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Dozens buried in Philippines landslide triggered by Typhoon Mangkhut

Dozens buried in Philippines landslide triggered by Typhoon MangkhutHundreds of rescuers in the Philippines dug frantically with shovels and their bare hands on Monday in an attempt to save the lives of dozens of people buried by a landslide triggered at the weekend by Typhoon Mangkhut, the world’s strongest storm of the year.  But despite their best efforts, weary aid workers were only able to pull dead bodies from the mud and debris that had engulfed a church and miners’ bunkhouse where people had been sheltering from the fierce rain and winds topping 150 miles per hour in the early hours of Saturday morning. Grief-stricken relatives, many of them quietly praying, waited anxiously near the disaster site.  Victorio Palangdan, Itogon’s mayor, warned that the chances of finding any survivors were slim, raising the prospect that the previously confirmed Philippine death toll of 65 from the typhoon could significantly rise.  Mr Palangdan told a news conference that of the 40 to 50 people thought buried, there’s a “99 per cent (chance) that they are really dead.” Itogon, #Philippines. With no chance of getting heavy equipment into the valley, rescue workers are using shovels and their hands to move rock and debris from the landslides. But there is so much of it. One official figures it will take a week. @NBCNewspic.twitter.com/4tX1LjXNKx— Janis Mackey Frayer (@janisfrayer) September 17, 2018 He revealed that dozens of residents had refused to heed police warnings to leave the area. “They laughed at our policemen. They insisted,” he said, according to the AP. “They were resisting when our police tried to pull them away. What can we do?”  Most of the buried are believed to be poor miners and their families, who were working illegally at the mine site.  Foreign aid has begun to pour into the Philippines, which will face months of recovery after farms across the island of Luzon, which produces much of the nation's rice and corn, were submerged in muddy floodwater just a month before harvest. Francis Tolentino, a senior adviser to President Rodrigo Duterte, estimated that nationwide 5.7 million people had been affected by the storm. Many high rise buildings in Hong Kong had their windows blown out  Credit: Anthony Wallace/AFP Hong Kong on Monday also began to clear up  “severe and extensive” damage from Mangkhut after it struck the high-rise city on Sunday, leaving 300 injured. Roads remained blocked by felled trees and debris and some areas remained severely flooded. Windows in swaying tower blocks had been smashed by gusts of more than 142mph.  After tearing through Luzon and pummelling Hong Kong and Macau, the storm hit China’s Guangdong province, killing four people, three of whom were struck by trees. More than 3 million people were evacuated.  But by Monday afternoon, the terrifying storm had been downgraded to a tropical depression at it moved into Guangxi province on a path to the mountainous Yunnan province, where it was expected to weaken further as it approached Vietnam, Laos and Burma. No further deaths or damage were reported.   



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The Latest: 4 dead, over 30 buried in northern Japan quake

The Latest: 4 dead, over 30 buried in northern Japan quakeTOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the powerful earthquake in northern Japan (all times local):



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Pakistani teen slain at Texas school is buried in hometown

Pakistani teen slain at Texas school is buried in hometownKARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Thousands of people in Karachi attended the funeral Wednesday for a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student who was killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high school.



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Satellite Images Aided the Discovery of an Ancient Civilization Buried in the Amazon

Satellite Images Aided the Discovery of an Ancient Civilization Buried in the AmazonSatellite images revealed pre-Colombian settlements dating to 1250?1500 A.D.



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Man who claimed he buried Natalee Holloway fatally stabbed

Man who claimed he buried Natalee Holloway fatally stabbedST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A man who claimed on a TV series that he helped burn and bury the remains of a missing Alabama teen in Aruba has died after police say he was stabbed with his own knife during a foiled kidnapping of a woman in Florida.



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Toronto landscaper killed five people and buried them on clients' land – police

Toronto landscaper killed five people and buried them on clients' land – police‘The city of Toronto has never seen anything like this,’ a police spokesman said. Police in Canada have accused a Toronto landscaper of murdering at least five people and burying their remains in large flower planters on his clients’ properties, in a case that has sparked an “unprecedented” investigation. “The city of Toronto has never seen anything like this,” Hank Idsinga of the Toronto police told reporters on Monday.



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High School Friend Arrested After Body of Missing College Student Is Found Buried in Park

High School Friend Arrested After Body of Missing College Student Is Found Buried in ParkBlaze Bernstein's body was found after recent rains partially exposed it



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Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor to be buried 76 years later

Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor to be buried 76 years laterLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The funeral for a recently identified Kentucky sailor who was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 76 years ago is bringing his family together for the first time in decades.



