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Thursday 14 December 2017

In Brief: Taiwan suffers floods havoc

FLASH flooding caused by heavy rain has forced the evacuation of more than 3,000 people across Taiwan and unleashed landslides that have killed four people.

A landslide in the mountains of Taichung county killed two people in a makeshift shelter.

They had previously reported two other deaths in landslides in Nantou county.

Large swathes of the capital of Taipei were submerged day in knee-high flood waters



Ku Klux Klan join litter war

A Ku Klux Klan group is trying to join Georgia's Adopt-A-Highway programme to clean up litter on a mile-long stretch of road.

However officials in the US state are reluctant to acknowledge a group with a violent, racist past on a roadside sign.

The International Keystone Knights of the KKK applied last month to adopt part of Route 515 in the Appalachian Mountains.

The Georgia department of transportation is meeting lawyers from the state to decide how to proceed.



Fears mount for Mubarak

Hosni Mubarak's health worsened, with doctors twice having to use a defibrillator on the imprisoned former Egyptian leader.

Mubarak (84) was slipping in and out of consciousness, was suffering from high blood pressure and breathing difficulties Torah prison where he is serving a life sentence.

Doctors there could not find a pulse twice, and used the defibrillator, they said.



Japanese spy 'oldest galaxy'

A team of Japanese astronomers using telescopes on Hawaii say they have seen the oldest galaxy.

The Japanese team calculates its galaxy was formed 12.91bn light-years ago, and their research will be published in the Astrophysical Journal.

The scientists with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan used the Subaru and Keck telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea. Current theory holds that the universe was born of an explosion, called the Big Bang, about 13.7bn years ago.

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