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NEW DELHI -- A firefighter who was rescued hours after being caught under debris of a collapsed factory building Thursday succumbed to injuries in a hospital here, officials said.

At least 14 people, including 13 firefighters, were injured in the devastating fire at Delhi's Peera Garhi area. Three people including a civilian were rescued from the debris of the the fire and prevent it from spreading. (India-Firefighters-Death)

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -- The CC4 package of the mega Temburong Bridge linking Brunei's capital Bandar Seri Begawan and Temburong district has been completed, a manager from the contractor, China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited (CSCEC), said on Thursday.

Temburong district has been physically isolated from the rest of Brunei, which has hindered the economic growth of the district. (Brunei-China-Construction)

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MAIMANA, Afghanistan -- Ten Taliban militants have surrendered in two Afghan northern provinces, authorities said Thursday.

They also handed over 10 AK-47 guns, one telecommunication radio and a motorcycle to military officials. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Surrender)

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JAKARTA -- The number of people died in floods in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and its peripheral areas has jumped to 19, the government said on Thursday.

"It has been confirmed that 19 people died, but two others are still to be confirmed," Indonesian Social Affairs Minister Juliari Peter Batubara told reporters in Jakarta. (Indonesia-Floods) Enditem

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