Briefly World: Philippines typhoon death toll crosses 500, over 400 missing

Philippines typhoon death toll crosses 500, over 400 missing

New Bataan: Rescuers continue to dig through mud and debris to retrieve more bodies in southern Philippines after the death toll from the powerful Typhoon Bopha crossed 500, with more than 400 people missing. More than 310,000 people have lost their homes since Typhoon Bopha struck Tuesday. President Benigno Aquino III Friday visited New Bataan town.

Zardari to visit Britain to meet Malala Yousafzai

Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari will visit Britain this week to meet Pakistani teenage rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who is being treated at a UK hospital after being shot in the head by Taliban militants. The visit, scheduled to begin Saturday, is an "unprecedented gesture" by Zardari, The Express Tribune reported.

Marijuana legalised in Washington state

SEATTLE: Washington state made history on Thursday as the first in the nation to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. Dozens of users celebrated near Seattle's famed Space Needle amid blaring reggae music and a haze of pot smoke. The police have also limited enforcement action to warnings for now.

Nepal Prez gives 6 more days to form unity govt

Kathmandu: As Nepal's main parties struggled to form a national unity government, President Ram Baran Yadav Friday gave them another six days to strike a deal, the second such extension to the original November 29 deadline.

Pak-born brothers due in US court in terrorism case

Fort Lauderdale: Two Pakistani-born brothers, Sheheryar Alam Qazi and Raees Alam Qazi, charged in an alleged terrorism conspiracy are due in federal court for arraignment and a bail hearing. The men are accused of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and attempting to obtain a weapon of mass destruction for use within the US.

Earthquake hot spots identified

Researchers have pinpointed the locations where the world's largest earthquakes are most likely to take place, with greater accuracy than ever before.

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