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Landslides trap India pilgrims

INDIA'S army and air force have evacuated nearly 12,000 Hindu pilgrims stranded in a mountainous area after torrential monsoon rains and landslides caused death and destruction in northern India.

Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde says at least 69 people have died as flooding washed away roads and bridges and demolished 365 homes on Sunday in Uttrakhand state.

He says nearly 63,000 people remain stranded. Most are Hindu pilgrims to four revered shrines in the region.

Air force spokeswoman Priya Joshi says 18 airforce helicopters dropped food packets and other supplies.

UKRAINE BUDGET MINISTER 'DRUNK'

A parliamentary hearing on Ukraine's budget was suspended for several hours yesterday after opposition deputies said a deputy finance minister presenting the budget report was drunk.

Anatoly Myarkovsky spoke for 10 minutes on the government's budget performance in 2012.

But when questions were invited, opposition deputies called out, "He's drunk". One shouted: "Anyone within five metres can tell he reeks like someone who has been drinking vodka. Mr Speaker, go and sniff for yourself."

1,200-YEAR-OLD CITY DISCOVERED

Airborne laser technology has uncovered a network of roadways and canals, illustrating a bustling ancient city linking Cambodia's famed Angkor Wat temples complex.

The laser scanning revealed a previously undocumented formal urban planned landscape integrating the 1,200-year-old temples, hidden beneath dense vegetation – the lost city of Mahendraparvata.

US PROFESSOR HELD IN MEXICO

MEXICAN authorities have arrested a former university professor who was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in the resort city of Playa del Carmen.

Prosecutor Gaspar Armando Garcia Torres said Walter Lee Williams (64) is wanted on charges of sexual exploitation of children and travelling abroad for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with children.

Garcia said Williams was captured while drinking coffee near a park in the Caribbean beach town.


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