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more than 40 people dead after a bus crashes into a canal in India


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Rescuers from the State Disaster Response Force and other workers recovered 45 bodies after a bus veered off a bridge and fell into a canal in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Choudhary says six people were rescued.




Plane skids off runway in India; 16 killed, dozens hurt

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NEW DELHI (AP) — A special flight carrying evacuees to India who had been stranded abroad because of the coronavirus skidded off a runway and split in two while landing Friday in heavy rain in the southern state of Kerala, killing at least 16 passengers and injuring 123 more, police said.

Abdul Karim, a senior Kerala state police officer, said the dead included one of the pilots of the Air India Express flight. He said at least 15 of the injured were in critical condition, and that rescue operations were over.

The two-year-old Boeing 737-800 flew from Dubai to Kozhikode, also called Calicut, in Kerala, India’s southernmost state, the airline said.

A similar tragedy to Friday’s was narrowly avoided at the same airport a year ago, when an Air India Express flight suffered a tail strike upon landing. None of the 180 passengers of that flight were injured.

Kozhikode’s 2,850-meter (9,350-foot) runway is on a flat hilltop with deep gorges on either side ending in a 34-meter (112-foot) drop.

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A 5-story hotel used for coronavirus quarantine collapsed in China. People are demanding an investigation.

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Tim O’Donnell, The WeekMarch 7, 2020

While new cases appear to be slowing in China, the country is still reeling from fallout and criticism over its response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

That was on full display Saturday when a five-story hotel in Quanzhou, China, used to quarantine people potentially exposed to COVID-19 after traveling to the epicenter, Hubei province, collapsed Saturday, reportedly trapping around 70 people. It is not clear if anyone has died, but Reuters reports 34 people have been rescued in the hours after the hotel collapsed.

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Hong Kong airport struggles to reopen amid flight cancellations

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Hong Kong’s airport struggled to reopen on Tuesday with more than 300 flights cancelled, a day after a pro-democracy protest brought the air transport hub to a complete standstill.

The city’s leader Carrie Lam denounced the demonstrations saying that “lawbreaking activites in the name of freedom” were damaging the rule of law, and that the Asian financial hub’s recovery from anti-government protests could take a long time.

On Tuesday morning, stranded passengers were seen lining up to catch their delayed flights, as airport authorities announced that it will implement rescheduling while blaming demonstrators for the disruption at one of the world’s busiest airports.

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Hong Kong prepares for transport nightmare and massive flight cancellations as citywide strike against extradition bill crisis targets MTR, airport and roads


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Hong Kong is preparing for massive flight cancellations, commuter chaos, traffic jams and service disruptions on Monday when the largest citywide strike in decades takes aim at public transport networks and crucial industries to protest against the government’s extradition bill fiasco.

The airport is expected to reduce flight operations to just one runway from two. Based on estimates, this could mean half of flights on Cathay Pacific Airways, the city’s flag carrier, could be affected, in the most direct blow to travellers, as concerns about the near nine-week anti-government protests gain international attention.

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Death toll in floods in Indonesia’s Papua rises to nearly 80

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – Authorities in Indonesia raised the death toll from floods and landslides in the easternmost province of Papua to nearly 80 on Monday as President Joko Widodo called for the urgent evacuation of victims from devastated communities.

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More than 1,500 live turtles found duct-taped and stuffed in suitcases


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Customs NAIA continues to stop illegal wildlife smugglingCUSTOMS NAIA APPREHENDS PHP4.5 MILLION WORTH OF 1,529 LIVE…

Posted by Bureau of Customs NAIA on Sunday, March 3, 2019

The 1,529 exotic turtles were worth an estimated 4.5 million Philippine pesos on the black market — that’s about $86,750 U.S. dollars, says a Filipino passenger smuggled the turtles on a flight from Hong Kong. “The passenger may have been informed of the vigilance of Bureau of Customs against illegal wildlife trade and its penalties, thus leaving the four (4) X-Rayed luggage unclaimed in the arrival area,” the bureau wrote on Facebook. 

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Travel bloggers slammed for ‘irresponsible’ kiss photo taken while they’re hanging out of a moving train


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But one social media influencer demonstrated her commitment to the ‘gram by risking her life.

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Pilot killed when 2 jets collide at India air show


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A pilot was killed when two Indian Air Force jets collided mid-air and crashed in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru during rehearsals for an aero show. (Feb. 19) A pilot was killed when two Indian Air Force jets collided mid-air and crashed in the southern city of Bengaluru during rehearsals for an aero show. (Feb. 19)

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