Alahednews Alahednews Marshall Islands Heads to Polls in Election Closely Watched By Washington Marshall Islands’ votes comes at time of growing concern in the US about China’s efforts to expand its influence in the Pacific. Water-Bombing Helicopter Crashes While Fighting Bushfires in Australia A water-bombing helicopter crashed as it was battling severe bushfires in Australia. Hong Kong Violence Prompts Warning That China Troops Close At Hand Protesters threw Molotov cocktails at police after a weekend of clashes across Hong Kong. Death Toll Climbs to 10 as Heavy Rains Hit Typhoon-Ravaged Japan The death toll from torrential rains that caused flooding and mudslides in eastern Japan reached 10. Pakistan Says Talks with Riyadh, Tehran ’Encouraging’ Imran Khan’s talks with Tehran and Riyadh had been ’encouraging’ after visits to try to defuse rising tensions in the Gulf. Japan Typhoon: At least 66 People Dead, 15 Missing The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis in Japan, the worst to hit the country in decades, has risen to 66. Imam Khamenei Receives Pakistani PM Khan: Proper End to Yemen War Can Have Positive Impact on Region Imam Khamenei says a proper end to Saudi Arabia war on Yemen can have ’positive’ effects on the region. Indonesian President Tightens Security for Ministers after Attack Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered tighter security for state officials a day after attack. Super Typhoon Hagibis Forecast to Be Most Powerful to Hit Tokyo Since 1958 The Japan Meteorological Agency described the impending storm as ’violent’. Pakistan, Taliban Call for US to Resume Afghan Peace Talks Pakistan and Taliban urged the resumption of the Afghan peace talks. Australia Covered Up Chinese Cyberattack to Protect Trade A Chinese cyberattack on Australia was never made public in order to preserve trade ties with the Asian giant. Protests in Indonesia’s Papua Spotlight Demand for Independence Referendum Thousands of Papuans staged another series of rallies in several towns of Indonesia’s easternmost region. No Rohingya Turn Up for Repatriation to Myanmar A fresh push to repatriate Rohingya refugees to Myanmar has fallen flat. More Than 2,000 People Displaced, 19 Killed In Myanmar Fighting More than 2,000 people were forced to flee their homes, and 19 were killed. Taiwan Sharply Boosts Defense Budget amid China Tension Taiwan unveiled its largest defense spending increase in more than a decade amid tensions with China. Hong Kong Airport Protesters Retreat, But City in Turmoil Protesters retreated from Hong Kong’s airport following two days of hugely disruptive rallies. Hong Kong Crisis: Airport Struggles to Reopen, US Announces Support for Protestors US Reaction Points to Hong Kong as a ‘Revolution’ Australia: Body Found near Scene of Sydney Knife Attack A man stabbed a woman and attempted to stab several other people before being pinned down Australia to Spend $340 M on Special Forces Capability Australia will spend $340 million to improve the capability of its Special Forces troops. Australia Rules Out Deployment of US Mid-Range Missiles on its Soil Esper flagged Washington’s intention to deploy land-based conventionally armed missiles in locations across the Asia-Pacific region. Indonesia Earthquake: 4 Killed, 200+ Buildings Damaged A powerful undersea earthquake that struck off the islands of Sumatra and Java has killed four people. Sri Lanka Giving Free Visas to Boost Tourism after Easter Deadly Attacks Sri Lanka said it will give one-month free visa on arrival to visitors from nearly 50 countries. Australia: Hundreds of Refugees Protest Outside Parliament Hundreds of protesters rallied outside Australia’s Parliament House on Monday, aiming to highlight the uncertain futures of many refugees. At Least 8 People Killed, 12 Injured Due to Twin Earthquakes in N Philippines At Least 8 people had been killed and 12 others injured due to twin earthquakes in north Philippines. Report: Sources Raise Possibility of «Israeli» Assassination of IAEA’s Amano Informed sources said that “Israel” has “eliminated” IAEA chief Amano.