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The center of slow-moving Typhoon Bolaven was expected to dump as much as 20 inches of rain over a 24-hour period, weather officials said.

About 27,000 households on the island of Amami, north of Okinawa, were without electricity, and 3,100 households on Okinawa also lost power. Video footage from Naha, the prefectural capital, showed trees thrashed by the high winds, some with broken branches, and largely empty streets.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said wind speeds near the center of the typhoon were about 112 mph, with extremely strong gusts reaching 155 mph.

Saudi Arabia

Six Yemenis held in terrorist plot

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia’s news agency says authorities have uncovered “terrorist” cells plotting attacks against Saudi police and civilians in Riyadh, the capital.

The Saudi Press Agency quotes an unidentified Interior Ministry official as saying that six Yemenis were arrested after they prepared explosives and experimented with them outside Riyadh.

The official referred to the suspected terrorists as belonging to a “deviant group,” a common Saudi description of al Qaeda.

Saudi Arabia has been cracking down on Islamic militants since al Qaeda launched a wave of attacks in the country in 2003, killing dozens.

Libya

Interior minister quits after surge in violence

TRIPOLI — Interior Minister Fawzi Abdelali resigned on Sunday after coming under fire for the performance of security forces during a surge of violence that has rocked Libya, an official from his office said.

Libyan security services have been criticized following car bombings that killed two people on the day Muslims celebrated the feast of Eid al-Fitr a week ago in Tripoli and for attacks on several Sufi shrines in the past few days.

The criticism has been led by the newly elected General National Congress, which on Sunday accused the interior ministry’s High Security Committee of being lax or even implicated in the destruction of the Sufi shrines.

Hard-line Sunni Islamists are implacably opposed to the veneration of tombs of revered Muslim figures, saying that such devotion should be reserved for God alone.

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