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Death toll reaches 19 in bridge collapse
KATMANDU, Nepal
Rescuers in rubber rafts found two more bodies yesterday after the collapse of a suspension bridge in west Nepal, taking the death toll to 19, police said.
The bodies of a boy and a woman were picked up from the bank of the icy Bheri river near the village of Chhinchu, 320 kilometers west of Katmandu.
"We have complaints of at least 15 other people still missing after the disaster," said Madhav Rijal, a police officer from Surkhet, the biggest city in the region. "The search is still continuing for them."
Eight found murdered
BEIJING, China
Eight people, including a 10-year-old boy, have been found stabbed to death in a factory in central China, in a possible violent robbery, state press reported yesterday.
An employee discovered the bodies early Thursday after arriving for work at the lime kiln factory in a village in Hubei province, the Yangtze River Commercial News reported.
The killings are believed to have occurred on Wednesday evening, it said.
China graft sentence
BEIJING, China
A former vice governor in China has been given a suspended death sentence for accepting bribes worth more than US$1 million, state media reported yesterday.
In the latest in a string of such corruption cases, Xinhua News Agency said He Minxu, former vice governor of Anhui province, has been given the sentence by the Intermediate People's Court of Linyi city.
The suspended sentence means the death sentence will be commuted to life imprisonment if He shows good behavior for the next two years.
In China, it is common for people charged with serious economic crimes like corruption to get the death penalty.
Stuck up a chimney
SYDNEY, Australia
It wasn't Santa Claus but a would-be burglar that rescue workers found stuck up a chimney in central Australia yesterday.
Staff at the Gapview Hotel in Alice Springs heard a man groaning when they arrived for work in the hotel bar, and called the fire department.
The man had been stuck inside the chimney for about 10 hours with his knees jammed tightly into his chest, said local fire station officer Mark James. "He was like a grub in a cocoon when we found him," James said. "He was really wedged in there."
Firefighters and ambulance officers spent 90 minutes trying to free the man before finally removing part of the chimney with jackhammers.
The man's identity was not immediately released, and it was not clear if he would be charged with any offense.
Bangladesh bird flu
DHAKA, Bangladesh
Nearly 2,000 chickens have been culled in a village in northern Bangladesh after the H5N1 bird flu virus has detected at a poultry farm, officials said yesterday.
The latest infection was detected in Dinajpur district, 420 kilometers from the capital Dhaka, a senior official of Fisheries and Livestock Ministry said.
Bird flu was first detected near the capital in March and has since spread mainly to northern districts and forced authorities to cull about 275,000 chickens and destroy nearly 3 million eggs.


Updated : 2020-12-05 20:27 GMT+08:00