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A Provision Buried In The House Tax Bill Could Slow Affordable Housing Construction

A Provision Buried In The House Tax Bill Could Slow Affordable Housing ConstructionWASHINGTON ― A little-noticed provision in the Republican tax reform bill that passed the House on Thursday could have a big impact on affordable housing construction.



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Calls for Lenin's body to finally be buried ahead of 100th anniversary of Bolshevik revolution 

Calls for Lenin's body to finally be buried ahead of 100th anniversary of Bolshevik revolution A debate over whether to bury Vladimir Lenin, whose embalmed body remains on display on Red Square, has risen again and even led to a stabbing ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution. The ruling party has tried to play down Tuesday's centennial as the antithesis of Vladimir Putin's tenets of stability and traditional values. But in a newspaper interview on Wednesday calling for the anniversary to be observed without “confrontation”, Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of the upper house of parliament, was asked about removing Lenin from his glass sarcophagus in the mausoleum next to the Kremlin. She suggested a referendum could decide the long-standing issue.  Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman leader of Russia's Chechnya republic and an outspoken Muslim believer, responded on social media that Mr Putin should decide, adding that it was “not right that a coffin with a dead person is standing in the heart of Russia”.  Lenin's mausoleum is located next to the Kremlin walls in downtown Moscow. Credit: Vladimir Smirnov/TASS via Getty Images Other politicians soon chimed in. Natalya Poklonskaya, an MP with the ruling United Russia party and the leader of a crusade against a recent film about Tsar Nicholas II's affair with a ballerina, said the continuing display of the communist's cadaver was “inhumane”. Ksenia Sobchak, a liberal socialite and journalist who has announced she will run in March's presidential election, promised to bury him if she won.  But a final farewell to the revolutionary, who was revered as the embodiment of Soviet ideology even after Joseph Stalin's personality cult was denounced and abandoned, would anger the Communist Party, the largest minority in parliament. Party boss Gennady Zyuganov, who laid flowers at the mausoleum with an international delegation on Sunday, argued that since Lenin's late niece had supported his display, burying him would in fact be “unnatural and blasphemous”.  Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Chechnya, reignited the debate over Lenin this week. Credit: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images It would also mean the closure of the “Lenin lab,” the purpose-built Moscow institute responsible for preserving him which has also embalmed other leaders like Ho Chi Minh and Kim Jong-il. Although Lenin's pale head and hands are all that's visible beneath his dark suit, the lab's secretive group of specialists reportedly continue to work full-time preserving every aspect of his corpse, from the flexibility of his knees to the hair attachment on his chest. A state tender revealed that some £140,000 was spent on maintaining Lenin in 2016. Given the array of dyes and mixtures applied, what's on display is “closer to a wholly constructed representation of Lenin’s dead body than to the original, once living man,” according to Alexei Yurchak, a University of California Berkeley professor who is writing a book about his preservation. A Communist Party supporter carries a portrait of Lenin during a memorial ceremony on Red Square in 2016. Credit: Kirril Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images Nonetheless, the body remains an important symbol and the object of passionate debate. On Thursday last week, two drinking buddies in a town in southwestern Russia got into such a furious argument about whether to bury Lenin that one stabbed the other with a kitchen knife, local media reported.  A survey by VTsIOM, a state-owned pollster, earlier this year found that 63 percent of Russians favoured burying Lenin, but only a third thought it should be done in the near future.   Mr Putin, who has tended to dodge the issue since he came to power nearly two decades ago, has avoided entering the latest debate about what to do with Lenin. The presidential administration said on Thursday it was “not a topic on the Kremlin agenda”, and Moscow authorities have refused to allow an opposition rally next week demanding the corpse's removal. Proposed legislation to bury Lenin stalled in April after the government spoke out against it. A Russian Orthodox Church spokesman said while he should have been buried in 1991, now was not the time to “reopen old wounds”. A museum near Odessa has collected Lenin monuments dismantled under Ukraine's decommunisation law. Credit: Sergei Supinsky/AFP Photo/Getty Images According to analyst Masha Lipman, Mr Putin is unlikely to take a stance on the issue before the election, especially given the mass dismantling of Lenin statues by the pro-Western government in Ukraine.  “It's impossible to say Lenin is bad and we don't want the glorification of this cult that goes back to the Soviet days, because that's what the Ukrainians are doing,” she said.



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