Typhoons batter Japan

At least 18 people were killed and several were reported missing after the latest in a series of typhoons struck south-western Japan.Tens of thousands of others were forced to flee their homes as Typhoon Meari caused gusts of up to 67mph (108km/h) damaged houses and caused widespread flooding.The town of Miyagawa in the prefecture of Mie was particularly badly hit as landslides destroyed several homes. The record eighth typhoon this year left thousands of homes without power.More than 350 fl