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At least 52 people have been
killed in north-eastern
Afghanistan after a huge land-
slide swept through a village.
Nearly 100 homes were
destroyed in Khawahan district,
Badakhshan province, near
Afghanistan s border with
A provincial official told the
BBC that most of those killed
were women and children.
He said the affected area was
not accessible by road due to
heavy snow, seriously hamper-
ing rescue efforts.
The region regularly suffers
landslides when snow begins
to melt in the spring.
Deforestation in the impov-
erished region has also been
blamed for the growing fre-
quency of landslides.
In Thursday night s landslide,
25 women, 22 children and five
men died when 97 houses were
buried, said deputy provincial
governor Gul Mohammad Bei-
About 350 people died in
May last year when a landslide
engulfed an entire village in the
Afghanistan landslide buries remote village, killing 52
Thousands of troops and out-
side police officers have been
deployed to the US city of Bal-
timore, following violent protests
linked to the death of a black
man fatally injured in police cus-
A week-long curfew has been
announced. Schools and many
businesses are closed.
On Monday, hundreds of people
set fires, looted stores and con-
fronted police across the city.
City officials have been criti-
cised for not responding more
US President Barack Obama
said yesterday that the riots have
unfairly overshadowed the peace-
ful protests about police use of
"There is no excuse for the kind
of violence we saw yesterday,"
Obama said. "They are not pro-
testers. They are not making a
statement. They are stealing."
Volunteers and city workers
began cleaning up affected areas
yesterday morning. Smoke still
rose from buildings set alight the
Officials said about 200 people
were arrested and more than 100
cars were set on fire on Monday.
Fifteen buildings were destroyed.
African-American Freddie Gray,
25, died on 19 April after suffering
injuries to his spinal cord and
spending a week in a coma. The
US justice department is inves-
tigating exactly where and when
his spinal injuries were sustained.
Officials have suspended six
police officers who were involved
in the case.
Monday s clashes began hours
after Mr Gray s funeral.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie
Rawlings-Blake said it was very
clear there was a difference
between the "peaceful protests of
those who seek justice" and the
"thugs who want to incite vio-
Eight convicted drug smugglers
have been executed by firing squad in
The executions took place in Besi
prison on the island of Nusakambangan
early on Wednesday morning local time.
However, the execution of a ninth
convict, a woman from the Philippines,
was postponed at the last minute.
Among those killed were Australians
Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
Earlier, the men s families were allowed
to see them for the last time.
Australia had appealed to Indonesia
to delay the executions, citing alleged
flaws in how their case was prosecut-
ed.Those put to death also include
Nigerian nationals, a Brazilian and an
Filipina woman Mary Jane Fiesta
Veloso was also due to be executed,
but this was delayed after a request by
the Philippine president, a spokesman
from the attorney general s office told
The request came after someone sus-
pected of framing Veloso to carry heroin
into Indonesia surrendered to police in
the Philippines, the spokesman went
on.A Frenchman also convicted of drug
offences, Serge Areski Atlaoui, has also
been sentenced to death but has an
appeal outstanding.Earlier, the eight
prisoners were allowed to spend their
final moments with their families.
Relatives of Chan and Sukumaran
were visibly distressed and Sukumaran s
sister collapsed and had to be carried
to the prison.
Australia had urged Indonesia to
delay the execution of its two nationals
until a corruption investigation into
their case was complete.
Chan and Sukumaran, along with
seven other Australians, were arrested
in Bali in 2005 for trying to smuggle
more than 18lb (8.2kg) of heroin from
Indonesia to Australia.
Indonesia has some of the toughest
drug laws in the world and ended a
four-year moratorium on executions
in 2013. (BBC)
Nepal has declared three days of
mourning for the victims of Sat-
urday s earthquake in which more
than 5,000 people are now known
to have died.
Prime Minister Sushil Koirala says
the government is doing all it can
but is overwhelmed by the scale of
Rescuers are still struggling to
bring aid to remote Himalayan areas.
Heavy rain is worsening the plight
of hundreds of thousands of people
camped out in the open.
The UN estimates that eight
million people in 39 districts have
been affected by the 7.8-magnitude
quake---more than a quarter of the
More than 10,000 people have
Among the dead are 18 climbers
who were at Mount Everest base
camp when it was hit by an ava-
lanche triggered by the quake.
In a televised address, Mr Koirala
said: "In memory of the Nepali and
foreign brothers and sisters and elders
and children who have lost their lives
in this devastating earthquake, we
have decided to observe three days
of national mourning from today."
Earlier, he said a lack of equipment
and expert personnel meant the
"appeals for rescues coming in from
everywhere" in many cases could
not be met.
Landslips and aftershocks in
remote mountainous areas around
the epicentre of the quake are ham-
pering rescue and relief teams.
A government spokesman told the
BBC that helicopters had been drop-
ping tents, dry food and medicine
to remote villages but they were yet
to reach many isolated communities.
When helicopters have managed to
land, they are often mobbed by vil-
lagers pleading for food and water,
or to be evacuated.
Nepal PM: We are overwhelmed
Curfew, schools closed
after Baltimore riots
eight drug convicts
Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran wait in a holding cell at a
Denpasar court on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on February 14. Both men
were sentenced to death for drug trafficking. REUTERS PHOTO
A demonstrator jumps on a damaged Baltimore police department vehicle during clashes in Baltimore,
Maryland Monday after violent clashes with young people after the funeral of a black man, Freddie Gray, who
died in police custody, and local law enforcement warned of a threat by gangs. REUTERS PHOTO
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