18 die in India festival stampede

Updated 19 November 2012
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18 die in India festival stampede

PATNA, India: At least 18 people were killed and more than a dozen injured in a stampede on Monday during a Hindu festival in the eastern Indian city of Patna, a senior police officer said.
“Bodies of the 18 people killed in the stampede have been sent to the hospital for autopsies,” Jayant Kant, a police superintendent in Patna told AFP.
Kant said the stampede occurred when a makeshift bridge on the Ganges river gave way under the weight of Hindu devotees rushing to pray as part of an annual Hindu religious ritual.
“Ten women and eight children are among those killed,” the police officer said, adding the toll was likely to go up as several other Hindu devotees were reported missing at the site of stampede.


Trump welcomes Jordan’s King Abdullah to White House

Updated 24 min 44 sec ago
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Trump welcomes Jordan’s King Abdullah to White House

  • Leaders to discuss "threat from Iran and the crisis in Syria.”
  • US advisor Jared Kushner recently met with Abdullah over Israeli-Palestinian peace plan

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump welcomed Jordan’s King Abdullah to the White House on Monday.
The president and first lady Melania Trump greeted Abdullah and his wife, Queen Rania, as they arrived in the afternoon. The couples will be meeting in the Oval Office before Trump, Abdullah and their aides sit down for talks.
The White House had said the allies would be discussing “terrorism, the threat from Iran and the crisis in Syria, and working toward a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”
Presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner recently met with Abdullah as part of a Middle East trip to lay the groundwork for an expected Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.
It’s likely to face steep resistance from the Palestinians, who have cut off ties since Trump recognized contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.