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Indonesia quake death toll jumps to 347

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LOMBOK — The death toll from the deadly earthquake in the Indonesian island of Lombok Lombok has risen to 347, according to the government-run Antara news agency.

The governor of the province that includes Lombok, the military and the national search and rescue agency have however issued different death tolls that ranged from 226 to 381.

The rise in death toll comes as Facebook apologises for automatically decorating posts about the deadly earthquake with images of balloons and confetti on the social media platform.

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The powerful magnitude-6.9 quake that struck the island on Sunday has left tens of thousands of people homeless and tourists stranded in airports.

Rescue efforts have intensified to find people buried in rubble following the earthquake that shook Indonesia’s Lombok island.

The national disaster agency has stood by its latest death toll of 131 from Sunday’s quake despite other government agencies including the military reporting much higher figures.


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Russian rocket fails in the mid air, crew lands safely

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COSMODROME—Booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and US astronaut on board headed for the International Space Station failed in mid-air on Thursday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing.

U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin landed safely without any harm.

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, quoted by Interfax, said the problem occurred when the first and second stages of the booster rocket were in the process of separating.

The rocket was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. A Reuters reporter who observed the launch from around 1 km away said that it had gone smoothly in its initial stage.

“Search and rescue teams are in the air and heading towards the expected touchdown location for the Soyuz spacecraft returning to Earth carrying two crew members,” NASA said in a statement.


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