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More than 100 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide

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Yangon (AFP) – The bodies of at least 100 jade miners were pulled from the mud after a landslide in northern Myanmar on Thursday, in one of the worst ever accidents to hit the perilous industry.Scores die each year while working in the country’s lucrative but poorly regulated jade industry, which uses low-paid migrant workers to scrape out a gem highly coveted in China.The disaster struck after an early bout of heavy rainfall close to the Chinese border in Kachin state, the Myanmar Fire Services Department said in a Facebook post. “The miners were smothered by a wave of mud,” the statement sai…

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Deadline looms to sell US TikTok platform

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Prospects for popular shortform video app TikTok remained unclear Friday, the Trump administration's latest deadline on China's ByteDance to sell the US TikTok platform.

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States on November 25 pushed back the deadline by seven days to resolve the issue, which centers on White House threats to ban the popular social media app, which it says could be used for Chinese espionage.

The Department of Treasury, which oversees CFIUS, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

TikTok also did not respond to request for comments.

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Ecuador finds nest of huge, endangered sea turtle

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Conservationists in Ecuador have found a nest of endangered leatherback sea turtles, a whopper of a species that can weigh up to a tonne and be three meters (10 feet) long.

Also known as the lute turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), it is the world's largest species of sea turtle.

The Environment Ministry said the nest was found in Manabi province but did not say how many eggs were in it. They should hatch in about 60 days, it said.

A protective perimeter has been set up around the nest and a thermometer was installed.

This is the third time a nest of these creatures has been found since 2015 on the coast of Ecuador.

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Fellowship of stars battles to save Tolkien’s real Bag End

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Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins and other luminaries have formed a new crowd-funding fellowship to raise $6 million to buy the Oxford home of "The Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien.

Actors Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman, stars of Peter Jackson's Oscar-winning film adaptations, have joined the "Project Northmoor" campaign to turn the sprawling house into a museum in honour of the fantasy writer.

"To raise $6 million (£4.5 million) in three months is a huge challenge," British novelist Julia Golding, who is leading the campaign, said in a statement.

"However, we need only to look at Frodo and Sam's journey from Rivendell to Mount Doom -- which took that same amount of time -– and we are inspired that we can do this too!"

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