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In brief: New tsunami terror in Japan

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 hit Japan's northeastern coast today, triggering a tsunami warning.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said it struck south of the magnitude-9.0 quake in March.

The agency issued a tsunami advisory, predicting waves of 20 inches along the coast of Miyagi and Fukushima, where a nuclear plant crippled in the March 11 quake is located. But it was lifted half an hour later.

Television reports had urged residents in coastal areas to head for higher ground.

Three die in festival storm

A storm swept through a music festival, killing at least three people and injuring more than 70 others,.

Ambulances and police cars raced to the Pukkelpop show in Belgium after torrential rain and strong winds ripped up stages.

Half-inch hailstones pelted the crowd at the open-air festival.

"It was frightening. All the structures collapsed," said fan Brinnie Gardner (20). "There was panic. It was crazy."

Hugh and Colin inspire over-50s

Screen rivals Colin Firth and Hugh Grant have been named among the most inspirational figures in their 50s.

The pair -- who came to blows in movie hit Bridget Jones's Diary -- were ranked in second and third places for the list of leading fiftysomethings.

Top place went to Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the worldwide web, according to website High50.com.

Sex And The City actress Kim Cattrall and designer and businesswoman Cath Kidston are also highly-placed.

City covered

by wall of dust

A dust storm moving through central Arizona has temporarily shut down air traffic at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Officials said planes were not being allowed to land or take off until the weather improved. The massive wall of dust blew through the Phoenix area about 6pm yesterday, dramatically reducing visibility and enveloping residents in an eerie rust-coloured glow.

It's the third major dust storm that has hit the Phoenix metropolitan area in the last five weeks.