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    2017-May-3  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

1. Tornadoes, storms kill at least 14 in US

Parts of the Midwest and the South in the United States were recovering on Monday after a weekend round of storms, winds, hail* and isolated tornadoes killed at least 14 people.

Tornadoes hit several small towns in East Texas, killing four people. Flooding and winds killed five people in Arkansas, including a fire chief who was struck by a vehicle while working during the storm.

Two deaths were reported in Missouri, including a woman who drowned after rushing water swept away a car.

2. Nepal’s top judge suspended

Nepal’s first female Supreme Court chief justice was suspended after an impeachment* motion* was filed in parliament accusing her of bias and interfering with executive powers.

Sushila Karki, who held one of the highest positions ever held by a woman in Nepal, was suspended automatically after the motion signed by nearly half of the members in parliament was registered, Supreme Court spokesman Mahendra Nath Upadhaya said on Monday.

Deputy Prime Minister Bimalendra Nidhi has resigned in protest of the impeachment motion.

3. Trump hails first 100 days in office

Donald Trump hailed a “very productive” first 100 days as the U.S. president, telling a roaring crowd of supporters other “great battles” ahead would be won.

In an hour-long speech Trump lambasted* the media and predecessor Barack Obama, boasted of his support for U.S. industry and the military, and vaunted* his foreign policy positions including on confronting North Korea.

The president held the campaign-style rally while snubbing* a traditional White House correspondents’ dinner taking place on late Saturday.

4. US-led strikes kill 352 civilians

At least 352 civilians have been killed in U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria since the operation began in 2014, the U.S. military said in a statement on Sunday.

The Combined Joint Task Force, in its monthly assessment* of civilian casualties from the U.S. coalition’s operations against the militant group, said it was still assessing 42 reports of civilian deaths.

It added that 45 civilians were killed between November 2016 and March 2017.

5. Push to deploy THAAD condemned

South Korean residents and major presidential candidates on April 26 condemned the violent push to deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in their territory as about two weeks are left before the launch of a new government.

China voiced its grave* concern to Washington and Seoul on April 26. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said the deployment of THAAD will damage strategic balance in the region, worsen the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula, and do no good for the denuclearization* of the Korean Peninsula.

6. Japan disaster minister resigns

Japan’s gaffe-prone* disaster re-

construction mini-ster resigned on April 26 after remarking it was lucky the catastrophic* 2011 earthquake-tsunami* had hit a largely rural region rather than Tokyo.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was forced to apologize to residents of the devastated northeastern region of Tohoku, which is still recovering more than six years on, after Masahiro Imamura sparked outrage with his comments.

“It was good that it (the disaster) occurred over there in Tohoku,” he said. “If it had been close to the capital zone, there would have been enormous damage,” he added, referring to the vast Tokyo conurbation*.(SD-Agencies)

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