Briefs, December 10, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 December, 2012, 3:17am

Families beg for food in typhoon aftermath

NEW BATAAN - Desperate families begged for food, days after Typhoon Bopha brought death and destruction to parts of a southern Philippine island, as the storm returned to the north of the country. Northern areas escaped with heavy rain after the storm weakened. But scenes of hardship were everywhere in southern areas that last week felt the full fury of the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year. Officials said 548 people are confirmed dead, most of them in the southern island of Mindanao. Officials said the number of missing shot up to 827 from previous figures of 500 unaccounted for, after reports of more missing fishermen. AFP


Police disperse armed election protesters

DHAKA - Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse armed protesters staging blockades across Bangladesh as part of an opposition push to get an independent administration to oversee next year's general election. Activists from the country's two main political parties hurled home-made bombs and threatened to use guns, witnesses said. Supporters of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, led by former prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia, and its allies set ablaze about 30 buses, trucks and cars in the capital Dhaka and other parts of the country. Reuters


Japanese airliner overshoots runway

TOKYO - An All Nippon Airways flight from Tokyo's Haneda airport overshot the runway at a northern Japanese airport, the airline said. None of the 161 passengers and six crew members was injured and no damage to the Boeing 737-800 plane was reported after the incident, ANA said. But Japan's transport ministry considered it a serious incident that could have caused a disaster and sent investigators to the scene. An ANA spokesman denied a report that the aircraft's automatic braking system failed. The plane only stopped after travelling onto a grassy area at Shonai airport, the airline said. AFP