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Erupting Japan volcano leaves seven unconscious, 250 stranded TOKYO: A Japanese volcano erupted on Saturday, spewing ash and small rocks into the air and leaving seven people unconscious, eight seriously injured and more than 250 stranded on the mountain, officials and media said.A thick, rolling, grey cloud of ash rose into the sky above Mount Ontake close to where TV footage showed hikers taking pictures. Trekkers and residents were warned of falling rock and ash within a radius of four km (two and a half miles)."It was like thunder," a woman told broadcaster NHK of the first eruption at the volcano in seven years. "I heard boom, boom, then everything went dark."The Meteorological Agency said the volcano, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures 200 km (125 miles) west of Tokyo, erupted just before midday and sent ash pouring down the mountain's south slope for more than three km (two miles).There was no sign of lava from the TV ...

White tiger kills schoolboy in New Delhi zoo NEW DELHI: A white tiger mauled to death a school student in a New Delhi zoo on Tuesday, an official and a witness said.Television channels broadcast closed-circuit footage of the frightened boy inside the tiger's enclosure in the zoo that houses six white tigers, along with lions and panthers."We are all in a complete state of shock," said Amitabh Agnihotri, the director of the National Zoological Park in the Indian capital, adding that the body ...
Tibetan man self-immolates in China: reports BEIJING: A Tibetan man has burned himself to death in northwest China, overseas media and a campaign group reported on Monday, the latest in a string of self-immolation protests in recent years against Beijing's control.Student Lhamo Tashi died after setting himself on fire in front of a police station in Hezuo county, a Tibetan-populated area of Gansu province, the Britain-based Free Tibet group said, citing locals.At least 130 Tibetans have set themselves alight in China ...
Indian finance minister back in hospital for check-up NEW DELHI: Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has returned to hospital for a check-up after an operation to treat his diabetes, his doctor said on Monday, adding that the minister was doing well and should leave soon.Jaitley had to skip a meeting of finance ministers from the Group of 20 nations in Australia last weekend after gastric bypass surgery to treat weight gain he has suffered because of a long-standing diabetic condition.The 61-year-old lawyer, who ...
India court sends 13 men to jail over gang-rape of tribal woman KOLKATA: An Indian court on Saturday sentenced 13 people, including a village headman, to 20 years in jail for gang-raping a tribal woman as a punishment for "dishonouring" her community.The 20-year-old woman was gang-raped on orders from tribal village elders who objected to her relationship with a man from a different community.The attack took place in January in a remote village in eastern West Bengal state, where the unmarried woman from the Santhal group, one ...
Lizard in food sends 300 school children in India to hospital NEW DELHI: About 300 pupils at an Indian school were rushed to a hospital after consuming government-provided lunches, evoking memories of 23 children who died last year after eating food from the same welfare scheme.A dead lizard was found in one of the seven food containers provided under India's midday meal scheme at a government school in southern city of Bangalore, a teacher told Reuters.That led to a panic situation as food had already been ...
France drops case against Iranian dissidents after 11-year probe PARIS: Prosecuting judges in Paris on Wednesday dropped all charges of money laundering and fraud against nine people close to an exiled Iranian opposition group more than 10 years after they were arrested on terrorism charges. The five women and four men were among 167 sympathisers of the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI) who were rounded up in 2003 during a police raid on the ouskirts of Paris for questionning over possible links to ...

 



 
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