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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 3, 2017.

South Korea says it has seen indications that the North is preparing more missile launches, possibly an intercontinental ballistic missile. Defence officials have been briefing parliament in Seoul after the North's test of a nuclear bomb at the weekend.

The South has responded to the test with live-fire exercises, with both ground- and air-launched rockets. The US has warned that any threat to itself or its allies would be met with a "massive military response".

The North says it tested a hydrogen bomb that can fit on to a long-range missile.

Pyongyang has repeatedly defied UN sanctions and international pressure by developing nuclear weapons and testing missiles, and the provocations have only intensified.

In the past two months it has conducted intercontinental ballistic missile tests, sending one over mainland Japan into the Pacific Ocean. It has also threatened to fire missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam.

The United Nations Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting later on Monday to discuss its response.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician and member of parliament Nirmala Sitharaman takes the oath during the swearing-in ceremony of new ministers at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on September 03, 2017.

Nirmala Sitharaman has been appointed India's first full-time woman defence minister in a cabinet reshuffle announced on Sunday. Ms Sitharaman was previously a minister of state for commerce and industry. She was also a spokesperson for India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Her appointment has been widely welcomed. Former prime minister Indira Gandhi has held the defence portfolio, but in conjunction with several others.

Ms Sitharaman described her appointment as a reflection of the growing status of women in Indian society. However her elevation has also been met with criticism.

"Surely at a time when the tensions are ratcheting up on India's borders with not just Pakistan but China, it makes sense to have a defence minister with a credible background by way of some degree of domain expertise," read an opinion piece in The Economic Times newspaper. Others have described it as a "surprise appointment".

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said the bill for reconstruction after Hurricane Harvey could be as high as $180bn. He said the damage was worse than that caused by Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005.Meanwhile, the head of the government's disaster management agency has warned that flood-hit states should not rely on Washington to pick up the bill.

Brock Long said Harvey should be a wake-up call for local officials.Recovery operations are under way across Texas, and in neighbouring Louisiana, although many areas are still battling floodwater.The devastating hurricane made landfall in the state a week ago and has been blamed for at least 47 deaths. About 43,000 people are being housed in shelters

Bangladesh coast guards have found the bodies of at least 20 people who drowned fleeing Myanmar. The group, from the Rohingya minority and mostly children and women, were trying to escape a recent surge of violence in Rakhine state.The crisis erupted after Rohingya rebels attacked 30 police stations last Friday, triggering a military response.

More than 100 people, mostly insurgents, have been killed and more than 18,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled.Authorities in Bangladesh have warned that people are becoming increasingly desperate and attempting to escape by boat. A coast guard official told the AFP news agency the migrants were trying to flee on "rickety inland fishing boats" poorly equipped for the rough seas around Bangladesh.

At least 11 people have died and 24 others have been rescued after a building collapse in Mumbai.Rescue officials say five to 10 people are still trapped. A six-storey building toppled over in India's financial capital on Thursday.The building in the densely populated Bhendi Bazaar area was believed to be about 100 years old.Ambulances, fire engines and members of the disaster relief force are still working at the site. Mumbai is recovering from heavy rains and flooding. The residential building gave way around 08:40 India time, reports said.This is the third building collapse in Mumbai in less than a month. Police suspect that Tuesday's torrential rain weakened the structure of the building that collapsed.

 

 

The Pentagon says there are about 11,000 US troops currently deployed in Afghanistan - a significantly higher number than was previously disclosed. Officials say the new tally includes temporary and covert units as well as regular forces.It had previously said there were 8,400 troops in the country. The announcement comes as the Pentagon prepares to deploy as many as 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan to help defeat the Taliban.While the Pentagon said the move was a step in increasing transparency, it did not provide counts of US troops in Iraq and Syria."This is not an attempt to bring more forces in, but it is an attempt to actually clarify a very confusing set of reporting rules", said joint staff director Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie.

It has hardly rained in Rome for months and, with Romans returning from their summer holidays, the city's water company has decided to act. From next week water pressure will be cut during the night on peak days in September. Higher buildings could lose their supplies altogether.

Water Company Acea says it has managed to plug 1,300 water leaks since May.

But Rome's "extraordinary drought" means it has less and less water available for the capital's citizens. Rainfall in Rome is down 70% on the previous three years. The national government has expressed alarm at the potential health consequences of the latest step, and business leaders say the water shortages have led to a severe crisis in the tourism and recreation sector.

Heavy monsoon rains in Mumbai have thrown the Indian city's transport systems into chaos. Some roads have been hit by waist-deep flooding.

Officials are calling on people to stay at home. More than 16 million people have been affected by seasonal floods across a swathe of South Asia, according to aid workers. Bangladesh and Nepal have been badly hit, and about 500 people have died.

In Mumbai on Tuesday, trains and flights were cancelled. Schools have closed. One hospital also flooded, forcing staff to evacuate the paediatric ward.

North Korea says its firing of a missile over Japan was "the first step" of military operations in the Pacific, signalling plans for more launches.

State media also repeated threats to the US Pacific island of Guam, which it called "an advanced base of invasion".

The missile launched on Tuesday crossed Japan's northern Hokkaido island, triggering public alerts to take cover, before landing in the sea.

The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned North Korea for its actions.

Meeting late on Tuesday in New York, the council called the launch "outrageous", demanding North Korea cease all missile testing.

"Catastrophic" flooding in the US state of Texas is only expected to worsen in coming days as waters rise following a storm of historic proportions.

A record 30in of rain (75cm) has already fallen on the city of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, turning roads into rivers.

But forecasters say the total rainfall could nearly double later this week. More than 3,000 people have been rescued in and around Houston, the fourth-largest city in the US, where about 6.6m people live in the metropolitan area. Helicopters have plucked victims from rooftops.

At least nine people are reported to have died in incidents related to the storm, Texan officials say.

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