Philippines landslides, floods kill 42

42 dead in landslides and floods in the Philippines

COTABATO, Philippines — Flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains have submerged a province in the southern Philippines, killing at least 42 people, leaving 16 others missing and trapping some residents on their rooftops, officials said Friday.

The intense rains were triggered by Tropical Storm Nalgae, which is expected to hit the country’s east coast from the Pacific Ocean today, forecasters said.

According to reports from mayors, governors and disaster response officials, 27 people died mostly from drowning and landslides in Datu Odin Sinsuat town, 10 in Datu Blah town Sinsuat and five others in the town of Upi, all in Maguindanao province, the interior’s Naguib Sinarimbo said. minister of a five-province Muslim autonomous region led by former guerrillas.

Six people are missing in Datu Blah Sinsuat and 10 others in Upi, Sinarimbo said.

A rescue team reported that the bodies of at least 11 villagers were found in Kusiong, Sinarimbo said.

Army officials also reported at least 42 dead in the storm in Maguindanao and said in a statement that their forces “continued to rescue those trapped in the flood in conjunction with local rescue teams” and to take the displaced in army trucks to evacuation camps.

On Friday afternoon, the storm was about 110 miles east of the city of Catarman in the northern province of Samar with sustained winds of up to 53 miles per hour and moving northwest .

US punishes group for Rushdie attack

WASHINGTON — The United States is imposing financial sanctions on an Iran-based organization that raised funds to target British-American author Salman Rushdie, who was violently attacked in August at a literary event.

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned the 15 Khordad Foundation, which issued a multi-million dollar bounty for Rushdie’s murder. He wrote “The Satanic Verses”, which some Muslims consider blasphemous.

US officials said that in 2012, the 15 Khordad Foundation increased its bounty to $3.3 million, saying the entire sum would be paid to anyone who murdered Rushdie.

Rushdie’s agent says the author lost sight in one eye and the use of one hand as he recovers from an attack by a man who rushed onto the stage during the event in western New York.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the organization was also singled out for diplomatic sanctions for “providing financial support for an act of terrorism”.

The sanctions and designations deny the group access to any property or financial assets held in the United States, and the ability to travel to the United States.

Iran not welcome at Nobel Prize ceremony

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Iran’s ambassador has been excluded from this year’s Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm due to the situation in the country, the private foundation that administers the prestigious prizes announced on Friday.

“We believe that given the gravity and escalation of the situation, the Iranian ambassador should not be invited to the Nobel Prize award ceremony,” the Nobel Foundation said in a statement. Normally, ambassadors stationed in Sweden are invited to the annual event, scheduled for December 10.

Protests in Iran initially focused on women’s rights and the hijab, the state-mandated headscarf for women. But they quickly turned into calls to oust Shiite clerics who have ruled Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The protests have also galvanized university students, labor unions, prisoners and ethnic minorities like the Kurds along the Iran-Iraq border. Since the protests began, more than 200 protesters have been killed, according to rights groups.

UK delays calling elections in Northern Ireland

LONDON — Northern Ireland’s political stalemate deepened on Friday when the British government delayed calling a snap election for the Belfast-based Assembly after a deadline for the Northern Ireland Assembly. North to elect a ruling executive was passed Thursday at midnight.

Under the rules of power-sharing politics in Northern Ireland, a new election must be held within 12 weeks. Civil servants will keep essential services running in the meantime.

UK Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris was due to announce the polling date in mid-December. Instead, he said he was in talks with major political parties.

“I hear parties saying they really don’t want an election at all,” he said. But he added that under the political rules he had “limited options”.

“I’m still going to call an election,” Heaton-Harris said.

Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly met on Thursday but failed to elect a speaker, a first step towards restoring a government that has been frozen since May elections. Attempts to nominate a speaker have been blocked by Britain’s largest unionist body, the Democratic Unionist Party, as part of its protest against post-Brexit customs checks which unionists see as undermining the UK’s identity North Ireland.


In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, a rescuer carries a child to safer locations as flooding increased due to Tropical Storm Nalgae in Parang, Maguindanao Province, southern Philippines, Friday, October 28 2022. (Philippine Coast Guard via AP)




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In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, rescuers use boats to evacuate residents from flooded areas due to Tropical Storm Nalgae in Sigma, Capiz province, the Philippines, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. Flood waters quickly swept increased in many low-lying villages, forcing some villagers to climb to their rooftops, where they were rescued by army soldiers, police and volunteers, officials said. (Philippine Coast Guard via AP)




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In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, rescuers carry a body they recovered from Barangay Kushong, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao province, southern Philippines, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. Several people died while d others were missing in flash floods and landslides. triggered by torrential rains from Tropical Storm Nalgae that flooded a province in the southern Philippines overnight and trapped some residents on their rooftops, officials said Friday. (Philippine Coast Guard via AP)




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In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, rescuers recover bodies during search and rescue operations due to landslides caused by Tropical Storm Nalgae in Barangay Kushong, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao Province, southern Philippines , Friday, October 28, 2022. Several of the people died while others were missing as flash floods and landslides caused by torrential rains from Tropical Storm Nalgae inundated a province in the southern Philippines during at night and trapped some residents on their rooftops, officials said Friday. (Philippine Coast Guard via AP)




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In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, rescuers use boats to evacuate residents from flooded areas due to Tropical Storm Nalgae in Sigma, Capiz province, the Philippines, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. Flood waters quickly swept increased in many low-lying villages, forcing some villagers to climb to their rooftops, where they were rescued by army soldiers, police and volunteers, officials said. (Philippine Coast Guard via AP)




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In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, rescuers use ropes to evacuate residents from flooded areas due to Tropical Storm Nalgae in Parang, Maguindanao province, southern Philippines, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The waters rising rapidly in many low-lying villages. , forcing some villagers to climb to their roofs, where they were rescued by army troops, police and volunteers, officials said. (Philippine Coast Guard via AP)




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In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, rescuers use boats to evacuate residents from flooded areas due to Tropical Storm Nalgae in Parang, Maguindanao province, southern Philippines, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The waters Flood levels rose rapidly in many low-lying villages, forcing some villagers to climb onto their roofs, where they were rescued by army soldiers, police and volunteers, officials said. (Philippine Coast Guard via AP)




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In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, rescuers carry a resident to safer locations as flooding increased due to Tropical Storm Nalgae in Parang, Maguindanao Province, southern Philippines, Friday, 28 October 2022. (Philippine Coast Guard via AP)




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In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, rescuers help a woman to safer ground as flooding increased due to Tropical Storm Nalgae in Parang, Maguindanao Province, southern Philippines, the Friday, October 28, 2022. (Philippine Coast Guard via AP)




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Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris speaks to the media on Friday outside Erskine House, Belfast, Northern Ireland. (AP/PA/Brian Lawless)