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TOKYO | Heavy rains and mudslides from powerful Typhoon Talas left at least 20 people dead in Japan on Sunday as it moved slowly northward past the country’s western coast. At least 50 others were missing, local media said.

Evacuation orders and advisories were issued to 460,000 people in western and central Japan. At least 3,600 people were stranded by flooded rivers, landslides and collapsed bridges that were hampering rescue efforts, Kyodo News Agency reported.

The typhoon dumped record amounts of rain in some areas. It was the country’s worst storm since one in 2004 that left 98 people either dead or missing, the Yomiuri newspaper said.

NIGERIA

Family of eight killed in Christian region

JOS | Unknown gunmen stormed a mainly Christian-dominated central Nigerian community overnight and hacked eight members of a family to death in the latest violence to hit the region, officials said Sunday.

Plateau State Information commissioner Yiljap Abraham, who took reporters to the residence of the victims in Tatu, north of the administrative capital Abuja, said the murders were part of a rising spate of sectarian killings in the state.

The victims were a father, mother and their six children, he said.

Jos, the state capital, and the surrounding area have been hit by waves of violence between Christians and Muslims that have left hundreds dead in recent years.

IRAN

Nuclear power plant connected to electrical grid

TEHRAN | Iranian state radio said Sunday that the country’s first nuclear power plant has been connected to the national power grid for a test run.

The report quoted Mohammad Ahmadian, Iran’s deputy nuclear chief, as saying the plant began to generate 60 megawatts of electricity about midnight.

Mr. Ahmadian said a ceremony marking the connection to the power grid will be held Monday. He expressed hope the plant would feed the grid at full capacity in coming months.

The power plant in the southern Iranian port of Bushehr has a capacity of 1,000 megawatt power generations. Iran built the plant with Russian help.