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In brief: Boy (12) killed by earthquake

A 12-year-old boy died after a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the northern part of Sumatra island in Indonesia today.

The boy died after a wall collapsed on him in Singkil in the province of Aceh. The earthquake also caused a fire that burned down parts of a traditional market in Deli Serdang in North Sumatra province. There was no threat of a tsunami.

The earthquake struck 100km(62 miles) southwest of the city of Medan in North Sumatra, according to the website of the US Geological Survey .


top aides quit

The campaign chief and deputy campaign manager for Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann are leaving in a campaign shake-up.

Bachmann campaign manager Ed Rollins said that at 68 he just does not have the stamina for 12 and 14-hour days every day of the week. His deputy and long-time colleague, David Polyansky, has also quit.

Mr Rollins said the race is between Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, with Ms Bachmann as number three.

Hurricane Katia

gathers speed

Hurricane Katia became a monstrous Category Four storm as it moved across the Atlantic Ocean.

Katia's maximum sustained winds had increased to 135mph (215kph). Some strength fluctuations were expected before the storm slowly weakens.

Hurricane specialist Todd Kimberlain said it was looking less likely that Katia would hit land but that wind from the storm could still affect the US East Coast as it moves north.

Conjoined girls

in op success

Doctors have successfully separated conjoined twin girls after a six-hour surgery in a Chinese hospital in Shanghai.

An An and Xin Xin were born in April with connected livers and hearts.

The babies are in a stable condition following the operation, but are relying on a breathing machine and will require intensive care treatment.