Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

400 Dead, 1,000 Injured after Earthquake in Iran; World at a Glance

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

400 Dead, 1,000 Injured after Earthquake in Iran; World at a Glance

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400 dead, 1,000 injured after earthquake in Iran

. MORE THAN 400 people are feared dead after an earthquake hit south-east Iran earlier today. Up to 1,000 more were injured and villages were destroyed in the quake, which measured 6.4 on the Richter scale. It struck at 5:55am local time (02:25GMT) and evoked memories of the devastating earthquake which killed 31,000 people in the Iranian city of Bam in December 2003. First reports said damage in major urban centres appeared to be light, though casualties were expected to rise.

The regional governor's office said aid agencies had been sent to affected areas.

Experts say Iran is one of the most earthquakeprone countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines.

Copper penny sells for [pounds sterling]229,000

. AN 18th-century American copper penny has been sold at auction for [pounds sterling]229,000.

The penny, which bears the date 1792, had been a family heirloom and was kept in a tobacco tin for decades by the owners, who were thought to be descendants of Oliver Wolcott, who was governor of Connecticut in the 1790s.

They took the coin to a collectors' fair in Pittsburgh and were completely unaware of what it was worth. The chocolate-coloured penny, only the ninth known example of its type, bears the inscription "Parent of Science & Industry: Liberty," and the likeness of a woman's head representing Miss Liberty. "The historical importance of this coin cannot be overstated," said Michael Sherman, one of a team of experts to authenticate the coin before Monday's auction.

Little Aiko, 3, is in line for Japan's throne

. JAPAN is poised to end 2,600 years of all-male tradition and end a potential crisis in the imperial family by letting a woman succeed to the throne.

Three-year-old Princess Aiko should become next in line to the throne when her father, Prince Naruhito, succeeds his father, Emperor Akihito. …

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