Russian diamond giant Alrosa says rescuers have abandoned a search for four of eight missing workers at a flooded diamond mine in eastern Siberia.
State-controlled Alrosa said on August 15 that it was impossible to continue searching at a depth of 310 meters, where four miners were working when a cavern collapsed and sent water rushing in at the Mir mine in the Sakha-Yakutia region on August 4.
The search for the other four still missing after the accident will continue, according to Alrosa. It said they were at a depth of 210 meters when the flooding began.
A mortar shell that landed in a house in Afghanistan’s northern Faryab Province has killed at least 13 civilians, officials said on August 12.
Ten children and two women died in the incident that took place in the Dawlatabad district in the afternoon of August 11, Abdul Ahad Elbek, a provincial council member, told the dpa news agency.
Naimatullah Tofan, the district police chief, said at least three others were injured in the incident.
It remains unclear whether it was Afghan security forces or Taliban militants who fired the mortar.
At least three people have been killed in a powerful bomb blast that ripped through a small town in Pakistan's Bajaur tribal region on the border with Afghanistan, authorities say.
At least 25 people were also injured in the August 11 explosion in the Char Mang district of Bajaur, said Aslam Khan, a government official in the area.
The region's administration said in a statement that the explosion was caused by a roadside bomb. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but initial reports said it was remotely detonated.
Air strikes by a U.S.-led coalition fighting to oust the Islamic State extremist group from its stronghold of Raqqa killed at least 29 Syrian civilians, including 14 children, in 24 hours, a war monitor said on August 8.
The dead include a family of 14, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The U.S.-led coalition did not immediately respond to the accusation. The coalition has previously said it makes extraordinary efforts to avoid killing civilians and investigates all reports of such casualties.
At least 30 people, including women and children, have been reported killed by the Taliban in the northern province of Sari Pul.
Afghan officials say the shootings took place after the militants seized control of the Mirzawalang area in the Sayad district on August 5 following two days of intense gunbattles with security forces.
Provincial Governor Zahir Wahdat said on August 6 that the victims were mostly civilians and included some local security forces.