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By unknown | Oct 27, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

HOLIDAY DEATHS: Two British children on holiday were found dead yesterday on the island of Corfu and authorities suspect poisoning might have been involved.

The children, a girl and a boy aged seven and six, were found dead by a cleaner in their room in a 5-star hotel in Gouvia, where the family were staying for a week's holiday. Their father, 38, and mother, 28, were found in a coma. - Sapa-AP

ELECTION FEARS: Gunfire broke out near a prison in Congo's capital Kinshasa yesterday, heightening tensions ahead of the final round of historic elections in the country.

Earlier this week, more than a dozen people jailed for the 2001 assassination of president Laurent Kabila vanished from the prison. On Sunday Congo holds the second round of its first elections in 40 years. - Reuters

CHINA EXECUTIONS: China executed four men yesterday for stealing crude oil by drilling holes in pipelines, Xinhua news agency reported.

The four farmers from the province of Henan, stole more than 430 tons of crude between 2001 and 2003, the court found, adding that their actions had polluted the environment and posed a threat to public safety. - Reuters

FREAK DEATH: An Egyptian teenager choked to death after a fish entered his mouth while he was swimming.

Yasser Hussein, 18, was swimming in lake Qaroun, near Cairo, when the freak accident occurred. - Sapa-DPA

KILLER FLOODS: About 100 foreign tourists were evacuated from luxury hotels and safari lodges in northern Kenya yesterday as heavy rains continued to pound the area, unleashing killer floods.

Officials said the flooding death toll had climbed by five to 15 from Wednesday's count of 10 and that thousands had been displaced. - Sapa-AFP


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