At least 25 people have died and 15 others are missing after one of the most powerful typhoons in decades struck wide areas of Japan’s main island on Saturday night. Hagibis, which means “speed” in the Philippine language Tagalog, forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights and affected shinkansen bullet train services, the Japanese state broadcaster NHK said, reporting that more than 100 people had been injured.
The United States said on Sunday it will withdraw its remaining 1,000 troops from northern Syria in the face of an expanding Turkish offensive while Syria’s army struck a deal with Kurdish forces to redeploy along its border with Turkey, both major victories for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The developments illustrate Washington’s waning influence over events in Syria.
The family of a black woman killed in her own home by a white police officer have accused the officer of murder. Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was killed in her home in Fort Worth, Texas. A neighbour had called police on a non-emergency line when they saw her front door was open. Fort Worth Police said officers saw someone near a window and one of them drew his duty weapon after “perceiving a threat”.
Poland’s governing Law and Justice party (PiS) has claimed victory in Sunday’s general election. With most results in, the conservative nationalist party has more than 40% of the vote, enough to boost its majority in the lower house of parliament. PiS has been at loggerheads with the EU over reforms to Poland’s judiciary and has also been criticized over its position on gay rights.
Winning her 24th and 25th world championship medals in beam and floor Sunday put the United States gymnast top of the all-time medal charts for the championships. Biles won five gold medals this week. Biles hasn’t confirmed whether she’ll continue to compete after next year’s Olympics, so this week may have been her last at the world championships.