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In Brief: Villagers die in killer storms

THE death toll from torrential rains in Central America over the past week has almost doubled since Saturday, with a further 25 lives lost in El Salvador, authorities said.

A tropical depression that swept in from the Pacific on Wednesday caused mudslides and chaos on roads and forced thousands of people to abandon their homes in the chain of countries between Mexico and South America, killing 81 so far.

On Saturday, the death toll stood at 45 in the region, home to some of the poorest countries in the Americas.

Runner (100) in marathon joy

The world's oldest marathon runner, 100-year-old Briton Fauja Singh, has achieved another feat -- completing the Scotiabank Toronto Marathon in Canada.

Mr Singh finished the race in eight hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds yesterday.

He reached the finishing line in 3,850th place -- ahead of five other runners.