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Sunday 24 September 2017

Tourists die in crash

THREE people, including two British tourists, were killed in a helicopter crash in northern Russia. The Emergency Situations Ministry said the private Eurocopter crashed in the Kola Peninsula, about 150km southeast of the city of Murmansk.

It said the helicopter suddenly banked on one side and crashed while attempting to take off. The state Investigative Committee said two British tourists and their Russian guide died.

TINA'S WEDDING PARTY

SINGER Tina Turner is celebrating her wedding to Erwin Bach with a party at her lakeside estate near Zurich. Swiss media said pop stars David Bowie and Sade and talk show impresario Oprah Winfrey were among the more than 120 guests.

About a month ago, 73-year-old Turner tied the knot with Bach, a 57-year-old German music executive and her long-time beau, at the town hall in the wealthy community.

ROCKFALL KILLS TOURIST

A tourist was killed by falling rocks at a scenic site in northern China. Rocks crashed through a cliffside walkway and hit a group of tourists at the Jinsixia Gorge in Shaanxi province. Eighteen other people were injured, with two said to be in a critical condition.

Jinsixia has natural attractions such as caves and forests, and the area is home to several tourist resorts.

NZ ROCKED BY QUAKE

New Zealand's capital, Wellington, has been rattled by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake that ruptured water mains, smashed windows and downed power lines. There were no reports of injury and no tsunami. The quake struck under the Cook Strait, 55km south-west of Wellington, 9km underground.

A severe quake in the city of Christchurch in 2011 killed 185 people and destroyed much of the city centre.

RENEWED PARIS RIOTS

TWENTY cars were set alight and four people detained in a second night of violence in suburbs west of Paris, this time in the town of Elancourt. A police union official said about 50 people were involved, some firing weapons and a petrol bomb at police.

On Friday night, about 250 people clashed with police in the nearby town of Trappes in protest at the enforcement of a ban on Islamic face veils.

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