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Typhoon Lan bears down on Japan

Much of southern and central Japan is on high alert as Typhoon Lan approaches. The outer bands of the storm have been lashing parts of Kyushu and Honshu for the last two days. The centre of Typhoon Lan, which is locally know as Paolo is expected to make landfall just to the west of Tokyo, late on Sunday night local time. People voting in Japan’s snap election managed to get out to the polling stations ahead of the worst of the winds, but the torrential downpours had already set in. At one stage Lan was packing winds of around...

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Tillerson renews Gulf crisis talks in Saudi Arabia

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Saudi Arabia for the start of his Middle East tour as part of a new push to end the Gulf crisis.  The top US diplomat landed in Riyadh on Saturday and met with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. During his visit, Tillerson will also meet Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss the ongoing diplomatic dispute with Qatar, now its fourth month, according to the US state department. On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties...

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Why is Mogadishu still a frequent target for attacks?

Protesters gather during a demonstration against al-Shabab after the October 14 explosion [Feisal Omar/Reuters] Last week, the deadliest bomb blast to hit the Somali city of Mogadishu killed more than 350 people and injured around 400 others. Questions are now been asked as to why, more than 10 years after African Union peacekeepers set foot in the capital and six years after the al-Qaeda-linked group al-Shabab was pushed out, attacks still plague the coastal city. The Somali government blamed the October 14 blast on al-Shabab. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that the truck explosion which...

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A sense of claustrophobia pervades Iraq’s Fallujah

Since Fallujah was retaken by the Iraqi army in June 2016, it has witnessed the steady return of some 300,000 people [Sofia Barbarani/ Al Jazeera] Fallujah, Iraq – Ibrahim recalls the anguished face of the patient who walked into his pharmacy, seeking anticoagulants to treat a blood clot that had formed in his brain.  “[He] begged me for the medicine, but I didn’t have it because the checkpoint was closed,” said Ibrahim, who spoke to Al Jazeera under a pseudonym for fear of repercussions. “It was so hard. I saw him crying as he left.” Access into and out of the...

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Poet Pablo Neruda pens a verse from the grave

Forensics doctor Luna said Neruda’s death certificate ‘does not reflect the reality of his death’ [Rodrigo Garrido/Reuters] Pablo Neruda, the poet who could write the saddest lines, has released a sombre verse from his grave. International forensics experts concluded on Friday that the Nobel laureate did not die from prostate cancer, as his death certificate states. They said that a new bacteria was found in Neruda’s remains, and raised the possibility that a “third party” may have played a role in his death. “What is 100 percent certain is that his death certificate does not reflect the reality of...

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