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GRENOBLE: A 39-year-old French soldier was killed Saturday while attempting a wingsuit jump in the Alps, the latest casualty in what is regarded as one of the most dangerous extreme sports, a rescue worker said.

The man died after jumping off the 2,525 metre-high (over 8,000-feet) summit of Le Brevent in the French Alps.

"When his flying companion reached the ground, he realised something had gone wrong. He probably crashed into" the mountain, a rescue worker said, confirming the soldier's death.

His body was later found at an altitude of 2,100 metres. An investigation into the accident has been opened.

American daredevil Johnny Strange died in the Swiss Alps in October while also attempting a jump in a wingsuit.

The average wingsuit jump lasts barely a minute and within eight seconds, the jumper reaches speeds of 200 kilometres (120 miles) per hour.

-AFP

YANGON: Dozens of people were feared dead in Myanmar after a landslide hit a jade mining region, workers at a local mining firm said, the second such incident in just over a month.

The landslide took place on Friday in Hpakant in the country's northern Kachin State, a rugged region sandwiched between China and India and the heart of Myanmar's multi-billion dollar jade industry controlled by its powerful military.

"We heard about 50 people were buried in the collapsed dump and four or five

JAKARTA: The Indonesian and Malaysian governments should jointly correct the direction of the Malay and Indonesian languages expansion in their bid to become global languages, said Socio-Cultural Advisor to the Malaysian Government Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim.

He said that with the joint efforts, the two countries could preserve the authenticity of their languages so that they would not lose out to English.

Rais said among the challenges faced by both countries now was the absorption of English

ISLAMABAD: A young Pakistani man was killed on Tuesday after being hit by a fast-moving train as he tried to take a selfie with it, officials said.

Jamshaid Khan, 22, who was an employee of the railways department, tried to take the photo on his phone while standing on the track in front of the train in Rawalpindi city.

"Jamshed Khan, a resident of Dhok Ratta area in Rawalpindi city, died after getting hit by a train while taking a selfie in front of it," Deeba Shahnaz, a senior official of

JAKARTA: The Surabaya Zoo management has cautioned several local and foreign media not to monkey around with reports alleging that a zoo employee had sexually assaulted an orang utan, resulting in its impregnation.

Merdeka.com news portal had quoted Surabaya Zoo president/director, Aschta Boestani Tajuddin as saying the news reports published recently were found to be false and baseless.

He said no such incident had occurred and the zoo authorities were puzzled how a news portal could come

RIYADH: A Saudi convicted of murder was executed on Tuesday, in the 151st death sentence carried out this year in the conservative Muslim kingdom.

Sultan al-Dosari was executed in the eastern province of Ihsa after his conviction for stabbing to death another man, the interior ministry said.

According to AFP tallies, his case brings to 151 the number of locals and foreigners put to death this year, against 87 for all of 2014.

Amnesty International says the number of executions in Saudi

LEGAZPI: Typhoon Melor carved through the central Philippines on Tuesday bringing heavy rain and strong winds that left millions without power and at least three people dead, officials said.

One person died of hypothermia while two others drowned in floods in the poor fishing town of Catarman in Northern Samar province in the Visayas region south of Manila, municipal disaster officer Jonathan Baldo told DZMM radio.

The storm toppled trees and cut electricity to at least seven provinces, the

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