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In brief: Hope fades for finding 21 still missing after landslide engulfs mining village

Filipino rescuers who dug by hand to save people buried by a landslide were losing hope of finding 21 still missing in the disaster, which killed at least three people in a remote gold mining village, officials said yesterday.

The shanties and tents where miners and some of their family members slept were buried under about 30 metres of mud, soil, rocks and other debris on Friday.

Woman dropped during sea rescue dies

A 73-year-old British woman who was accidentally dropped into the Norwegian Sea as rescue workers took her off a cruise ship has died at a hospital in England.

Janet Richardson fell ill while on a Scandinavian cruise and was being transferred to a rescue boat on March 29 when coast guard officers let her stretcher drop into the sea, which was just a few degrees above freezing.

Four killed in clashes on Thai border

A second day of fighting between Thai and Cambodian troops yesterday killed at least four soldiers, bringing the two-day death toll to 11, the worst bloodshed since the United Nations called for a ceasefire in February.

Thousands of villagers have been evacuated from the disputed border area in thick jungles around Ta Moan.

President of Yemen will step down

Yemen's president Ali Abdullah Saleh has agreed to accept a Gulf Co-operation Council-brokered plan that allows him to cede power in exchange for immunity.

Mr Saleh will transfer power to a deputy within 30 days and hold elections 60 days after that. He will be the third leader forced out by popular unrest in the Middle East, after Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia. Police killed 46 protesters in Yemen's capital of Sana'a last month, prompting several military and government officials to abandon Mr Saleh's regime. A total of 109 protesters were killed in Yemen since February.

MP's quip on quiz show bleeped out

A BRITISH Tory MP's comments were bleeped out of a TV quiz show after she came close to revealing the name of a footballer who is subject to a so-called super-injunction.

Appearing on Have I Got News For You, Louise Bags-hawe said a phrase which rhymed with the player's name.

Baby born at just 21 weeks goes home

German doctors say a baby girl who was born at 21 weeks and five days is spending Easter at home after five months in neonatal care. She is believed to be the most premature baby in Europe to have survived.

Doctors say the girl was released from the hospital last Wednesday weighing seven pounds, 11 ounces.

Robinson is 'Weakest Link' -- goodbye

Presenter and journalist Anne Robinson is to step down from her role as host of the Weakest Link, it has been announced. She was dubbed the "Queen of Mean", in reference to her withering asides while sparring with contestants on the long-running BBC quiz show.

'Only Fools and Horses' creator dies

Scriptwriter John Sullivan has died at the age of 64, the BBC announced yesterday. Most famous for creating sit-com favourites Only Fools and Horses, Citizen Smith and Roger Roger, the writer died after a short illness.

Mark Thompson, the BBC director general, said: "John had a unique gift for turning everyday life and characters we all know into unforgettable comedy."

Sunday Independent