Severe Typhoon Hato lashed Hong Kong Wednesday leaving flights grounded and trade at a temporary standstill at one of the world's leading stock exchanges. Hurricane-force winds and torrential downpour uprooted trees, flooded some areas and left a trail of debris strewn on city streets.
In the past 24 hours terrorists have struck twice in Spain. Shortly before 5 p.m. local time yesterday a white van ploughed into pedestrians on the Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona, killing 14, then in the early hours of Friday morning another car drove into a group of people on the Spanish coast in Cambrils.
Rescuers picked away rubble from around a body in an area shaken by a powerful earthquake in mountainous southwestern China, then stood silently in a row, with helmets off and heads bowed to pay their respects. Tuesday night's magnitude 6.5 quake killed at least 19 people and injured 247, authorities said Wednesday. It also knocked out power and phone networks, complicating efforts to locate and evacuate survivors.