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People pay tribute near the scene of the stampede during Halloween festivities in Seoul.

REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji

Hard Numbers: South Korean tragedy, US political violence, deadly Somali blast, German frugality

153: At least 153 people — including two Americans and 18 other foreign nationals — died Saturday in a crowd surge at popular Halloween celebrations in Seoul. A 100,000-strong crowd had gathered in the Itaewon neighborhood of South Korea's capital for the country's biggest outdoor Halloween celebrations since the pandemic began. US President Joe Biden tweeted to share his condolences, while President Yoon Suk Yeol declared a week of mourning and launched an investigation into the tragedy.

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