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China: Storm batters Asia

BEIJING — A storm drenched China's southeast on Sunday after killing five people on Taiwan and prompting the evacuation of 1.4 million people on the mainland, officials said. In Vietnam, the death toll from a separate storm rose to 55.

Krosa came ashore as a typhoon in China's Zhejiang and Fujian provinces but weakened and was soon downgraded to a tropical storm, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

It said no deaths or injuries were reported, but the storm wrecked houses and knocked out power in the port city of Wenzhou as torrential rains swept the region.

Cuba: 28 killed in crash

HAVANA — A bus collided with a train in eastern Cuba, killing at least 28 people and injuring another 73, including 15 in critical condition, state media reported Sunday.

Authorities were still investigating the cause of the crash, which occurred around midday Saturday in the province of Granma, about 500 miles east of Havana, according to a statement read on state television.

The Communist Youth newspaper Juventud Rebelde reported that the collision took place at a railroad crossing near a bridge in the small town of Veguita, in Yara municipality.

Egypt: Thousands protest

EL ARISH — Thousands of angry demonstrators destroyed the regional headquarters of Egypt's ruling party, demanding government protection from lawlessness after a downtown shootout between masked Bedouin tribesmen and locals, police and witnesses said.

Dozens were injured in clashes in this northern Sinai Peninsula town when plainclothed police attacked the El Arish demonstrators with batons, tear gas and metal chains, police and witnesses said. At least 40 people were arrested and two police officers injured in the clashes, police said.

France: Painting damaged

PARIS — Intruders, apparently drunk, broke into the Orsay Museum through a back door early Sunday and punched a hole in a renowned work by Impressionist painter Claude Monet, the French culture minister said.

A surveillance camera caught a group of four to five people entering the museum, which houses a major collection of Impressionist art on the Left Bank of the French capital along the Seine River.

An alarm sounded and the group left, but not before damaging an invaluable painting, "Le Pont d'Argenteuil," Culture Minister Christine Albanel said.

"We know there were four or five people, likely four boys and a girl, who entered around midnight to 1 a.m., broke a door that was, perhaps, fragile," Albanel said. "It appears they were drunk. ... Someone punched the magnificent masterpiece by Monet."

No arrests were immediately made and there were no signs the group was armed, Albanel told reporters at a news conference.

Hungary: Rubik's champ

BUDAPEST — A 16-year-old took the top prize at the Rubik's Cube world championship Sunday, solving the puzzle five times in an average of 12.46 seconds.

But the fastest single attempt was a cool 10.88 seconds, just off the world record of 9.86 seconds.

Yu Nakajima of Japan won the main event for twisting the classic 3x3 cube — which has nine colored tiles on each on its six sides — into the winning position, where all like-colored tiles are on the same face.

Andrew Kang of the United States, who came in second for the main event, set the best time for a single attempt at the championship. More than 250 competitors from 33 countries took part in the event.

China: Storm batters Asia

BEIJING — A storm drenched China's southeast on Sunday after killing five people on Taiwan and prompting the evacuation of 1.4 million people on the mainland, officials said. In Vietnam, the death toll from a separate storm rose to 55.

Krosa came ashore as a typhoon in China's Zhejiang and Fujian provinces but weakened and was soon downgraded to a tropical storm, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

It said no deaths or injuries were reported, but the storm wrecked houses and knocked out power in the port city of Wenzhou as torrential rains swept the region.

Cuba: 28 killed in crash

HAVANA — A bus collided with a train in eastern Cuba, killing at least 28 people and injuring another 73, including 15 in critical condition, state media reported Sunday.

Authorities were still investigating the cause of the crash, which occurred around midday Saturday in the province of Granma, about 500 miles east of Havana, according to a statement read on state television.

The Communist Youth newspaper Juventud Rebelde reported that the collision took place at a railroad crossing near a bridge in the small town of Veguita, in Yara municipality.

Egypt: Thousands protest

EL ARISH — Thousands of angry demonstrators destroyed the regional headquarters of Egypt's ruling party, demanding government protection from lawlessness after a downtown shootout between masked Bedouin tribesmen and locals, police and witnesses said.

Dozens were injured in clashes in this northern Sinai Peninsula town when plainclothed police attacked the El Arish demonstrators with batons, tear gas and metal chains, police and witnesses said. At least 40 people were arrested and two police officers injured in the clashes, police said.

France: Painting damaged

PARIS — Intruders, apparently drunk, broke into the Orsay Museum through a back door early Sunday and punched a hole in a renowned work by Impressionist painter Claude Monet, the French culture minister said.

A surveillance camera caught a group of four to five people entering the museum, which houses a major collection of Impressionist art on the Left Bank of the French capital along the Seine River.

An alarm sounded and the group left, but not before damaging an invaluable painting, "Le Pont d'Argenteuil," Culture Minister Christine Albanel said.

"We know there were four or five people, likely four boys and a girl, who entered around midnight to 1 a.m., broke a door that was, perhaps, fragile," Albanel said. "It appears they were drunk. ... Someone punched the magnificent masterpiece by Monet."

No arrests were immediately made and there were no signs the group was armed, Albanel told reporters at a news conference.

Hungary: Rubik's champ

BUDAPEST — A 16-year-old took the top prize at the Rubik's Cube world championship Sunday, solving the puzzle five times in an average of 12.46 seconds.

But the fastest single attempt was a cool 10.88 seconds, just off the world record of 9.86 seconds.

Yu Nakajima of Japan won the main event for twisting the classic 3x3 cube — which has nine colored tiles on each on its six sides — into the winning position, where all like-colored tiles are on the same face.

Andrew Kang of the United States, who came in second for the main event, set the best time for a single attempt at the championship. More than 250 competitors from 33 countries took part in the event.