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BRITAIN: More were hacked, police say

Scotland Yard increased its estimate Thursday of potential phone hacking victims of the tabloid News of the World from 4,000 to 5,795 people. That hundreds of potential victims had been missed is a further embarrassment for London's police force, whose reputation has been tarnished by its failure to get to grips with the scandal. Two of the force's senior officers have resigned amid criticism they ignored evidence of systematic wrongdoing at the defunct newspaper, which belonged to Rupert Murdoch's media empire. The Metropolitan Police said it had identified 5,795 names in material collected from Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator at the center of the scandal.


CHINA: 'Rock burst' kills 4 miners

A sudden explosion of rock in a coal mine after a small earthquake in central China killed four miners and trapped 57 others, Xinhua News Agency reported Friday. The accident in the mine in the city of Sanmenxia in Henan province occurred Thursday evening when 75 miners were working in the shaft. Fourteen escaped. Xinhua said the explosion happened 30 minutes after a magnitude-2.9 tremor struck to the east of Sanmenxia. The phenomenon known as a "rock burst" occurs when settling layers of earth bear down on the walls of a mine, causing a sudden release of stored energy. Exploding pillars can turn rock or coal into deadly missiles. Shock waves alone can be deadly.


THAILAND: Disease in wake of floods

Samroeng Verravanich wades through rancid brown water in one of Bangkok's many flooded streets. The garbageman plunges a gloved hand into the filth, fishes out a slimy plastic bag and slings it into the red basket he's towing. "If you have cuts, it can create infections between your fingers," he says, holding out a dripping hand peppered with a red rash. "My hands got infected. It hurts and it spreads too -- like a virus." As the floods continue to creep into Bangkok, canals have become floating landfills. Raw sewage and animal carcasses can be seen, ripe for disease.

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