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Scientists wake up 30,000 year-old virus

Pithovirus sibericum observed under a microscope
The virus, Pithovirus sibericum, was found under 30m of frost in north-eastern Siberia. Credit: Julia Bartoli and Chantal Abergel, CNRS/AMU

A virus frozen in Siberia for around 30,000 years has been brought back to life after being uncovered by scientists.

The discovery of the virus, named Pithovirus sibericum, under 30m (100ft) of frost has prompted fears that other hidden strains such as smallpox could be exposed by the effects of global warming.

France's National Centre for Scientific Research, which was responsible for the finding in the Chukotka autonomous region, said in a release on its website that the findings "have important implications in terms of public health risks".

"The re-emergence of viruses considered to be eradicated, such as smallpox, whose replication process is similar to Pithovirus, is no longer the domain of science fiction," the organisation said. "The probability of this type of scenario needs to be estimated realistically."

Police: 'Driver may have fallen asleep' in rally crash

Police officers believe the driver of the Polo that crashed into Emma Wilkinson's car may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

After careering across the road into the path of the oncoming Chevrolet, there were no skid marks and traffic was very light, Tyumen region police said

Emma Wilkinson's car, a 1970 Chevrolet C10, while taking part in a vintage rally. Credit: Gerard Brown/Endurance Rally Association/PA Wire

Ms Wilkinson was with her partner and fellow participant Peter Davies when the accident occurred on the Tyumen to Omsk federal highway yesterday.

Mr Davies was not injured but a 31-year-old man and a baby who were passengers in the other vehicle were killed while a woman is in intensive care in hospital, Tyumen region police said.

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British rally driving mum killed in car crash in Siberia

Emma Wilkinson, a mother-of-two who has died in a car crash in Siberia. Credit: Gerard Brown/Endurance Rally Association/PA Wire

A mother-of-two has died in a car crash in Siberia while taking part in a vintage rally.

Emma Wilkinson, 46, was killed in a head on collision between her 1970 Chevrolet C10 and a Volkswagen Polo, according to local police.

Ms Wilkinson was taking part in the Peking (Beijing) to Paris Motor Challenge, described as the longest and toughest challenge anyone can drive in a vintage or classic car.

Recovery operation begins after Siberian plane crash

A total of 31 people have died after a Russian plane crashed in Siberia shortly after taking off. Eleven survivors remain in a serious condition.

The recovery operation has begun at the crash site in Siberia.
The recovery operation has begun at the crash site in Siberia. Credit: AP

The death toll was revised after the Emergency Situations Ministry's regional branch in Tyumen later announced a 12th survivor was in a village hospital.

The wreckage of the Russian aeroplane in Siberia.
The wreckage of the Russian aeroplane in Siberia. Credit: AP

The ATR-72, a French-Italian-made twin-engine turboprop, operated by UTair was flying from Tyumen to Surgut with 43 people on board.

The cause of the crash is not yet clear.

Emergency workers at the site of the plane crash in Siberia.
Emergency workers at the site of the plane crash in Siberia. Credit: AP

Death toll rises to 32 after Siberian plane crash

A total of 32 people have died after plane crashed in Siberia shortly after taking off, the news agency AP reports. Eleven survivors remain in a serious condition.

The ATR-72, a French-Italian-made twin-engine turboprop, operated by UTair was flying from Tyumen to Surgut with 43 people on board.

The cause of the crash is not yet clear. UTair published a list of the passengers and crew, with none of them appearing to be from outside Russia.The emergency situations ministry said 12 survivors were flown to a hospital by helicopter, but one of them died there.

'At least 29' killed in Siberia plane crash

At least 29 people have been were killed and 14 were rescued alive from a plane crash in Siberia, Russia's state-run Itar-Tass news agency have said, citing a regional Emergency Situations Ministry official.

The mid-range plane belonging to Russian airline UTair crashed after taking off from Tyumen on a flight to Surgut, an oil town further north in Siberia.

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'At least 16' killed in Siberia plane crash

A Russian passenger plane with 43 people on board has crashed in Siberia killing at least 16 people while 12 survivors were rescued, an emergency official has said.

The ATR 72, a twin-engine, turbo-prop plane, crashed some 30-35 km (18-22 miles) from the western Siberian city of Tyumen.

According to preliminary information, there were 39 passengers and four crew on board.

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