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  10 Guilty In India School Fire That Killed 94 Kids
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    NEW DELHI,July 30: An Indian court convicted 10 people on Wednesday in a 2004 fire that tore through a thatched-roof schoolhouse, killing 94 children in a horrifying case that focused attention on poor fire regulations in the country.

The owner of the primary school was sentenced to life in prison on charges including culpable homicide and endangerment, while his wife, the headmistress, the cook and the meal planner were each imprisoned for five years, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

 
  Landslide Hits Indian Village, 150 May Be Trapped
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    NEW DELHI, July 30: A landslide hit a village in western India following torrential rains Wednesday, sweeping away scores of houses and raising fears that more than 150 people could be trapped, officials said.

Federal rescue workers were being hampered by continuing rains and poor roads leading to the village of Ambe in Pune district in Maharashtra state, where the landslide buried about 40 houses, said local commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh.

 
  Shells Hit UN School In Gaza, Kill 15
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    JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip, July 30: Several Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school used as shelter for refugees in the Gaza war early on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 90, a Palestinian health official and a U.N. official said.

The Israeli army had no immediate comment.

 
  Mars Rover Holds Off-Earth Distance Record
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    PASADENA, California, July 29: The odometer of NASA´s Mars rover Opportunity has hit 25.01 miles (40.25 kilometers), breaking the record for off-Earth distance traveled.

NASA officials said Monday that Opportunity drove 157 feet (47.8 meters) over the weekend, which was enough to surpass the record held by the Soviet Union´s Lunokhod 2 rover.

 
  China: Ex-security Czar Zhou Under Investigation
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    BEIJING, July 29: China´s ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping´s firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country´s topmost leaders.

The party´s anti-graft watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said on its website that it is investigating Zhou Yongkang, 71, for serious violations of party discipline, but gave no details. Such an announcement typically paves the way for the official to be ousted from the party and face prosecution.

 
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