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Indonesia earthquake: Huge surge in death toll

Indonesia earthquake: Huge surge in death toll

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Media playback is unsupported on your device At least 832 people were killed in the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the national disaster agency says.It added that the affected area was bigger than initially thought.Many people were reported trapped in the rubble of buildings that collapsed in Friday's 7.5-magnitude earthquake, agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news conference.The quake triggered tsunami waves as high as 6m (20ft), he added.Rescuers have been digging by hand in the frantic search for survivors in the city of Palu."What we now desperately need is heavy machinery to clear the rubble. I have my staff on the ground, but it's impossible just to rely on their strength alone t...
African migrants surge at U.S.-Mexico border; Rio Grande drownings up

African migrants surge at U.S.-Mexico border; Rio Grande drownings up

World
MEXICO CITY, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Piedras Negras, a city across the U.S.-Mexico border from Eagle Pass, Texas, saw the arrival of more than 90 refugees in the past two months from war-ravaged African countries trying to flee to the United States. Eagle Pass has also seen 15 migrants from Latin American countries dying as they tried to enter the United States this year, either drowning while crossing the Rio Grande river or from heat stroke. Many of the African refugees had been travelling for at least three years, the Rev. José Valdés, an advocate for migrants' rights told UPI in a phone interview from Piedras Negras, where the Catholic Church runs a shelter. "After leaving Cameroon, Angola and the Congo they arrived in South America. Then they made it to Guatemala, and after cr...
Cases of cancer in elderly to surge by 2035, report says

Cases of cancer in elderly to surge by 2035, report says

Health
The number of elderly people in the UK diagnosed each year with cancer is set to rise by 80% in less than 20 years, a report predicts.Cancer Research UK estimates that by 2035 about 234,000 over-75s will get cancer each year - up from 130,000 now. The charity also said the elderly were more likely to have multiple health conditions, leading to later diagnoses.It called on the health service to prepare now for the rise in older patients with "complex needs".The government said cancer was a "priority" and the prime minister had just announced increased funding for the NHS. Cancer rises due to ageing population Rise in cancers 'caused by weight' Each year, some 360,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in the UK.About 36% of diagnoses are in people aged 75 ...
Wage growth weakens despite employment surge

Wage growth weakens despite employment surge

Business
Wage growth weakened to 2.8% in the three months to April though there was a strong increase in the number of people in work, official figures show. The data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows pay is still increasing more quickly than inflation.But the pace of regular wage growth - excluding bonuses - has slipped back after reaching 2.9% in the previous month's set of figures - which was the best increase since 2015.It could further douse expectations of an interest rate hike this summer - already dampened by indications of sluggish economic growth after a first quarter in which the UK slowed to a near standstill.But there was a better than expected increase in the number of people in work, by 146,000 to 32.39 million, while unemployment fell by 38,000 to 1...
Italy election: Populist surge prompts political deadlock

Italy election: Populist surge prompts political deadlock

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Italy is on course for a hung parliament after voters backed right-wing and populist parties, projections based on partial results suggest.The Eurosceptic, anti-establishment Five Star Movement has won the lion's share of the vote.But ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing coalition, which includes the far-right League, looks set to win the most seats in the lower house of parliament.Forming a government may now take weeks of negotiation and coalition-building.Alternatively, fresh elections could be held in a bid to produce a more decisive result - though there is no guarantee that would happen. Provisional results show Five Star garnering 31.6% of the vote, while the League received 18.2% of the vote and Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia 13.8%.Matteo Renzi's ruling Democratic Party (DP) onl...