Briefs, January 26, 2013

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 January, 2013, 4:28am

Philippines needs aid after typhoon, UN says

MANILA - The UN asked for more international aid to help nearly a million people in the Philippines recovering from last month's deadly typhoon. The UN said it needed another US$48.6 million to give "life-saving assistance" to survivors of Typhoon Bopha, which killed 1,060 and left 800 others missing in the south of the country. Close to 850,000 people "remain displaced" and living typically in flimsy, temporary housing, UN resident Luiza Carvalho said. AFP


Largest nuclear plant may be forced to shut

TOKYO - The world's largest nuclear plant may be forced to shut down under new rules proposed by Japan's nuclear watchdog aimed at safeguarding against earthquakes, a report said. Tokyo Electric Power's vast Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in central Japan could be on the chopping block, an official said, if the Nuclear Regulation Authority goes ahead with a plan to expand the definition of an active fault to one that has moved within the past 400,000 years, rather than the current 130,000-year limit. AFP


Fire at Mumbai slum kills six, injures seven

NEW DELHI - A fire swept through a slum in India's financial capital Mumbai, killing six people and injuring at least seven others. Most of the victims were asleep in their tin-roofed shanty homes when the fire broke out just before dawn. It took 15 fire trucks and water tankers more than four hours to put out the flames. Firefighters had a hard time entering the narrow lanes of the slum in the Mahim suburb of the city. AP


Hanoi marks 40 years since Paris peace deal

HANOI - Communist Party leaders gathered to mark the 40th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords, which ended direct US military involvement in Vietnam. Thousands of people attended the ceremony to celebrate the signing of the 1973 deal, which ended decades of war with the United States and brought a temporary halt to fighting between North and South Vietnam. AFP


Two Cambodians die after catching bird flu

PHNOM PENH - Two Cambodians died after contracting bird flu from infected chickens, the World Health Organisation said. Tests on the victims - a 15-year-old girl and a 35-year-old man who died this week - confirmed they had contracted the H5N1 strain of bird flu. The virus is known to have killed 362 people worldwide. AFP