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Scores trapped as Italy quake toll reaches 159A firefighter works in the night at a collapsed house following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy. Reuters

Scores trapped as Italy quake toll reaches 159

25 Aug 2016 | 9:28 AM

ACCUMOLI: A powerful earthquake shook central Italy, leaving at least 159 persons dead and a trail of destruction across several mountain villages packed with holidaymakers. With 368 persons injured, some critically, and an unknown number trapped under rubble, the death toll from the pre-dawn quake was expected to rise further, officials warned.

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Accumoli (Italy), August 25

A powerful earthquake shook central Italy, leaving at least 159 persons dead and a trail of destruction across several mountain villages packed with holidaymakers.

With 368 persons injured, some critically, and an unknown number trapped under rubble, the death toll from the pre-dawn quake was expected to rise further, officials warned on Wednesday.

Amid scenes of carnage, dozens of emergency services staff and volunteers were preparing to work through the night in the hope of plucking more survivors from the ruins.

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The rescue efforts “won’t slow down during the night”, the head of the civil protection agency Fabrizio Curcio told public broadcaster Rai, giving an updated toll of 159 dead.

He did not say how many people were still thought to be missing.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had earlier said at least 120 persons were killed in the earthquake. “This is not a final toll,” he had warned after visiting the badly hit village of Amatrice.

Hundreds of people were to spend a chilly night in hastily assembled tents with the risk of aftershocks making it too risky for them to return home.

Scores of buildings were reduced to dusty piles of masonry in communities close to the epicentre of the quake, which had a magnitude of between 6.0 and 6.2.

It hit a remote area straddling Umbria, Marche and Lazio at a time of year when second-home owners and other visitors swell the numbers staying there. Many of the victims were from Rome.

The devastated area is just north of L’Aquila, the city where some 300 persons died in another quake in 2009.

Most of the deaths occurred in and around the villages of Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto.

Guido Bordo, 69, lost his sister and her husband after they were trapped inside their holiday house in the hamlet of Illica, near Accumoli.

“There’s no sound from them, we only heard their cats,” he told AFP before the deaths were confirmed.

“I wasn’t here. As soon as the quake happened, I rushed here. They managed to pull my sister’s children out, they’re in hospital now,” he added, wringing his hands in anguish.

Among the victims was a nine-month-old baby girl whose parents survived, an 18-month-old toddler and two other young children who died with their parents in Accumoli.

Two boys aged four and seven were saved by their quick- thinking grandmother, who ushered them under a bed as soon as the shaking began, according to reports. She also survived but lost her husband. — AFP

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India hit by sub data leak

25 Aug 2016 | 1:43 AM

NEW DELHI:India’s bid to shore up its naval capabilities and have the tactical edge over rivals has taken a hit with around 22,400 pages of technical data relating to six Scorpene-class submarines having been leaked, compromising abilities of the underwater vessels.

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CHANDIGARH:After surfacing of a video clip showing Aam Aadmi Party’s Punjab unit convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur allegedly accepting cash, the party has decided to remove Chhotepur from the post, it is learnt.

SC slams Jaya, says you can’t ‘throttle’ democracy

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25 Aug 2016 | 1:43 AM

NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court today again reprimanded Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa for using defamation cases to “throttle democracy” and asked her to face criticism as she was a public figure.

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25 Aug 2016 | 2:15 AM

CHANDIGARH: Joining issue with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, eminent Punjabi playwright and director Atamjit Singh today said Pakistan could be hell for Parrikar or some people from Goa and Maharashtra, but for him “it is the land where his cultural and religious values are rooted deeply”.

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25 Aug 2016 | 1:56 AM

NEW DELHI:Abhinav Mukund and Sudip Chatterjee swatted away the first-day blues of facing the pink ball under lights to score impressive centuries on the second day of the day/night Duleep Trophy fixture here today.

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25 Aug 2016 | 1:56 AM

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25 Aug 2016 | 1:56 AM

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