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Friday 18 August 2017

IN BRIEF: Train deaths up to 35 pilgrims

AT LEAST 35 people were killed when a train ran over Hindu pilgrims crossing a railway track in eastern India today.

An angry mob then beat the train driver severely and set fire to the coaches in retaliation, officials said.

The pilgrims were crossing the tracks at the station in Dhamara Ghat, a small town in Bihar state, when they were struck by the Rajya Rani Express train, said Dinesh Chandra Yadav, a local member of parliament. Several other people were injured.

The driver was in a critical condition in hospital.

 

RARE FERRARI SELLS FOR €20M

A rare 1967 Ferrari owned by an orphan-turned-millionaire sold at auction for $27.5m (€20.6m).

The red Ferrari was one of only 10 built, and its single-family ownership increased interest in the sale.

The owner, Eddie Smith, was a former mayor of Lexington, North Carolina. He died in 2007 at age 88.

"This is a bittersweet moment for us," Eddie Smith Jr told a packed crowd on Saturday. "Ferraris came and went, but this one never went, thank God. We enjoyed it as a family for 45 years."

 

PRISON RIOT NOW UNDER CONTROL

Security forces have retaken control of an overcrowded prison in western Indonesia following a night-long riot, and have captured most of the estimated 30 convicts who escaped, authorities said.

The riot erupted at the Labuhan Ruku jail, which was built for around 300 prisoners but houses more than 850, most of them drug traffickers.

Lieutenant Colonel Japerson Sinaga said the riot began when a warden was beaten by inmates who had just been transferred from other prisons.

 

PRICE HAS BOY 8 WEEKS EARLY

Katie Price has given birth to a son called Jett Riviera eight weeks early by emergency Caesarean section, it has been reported.

The model (35), gave birth to a 5lb 2oz boy last week in a foreign hospital after she developed a potentially life-threatening infection.

"Bringing life into the world is supposed to be magical. But what I went through was a nightmare," she said.

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