said, estimating losses at more than 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion).
The Jilin government has sent 824 tons of grain to the disaster areas, Xinhua quoted provincial officials as saying.


US withdraws from UN rights council: Haley

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the decision. (Reuters)
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US withdraws from UN rights council: Haley

WASHINGTON: The United States has withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council, US ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday, branding the global body a “cesspool of political bias.”
“We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights,” she said.