Indonesia's Jokowi Claims Victory in Presidential Election
Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo has claimed victory in Indonesia's presidential election, after early results suggested he has a slight lead over ex-army General Prabowo Subianto.
Unofficial results from the Wednesday election indicated Widodo, also known as Jokowi, has about a five percent lead over Subianto with more than 80 percent of the votes counted.
Subianto has not conceded defeat, saying it is too early to call the race. The final outcome was not expected to be released for two weeks.
The tightly contested election represents a stark choice for the 190 million eligible voters in Indonesia, the world's third-largest democracy.
Subianto is a wealthy former general and the ex-son-in-law of Indonesia's late dictator Suharto. He has campaigned on a strong nationalist platform. Many fear Subianto could steer the country in a more authoritarian direction, noting allegations of human rights abuses in his military career.
Widodo has more humble roots and campaigned on what is seen as his clean political record. Until a few months ago, the ex-furniture entrepreneur was widely expected to win. But he has lost ground following accusations he is not a Muslim.
Typhoon Neoguri Takes Aim at Japan
Typhoon Neoguri is taking aim at Japan's most populous areas after dumping torrential rains on the southern islands of Okinawa.
Two people were killed and at least 28 injured as the storm moved across Okinawa on Wednesday, leaving 52,000 houses without power.
Though it has weakened, Neoguri is still packing wind gusts of up to 162 kilometers per hour. But the main concern now is the slow-moving storm's heavy rainfall.
Forecasters warn that the island of Kyushu could see at least 300 millimeters of rain in a 24-hour period through mid-day Thursday, when it begins heading towards Tokyo and the city of Osaka, located on the main island of Honshu
Neoguri is posing a particular threat of landslides and floods, since it is hitting Japan at the end of its rainy season.
Japan usually is hit by several typhoons each year, but it is unusual for such a storm to hit as early as July.