An earthquake off the coast of Chile, sparking a Pacific Ocean tsunami warning, has forced thousands to take refuge in the streets.
The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 8.3 quake was centred in the Pacific Ocean about 227km north-west of Santiago at a depth of around 7.7km. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said “widespread hazardous tsunami waves are possible”. Tsunami alerts have also been issued for Peru and Hawaii, and the Chilean government has advised residents to evacuate the coastline. At least three people have been killed and 15 injured so far.
Japanese peace protesters delay vote on militarisation bills
Japanese political parties remain deadlocked on Wednesday over projected security bills. Thousands of protesters successfully delayed a crucial parliamentary vote, which could result in troops fighting abroad for the first time in 70 years. Around 13,000 people rallied outside Tokyo’s parliament building, demanding the bills be scrapped ahead of the scheduled committee vote. Opposition politicians were successful in blocking doors in parliament, despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s attempts to strengthen cross-party backing for the controversial legislation. These protests are the latest in a series of rallies, which have opposed Mr Abe’s plans to extend the responsibility of the Japanese military.
Ukrainian rebel elections endanger peace processes
The peace process in Ukraine could be jeopardised by eastern Ukraine rebels’ decision to hold elections, according to President Poroshenko. Elections are to be held on October 18, confirmed by the leader of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic. President Poroshenko announced “sanctions” on more than 400 people and 90 companies connected to the rebels.
Somali wildlife returns from Kenya
For the first time in a decade, wild animals have returned to Somalia’s Lower Jubba region. The animals, including elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos, ostriches and giraffes, are thought to be fleeing from Kenya’s security forces, who are fighting the armed guerrillas al-Shabab. “The animals are coming back in large numbers. Inside the town we have ostriches walking around. Leopards and elephants are just outside the town,” said Badaade district commissioner, Farah Haybe. – Compiled from web sources by Samantha Barrie
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