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Storms and torrential rain caused widespread flooding and landslides that left at least 33 people dead and 12 missing in southern China, the government said on Friday, dpa reported.

At least 19 died and 11 were missing in the worst-hit province of Guangdong after rainstorms swept across most parts of southern China from Tuesday, the Ministry of Civil Affairs reported.

The storms, floods and landslides destroyed 2,675 houses and affected some 650,000 people in Guangdong, provincial officials said.


Japan is the leading country in terms of guarantees of seismic safety of buildings and structures, which ensured its victory in the tender for the construction of nuclear power plant (NPP) in Sinop, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey reported to RIA Novosti on Monday.


President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov signed a decree on the opening of the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Japan (Tokyo City), the document, which was made public, says.

By the decree, the Foreign Ministry is instructed jointly with the Ministry of Adalat (Justice) of Turkmenistan to prepare and submit to the Cabinet of Ministers proposals on making relevant amendments and additions to the national legislation within a month.


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Turkey for an official visit on May 2-3 by the invitation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, TRT Haber reported.

Japanese Prime Minister will arrive accompanied by Japanese businessmen, sain in the press center of the Turkish PM.

At the meeting will discuss bilateral relations, and also regional and international issues.


A delegation led by the Deputy Minister of Justice of the People's Republic of China Jiang Soo Jung paid a visit to Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Justice of Azerbaijan reported on Friday.

At a meeting with the Chinese delegation Minister of Justice of Azerbaijan Fikrat Mammadov highlighted the positive dynamics of the development of relations in the sphere of justice between the two countries and stressed the efficiency of the cooperation both at bilateral and multilateral level, the presence of broad prospects for further enhancement of the relations.


Santiago hosted the second round of political consultations between Georgia and Chile.

As the Georgian Foreign Ministry told Trend, the Georgian delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister David Dzhalagania at the consultations on April 25-26.

A meeting was held between David Dzhalagania and Deputy Foreign Minister of Chile, Adolfo Carafi, and the meeting considered the development of bilateral relations.

On the same day, the Georgian delegation members met with Secretary General of the Confederation of Industry and Trade of Chile, Andres Santa Cruz.


Two more people have died from a new strain of avian influenza, bringing to 20 the number of deaths from the H7N9 virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday, Reuters reported.

Chinese authorities have notified the WHO of six new cases, bringing the total to 102. Of those, 70 are still in hospital and 12 have been discharged. Five of the new cases were in Zhejiang province and one was in Shanghai.

"Until the source of infection has been identified, it is expected that there will be further cases of human infection with the virus in China," the WHO said In a statement.


At least 5 people in Iran have died after being treated with Chinese penicillin, head of Iranian Society of experts on internal diseases, doctor Iraj Khosravinia said, Young Journalists' club website reported.

"A 40 year old man with a throat disease was injected with Penicillin, after prescription from his physician," Khosravinia said.

"After the injection, he started having chills, fever, his blood pressure level dropped, and he died in 15 minutes."


The cooling system for the spent fuel storage at one of the reactors of Japan's stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant stopped working Friday, a news report said.

An alarm went off at 2:27 pm indicating a problem with electrical equipment in reactor number 3, Kyodo News agency quoted the Nuclear Regulation Authority as saying, dpa reported.

Reactors 1, 2 and 3 of the plant's six were severely damaged in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which cut off the cooling to the main reactor cores, leading to explosions and radiation leaks.


Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev will pay an official visit to China in early April, where he will meet with new Chinese President Xi Jinping, Official representative of Central Communications Service under the President of Kazakhstan (CCS), Altai Abibullayev said at a press briefing on Monday.

He said the meeting will discuss the current state and prospects of cooperation between Kazakhstan and China, as well as exchange views on issues of international politics within the UN, SCO and the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia.