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Around 100 people feared buried in China landslide

1 hour 32 min ago

Chinese authorities launched a frantic search for around 100 people feared buried after a landslide smashed through a mountain village in southwest Sichuan province on Saturday, local authorities said. "There are several tonnes of rock," local police captain Chen Tiebo told the state broadcaster CCTV. Chen said the heavy rains that hit the region in recent days had triggered the landslide.


Around 100 people feared buried in China landslide: authorities

1 hour 33 min ago

Around 100 people are feared buried after a landslide smashed through their village in southwest China's Sichuan Province early Saturday, local officials said, as they launched an emergency rescue operation. Landslides are a frequent danger in rural and mountainous parts of China, particularly at times of heavy rains.


In Argentina, music cures the soul

1 hour 42 min ago

Picture a hospital: the bustle of harried doctors and nurses, time dragging for lonely patients, and the pervasive sadness of a place for the sick and dying. "It touches me to see how this affects the patients.


Colombia ELN rebels still holding Dutch journalists

2 hours 12 min ago

Colombia's ELN rebel force said on Friday it had made an "error" earlier in the day when it announced the release of two Dutch journalists kidnapped in the country's north four days ago. The pair remain "in perfect condition," the rebel group's radio station ELN Ranpal said on Twitter about the case, that was the latest in a series of incidents which officials feared could disrupt peace talks the National Liberation Army (ELN) is holding with the Colombian government. "We apologize and reiterate that the two foreigners are in perfect condition and in a short time there will be a positive outcome." "The error was that Ranpal had received a report and did not corroborate it through internal channels." The ELN had announced at midday Friday that Derk Johannes Bolt, 62, and his cameraman Eugenio Ernest Marie Follender, 58, had been freed.


CIA knew in August that Putin sought to boost Trump: report

2 hours 30 min ago

The CIA had top-level intelligence last August that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an operation to help Donald Trump win the US presidential race, the Washington Post reported on Friday. The intelligence shocked the White House and put US security chiefs on a top-secret crisis footing to figure out how to react. After Trump's shock victory, there were strong regrets among administration officials that they had shied from tough action.


CNN uses sketch artist at no-camera White House briefing

2 hours 42 min ago

US media went back to the past on Friday to cover the daily White House press briefing, after President Donald Trump's administration banned cameras from the event. Cable news channel CNN sent sketch artist Bill Hennessy to the famous West Wing press room, a change from the American courtrooms where he normally works. Instead of broadcasting the briefing live, CNN carried only audio of White House spokesman Sean Spicer's session with journalists.


Five London towers evacuated over fire safety fears

3 hours 3 min ago

Residents of 800 London flats were hurriedly evacuated Saturday due to fire safety fears over their tower blocks' external cladding, after urgent testing prompted by the deadly Grenfell Tower inferno. The cladding on the five Chalcots Estate towers is similar to that used on Grenfell, widely blamed for the rapid spread of the massive blaze last week that is presumed to have killed 79 people. The dramatic decision follows urgent testing of the towers' exteriors, which were installed by the same contractor as the Grenfell Tower.


NHL Devils take Swiss forward Hischier first overall

3 hours 12 min ago

The New Jersey Devils chose Nico Hischier with their top pick in the NHL entry draft on Friday, making the slick centre the first Swiss player to be taken first overall in the annual selection of top prospects. Pre-draft hype had focused on Hischier and 18-year-old Canadian Nolan Patrick, with no consensus on who would be the top pick. Patrick was quickly taken second by the Philadelphia Flyers as the first round got under way at the United Center arena in Chicago.


Stunned residents turfed out of London towers in the night

5 hours 9 min ago

Baffled and bewildered, residents of five London tower blocks were dragging their belongings through the dark streets early Saturday, having been told to pack their bags and get out due to fire safety concerns. What difference would another night have made?" asked Melanie Tham as she evacuated her home on the Chalcots Estate in north London following a snap decision by the Camden Council local authority, a few hours before midnight Friday. The cladding on the Grenfell Tower, visible three miles (five kilometres) away across London, is widely blamed for spreading the fire that so quickly engulfed the block last week, leaving 79 people presumed dead.


Qatar receives list of demands as Gulf crisis worsens

6 hours 1 min ago

Qatar on Saturday confirmed it had received a 13-point list of demands from Saudi-led allies in a major escalation of the ongoing diplomatic crisis in the Gulf. The list -- which apparently includes a call for Qatar to close down broadcaster Al-Jazeera -- are the demands that Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt want met to end a diplomatic and trade "blockade" of Qatar, lasting almost three weeks. Doha has been told that it faces "divorce" from its Gulf neighbours unless it takes their demands seriously.


Helmut Kohl's son calls funeral plans 'unworthy' of legacy

6 hours 43 min ago

The elder son of Germany's legendary chancellor Helmut Kohl, who died last week, called on Friday the plans for his father's funeral "unworthy" of a man considered the father of German reunification, further enflaming a family feud with his stepmother. "I find the latest developments not worthy of my father, nor of Germany and Europe," said Walter Kohl, 53, who with his brother Peter are from Kohl's first marriage. In an interview on the weekly Die Zeit website, Walter Kohl criticised the lack of national funeral services, which were refused by his stepmother Maike Kohl-Richter.


Suicide bomber targeting Mecca hurts six: Saudi police

6 hours 59 min ago

Six foreign pilgrims were hurt on Friday in Saudi Arabia when a suicide bomber targeting Islam's holiest site of Mecca blew himself up, the Interior Ministry said. Ministry spokesman General Mansour al-Turki told Saudi television that police "foiled the terrorist plan that targeted the security of the Grand Mosque, pilgrims and worshippers." In dawn raids on Mecca and the Red Sea city of Jeddah officers arrested five suspects, including a woman, before surrounding the bomber's location around the Grand Mosque.


Roy's bizarre exit turns 2nd T20 South Africa's way

7 hours 27 min ago

Jason Roy's bizarre dismissal turned the second Twenty20 international's South Africa's way as the Proteas won by just three runs at Taunton on Friday. The narrow victory at Somerset's headquarters saw South Africa level the three-match series at 1-1 as bounced back from a nine-wicket defeat by England at Southampton two days earlier to set-up a winner-takes-all clash in Cardiff on Sunday. England were on course for an unbeatable 2-0 lead while Roy (67) and Jonny Bairstow (47) shared a second-wicket stand of 110.


Johnny Depp apologizes for Trump assassination joke

7 hours 31 min ago

Johnny Depp apologized Friday for joking about President Donald Trump being assassinated, as his remarks to a music festival audience triggered an angry backlash. The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star made the off-color comments late Thursday at the Glastonbury Festival in southwest England, telling the crowd it had "been a while" since an actor had assassinated a president. The remarks drew a stern response from the White House, as Depp said he had intended no malice.


Charlie Sheen sued by ex for exposure to HIV - report

9 hours 11 min ago

The former TV sitcom star is reportedly in legal trouble once more.


More than 50 people killed in multiple Pakistan attacks

9 hours 42 min ago

Multiple blasts and a gun attack killed more than 50 people and wounded at least 170 in three Pakistani cities on the last Friday of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, as officials warned the toll could rise. Authorities said 37 people were killed and more than 150 wounded when twin blasts tore through a market in Parachinar, capital of Kurram district, a mainly Shiite area of Pakistan's tribal belt. Local official Nasrullah Khan told AFP that the first blast detonated as the market was crowded with shoppers preparing for the Eid ul-Fitr festival marking the end of Ramadan.


Former champs Cilic, Dimitrov into Queen's semi-finals

9 hours 45 min ago

Marin Cilic faces a Queen's Club semi-final showdown with Gilles Muller, while Feliciano Lopez eyes revenge against Grigor Dimitrov in the other last four clash at the Wimbledon warm-up event. Having lifted the Queen's trophy in 2012, Cilic fancies his chances of adding a second title as the highest ranked player left in the draw following the shock exits of Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic. The world number seven has yet to drop a set in three matches en route to his fourth Queen's semi-final appearance.


Eight-time champion Federer eases into 13th Halle semi-final

10 hours 10 min ago

Roger Federer eased closer to a ninth title at the Halle grass court tournament on Friday when he demolished defending champion Florian Mayer of Germany 6-3, 6-4 in the quarter-finals. The world number five, building up to an assault on an eighth Wimbledon title in July, will next face Karen Khachanov, who defeated fellow Russian Andrey Rublev 7-6 (10/8), 4-6, 6-3 in his last-eight clash. Federer, 35, has yet to drop a set after three matches in Halle this week while his win on Friday took his head-to-head record against Mayer to 8-0, with five of those wins coming on grass.


Police mull manslaughter charges over London blaze

11 hours 29 min ago

Manslaughter charges could be filed over London's deadly tower blaze, police said Friday after finding that exterior cladding on the building had failed safety tests and that the fire started with a faulty fridge. The government ordered immediate checks on the Hotpoint FF175BP fridge freezer model blamed for the June 14 blaze in west London, which left 79 people presumed dead. Hotpoint-branded fridge freezers were manufactured by Indesit between 2006 and 2009, before Indesit was bought by current owner Whirlpool.


Verstappen completes double, crashes, stays 'positive'

12 hours 3 min ago

Max Verstappen delivered a practice double and a dramatic crash on Friday and then declared it as his and Red Bull’s ‘most positive’ day of the year. The 19-year-old Dutchman dominated the action in both sessions ahead of this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix before he ended up hitting the wall in the final minutes of the afternoon’s action. “Definitely the most positive Friday of the year so far," said Verstappen.