Yasuo Fukuda, Japan's unpopular prime minister, resigned after less than a year in office Monday. He suffered from persistently low approval ratings while presiding over a parliament split between the ruling party and the opposition. By stepping down, Fukuda, whose father also served as prime minister, said he hoped to avoid a "vacuum" just days after unveiling $18 billion in spending to share up a flagging economy.
An earthquake that hit southwestern China Saturday killed 32 people near a mountainous border area between Yunnan and Sichuan provinces that is still reeling from the May 12 quake that killed at least 70,000 people. The quake magnitude was said to measure between 5.7 and 6.1, depending on the source, and damaged more than 250,000 homes.
Winds of 150 m.p.h. left a swath of devastation across Cuba's western province of Pinar del Rio and the Isle of Youth, but no deaths were reported Sunday from hurricane Gustav after it earlier killed 86 people in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica. Hurricane deaths are rare in Cuba, where evacuations are well organized.