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LUCKNOW---Torrential rain and
floods washed away buildings and
roads, killing at least 23 people in
the northern Indian state of
Uttarakhand, officials said yes-
More than a dozen people died
in the state s Rudraprayag district
alone, while another 50 people were
missing, said Amit Negi, an official
A landslide triggered by the
monsoon rains buried a bus, killing
three people in Almora district.
At least three other people were
washed away when a three-story
apartment building toppled into a
river and was carried away by
the swift-moving current, said
Amit Chandola, a government
More than 10,000 pilgrims
stranded along a mountain pass
leading to a Hindu religious site
were evacuated by helicopter after
roads to the pilgrimage spot were
blocked by landslides.
Army and paramilitary troops
were leading efforts to rescue scores
of people from the rooftops of their
flooded homes. The state govern-
ment was readying food parcels
and drinking water pouches to be
air dropped to villages cut off after
roads were washed away.
The River Ganges and its trib-
utaries were flowing above the dan-
ger mark in several areas in the
"The situation is very grim. The
meteorological office has predicted
that the rain will continue for
another three days at least," said
State authorities were preparing
to evacuate people from the worst-
hit districts to relief camps, he said.
A high alert and flood warnings
have been issued across Udhampur
district and in the Hindu holy city
of Haridwar as rivers breached their
Flooding is an annual occurrence
in India, which depends on mon-
soon rains for agriculture. The
heavy downpours often cause loss
of life and property. (AP)
songs, telephone calls, cards and
more, messages of love have come
from across South Africa and the
world for 94-year-old Nelson Man-
dela, giving the family comfort and
hope as he remains hospitalised in
serious condition with a lung infec-
tion, his wife said yesterday.
One of Mandela s daughters, Zenani
Dlamini, gave what appeared to be
the most positive update yet on his
situation as she looked at well-wish-
ers cards hanging outside the hos-
"He s doing very well," she told
reporters without giving any more
As the anti-apartheid hero spent
a tenth day in the hospital, Graca
Machel expressed the family s grat-
itude for the support "from South
Africans, Africans across the conti-
nent, and thousands more from across
the world ... to lighten the burden of
anxiety; bringing us love, comfort
and hope. "
Machel already has experienced
the loss of a husband. Mozambican
President Samora Machel, her first
husband, died in a plane crash in
1986. Machel and Mandela married
in 1998, marking Mandela s third
marriage and her second.
People have carried "get well soon"
placards outside the Mediclinic Heart
Hospital in Pretoria where Mandela
is being treated. They have prayed
for him in churches across this nation
of roughly 50 million. Schoolchildren
have come to his home in Johannes-
burg to sing. Even though he was not
there to hear them, the voices gave
solace to his family, she said.
"The messages have come by letter,
by SMS, by phone, by Twitter, by
Facebook, by e-mail, cards, flowers
and the human voice, in particular
the voices of children in schools or
singing outside our home," Machel
said in a statement.
"We have felt the closeness of the
world and the deepest meaning of
strength and peace."
President Jacob Zuma said Sunday
that Mandela remains in serious con-
dition, but that his doctors are seeing
sustained improvements. Zuma also
said that Mandela is engaging with
family during visits.
The leader of South Africa s anti-
apartheid movement, Mandela spent
27 years in prison during white racist
rule. He is vulnerable to respiratory
problems since contracting tubercu-
losis during his long imprisonment.
He was freed in 1990 and became
South Africa s first black president
This marks Mandela s fourth hos-
pital stay since December.
"Mandela once said: What counts
in life is not the mere fact that we
have lived. It is what difference we
have made in the lives of others, "
"I have thought of his words on
each occasion the world stood with
him, making a difference to him, in
his healing." (AP)
Mandela doing well, says family
MONTREAL---Montreal s interim
mayor, a man who vowed to clean
up the corruption scandals rocking
the city, is now facing fraud charges
Michael Applebaum faces 14
charges, including defrauding gov-
ernment, abuse of confidence and
corruption in municipal affairs.
Applebaum was arrested at his
home early yesterday. He took over
as interim mayor of Canada s sec-
ond-largest city last November after
former mayor Gerald Tremblay
resigned amid corruption allegations.
"The corruption and collusion will
no longer be tolerated," Robert Lafre-
niere, the head of Quebec s anti-cor-
ruption unit, told a news conference.
"No one is above the law and you
cannot hide from the law."
Applebaum, 50, is the latest in a
long list of Quebec politicians and
businesses to come under scrutiny
in recent months.
The province is in the middle of a
high-profile public inquiry that has
uncovered links between the con-
struction industry and organised
The charges against Applebaum
stem from alleged acts that occurred
before he became mayor. While offi-
cials offered few details, they said
they relate to real estate projects
between 2006 and 2011 when he
served as borough mayor.
Now, local politicians and Quebec s
provincial government are calling on
Applebaum to step down.
Applebaum has repeatedly denied
His arrest comes just a month after
Gilles Vaillancourt, the former longtime
mayor of neighbouring Laval, was
arrested on corruption charges. (AP)
Montreal mayor arrested for fraud
TRIPOLI---A Libyan official says the
trial of ousted dictator Moammar
Gadhafi's son, his spy chief and his last
prime minister will take place in
Al-Seddik al-Sur, of the state
prosecutor's office, told reporters
yesterday that Seif al-Islam Gadhafi,
Abdullah al-Senoussi and ex-premier
al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, along with
ex-spokesman Milad Daman, will be
tried for crimes committed during
Gadhafi's 42-year rule and during the
eight-month civil war that deposed
Last week Libya appealed the
International Criminal Court's order to
try Seif al-Islam in The Hague. Libya
also asked for suspension of its order
to him over to the ICC.
Seif al-Islam is being held by a militia
in the Libyan town of Zintan. ICC
judges ruled that Libya cannot give
Seif al-Islam a fair trial. (AP)
Gadhafi son's trial set for August
A three-story building is destroyed by
floodwaters in Uttarakhund, India, on Sunday.
Government officials say at least 23 people
have died and about 50 are missing after three
days of torrential rain washed away buildings
and roads in northern India.
India floods wash away buildings
23 people killed,
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