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Typhoon Durian kills at least 100 people

Published Dec. 1, 2006

Typhoon Durian tore through the eastern Philippines on Thursday with winds of up to 139 mph, killing at least 100 people and cutting off power to thousands of homes, officials said.

A mudslide swept down on the village of Padang the foot of the Mayon volcano, and at least 20 bodies were recovered, Noel Rosal, mayor of Legazpi city, capital of badly hit Albay province, said today.

Elsewhere in Albay, 26 people were killed in Santo Domingo and 13 were missing, while another nine deaths were reported in the town of Daraga, said Jukes Nunez of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council.

Rosal said about 30 people were injured by boulders and roofing materials in Padang and taken to hospitals.


28 suspects charged in July train bombing

Formal charges were brought against 28 people for suspected involvement in the July 11 train bombings in Mumbai that killed more than 200 people.

Thirteen of the accused are in police custody and the rest are still at large, said police prosecutor Raja Thackeray.

The 28 were charged with murder, handling explosive substances, committing terrorist acts and causing damage to public property in Mumbai, formerly called Bombay.

If convicted, they could face the death penalty.

Police say the 28 suspects belong to Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, a Pakistan-based Islamic militant group, as well as the Students' Islamic Movement of India, or SIMI, a banned group based in northern India.


U.S. wrestling shows pulled after death

An Indonesian TV station has pulled several popular U.S. wrestling shows off the air amid allegations that a 9-year-old boy may have died while children he was playing with were imitating the moves of their muscle-bound heroes.

A police investigation into the death of Reza Fadillah is under way. Officials have declined to comment on their findings.

The Stamford, Conn., World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. issued a statement saying it was "confident" its shows had nothing to do with the fatality.

By Wednesday, Lativi TV had pulled SmackDown and all other WWE programs off the air, following weeks of pressure from parents and educators who say the shows encouraged violent behavior in children, a spokeswoman said.

Reza died Nov. 16 in the West Java city of Bandung, several weeks after three of his friends threw him to the ground and pinned him "SmackDown-style," his father, Herman Suratman, said Thursday.

He said the boy's X-rays showed internal chest wounds.