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Young child and relative rescued after Taiwan quake

A rescue operation is underway at a 17-storey apartment building in the Taiwanese city of Tainan where it is feared up to 35 people may be trapped inside after a strong earthquake.

Rescuers have been using mounted hydraulic ladders and a crane to scour the wreckage, and 221 survivors have been brought to safety so far, with dozens taken to hospital, a fire brigade official said.

Among those rescued were a young girl and a woman who appeared to be known to each other, as the child called out to her as she came down a ladder.

Seven people are reported to have died after the 6.4 magnitude quake struck.

Taiwan quake survivors continue to be pulled from rubble

Emergency workers are continuing to pull people from the rubble after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan in the early hours of Saturday morning.

At least 230 people have been rescued and nearly 380 are injured.

A baby is held by a rescue worker at the site of a collapsed building. Credit: APTN

Seven people have died including a baby and young child, according to the Tainan city emergency centre.

At least 26 remain unaccounted for.

A man escapes a building with the help of a ladder placed by rescue workers Credit: APTN


Outbreaks of rain will spread to most parts of the UK

Outbreaks of rain will spread from the southwest to most parts of the UK Credit: Met Office

Outbreaks of rain will spread from the southwest to most parts of the UK, giving heavy downpours in places, particularly across southwest England and south Wales where local flooding is possible.

The rain will be accompanied by strengthening winds which will reach gale force in places.

The northeast of Scotland should escape the worst of the rain, with a few bright spells developing here after an icy start in places.

Although parts of southeast England will also remain largely dry it will become very windy here later too.

Top temperature 13 Celsius (55F).

Three British special forces 'injured in Iraq ambush'

British special forces in Iraq were wounded in an ambush in Iraq according to a report. Credit: Lewis Whyld / PA Wire/PA Images

Three British special forces personnel were injured in an ambush by so-called Islamic State (IS) fighters in Iraq, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.

The men from the SAS and its naval counterpart, the SBS, were part of a 25-strong unit of allied troops spying on IS positions near the northern city of Mosul.

They suffered shrapnel injuries when they were fired upon with rocket propelled grenades, the newspaper reported.

After receiving treatment on the ground they were given a medical evacuation back to Britain. The allied forces are said to have called in an air strike to tackle the fighters, who mounted the attack from captured US Humvee vehicles armed with heavy machine guns.

Around 30 IS insurgents were killed in the 15-minute firefight that took place around 10 miles south of the city's airport last week, the newspaper said.

The Ministry of Defence declined to comment.


Taiwan earthquake: Number of dead rises to five

A powerful earthquake in southern Taiwan has killed at least five people including a 10-day-old baby girl.

Several buildings in Taiwan have been left partially damaged by the earthquake. Credit: CCTV

The baby and three of the other dead were removed from a collapsed 17-storey building which fell when the 6.4 magnitude tremor hit at around 4am local time on Saturday morning.

Elsewhere in the city of two million people, several buildings are tilting at alarming angles but a fire department official said rescue efforts are now focused entirely on the apartment block where over 250 people lived.

The quake was centered 27 miles (43 km) southeast of Tainan, at a depth of 23 km (14 miles), the US Geological Survey said.

Several powerful aftershocks have also been felt in Tainan.

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