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LONDON---A blood-red sea of
ceramic poppies is spilling from the
Tower of London to commemorate
British and Commonwealth soldiers
killed in World War I on the 100th
anniversary of its start.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
yesterday joined Prince Harry to
"plant" the ceramic poppies in the dry
moat surrounding the Tower to honour
the military dead.
The installation, called Blood Swept
Lands And Seas Of Red, is made up of
120,000 ceramic poppies.
More will be added in the coming
months until there are 888,246---one
for each of the British and
Commonwealth soldiers killed in the
Gen Richard Dannatt said one of the
installation's virtues is that it allows
the dead to be remembered together
as well as being individuals. (AP)
Poppies spill from Tower of London
LUDIAN---About 10,000 troops used pick-
axes and backhoes to clear roads and dig
residents from collapsed homes yesterday,
after an earthquake in south-west China
killed 410 people. Groups of volunteers,
meanwhile, used their bare hands.
Jackson Zeng joined about two dozen class-
mates who headed to Yunnan province s
Ludian county, where Sunday s 6.1-magni-
tude earthquake collapsed thousands of
homes in an impoverished region of moun-
"I grew up around here and these are my
people. I m not sure what I can do, but I will
help any way that I can," said Zeng, a third-
year student at Kunming University of Science
Zeng s black T-shirt contrasted with the
scores of green fatigue-clad troops along the
main road into the quake zone. Paramilitary
personnel with a backhoe and other heavy
equipment pushed earth from a stretch of
road affected by a landslide, while Zeng and
other students used their hands to push rocks
over a cliff.
Many hundreds of volunteers have con-
verged on the nearby city of Zhaotong en
route to the quake-hit areas---a typical phe-
nomenon during disasters in China. Many
came empty-handed, but some were formed
into company-sponsored units complete with
uniforms and their own relief aid to distrib-
The government also has sent thousands
of tents, quilts, sleeping bags and cotton
coats to the region, as well as folding beds,
chairs and tables, and mobile toilets.
The quake struck an area of steep hills
and narrow roads not suited to all the traffic
of the massive relief effort, and heavy rain
yesterday added to the complications. Much
of the damage was due to landslides.
Ambulances, bulldozers and trucks filled
with water and noodles and the squads of
volunteers clogged the main road heading to
the hardest-hit town of Longtou, about 370
kilometres (230 miles) north-east of Kunming.
The Yunnan Civil Affairs Bureau said yes-
terday that 410 people had been killed and
2,373 injured, with 12 people still missing
about 48 hours after the quake. Rescuers
pulled dozens of trapped people from the
debris in the first couple of days.
Many of the homes in Ludian, which has
a population of about 429,000, were rudi-
mentary mud-brick structures that collapsed
easily in the quake. (AP)
China quake toll at 410...
hunt for survivors
GAZA CITY---Israel and Hamas began observing
a temporary cease-fire yesterday that sets the
stage for talks in Egypt on a broader deal on the
Gaza Strip, including a sustainable truce and the
rebuilding of the battered, blockaded coastal ter-
Israel withdrew its ground forces from Gaza s
border areas, and both sides halted cross-border
attacks as the three-day truce took effect at 8 am.
The shelling stopped and in Gaza City, where streets
had been deserted during the war, traffic picked
up and shops started opening doors.
If the calm holds, it would be the longest lull in
almost a month of fighting that has killed nearly
1,900 Palestinians and 67 Israelis.
In coming days, Egyptian mediators plan to shut-
tle between Israeli and Palestinian delegations in
Cairo to try to work out new arrangements for
As details of the Palestinian demands emerged,
there were some signs that Hamas, which has ruled
Gaza for seven years, is willing to let its former
rival, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, take
a lead in rebuilding the territory.
The Palestinian delegation in Cairo is led by one
of Abbas confidants, but also includes members
of Hamas and other factions.
On Monday, the delegation presented a joint list
of demands to Egypt, said Hana Amireh, a West
Bank-based PLO official who is in touch with the
The demands include a call for internationally
funded reconstruction that would be overseen by
an Abbas-led government that was formed in a
unity deal with Hamas before the war. (AP)
truce sets stage
for talks on Gaza
LONDON---British Airways says it has temporarily
suspended flights to and from Liberia and Sierra
Leone until the end of August because of the wors-
ening outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.
The airline had been flying four times per week
to the two countries, traveling first to Freetown before
continuing on to Monrovia.
The World Health Organization says more than
800 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia have
died in the outbreak. There is no known treatment
BA says customers with tickets on those routes
are being offered refunds or the ability to rebook
flights for a later date.
"The safety of our customers, crew and ground
teams is always our top priority and we will keep the
route under constant review in the coming weeks,"
BA said. (AP)
forces BA to
Soldiers transfer a baby in the quake-hit Longquan village of Ludian county in China yesterday. About 10,000 troops used pickaxes and
backhoes to clear roads and dig residents from collapsed homes after an earthquake on Sunday that killed hundreds. AP PHOTO
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