SEOUL: North Korea said a typhoon that hit the peninsula last week killed 48 people and left 21,000 homeless. The update from the official Korean Central News Agency said today that Typhoon Bolaven also left more than 50 people injured or missing, damaged 50,000 hectares of farmland and destroyed or inundated 6,700 houses.
The typhoon also killed 15 people in South Korea. The North is still recovering from floods since June that have killed 170 people and damaged thousands of homes.
47 hurt in Belfast riots
Belfast: Northern Ireland police said 47 officers have been injured during overnight clashes with Protestant extremists angry over a Belfast parade by Irish republicans from the Catholic side of the community. Sunday night’s violence came as Irish republicans paraded near British Protestant districts of north Belfast. Such demonstrations, usually by the Protestant side, trigger riots every summer in Northern Ireland. Police donning flame-retardent suits, helmets and shields spent nine hours standing their ground versus mobs of masked, hooded Protestants. More than 100 rioters threw bottles, bricks and fireworks at police lines until early Monday. Police commander Matt Baggott says his officers demonstrated “courage and restraint.” Most of those hurt suffered cuts and bruises. Four officers were hospitalised with more serious injuries.
Phone hacking trial
LONDON: Rebekah Brooks, a former Rupert Murdoch executive and friend of Prime Minister David Cameron, appeared in a London court on Monday accused of conspiring to hack the phones of a murdered schoolgirl and hundreds of other high-profile victims. The former editor of Murdoch’s now-closed News of the World tabloid quit as chief executive of his British newspaper arm last year in a scandal that raised questions about the links between Britain’s media, politicians and police. Brooks, 44, spoke to confirm her name and address and her understanding of the charges against her at the brief hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court in central London.