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Taiwan earthquake death toll rises to 'at least 13'

The earthquake has felled many buildings in the city of Tainan Credit: APTN

At least 13 people are dead and more than 100 people are missing after a 6.4 magnitude quake struck Taiwan, Associated Press reports, citing authorities in the southern city of Tainan.

According to the news agency, 475 people were injured, but 368 of them have now been discharged from hospitals.

Tens of thousands 'still on their way' to Turkey-Syria border

A Syrian woman carries her belongings on her head at a refugee camp near the Bab al-Al Salam crossing. Credit: Reuters

Around 35,000 Syrian refugees have arrived at the Turkish border near Kilis in the last 48 hours, a Turkish official has said amid warnings that tens of thousands more people may still be on their way to the frontier between the two countries.

Kilis governor Suleyman Tapsiz said the recent arrivals were being provided with food and blankets while accommodated in camps at the Syrian side of the border, adding that another 70,000 could be expected if Russian airstrikes and advances by the Syrian regime continued.

He told reporters that while the border was not closed, "at the moment there is no need to host such people inside our borders".

Speaking at around the same time, Turkey's foreign minister said the border between his country and Syria was still open, claiming that people needed to flee because Russian airstrikes were hitting "schools, hospitals and civilians".

He added that a further 55,000 people could be expected to arrive at the border in the coming days.


Syrian minister: Foreign fighters will 'go home in coffins'

Syria's foreign minister warned against any 'aggression' from foreign troops. Credit: Reuters

Syria's foreign minister has warned that any foreign ground troops who enter Syria without approval will "return home in coffins" - an apparent warning to Saudi Arabia which announced days ago it was ready to send forces into country.

Speaking amid talks intended to broker a ceasefire in the country, Walid al-Moualem said no such deal would be possible until the country's borders with Turkey and Jordan are closed.

It comes as thousands fled to the border of Turkey amid a fresh wave of fighting in Aleppo.

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