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Bridge collapse leaves 11 dead

Rescuers say the number of people killed when a bridge collapsed in central Indonesia has climbed to 11, with more than 30 others missing and feared dead.

Sunarbowo Sandi, head of the search-and-rescue team, said today that some of the victims are believed to be trapped in buses and cars that crashed into the murky Mahakam river below.

The 700-metre structure collapsed over the weekend after a steel support cable snapped while repair work was being done.



Kylie's car in charity auction

One lucky Kylie Minogue fan could soon be Spinning Around in the singer's sports car, which is going under the hammer.

The Can't Get You Out Of My Head star is putting her personalised Lexus CT200h up for auction in aid of children's charity the NSPCC, it was announced today.

Minogue said: "I am delighted to be donating my Lexus CT200h to the NSPCC for their City of London Christmas dinner, with all the proceeds going to their Helpline."



Qantas profits hit by strikes

Qantas Airways said its half-year profit was likely to slide by as much as two-thirds following strikes and high jet fuel prices.

The Australian flagship airline grounded its entire fleet in October after weeks of strikes by staff. A court has since barred any further strikes for the sake of the national economy.

The airline forecast that its underlying net profit for the six months through December 2011 will be in a range of Aus$140m-190m.



Protest student feared for life

Forced to lie still for hours in the dark, the American students held during protests in Egypt were told they would be shot if they moved or made any noise, one of them said yesterday on his first full day at home.

"It was the most frightening experience of my life, I believe," Derrik Sweeney said.

Sweeney said the evening of November 20 started peacefully in Cairo, with Tahrir Square "abuzz with ideas of democracy and freedom".


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