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GANGTOK | Thousands of terrified survivors of a Himalayan earthquake that killed 81 people and shook parts of India, Nepal and China crowded Tuesday into shelters and relatives’ homes or stayed out in the open for fear of aftershocks.

Soldiers used dynamite and earthmovers to clear landslides on highways through the steep valleys linking the worst-hit northeastern Indian state of Sikkim to the rest of India.

They managed to clear a path to Mangan, the town closest to the epicenter of Sunday’s 6.9-magnitude quake, but many other communities remained cut off and authorities fear the death toll could rise once rescuers reach them.


One million people face typhoon danger

TOKYO | More than a million people in central Japan were urged to evacuate Tuesday as a powerful typhoon approached, triggering floods that left two people missing.

Public broadcaster NHK said about 1.3 million people have been ordered or advised to leave their homes, including 80,000 people in Nagoya.

Heavy rain as the storm approached caused floods and road damage in dozens of locations in Nagoya and several other cities, the Aichi state government said.

Television footage showed Nagoya residents wading through water up to their knees. In parts of the city near swollen rivers, rescue workers helped residents evacuate in rubber boats.


Police arrest author of anti-Museveni book

KAMPALA | The author of a book calling for a popular uprising against Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was arrested in Kampala over the weekend, his wife said Tuesday.

Police confirmed they had arrested Vincent Nzaramba, without giving a reason.

However, his wife, Gloria, said, “The reason why he was arrested was the book he was writing called ‘People Power - Battle the Mighty General.”

She said police apprehended her husband at home in Kampala and took all the copies of his book, published in limited edition in August.

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