Changes - Five ways Brexit will transform the EU
BRUSSELS Leaving the European Union, to be triggered by Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday, may transform Britain but it will also change the EU. Here's how:
TOKYO The following is a list of the likely impact of and response to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that rocked the northeast coast of Japan on Friday, and subsequent crisis at nuclear power plants.
* The death toll is expected to exceed 10,000, with northeastern prefectures of Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima most severely hit. At least 6,539 people were confirmed dead, exceeding 6,434 who died after the Kobe earthquake in 1995. But 10,354 people are still missing, National Police Agency of Japan says on Friday.
NUMBER OF PEOPLE EVACUATED
* More than 410,000 people in 12 prefectures have been evacuated and are staying at shelters, Mainichi news paper reports on Friday. Hundreds of people are waiting for help in isolated areas and have no access to food.
NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY, WATER
* Nearly 320,000 households in the north are without electricity in near-freezing weather as of Friday afternoon, Tohuku Electric Power Co. says.
NUMBER OF BUILDINGS DAMAGED
* At least 87,772 buildings have been damaged, National Police Agency of Japan says on Friday.
IMPACT ON ECONOMY
-- Citigroup expects 5-10 trillion yen in damage to housing and infrastructure, while Barclays Capital estimates economic losses of 15 trillion yen (113 billion pounds) or 3 percent of Japan's GDP.
UBS expects Japan's economy to grow 1.4 percent this year, compared with its previous forecast of 1.5 percent expansion. But it upgraded its growth forecast for 2012 to 2.5 percent, up from the previous estimate of 2.1 percent.
- Goldman Sachs expects total economic losses is likely to hit 16 trillion yen, while it expects real GDP to decline by 0.5-2 percent in the second quarter.
NUMBER OF COUNTRIES OFFERING AID
* According to Japanese foreign ministry, 117 countries and 29 international organisations have offered assistance. By Thursday, teams from 14 countries/regions have arrived to help, though some have already left. A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived on Friday.
(Compiled by Yoko Nishikawa; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)
JOHANNESBURG/PRETORIA Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan flew back into South Africa on Tuesday, obeying an abrupt recall from President Jacob Zuma, and said "let's wait and see" when asked about reports that he was about to be sacked.