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Saturday 16 December 2017

Torrent of mud kill 26 villagers

Days of torrential rain triggered landslides and flash floods in eastern Indonesia, killing at least 26 people and destroying hundreds of homes.

Residents in Wasior, a village in a hilly corner of West Papua province, combed the mud in search of missing relatives with their bare hands.

"I heard a roar and suddenly the river near my home broke its banks," said a villager.

Water mixed with rocks, mud and logs gushed out. Many people didn't have time to save themselves."

Rescue attempts and aid supplies were hindered as the local airport was caught up in the flash floods.



Problems for new Boeing jet

Boeing said one of its 787 test airplanes suffered maintenance trouble during its first flight and the pilot chose to land the plane early.

The jetliner was flying from Everett's Paine Field yesterday and landed at Seattle's Boeing Field rather than making the longer flight to Moses Lake, Washington state, as scheduled.

Boeing spokeswoman Yvonne Leach said the diversion was only precautionary.

Boeing hopes to deliver the first 787 early next year, more than two years late.



Jailed rapper put in solitary

Rapper Lil Wayne will be going solo for the remainder of his prison sentence.

He was moved into what New York City jail officials call "punitive segregation".

It is his punishment for stashing a charger and headphones for a digital music player in a crisps bag in his cell. The Grammy Award-winning rapper pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.



Wyclef teaches



at university

hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean will become a visiting fellow in a university's Department of Africana Studies.

Rhode Island's Brown University, an Ivy League school, said the Haitian Grammy Award winner will engage in activities related to its Haiti Initiative, including lectures, faculty conversations and classes.

Brown said Jean made his first visit to the campus yesterday and attended two inaugural lectures.

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