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Romania nightclub fire: Death toll rises to 41

Candles are lit next to photographs of the victims outside the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest, Romania. Photo: 6 November 2015 Image copyright AP

Nine more people have died of their injuries following last week's fire at a Romanian nightclub, bringing the number of deaths to 41, officials say.

Seven people died in hospitals in the capital Bucharest, while another two passed away in the Netherlands, where they had been treated.

The blaze at Bucharest's Colectiv club on 30 October was started by fireworks.

It led to mass protests and the resignation of the government led by Prime Minister Victor Ponta.

Read more: Protesters prompt Ponta's fall

Three owners of the club have been arrested amid allegations that the venue was overcrowded, lacked the required number of emergency exits, and may not have been authorised to hold such a concert.

More than 100 people are still being treated, with dozens still in critical condition.

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Image caption Spurred on by anti-corruption sentiment, protesters have been taking to the streets of Bucharest

Concerns that safety at the club was compromised because of corruption - a long-standing issue in Romania - have further fuelled public anger against the political elite.

Thousands of protesters held a rally in Bucharest late on Friday - for the fourth consecutive day.

President Klaus Iohannis has called for a "sea change" in Romanian politics in the wake of the government resignation.

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