New Delhi, July 15 (AP/UNB) — Rescuers say 11 soldiers are among a dozen bodies recovered from the debris of a three-story building that collapsed after monsoon rains hit a hilly area of northern India.
Gaurav Srivastav, an official from the National Disaster Response Force, or NDRF, says the rescuers are looking for two to three people still unaccounted after Sunday's collapse.
Fire official Raja Ram Bhagate says the dead included 11 army soldiers who were having a party in a ground floor restaurant in the building when it collapsed. One civilian also was killed.
Several soldiers were among the 31 people rescued after the collapse occurred in Solan, a town in Himachal Pradesh state.
More than 70 NDRF rescuers and 40 fire officers have been clearing the rubble, using earth movers, drillers and gas cutters.
Indonesia, July 15 (AP/UNB) — A strong earthquake in eastern Indonesia killed two people and damaged at least dozens of homes, a disaster official said Monday, as the government declared a seven-day emergency response period.
The magnitude 7.3 quake on Sunday was centered 166 kilometers (103 miles) southeast of Ternate, the capital of North Maluku province, at a depth of just 10 kilometers (6 miles). Shallow quakes can cause more damage.
National disaster agency spokesman Agus Wibowo said two women were killed by collapsing houses and more than 2,000 people have fled to temporary shelters. The quake was followed by at least 65 smaller aftershocks.
The agency is still assessing the level of destruction but said two bridges and about 58 homes in one village alone, Saketa, were damaged.
Authorities said there was no tsunami risk from the quake, but many people ran to higher ground anyway. TV footage showed people screaming while running out of a shopping mall in Ternate.
The hardest-hit areas, Sofifi and Labuha, only can be accessed by a 10-hour boat trip from Ternate or by small plane, Wibowo said.
With a population of around 1 million, North Maluku is one of Indonesia's least populous provinces.
Indonesia, home to more than 260 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to its location along the Pacific "Ring of Fire." A powerful Indian Ocean quake and tsunami in 2004 killed a total of 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Indonesia.
Iran, July 15 (AP/UNB) — Iran's president says his country is ready to negotiate with the United States if Washington lifts its economic sanctions.
Hassan Rouhani's official website on Sunday quoted him as saying, "The moment you stop sanctions and bullying, we are ready to negotiate."
Regional tensions have spiked a year after the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from Iran's nuclear deal with world powers. The U.S. has since re-imposed harsh sanctions on Tehran's oil exports, exacerbating an economic crisis that's sent its currency plummeting.
Earlier Sunday, the leaders of Britain, France and Germany called for an end to "the escalation of tensions" in the region.
Iran recently begun surpassing uranium enrichment limits set in the 2015 deal, but says these moves can be reversed if given enough economic incentives to offset U.S. sanctions.
Wapakoneta, July 14 (AP/UNB) — New statues of astronaut Neil Armstrong have been unveiled and an education center has been dedicated in his name as his Ohio hometown continues celebrating its native son's history-making moon mission 50 years ago this month.
The Dayton Daily News reports Republican Gov. Mike DeWine and other officials gathered at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta (wah-puh-kuh-NET'-uh) for the unveiling Sunday of a bronze life-sized statue of Armstrong as a test pilot. A statue of him as a boy also was unveiled.
A ribbon-cutting dedicated the Armstrong STEM Inspiration Center at the museum. It will promote science, technology, engineering and math learning.
Armstrong stepped on the moon's surface July 20, 1969. A celebration of the moon landing which had already begun continues through July 21 in the western Ohio city.
Toronto, July 14 (AP/UNB) — Robert Wickens made an emotional return to the race track Sunday with a parade lap in a car equipped with hand controls before the IndyCar race in Toronto.
Wickens suffered a spinal cord injury in a crash last August and his ceremonial lap around Exhibition Place was his first time on a race track since the devastating accident.
Wickens drove a $160,000 Acura NSX modified by Arrow to allow the Canadian native to drive with hand controls.
"I am over the moon with how crazy this is," Wickens said before he got in the car. "This is just incredible. The support I've received the last 11 months is unbelievable."
His passenger in the car was fiance Karli Woods, and Wickens has been determined to be able to dance at least once with Woods at their wedding later this year.
"We've been through so much together, it's only fitting we do this together," he said of the parade lap.
The car was equipped with a camera that caught both Woods' initial trepidation, then wide smiles from the couple as they heard the roar from the grandstands. Wickens raised his arm out to salute the fans and then gave the command to start the race.
"Future drivers of mine, start your engines," Wickens said from inside the cockpit.
Wickens is adamant he will race again.