Filipinos clear debris outside their damaged houses after strong winds and rain brought by Typhoon Rammasun at a fishing village in Paranaque city, South of Manila, Philippines, 19 July 2014.
Filipinos clear debris outside their damaged houses after strong winds and rain brought by Typhoon Rammasun at a fishing village in Paranaque city, South of Manila, Philippines, 19 July 2014. EPA - Ritchie B. Tongo

Typhoons, Burlusconi and Bombings

AT LEAST 100 people may have died after Typhoon Rammasun struck The Philippines last week, as the nation struggles to resurrect power lines.

The Indian Express reported 94 people were confirmed dead and at least six were missing on Sunday as a second storm, named Matmo, slowed recovery efforts on the weekend.

An Italian appeals court acquitted former Premier Silvio Berlusconi in a sex-for-hire case. The court's decision Friday also throws out his seven-year-prison sentence and lifetime ban on holding political office that were given to him by a lower court when it convicted him last year.
An Italian appeals court acquitted former Premier Silvio Berlusconi in a sex-for-hire case. The court's decision Friday also throws out his seven-year-prison sentence and lifetime ban on holding political office that were given to him by a lower court when it convicted him last year. AP Photo - Luca Bruno

FORMER Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's conviction over underage sex was overturned on the weekend by an appeals court in Milan.

The conviction and an associated seven-year jail term was overturned on Saturday, after Berlusconi filed an appeal. Reasons for the decision were not released at the time.

 Iraqis at the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Jihad district, Iraq, 19 July 2014. At least 22 people were killed and 74 wounded Saturday in five car bombings that hit several parts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, police said.
Iraqis at the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Jihad district, Iraq, 19 July 2014. At least 22 people were killed and 74 wounded Saturday in five car bombings that hit several parts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, police said. EPA - Stringer

ANOTHER series of bombings in Baghdad claimed 27 more lives on Saturday, in what was described as the deadliest day in the Iraq capital in weeks.

The Reuters agency reported the deaths including five car bombings across Baghdad in mostly Shiite Muslim areas, after Sunni insurgents last month overtook many parts of the nation's north.

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A 62-year-old man has been charged over hoax bomb threats to Brisbane and Sydney airports over the weekend.

The Inala man was charged after using a public telephone at Mermaid Waters to make the empty threats on Saturday.

He has been charged with two counts of using a carriage service for a hoax threat, and is due in court on Monday.

Fight over a hat turns into GBH and Assault

A FIGHT over a hat at a pub in Woolloomooloo has resulted in one man in hospital and another facing charges of grievous bodily harm over the weekend.

Police were called to the Bourke St hotel on Saturday night after a man tried pulled on another man's cap, before the "cap owner" punched him.

That man fell to the ground, causing injuries when he hit the back of his head on the ground possibly fracturing his skull.

The alleged perpetrator has been charged with GBH and assault occasioning bodily harm.



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