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Indonesia earthquake toll jumps to 97

JAKARTA: The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck western Indonesia Wednesday has nearly doubled to 97, the military said, as more bodies were pulled from the rubble of scores of shattered buildings. The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake struck Pidie Jaya district in Aceh province at dawn as many in the mainly Muslim region on Sumatra island were preparing for morning prayers. The death toll has steadily climbed as rescue crews search, often by hand, through the homes, mosques and shops reduced to ruins. The…