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China to hold drills

in disputed waters

BEIJING — China will hold military drills in the disputed South China Sea, the government said yesterday, ahead of an international tribunal ruling over Beijing’s maritime claims in the resource-rich area. The drills will be held in waters around the Paracel Islands from tomorrow until Monday, with other ships prohibited from entering the waters during that time, a short statement by the maritime safety administration said. The military exercises come as an international tribunal in The Hague prepares to rule on a case brought by the Philippines challenging China’s claims in the strategic waterway. Manila lodged the suit against Beijing in early 2013, saying that after 17 years of negotiations it had exhausted all political and diplomatic avenues to settle the dispute. — AFP

Flash floods kill 33

in north Pakistan

PESHAWAR — Flash floods caused by torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 33 people in northern Pakistan, the majority from a village near the border with Afghanistan, officials said yesterday. The rains began late on Saturday and were concentrated mainly in the northwestern province of Khybher Pakthunkwa, which has been badly affected by flooding in recent years that some scientists have linked to climate change. The worst hit district was Chitral, on the northwest border, where flood waters swept away a mosque, dozens of houses and army post in the remote village of Ursoon, district mayor Maghfirat Shah said. Thirty-one people were killed in the village, and at least eight of the dead are thought to be soldiers. — AFP

Holocaust survivor

Wiesel dies

JERUSALEM — Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor, writer and Nobel peace laureate who worked to keep alive the memory of Jews slaughtered during World War II, has died aged 87. Wiesel, a Romanian-born US citizen, was perhaps best known for his memoir Night detailing his experiences in the Auschwitz concentration camp. He won the Nobel peace prize in 1986, when he was described as having “made it his life’s work to bear witness to the genocide committed by the Nazis during World War II”. Once known as “the world’s leading spokesman on the Holocaust”, Wiesel died at his home in Manhattan on Saturday, the New York Times reported. — AFP