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CARACAS---While its real currency
doesn't have much heft, Venezuela can at
least boast of having the world's heaviest
coin---though it's made of chocolate.
More than 80 chocolatiers got together
to create a replica of a one-bolivar coin
from 2,200 pounds of chocolate at an
exposition promoting Venezuela's cacao
industry. Organisers said yesterday it won
Guinness Book of Records certification as
the biggest chocolate coin ever, surpassing
the previous mark of 1,450 pounds set in
Italy in 2012.
The Venezuelan coin is nearly eight feet
across and almost eight inches thick.
GUATEMALA CITY---A rain-sodden
hillside collapsed on a neighbourhood on
the outskirts of Guatemala's capital and
rescue workers said yesterday they have
found at least seven people dead and are
searching for more bodies.
Julio Sanchez, the spokesman for the
nation's volunteer firefighters, said the
bodies had been pulled from the muck and
taken to an improvised morgue, where
weeping relatives identified their loved
David de Leon, the spokesman for the
national disaster prevention agency, said a
hillside collapsed on the homes late
Thursday after heavy rains. (AP)
Inflation-wracked Venezuela makes largest edible coin At least 7 dead in Guatemala mudslide
The US Coast Guard said yesterday it was
searching for a 224-metre cargo ship with 33
crew aboard reported to be caught in powerful
Hurricane Joaquin near Crooked Island,
The container ship El Faro was en route to San
Juan, Puerto Rico from Jacksonville, Florida when
the Coast Guard received a satellite notification
that the ship had lost propulsion and was listing
The Coast Guard has dispatched a search and
rescue aircraft from Clearwater, Florida and was
seeking to contact the ship.
Slow-moving Hurricane Joaquin pounded the
Bahamas for a second day with powerful winds
and waves yesterday but it was not expected to
be a major threat to the US East Coast, the US
National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
A westerly shift in the forecast track of Joaquin
spared the Carolinas, New York and New Jersey,
where Sandy killed more than 120 people and
caused $US70 billion of property damage in Octo-
Forecasters said Hurricane Joaquin could grow
more intense while following a path that would
near the US East Coast by the weekend.
Despite the more favourable outlook, the NHC
said Joaquin could still cause flooding from South
Carolina to New England.
There were no immediate reports of deaths or
injuries from the Bahamas but photos posted on
social media on Aklins and Long Island showed
major flooding with roads under water and waves
washing against the walls of houses.
Schools and business were closed on several
islands as residents prepared for the storm.---Syd-
ney Morning Herald
Yesterday, Friday, October
2, marked the 146th birth
anniversary of Mohandas
School children in the south-
ern Indian city of Bangalore
have created a world record for
"the largest gathering of people
dressed as Mohandas Gandhi."
The 4,605 children between
the ages of six and 14 dressed
in traditional white dhotis---
long loin cloths---came dressed
in spectacles, fake moustaches
and skull caps and carried bam-
They assembled for four
hours at Bangalore s Kanteerva
Stadium for Guinness adjudi-
cators to count and verify the
numbers. The record had been
previously held by a school in
the neighbouring state of Tamil
Gandhi, popularly known as
Mahatma (Great Soul), was
India s greatest leader who
fought for the country s inde-
pendence from British rule and
for the rights of the poor. (BBC)
India students in
Gandhi dress create
Russia has stepped up its cam-
paign of air strikes against oppo-
nents of Syrian President Bashar
Moscow said its aircraft had "con-
ducted 18 sorties on 12 positions held
by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist
group in Syria" since Thursday.
Targets included the IS stronghold
of Raqqa, but also Aleppo, Hama and
Idlib---provinces with little IS pres-
Members of the US-led coalition
targeting IS have renewed their crit-
icism of the Russian action.
In a statement, the US, UK, Turkey
and other coalition members called
on Russia to cease air strikes they
said were hitting the Syrian oppo-
sition and civilians, adding that they
would "only fuel more extremism."
The Syrian opposition and others
have suggested non-IS rebel factions
opposed to President Assad---the
Kremlin s ally---are bearing the brunt
of the Russian attacks.
The British-based Syrian Obser-
vatory for Human Rights said the
latest Russian air strikes had hit a
training camp and a camouflaged
command post near the IS "capital"
of Raqqa, and that 12 IS fighters were
killed in the attack.
Activists and residents of the city
said IS had cancelled Friday prayers
and emptied mosques, amid fears of
further Russian air strikes.
The gunman who killed nine
people and wounded seven others
in Oregon had targeted Chris-
tians, the father of one of the vic-
Named as Chris Harper Mercer,
the gunman opened fire on Thurs-
day inside a classroom at Umpqua
Thirteen weapons were recov-
ered, six at the school and seven
at his home, the police said. All
were bought legally.
Mercer had body armour, three
pistols and a rifle when he was
shot and killed by police officers
after a gun battle.
It also emerged that he enlisted
in the Army in 2008, but he was
discharged after spending less than
a month in basic training.
Stacy Boylan, whose daughter
survived the shooting, told US tel-
evision network CNN that his
daughter described to him how
the gunman asked his victims to
state their religion before shooting
" Are you a Christian? he would
ask them, and if you are a Chris-
tian stand up, " the father recalled.
Mr Boylan said the gunman told
the victims: "because you re a
Christian you re going to see God
in just about one second."
Another student who survived
the shooting, Kortney Moore, gave
a similar account to a local news-
paper, The News-Review.
The attacker was identified by
unnamed officers, as local police
refused to release his name.
Douglas County Sheriff John
Hanlin said he did not wish to give
the gunman "the credit he prob-
ably sought prior to this horrific
and cowardly act." (BBC)
Oregon college shooting: Gunman 'targeted Christians'
Mourners hold up candles during a candlelight vigil at Stewart Park, in Roseburg,
Oregon, for those killed during a fatal shooting at nearby Umpqua Community
College, Thursday. AP PHOTO
...ship missing in storm
A boy dressed as India's independence leader Mahatma Gandhi yawns as he participates with others
in an attempt to create a Guinness record, during celebrations to mark Gandhi's birth anniversary in
Bangalore, India, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Chris Harper Mercer
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