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Wet weather is set to return

THE weather is set to turn this weekend -- again -- with cooler temperatures and lots of rain.

The so far dismal summer, apart from a couple of days of high temperatures this week, looks like continuing.

A mix of sunshine and showers and less-than-sizzling temperatures are our lot for the weekend.

Met Eireann said today that while this evening and early tonight will be mostly dry, "heavy showers will develop overnight in the northwest, extending southwards towards morning."

Rebel bomb kills soldiers

AN OFFICIAL says suspected Kurdish rebels have detonated a roadside bomb, killing two soldiers in Turkey.

Mustafa Toprak, the governor of Diyarbakir province, said the remotely-controlled bomb was hidden in a culvert on a road in the town of Lice and was detonated as a military vehicle passed by.

Toprak says a soldier and a civilian were also wounded in Friday's explosion.

Kurdish rebels are fighting for autonomy in Turkey's southeast.

16 dead after truck crash

A TRUCK carrying pilgrims returning from a Hindu shrine in the Himalayas has veered off a mountain road and plunged into a gorge in northern India, killing 16 people.

Sixteen other passengers were injured in the accident today in India's Jammu and Kashmir state.

Villagers and police climbed into the gorge to rescue the injured and take them to nearby hospitals.

1.6m will need food assistance

ABOUT 1.6 million Zimbabweans will face hunger and need food assistance this year, 60 percent more people than last year, following a reduced cereal harvest, the World Food Programme said.

This year's crop was 1.08 million metric tons, one-third lower than last year, the Rome-based agency said.

The African country's deteriorating food security was caused by factors including erratic rainfall and planting reductions.