Storm leaves 200,000 displaced in Philippines, heads for Taiwan

Residents take shelter at an evacuation centre for flood victims a day after tropical storm Fung-Wong inundated the Philippine capital Manila September 20, 2014.   REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Residents take shelter at an evacuation centre for flood victims a day after tropical storm Fung-Wong inundated the Philippine capital Manila September 20, 2014. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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Five people die, 1,400 rushed to hospital amid heat wave

Children dip in a fountain at a park in Tokyo as soaring mercury across much of the nation prompted the Meteorological Agency to issue heat wave advisories Saturday for 41 of Japan’s 47 prefectures. | AP

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At Least 5 Dead After Fiery Burbank Crash

5 Dead After Fiery Burbank Crash

Firefighters and police inspect the charred wreckage of a car crash in Burbank on Saturday, Sept, 28, 2013. On Scene

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A fiery crash in Burbank left at least five people dead Saturday morning when a car burst into flames and trapped those inside, police said.

Police received a call about 4:05 a.m. of a Nissan Sentra fully engulfed in flames near San Fernando and Scott roads, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn.

One woman was transported to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center, but at least five others were pronounced dead on the scene, police said.

Video from the scene showed firefighters surrounding the charred car.

Police did not know the ages of the victims.

US drone strike kills 5 in northwestern Pakistan

US drone missile launch

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July 29, 2013

The casualties come after two missiles hit a convoy of people in the Shawal area of North Waziristan Sunday evening.

Photo By : Debra Sweet

Photo By : Debra Sweet

Local security officials say several people were also severely injured in the fatal attack, which sent shock waves across the troubled region.

The latest attack come as Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has recently blasted US assassination drone strikes in his country, describing them as a violation of international law and the UN charter.

Islamabad has repeatedly condemned the attacks, saying they violate Pakistan’s sovereignty.

Washington claims that the airstrikes target militants, but reports on the ground show that civilians have been the main victims of the attacks.

US President Barack Obama recently defended the use of the controversial drones as “self-defense.”

The aerial attacks, initiated by former US president George W. Bush, have been escalated under President Obama government.

The United Nations and several human rights organizations have already identified the US as the world’s number one user of “targeted killings” largely due to its drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The United Nations says the US-operated drone strikes in Pakistan pose a growing challenge to the international rule of law.

Philip Alston, UN special envoy on extrajudicial killings, said in a report in late October 2010 that the attacks were undermining the rules designed to protect the right of life.

Alston went on to say that he fears the drone killings by the US Central Intelligence Agency could develop a “play station” mentality.