15 Jan '11, 12am

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102 pilgrims killed in stampede at Indian festival 4:12 PM KOCHI (India) - A STAMPEDE of pilgrims returning from one of India's most popular Hindu festivals killed at least 102 people and injured 44 others, officials said on Saturday. The stampede was set off Friday night when a group of pilgrims in a jeep drove into a crowd of worshippers walking along a narrow forest path as they returned from offering prayers at the hilltop Sabarimala shrine in the state of Kerala in southern India, said local police official Sanjay Kumar. Bangladesh arrests leader behind 'beggar amputees' 3:47 PM DHAKA - BANGLADESHI security forces said on Saturday they had arrested the alleged leader of a gang responsible for amputating the limbs of children and forcing them into begging. Omar Faruq, 30, was arrested on Friday in a Dhaka suburb, said Colonel Zia Ahsan of the elite Rapid Action Battali...

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