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Thursday 2 October 2014

Typhoon death toll rises to 100

The death toll from Typhoon Bopha has climbed to more than 100, while scores of others remained missing in the worst-hit areas of the southern Philippines.

At least 43 people died when torrents of water rampaged down a mountain in New Bataan town in Compostela Valley province and engulfed a school and village hall where people were taking shelter from the storm.

In nearby Davao Oriental province, 51 people died, mostly in floods, while two men perished when fierce wind ripped their boat from its mooring and sank.

Bopha, one of the strongest typhoons to hit the country this year, was expected to blow out towards the South China Sea tomorrow.



Gun battle kills



beauty queen

A Mexican beauty queen killed in a shootout between suspected drug traffickers and soldiers likely fired a gun during the clash, prosecutors say.

Maria Susana Flores Gamez was likely used as a human shield and an automatic rifle had been found near her body in the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa.

Officials said that tests indicate there was gunpowder residue on her hands. Authorities are still investigating if she shot at soldiers.



Soldiers perish in suicide blast

A pair of suicide bombers rammed their truck filled with explosives into the gate of an army camp in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border, killing three soldiers.

Today's attack in Wana, the main town in the South Waziristan tribal area, also wounded eight soldiers..

South Waziristan was the main sanctuary for the Pakistani Taliban before the army launched a large ground offensive in 2009.



World's oldest



person dies, 116

The US woman who was listed as the world's oldest person has died in a Georgia nursing home at age 116.

Besse Cooper died peacefully yesterday afternoon in Monroe, following a stomach virus.

Her son Sidney Cooper. said his mother had had her hair set and watched a Christmas video in the hours before her death.

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