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Carriageway smash kills one

A woman has been killed and a six-year-old girl seriously injured after a car went the wrong way up a major dual carriageway and crashed head-on into their vehicle.

Police arrested the driver of a burgundy Jaguar, which collided with a black Jaguar near Newcastle, north east England, at around 9.30pm yesterday.

The car was heading north on the southbound carriageway when the crash happened, Northumbria Police said.



Tourists stuck after flooding

More than 300 foreign tourists are stranded in India's Himalayan region of Ladakh, three days after flash floods killed at least 150 people and ravaged the main town of Leh, officials said on Monday.

Floods triggered by unexpected heavy rains destroyed houses, deposited boulders and mud up to four metres high on roads and destroyed all communication networks. At least 300 people are still missing and 25,000 people affected by the floods, army officials said.

Thousands of tourists travel to Ladakh every year to visit old Buddhist monasteries and for adventure sports such as white water rafting.



Basketball stars play for troops

Basketball stars including LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony joined US president Barack Obama to entertain wounded troops.

The basketball superstars were joined by retired legends, including Bill Russell and Magic Johnson. Maya Moore of the Connecticut Huskies women's team also played.

The game was played for a group of 'wounded warriors' -- troops injured in action -- and participants in the White House's mentoring programme. The action took place at a gym inside Washington's Fort McNair.


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