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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Storms kill 22 in Afghanistan

Heavy rains and overnight hailstorms killed at least 22 people near Afghanistan's capital, a disaster management official said.

Mohammad Daim Kakar, who coordinates disaster management for Kabul province, said the rains began late Saturday and continued into yesterday morning.

They caused floods that killed at least 20 people in Kabul's Chakardara district just north of the capital, he said, adding that the victims included seven children.

Kakar said another two children died in a flood in the Paghman district west of the capital.

MANDELA IS STILL CRITICAL

The office of the South African president says Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition although his health is gradually improving.

In a statement yesterday, President Jacob Zuma said Mandela is making a "slow but steady improvement".

Zuma thanked South Africans for praying for the 95-year-old former president, who has been hospitalised since June 8 because of a lung infection.

TWO DEAD IN TOUR BUS CRASH

A tour bus drove off of a coastal highway overnight in southern France, leaving two people dead and several injured.

Local official Marie-Paule Bardeche said yesterday that 44 people were on the bus when it went off the road in the Mediterranean town of Fitou, not far from the Spanish border. Nearly everyone sustained an injury, she said, and two people are still in serious condition. One of the dead was a French man, the other a Spanish woman.

MYSTERY OVER NICK BEEF GRAVE

For years, curiosity seekers visiting the Fort Worth, Texas, grave of Lee Harvey Oswald have wondered about the simple headstone next door, marked Nick Beef.

It turns out Nick Beef is alive and living in New York. The New York Times reported that the 56-year-old man who uses that name bought the cemetery plot next to Oswald's in 1975 and had the granite marker placed there in 1997. Mr Beef, born Patric Abedin, now lives in Manhattan.

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