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World news briefs - August 5



Nepal landslide toll climbs to 34 as many still missing

Kathmandu: Rescuers yesterday discovered 25 more bodies buried under tonnes of mud following a massive landslide in Nepal feared to have killed at least 160 people.

Thirty-four corpses have been pulled from the landslide that crushed hamlets along a river in Sindhupalchok district before dawn on Saturday following monsoon rains, an official said.

"The death toll has now reached 34. That includes 18 women, seven men, seven children and two bodies we have not been able to identify," regional police chief Subodh Ghimire.

"We expect to find many more bodies," said Ghimire from badly hit Jure village. 

Russia in bid to bring back 16,000 stranded tourists

Moscow: Russia was striving to bring back nearly 16,000 tourists stranded abroad after the latest in a string of travel companies failed amid strains over the crisis in Ukraine, tourism officials said yesterday.

The Labirint company announced Saturday it had halted operations, leaving 27,000 Russians "abroad without return tickets," the Tourhelp service of Russian foreign tour agencies said yesterday.

Officials said that after making emergency arrangements they had been able to bring a third home, cutting the number stuck abroad to just under 16,000.


French fighter jet crashes, pilots safe

Paris: A French Mirage fighter jet crashed in an uninhabited area during a training exercise yesterday but the two pilots ejected safely, the air force said. The incident follows another crash of a Mirage 2000 during a training exercise in May.

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