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UNITED STATES

Todd Palin in intensive care

Former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin on Tuesday said her husband is still in the intensive care unit of an Alaska hospital with multiple injuries, including broken bones and a collapsed lung, two days after a serious snowmobile accident. Todd Palin, 51, suffered multiple broken ribs, a broken shoulder blade and broken clavicle, as well as knee and leg injuries. He was back in surgery to repair several fractures, Sarah Palin said in a statement on social media on Tuesday. “Knowing Todd, once he’s cognizant, he’ll probably ask docs to duct tape him up and he’ll call it good,” she said. “He’s tough.” The accident on Sunday forced Sarah Palin to cut short a campaign trip for Donald Trump, the front-runner in the race for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.

ECUADOR

Plane crash kills 22

An army plane crashed in the Amazon rainforest on Tuesday, killing all 22 people on board, President Rafael Correa said. “There are no survivors,” Correa wrote on Twitter, several minutes after first posting news of the crash. “This is a tragedy.” He said the plane was carrying 19 paratroopers, two pilots and a mechanic. The plane went down in the eastern province of Pastaza, near the border with Peru. Minister of Defense Ricardo Patino said he was on his way to the scene. “General Luis Castro is personally leading the operation [to recover remains]. Everyone distressed by loss of our fallen brothers,” Patino said on Twitter. “The plane is completely destroyed and the wings were scattered” across the area,” said Jesse Guevara, a student of the Pastaza aviation school who reached the crash site.

ISRAEL

US ‘treasure hunter’ arrested

A US tourist has been arrested after spending a night in a cave below Jerusalem’s Old City in what might have been a search for mythical buried treasure, police and media reports said on Tuesday. The tourist was found on Friday last week after spending the night in Zedekiah’s Cave, also known as Solomon’s Quarries, a 20,000m2 area beneath the Muslim quarter of the Old City. Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the 19-year-old tourist, who was not identified, hid inside the site at closing time on Thursday last week before digging in different areas of the cave. Several worthless limestone rocks were found in his backpack, police said. Haaretz reported that the odd expedition may have been linked to “Jerusalem Syndrome” — the name given to what some tourists experience when they are overwhelmed while visiting the Holy Land due to its religious significance. Zedekiah’s Cave is the remnant of what was once the largest quarry in Jerusalem, dating back at least to the Second Jewish Temple period, from the sixth century BC to the first century AD. Several myths are associated with the site, including treasure supposedly buried there.

FRANCE

Woman, 91, earns doctorate

A woman aged 91 has become one of the oldest women in the country to gain a doctorate after she completed a thesis that she had begun three decades earlier. Colette Bourlier was awarded the mark of “high distinction” for her work, which she successfully defended on Tuesday before a jury of the University of Franche-Comte in Besancon. “It took a bit of time to write because I took breaks,” Bourlier said, explaining the exceptional time for her opus. The thesis was titled Immigrant workers in Besancon in the second half of the 20th century.

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