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44 killed in Philippine earthquake

At least 44 people, including school children were killed today after a severe 6.8 magnitude quake hit the third-largest island in the Philippines and causing buildings to collapse and shutting down power supply. The quake struck about 70 kilometres from the coastal city of Dumaguete on the Philippine island of Negros, the US Geological Survey said. The dead included two elementary school children, authorities said, according to the Philippines News Agency. The girls died when walls at their schools collapsed on them, National Police spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. Said. "The ...