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Rescuers save 23 after quake

Rescue workers have pulled out 23 survivors from the rubble of three buildings, collapsed by an earthquake in eastern Turkey, the country's disaster management authority said.

At least seven were killed and dozens of others trapped.

Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said yesterday's quake toppled 25 buildings in the city of Van but only three of them were occupied since the others have been evacuated after suffering damages in last month's powerful temblor.

Saudi man tried over war crimes

A Saudi man considered among the most senior figures in al-Qa'ida has emerged from nine years of secret confinement to face charges of orchestrating the deadly attack on the USS Cole, in the start of a new round of Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunals under a president who vowed to halt them.

The charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri (46) include murder in violation of the law of war in the 2000 suicide bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen. He did not enter a plea

Canal accident kills 18 in Nepal

A flatbed trailer pulled by a farm tractor has plunged into a canal in southeastern Nepal, killing 18 people and injuring an additional 19, officials said.

Police official Raju Manandhar said the victims were Hindu pilgrims returning from a visit to a local temple in Baraha village today, about 400 kilometres southeast of the capital, Katmandu.

Police rescuers and local villagers rushed to the scene to help and managed to rescue several of them.

Fry challenges world to test

Stephen Fry is challenging the world to take on his master mind in a reverse spelling competition.

The QI host is competing in a digital spelling contest to raise funds for learning disability charity Mencap.

Fry said of his involvement with www.Spellathon.net: "I'm greatly looking forward to competing against the world in this extremely tricky challenge. This is just about the best integration of imagination, education, technology inclusiveness and fun that I've ever encountered."