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Russian family jumps to safety from burning building

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Video has emerged showing how parents throwing their two young children from the fifth floor of a burning building before jumping themselves.

The strained video, shot in Russia, shows the dramatic moment about twenty bystanders gather below the building to try and catch the falling escapees.

A fire had broken out in their apartment in the five-storey block in the town of Strunino near Moscow, and the family was forced to flee.

Parents Elena and Vitaly threw their children to be caught by a group of 20 neighbors and other onlookers as clouds of smoke billowed from the building.

“My husband realised we could not escape,” Elena told Russian news site Newinform. The whole apartment was filled with black smoke and we were choking. And I have a child with heart disease who is 11 months old. We got everything on the balcony, and my husband said, ‘We will jump, otherwise we cannot escape’.”

Video footage shows the youngest child, Zhenyu, being dropped to neighbours, followed by the second child, Xenia, before Elena climbs over the edge of the balcony and jumps.

Both children and Elena landed safely, however Vitaly was injured and taken to hospital.

Local authorities criticised the family, saying they should have closed all the windows and sealed them with wet towels to keep out toxic gases.

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First Roland Macaulay Cup to start on November 21

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BIRATNAGAR— The First Roland Macaulay Cup is being held in the capital on November 21-24.

To be organized by the Cricket Association of the Blind, Nepal, cricket clubs–Myagdi, Jhapa, Bardiya and Tribhuvan Army–will participate in the First Roland Macaulay Cup twenty20 cricket tournament, said Pawan Ghimire, the Central President of the Association at a press conference here.

The estimated budget is approximately Rs 750,000. The opening match will be held between Jhapa and Bardiya, said the organizer.

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