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Ecuador quake toll at 272, ‘certain to rise’

Portoviejo, ECUADOR: The biggest earthquake in Ecuador in decades has killed 272 people -- but that toll will 'certainly' rise even further, the president said on Sunday as overwhelmed rescuers struggled to pull survivors out of the destruction.

Hajj stampede toll mounts to 769

MINA/RIYADH: Saudi Arabia deployed large numbers of security reinforcements Saturday as pilgrims performed the final rituals of a hajj marred by double tragedy, with the death toll from a stampede rising to 769.