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FLOODS and landslides caused by torrential rains have killed at least 582 people in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, and caused more than $1 million in damage, amid forecasts of continued downpours . . . NASA scheduled a Saturday liftoff for space shuttle Discovery on a mission that had to be postponed a week because of a bad switch . . . NINE BLACKS were killed and dozens of shacks torched in a new burst of faction fighting outside Johannesburg, South Africa, police said Wednesday . . . TRADE UNIONISTS reached an agreement with the Israeli government Wednesday enabling civil servants to return to their jobs after a two-week strike that paralyzed government offices.