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In brief: Soldiers hunt killer elephant

SOLDIERS in Nepal are on the hunt for a wild elephant after it strayed into villages in the southern part of the Himalayan nation and killed four people.

The elephant walked into a thatched house in Gardi village, 82km south of Kathmandu, pulled an elderly couple from their bed and trampled them to death.

Park officials say the same beast killed two other villagers fewer than three months ago.

"We have given orders to the army to shoot the elephant that has gone mad," said Shiva Ram Gelal, assistant district administrator from Bharatpur.

Our Gang star Hanlon dies

JACK Hanlon, who had roles in the 1926 silent classic The General and in two 1927 Our Gang comedies, has died in Las Vegas aged 96.

The precocious, freckle-faced Hanlon was a natural as a child actor from 1926 to 1933, said his niece, Wendy Putnam Park, of Las Vegas.

"He was absolutely the sweetest, most charming man," she said. "He loved talking about being in the movies if you brought the subject up."

10 Afghan girls killed by bomb

A BOMB has killed 10 young girls aged between nine and 13 in the east of Afghanistan.

The girls were gathering firewood outside Dawlatzai village in Nangarhar province's Chaperhar district when the explosion went off, according to Mohammad Seddiq, the government administrator for the district.

Speaking from the site of the blast, he said it was not clear what caused the bomb to go off.

Two other girls were seriously wounded and are in critical condition in hospital.

Stabber scared of doomsday

Officials say a man who went into a school in central China and stabbed 23 children last week was "psychologically affected" by doomsday predictions.

Min Yongjun is suspected of going into an elderly woman's house on Friday morning and stabbing her with a kitchen knife.

He then allegedly went to a nearby elementary school in Chenpeng village and injured the 23 children before being stopped by teachers and police.