Japan

Typhoon Goni disrupts travel

Typhoon Goni slammed into the Japanese mainland on Tuesday, leaving 13 people with minor injuries and disrupting rail and flight services, as the government issued an evacuation advisory for more than 100,000 residents. The powerful storm, which killed at least 26 people in landslides and floods in the Philippines, hit southwestern Kumamoto prefecture at about 6 am.

Space station gets alcohol

Distilled spirits arrived at the International Space Station on Monday, but the six astronauts won’t be sneaking a sip. Suntory Global Innovation Center in Tokyo included five types of distilled spirits in a space station cargo ship. The company wants to see if alcoholic beverages mellow the same in space as they do on Earth.

United States

2 arrested after online threats

Two men from Iowa were stopped as they tried to register for the World Pokemon Championships after making online threats against Pokemon competitors, police said on Monday. The men had made references to the Boston Marathon bombings and the Columbine High School massacre in their threats, then drove 25 hours to Boston. Kevin Norton, 18, of Ames, Iowa, and James Stumbo, 27, of Boone, Iowa, were ordered held without bail on gun charges.

Australia

$12.6 million in cocaine seized

Australian police said on Tuesday that 70 kg of cocaine worth $12.6 million had been seized from a yacht during a crackdown on syndicates trafficking drugs through the South Pacific. Five people, including a Briton and an Estonian, were arrested and hed in custody over the haul, believed to be one of the largest cocaine seizures in Queensland state history.

Cambodia

Police show off marijuana cache

Cambodian police on Tuesday showed off a seizure of nearly 1.5 metric tons of marijuana worth more than $7 million packed into coffee bags. General Khieu Samon, head of the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug office, said 1,487 kg of marijuana was seized on Friday in Phnom Penh during raids in which three Cambodians were arrested.

Singapore

General election set for Sept 11

Singapore will hold a general election on Sept 11, the government said on Tuesday. The vote is expected to be a tight contest for the ruling People’s Action Party, which holds 80 out of 87 seats in Parliament but is facing growing disaffection among citizens. The decline in popularity is due to growing resentment over political restrictions, an influx of foreigners and a high cost of living.

AFP – AP

(China Daily 08/26/2015 page12)