Landslide kills 16
A landslide yesterday swept through a village in the steep, snow-dusted mountains of the south, burying dozens of people and killing at least 16, the local government and state media said. The landslide smothered 16 homes shortly after 8am in Zhaojiagou Village, and hours later more than 40 people were missing, a notice said. Rescuers recovered 16 bodies, among them a family of seven, said a report on the Web site of the Yunnan Daily, the official newspaper of the provincial government. Reports did not say what triggered the landslide, but they occur periodically in the region, which is prone to earthquakes and heavy rains.
Indian troops kill soldier
Indian troops fired across the disputed Kashmir border and killed a soldier on Thursday, the military said, the third deadly incident in the disputed Himalayan region in recent days. Authorities said the shooting was unprovoked, while the Indian military said its troops responded to fire from soldiers across the frontier. The tit-for-tat fighting threatens to reverse recent progress the two countries have made in improving their historically antagonistic relationship. The two countries have fought three major wars since they achieved independence from British India in 1947, two of them over Kashmir.
Hotel fire kills seven
A fire yesterday swept through a hotel in a resort city, killing seven people — three Americans, three Filipinos and a South Korean — authorities said. The three US men and the South Korean man were found dead in separate rooms in the Dryden Hotel in Olongapo City, a former US naval base, police Senior Inspector Gil Arizo Domingo said. The bodies of three Filipino women were found in separate parts of the hotel, he said.
Python found on plane
Passengers on a flight to Papua New Guinea were shocked to look out their cabin windows to find a huge snake on the wing of the plane. The 3m non-poisonous amethystine python appeared about an hour into the Qantas flight between Cairns in northern Queensland and the Papua New Guinean capital, Port Moresby, on Thursday. A crew member told media that the initial reaction when the python’s presence was first reported was: “You’ve got to be kidding.” The slithery stowaway was believed to have crawled onto the plane from scrubland or mangroves that surround the airport in Cairns. Qantas said there was no impact on the safe operation of the aircraft due to the snake’s presence. The Bombardier Q400 was cleared to resume flying after it landed in Port Moresby. The snake, unfortunately, was found dead on arrival.