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A soldier carryies a woman on his back during the evacuation of residents.
A soldier carryies a woman on his back during the evacuation of residents.PHOTO: EPA

Colombia landslide kills 154 on city outskirts, scores injured

A landslide in Colombia’s southwestern border province of Putumayo sent mud and debris crashing onto houses overnight, killing at least 154 people and injuring scores, officials said.

Heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks onto buildings and roads in the provincial capital of Mocoa and immobilising cars in several feet of mud.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos flew to Mocoa, population 345,000, to oversee rescue efforts on the city outskirts and speak with affected families.

Officials were working to determine the number of missing, Santos said. Nearly 200 people were said to have been injured.


18 hurt in accidental blast at French carnival

Eighteen people were hurt, five of them seriously, when a bonfire effigy blew up at a carnival north of Paris.

The blast happened when organisers set fire to a wooden figure during a carnival at Villepinte after a traditional parade by local children.

None of the 18 suffered life-threatening injuries. Three were children.


Rowing: Unexploded wartime bomb found near Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race course in Britain

An unexploded Second World II bomb has been found in London's River Thames near the start of Sunday's Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, police said.

At this stage, the event is still scheduled to go ahead as planned, but race organisers said they would not make a final decision until Sunday at the earliest.

Thousands of people are due to line the banks of the Thames to watch the 163rd edition of the annual contest between England's two oldest universities, which involves men's and women's races.


Football: Crystal Palace in stunning smash-and-grab away win over Chelsea

Crystal Palace checked Chelsea’s progress towards the Premier League title, with goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke earning them a shock 2-1 win over their London rivals.

Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring for Chelsea, who had not lost at home since September, tapping in from an Eden Hazard cross in the fifth minute.

But speedy Palace, who had won their previous three games to climb away from the relegation zone, hit back with two in two minutes, Zaha angling a shot through Chelsea’s defence to equalise and feeding Benteke who chipped home.


Tennis: Konta beats Wozniacki for Miami WTA title

Johanna Konta defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-3 to win the Miami Open – the biggest title won by a British woman in 40 years.

Konta, who had never won an elite WTA premier mandatory event, will move to number seven in the world rankings with the victory.

“Going into any match but especially against someone like Caroline who is such an athlete and can really stay out there as long as she needs, I think it was important for me to assert myself right away in the manner that I wanted to play... to give myself the best chance of executing what I wanted tactically,” Konta said.