PANDEGLANG, Indonesia — A devastating tsunami triggered by a volcanic eruption in Indonesia has killed 281 people and wounded 1,016 others along the coastal areas of Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands, the national disaster agency said on Monday.

As the search and rescue for victims of Saturday night’s tsunami, caused by an underwater landslide after the eruption of Anak Krakatau volcano, were underway, rescuers believed many victims remained trapped under the debris swept by sea waves, spokesman of the National Disaster Management Agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. (Indonesia-Tsunami)
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SEOUL — South Korea sent an advance team Monday to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to prepare for a groundbreaking ceremony later this week to connect railways and roads across the border, according to Seoul’s unification ministry.
The advance team, composed of 31 officials from unification and transport ministries, left early in the morning for the DPRK’s border town of Kaesong. Among them, 27 officials would stay there for the ceremony preparations. (South Korea-DPRK-Railway)
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COLOMBO — Over 60,000 people have been affected by flash floods and heavy wind in Sri Lanka’s northern part, after days of heavy rains, Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Center said Monday.
Out of those affected, over 11,000 people have been evacuated to safe locations as their homes were inundated due to continuous rains. (Sri Lanka-Flood)
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SEOUL — South Korea’s transportation ministry on Monday fined German luxury automaker BMW 11.2 billion won (10 million U.S. dollars) for allegedly trying to cover up faulty parts of some models and belatedly recall them only after some engines caught fire.
According to the joint investigation results by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and civilian experts, they found that a coolant leak from the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system led to about 40 engine fires of BMW vehicles here earlier this year. (South Korea-BMW-Fine)
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NEW DELHI — India on Monday released a commemorative coin of INR 100 (1.42 U.S. dollars) in honour of its former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, officials said.
The coin was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Parliament house annexe in New Delhi. (India-Commemorative coin) Enditem



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