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US navy jet crashes during test flight

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A supersonic combat jet crashed Saturday afternoon on a training complex in rural Nevada, the Navy said.

The F/A-18C Hornet went down about 70 miles east of Naval Air Station Fallon in western Nevada, an hour’s drive east of Reno.

The aircraft was conducting a training flight. Navy personnel were en route to the scene Saturday night and had not yet “confirmed the status of the aircraft crew member,” according to a news release.

The plane was assigned to the air station’s Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center.

Bus crash kills students and teachers in Thailand

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A bus crash in eastern Thailand has killed at least 15 people, including 13 students.

The bus was travelling to the seaside town of Pattaya, about 150km (90 miles) south-east of Bangkok, when it crashed into a truck. Thirteen students and two teachers died, while more than 30 were injured.

The crash occurred early on Friday, police said. The students were travelling from the north-eastern city of Ratchasima on a field trip to Pattaya when their double-decker bus crashed into an 18-wheeler truck.

Police officials said the students were between the ages of 10-14. They are now investigating the crash.

Traffic accidents are common in Thailand, with poor safety standards and busy roads thought to be a factor.

Explosion in Qatar kills a dozen

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Twelve people died when a large gas cylinder exploded Thursday on the roof of a restaurant in Doha, Qatar, the emirate’s civil defense director said in a televised news conference.

The blast injured 31 others and caused the partial collapse of Istanbul Restaurant, civil defense director Hamad Othman N. Al-Duhaimi said. The collapse injured customers, employees and some people walking past the restaurant, Al-Duhaimi said. It also damaged nearby buildings and cars near the restaurant, which is close to the city’s popular Landmark Mall.

The force of the blast spread 165 feet (50 meters)

It’s not known at this time what caused the gas cylinder to explode. Authorities are investigating, the ministry said.

Plane crash kills three in Hawaii

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A plane crashed late Wednesday in Maui County, Hawaii, killing three people and injuring three more, said Maui County spokesman Rod Antone.

The plane went down about a mile from the airport in Lanai City. The injured were taken to hospital, Antone said.

Illegal gold miners found dead in South Africa

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The bodies of five illegal miners have been found near a disused gold mine in South Africa, emergency workers say. Four men and a woman were discovered by the shaft of a mine in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg.

Their deaths come a week after the high-profile rescue of more than 20 illegal miners trapped underground at an old mine east of Johannesburg. They were arrested after they emerged and are facing charges related to illegal mining.

South Africa loses millions of dollars to illegal mining activities annually, officials say.

The land around Johannesburg is dotted with disused mine shafts, which attract men from around the region, including Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, with the promise of remaining gold deposits.

Thai construction site collapses, at least eleven dead

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At least 11 construction workers were killed Tuesday when a big cement beam fell on them in a Bangkok suburb, at the site where they were working, Thai police said. About 27 workers were on their lunch break in the district of Bangpli when the beam fell on them, said police Lt. Col. Somchai Piakhan.

More than a dozen injured people have been transported to nearby hospitals, and at least one worker is still trapped inside the rubble, police said. A rescue team is trying to lift the wreckage of cement and steel to free anybody trapped underneath. Sniffer dogs have also been deployed to find possible survivors.

The collapse took place around noon at the construction site of a new hospital.

Bangpli is southeast of Bangkok, in Samut Prakarn province.

Fukushima, evacuated residents to “come back home”

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Japan’s government is to allow some residents around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to return to their homes to live for the first time since the March, 2011 disaster.

Tens of thousands of people were evacuated and a 20-kilometer (12-mile) exclusion zone declared around the plant after a devastating earthquake and tsunami triggered a reactor meltdown, the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986, causing high levels of radioactive contamination.

Once bustling communities in this pocket of eastern Japan were turned into ghost towns.

But on April 1, some 350 people from the Miyakoji district of Tamura city will be allowed to head back to their homes permanently, according to the country’s Reconstruction Agency. Some 31,000 people could eventually return home, it added.

The government says about 138,000 Fukushima residents are still living in temporary accommodation.