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Frontier soldiers run as a storm surge hits the coastline under the influence of Typhoon Fitow in Wenling, Zhejiang province

Two dead as Typhoon Fitow hits China with strong winds and rain

Two have died amid blackouts, cancelled flights and suspended train services

Samsung posts record sales; HTC first losses

Contrasting fortunes of Asian smartphone-makers indicates that success depends on wide product range

In Hangzhou, just south of Shanghai, the typhoon brought huge tidal waves on the Qiantang river

Typhoon Usagi hits China: Death toll rises to 33

Storm changes course, avoiding  Hong Kong but wreaking havoc in China’s Guangdong province

Super Typhoon Usagi heads to Hong Kong

A powerful typhoon has swept through the Luzon Strait separating the Philippines and Taiwan today, as heavy winds and rain continued to batter island communities and the storm headed straight for Hong Kong.

Hong Kong braced for 'strongest storm on earth' as 180mph monster Super-Typhoon Usagi gains strength over the Pacific

The storm is set to roar between the Philippines and Taiwan before hammering the southern Chinese coast

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Open Jaw: Where readers write back

Slice of the city: Algiers

I visited Algiers and found it a very strange place. Horribly expensive hotels and absolutely nothing to do in the evening (though I see from your article that the local authorities are trying to address the situation) and huge numbers of police with guns milling about at seemingly random checkpoints. Not that they were at all threatening to me, but they did seem to be overly worried for my wellbeing. I'd agree the place shows a lot of promise, but it wasn't quite as idyllic as you pointed out. I'll give it five years and then return to see how things have changed.

Paul

Satyajit Das: Japan's tactics look too aggressive and doomed to fail

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Thomas Bach elected new IOC president - succeeding Jacques Rogge

The German had been expected to win today's election

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HTC executives held over ‘stolen secrets’

Three executives at the phone maker HTC have been arrested on suspicion of leaking trade secrets, sending shares in the Taiwanese smartphone specialist plunging.

HTC design executives detained for stealing trade secrets

Senior figures in the company planned to use stolen information to set up a new smartphone manufacturer in mainland China

Is this the luckiest driver in the world? Huge boulder just misses car in Taiwan landslide

The boulder, which was several times the size of the car, stops just short of crushing the vehicle

Portugal's Ria Formosa: Spot the exotic visitors as they fly in

Birds and planes are major features of the Ria Formosa. Sophie Lam takes to the water to explore this extraordinary lagoon

Nikhil Kumar: At last, Apple could be ready to start doing business the Chinese way

Apple’s share of the smartphone market in China is less than 5 per cent

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