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18 pupils die in huge mudslide

A mudslide triggered by heavy rains demolished a school in northern India, killing at least 18 children.

A state minister for relief, Khazan Das, said eight children had been rescued from the single-story school in Sumgarh, a village in Uttrakhand state.

Rescuers are still looking for another 10 children and two teachers believed to be buried in the debris of the building.

The children were aged between 6 and 13, Mr Das said.

Heavy rains have caused mudslides at several place in Uttrakhand state this week.

Earlier this month, flash floods triggered by a cloudburst killed at least 175 people in the remote and mountainous Ladakh region of the Indian portion of Kashmir.

Homeless man lived in library

Police said a homeless man lived unnoticed in the basement of a New Jersey library for nearly two weeks.

Police said that a janitor saw Charles Jones Jr peeking out a basement window of the Ocean Township library in Monmouth County.

Police discovered several books in the basement and found the 26-year-old had taken food from the employee break room. Jones is charged with burglary.

Mountain bus crash kills 40

A packed bus lost control and plunged off a Philippine mountain road into a 100ft ravine, killing at least 40 passengers.

Ten people, including a 10-year-old boy, survived and nine were taken to hospitals, said police chief Wilben Mayor of Benguet province north of Manila.

Mr Mayor said most of the victims were crushed to death while others were thrown out as the bus tumbled down.

Demolition for Ringo's house

The first home of ex-Beatle Ringo Starr is likely to be bulldozed after years of wrangling over its future.

Number 9 Madryn Street, in Dingle, Liverpool, has little historic value and no interest from tourists to the city, the owners said.

Demolition of the house, where the drummer was born and lived until he was three months old, is due to take place under a housing regeneration scheme.

A nearby home, 10 Admiral Grove, where Starr lived for the subsequent 20 years of his life is to remain standing.