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A local official in the southern Chinese city of
Shenzhen has apparently killed himself, days after
a landslide there buried dozens of people.
Police said the man who fell off an apartment
block on Sunday night was the former head of the
local Urban Administrative Bureau.
He is thought to have authorised the landfill site
It is the third recent case in China where officials
appear to have killed themselves after industrial dis-
asters. The government had already warned that
those responsible would be "seriously punished in
accordance with the law."
The 20 December landslide engulfed more than
30 buildings at an industrial park in the city, one of
China s biggest and a major industrial centre.
More than 70 people were buried and are still
unaccounted for. An official investigation is under
One of the men who attacked the Bataclan music
venue in Paris on 13 November was buried on
Christmas Eve in a northern suburb, reports say.
Samy Amimour was one of three suicide attackers
who killed 90 people at a rock concert.
He was buried in a cemetery in Seine-Saint-Denis,
where he grew up and where his parents live. Only
a few people attended and the grave is unmarked.
A total of 130 people were killed in the Islamist
militant attacks in Paris.
It said the hearse disappeared behind trees and
concrete walls, and the ceremony was then held in
secret and attended only by a few people.
Amimour s parents took precautions to ensure that
the burial plot could not be identified, reports said.
Authorities feared it could become either a shrine
or a target of attacks.
At least 43 people have been killed over the past
five days by severe storms across southern and
western parts of the United States.
Flash floods, tornadoes and now snow have
destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses and
snarled transport links.
The National Weather Service has issued tornado
warnings for Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma
and Mississippi. The governors of Missouri, Oklahoma,
and New Mexico have declared states of emergency.
In Illinois, three adults and two children were swept
away in their car by the flood waters. In Texas, at
least 11 people were killed by powerful tornadoes
with winds of up to 200 miles an hour.
Hundreds of homes in Texas were reduced to rubble
and cars were blown off the road. Five people died
in their cars on a highway passing the city of Garland.
Pedro Barineau of the local police said they had no
The world s weather turned
wild over the Christmas holiday
week, with devastating storms,
tornadoes and wildfires wreaking
havoc across the globe.
Torrential rains in parts of South
America, blamed on El Nino, have
displaced more than 150,000 peo-
ple across Argentina, Brazil,
Paraguay and Uruguay.
In the United States, a mam-
moth storm system engulfing
much of the country has claimed
at least 43 lives, including four
soldiers in Missouri. Counting vic-
tims from other storms earlier last
week, the death toll is 43.
Here s what s going on across
El Nino is causing chaos across
South America, inducing severe
rains and flooding on a scale not
seen for decades.
Flood waters caused havoc in
several places, including Concor-
dia, Argentina, where water flood-
ed a train.
Here s a look at some of the
most affected countries:
Paraguay: In Paraguay, the hard-
est-hit country, more than
130,000 people were evacuated.
In the city of Alberdi, residents
fled as walls holding back water
appeared on the verge of collapse,
Argentina: As many as 20,000
people were evacuated, half of
them from Concordia, the heavily
affected city that President Mauri-
cio Macri visited Sunday.
Brazil: At least 38 cities were
inundated, with Rio Grande do
Sul state taking the biggest hit,
authorities said. More than 1,800
families were forced to leave their
Uruguay: At least 11,300 people
had to flee their homes, mostly in
the northwestern city of Salto, the
head of the National Emergencies
Office said Sunday.
Severe flooding strikes North-
Britain: The army has been sent
in to help deal with the flooding
across northern England, which
local residents say is the worst in
living memory for some areas.
Authorities issued 24 severe
flood warnings Sunday, each one
meaning there is a "danger to life."
Thousands of people have been
left without electricity.
Spain: Dozens of wildfires have
been burning for over a week in
remote regions of northern and
A helicopter battling a fire in
Asturias crashed Wednesday,
killing the pilot, the aircraft s sole
Australia: Wildfires have raged
across thousands of hectares of
land left vulnerable by exception-
ally dry weather in the southern
state of Victoria. The fires, one of
which consumed at least 116
homes over Christmas, are expect-
ed to continue to burn for weeks.
Two of Italy's largest cities, Milan and
Rome, are restricting car use as smog
levels build up.
Milan is banning cars, motorcycles and
scooters for six hours a day over the next
In Rome, cars with odd-numbered
plates have been banned for nine hours on
Monday. Today, cars with even-numbered
plates will be restricted.
Experts say unusually calm and dry
weather means that pollution is not being
In Rome, cars deemed to be
environmentally friendly, such as those
with hybrid engines, are exempt from the
The ban there will be in force for six
hours a day until tomorrow, with drivers
facing fines if they do not comply.
Announcing the ban last week, Milan
Mayor Giuliano Pisapia appealed to all the
city's municipalities to observe the three-
"In these days of major emergency, we
cannot remain indifferent," he said in a
statement (in Italian).
Italy bans cars as pollution rises
China landslide official
jumps to death
Paris attacker buried
in unmarked grave
Dozens dead in US
In Asuncion, Paraguay, water levels are still rising. BBC PHOTO
Japan and South
Korea have agreed to
settle the issue of
forced to work in
during World War
Two, in their first
such deal since 1965.
Japan has apologised
and will pay 1bn yen
amount South Korea
asked for---to fund vic-
The issue has been
the key cause for
strained ties. South
Korea has demanded
stronger apologies and
came after Japan s For-
eign Minister Fumio
Kishida met his coun-
terpart Yun Byung-se
in Seoul, following
moves to speed up
Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe phoned South
Korean President Park
Geun-hye to repeat an
apology already offered
"Japan and South
Korea are now entering
a new era," Abe told
"We should not drag
this problem into the
Ms Park issued a
saying a deal had been
given the advanced age
of most of the victims.
"Nine died this year
alone," she said. "I
hope the mental pains
of the elderly comfort
women will be eased."
It is estimated that
up to 200,000 women
were forced to be sex
slaves for Japanese sol-
diers during WW2,
many of them Korean.
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