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Man pulled from earthquake rubble in southern Taiwan

Rescue personnel search the rubble of a 17-storey apartment building that collapsed after an earthquake in southern Taiwan. Credit: Reuters

Another person has been pulled from rubble in southern Taiwan, over two days after a devastating earthquake hit the region.

Television reports in Taiwan report that the survivor is a man called Li Tsung-tian.

The official death toll from the 6.4 magnitude quake is at least 34, the Reuters news agency reports.


MPs to quiz Transport Secretary over airport decision delay

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Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will be grilled by MPs over the Government's delay in making a final decision over airport expansion in the south east of England.

He will appear before the Commons' transport select committee after announcing in December that further analysis of the environmental impacts was needed before increased capacity at Heathrow or Gatwick could be given the go ahead.

The Davies Commission recommended last July that a third runway should be built at Heathrow, at a cost of £18.6 billion.

Other shortlisted options are extension of the existing northern runway at Heathrow - costing £13.5 billion - or building a second runway at Gatwick, which would cost £9.3 billion.


Woman found alive 48 hours after building collapse

Rescue workers stand in front of a 17-storey apartment building which collapsed after the earthquake in Tainan. Credit: Reuters

Rescue workers have pulled a woman out alive from the rubble of a building which collapsed in a powerful earthquake in Tainan, southern Taiwan, more than 48 hours before.

The death toll from the quake, which struck early on Saturday at the start of the Lunar New Year holiday, rose to at least 34 earlier on Monday.

Over 100 people are still missing, according to the Reuters news agency.

Japan calls for stronger sanctions after North Korea rocket test

Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has called for stronger sanctions to be placed on North Korean after the isolated nation launched a long-range rocket at the weekend.

The United Nations has condemned the launch at an emergency meeting and vowed to take "significant measures" in response to the violation of UN resolutions.

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