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  1. WASHINGTON: An emergency alert sent on Saturday to Hawaii?s residents warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack was transmitted mistakenly by state authorities due to human error, Hawaii?s governor and emergency management chief said. State officials and the US military?s Pacific Command confirmed that there was no actual threat to the state. Governor David Ige, a Democrat, said in comments aired on CNN, ?I was awakened by the alert like everyone else here in the state of Hawaii. It was unfortunate and regrettable. We will be looking at how we can improve the procedures so it doesn?t happen again.? The alert, sent to mobile phones and aired on television and radio, was issued amid high international tensions over North Korea?s development of ballistic nuclear weapons. Ige, who apologized for the incident, said the alert was sent out by mistake during a shift change at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. He said such shift changes occur three times a day every day of the year. Vern Miyagi, the agency?s administrator, said in comments also aired on CNN, ?It was an inadvertent mistake. The change of shift is about three people. That should have been caught. ... It should not have happened.? The U.S. Federal Communications Commission announced it was initiating a full investigation. The FCC has jurisdiction over the emergency alert system. Earlier this week, FCC chairman Ajit Pai said the agency would vote at its January meeting to enhance the effectiveness of wireless emergency alerts, which have been in place since 2012. CHECK LIST Miyagi said there was a ?check list? that should have been followed. He said, ?I think we have the process in place. It?s an matter of executing the process. I think it?s human error.? ?This will not happen again,? he added. Media reports said it took 38 minutes for the initial alert to be corrected. After the alert was sent, the Emergency Management Agency later said on Twitter: ?NO missile threat to Hawaii.? A spokeswoman for US Representative Tulsi Gabbard said the congresswoman checked with the state agency that issued the alert and was told it was sent in error. Gabbard then tweeted, ?HAWAII - THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE.? Gabbard also tweeted the mistaken alert, which stated: ?EMERGENCY ALERT BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.? North Korean President Kim Jong-un has threatened to unleash his country?s growing missile weapon capability against the U.S. territory of Guam or U.S. states, prompting President Donald Trump to threaten tough actions against Pyongyang, including ?fire and fury.? Trump was wrapping up a round of golf at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida when the incident was unfolding. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said Trump was briefed and that it ?was purely a state exercise.? Hawaii State Representative Matt LoPresti, described his family?s reaction upon receiving the alert, adding that ?someone should lose their job if this was an error.? ?We took shelter immediately ... in the bathtub with my children, saying our prayers,? LoPresti told CNN. ?I was wondering why we couldn?t hear the emergency sirens. I didn?t understand that. And that was my first clue that maybe something was wrong, whether a hack or an error. But we took it as seriously as a heart attack,? LoPresti added. Hawaii, a chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean, has a population of about 1.4 million people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and is home to Pacific Command, the Navy?s Pacific Fleet and other elements of the American military. In November, Hawaii said it would resume monthly statewide testing of Cold War-era nuclear attack warning sirens for the first time in at least a quarter of a century, in preparation for a possible missile strike from North Korea, state officials said at the time. US Senator Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii, said on Twitter, ?At a time of heightened tensions, we need to make sure all information released to the community is accurate. We need to get to the bottom of what happened and make sure it never happens again.? The US Navy base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was the target of the surprise attack by Japan on Dec. 7, 1941, that drew the United States into World War Two.
  2. A pedestrian walks past a line of New York Police Department (NYPD) cars parked at Times Square in New York, US, October 18, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn/Files NEW YORK: Authorities seeking illegally acquired antique artworks have searched the apartment and office of a prominent New York billionaire and philanthropist, prosecutors said. As many as nine pieces were reportedly seized. The 77-year-old Michael Steinhardt ? who was the target of the inquiry ? made his fortune as a hedge-fund manager. A spokesman for Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. would neither confirm nor deny the seizures Friday but did confirm the searches. Vance has been active for years in trying to repatriate stolen artworks. Steinhardt is a well-known collector of Greek antiquities and even has a gallery named after him and wife Judy in the Metropolitan Museum, not far from their Fifth Avenue apartment. Steinhardt told The New York Times he had no comment on the matter "for now." Copies of search warrants provided to AFP, and signed by a New York judge on January 3, indicated that investigators were seeking about a dozen antiques from Greece and Italy, acquired between 1996 and 2011 for sums ranging from $25,000 to $380,000. ´Thousands´ of pieces returned The latter sum was spent in 2006 to acquire an 18-inch tall (45-centimetre) white oil vessel that depicts the figures of a woman and a young boy in a funerary scene dating from around 420 BC. A spokesman for the prosecutor´s office would not say whether Steinhardt might face any charges, but the search warrants list criminal possession of stolen property as a potential violation. In recent years, Vance´s office has made it a priority to track stolen works -- seizing some from museums, private collections or auction houses -- and return them to their rightful owners, including in Lebanon, Pakistan and Italy. So far, no charges have been brought against anyone for possessing the disputed works -- which sometimes pass through several hands before reaching owners in New York, the Times said. Thus, on December 15 three antiques were returned to Lebanon. They included a Greek bull´s head statue that had been exhibited at the "Met." Its estimated value: $1.2 million. Vance´s office said it had been stolen during Lebanon´s civil war. Vance said at the time that his office had, since 2012, tracked down several thousand antique pieces with a total value of more than $150 million.
  3. KARANGASEM: Indonesia kept the airport on Bali closed on Tuesday as ash from an erupting volcano swept the holiday island, leaving thousands of tourists stranded as authorities tried to persuade villagers living nearby to leave their homes. A total of 443 flights, both domestic and international, were affected by the closure of the airport, about 60 km (37 miles) from Mount Agung which is spewing smoke and ash high into the sky. ?Aircraft flight channels are covered with volcanic ash,? the transport ministry said in a statement, citing aviation navigation authorities. The airport - the second-biggest in Indonesia - will be closed at least until 7 a.m. on Wednesday, the ministry said. Frustration at the airport was starting to boil over, with an estimated 2,000 people attempting to get refunds and reschedule tickets. ?There are thousands of people stranded here at the airport,? said Nitin Sheth, a tourist from India. ?They have to go to some other airport and they are trying to do that, but the government or authorities here are not helping.? Others were more relaxed. ?No, there?s not a lot of information ... very little. (But) it?s all right. We?re on holidays so it doesn?t matter. We don?t know what?s going to happen but we can get back to the bar and have another drink,? said Matthew Radix from Perth. The airport operator said 201 international flights and 242 domestic ones had been hit. Ten alternative airports had been prepared for airlines to divert inbound flights, including in neighboring provinces, the operator said, adding it was helping people make alternative bookings and helping stranded travelers. The airport on Lombok island, to the east of Bali, had reopened, authorities said, as wind blew ash westward, towards the southern coast of Java island. PRAYERS Agung towers over eastern Bali to a height of just over 3,000 meters (9,800 feet). Its last eruption in 1963 killed more than 1,000 people and razed several villages. On Tuesday, however, life went on largely as normal in surrounding villages, with residents offering prayers as the volcano sent huge billows of ash and smoke into the sky. Some villagers who fled in September, when the alert was last raised to the highest level, have gone home despite government warnings. On Monday, authorities said 100,000 residents living near the volcano had been ordered to get out of an 8-10 km (5-6 mile) exclusion zone, warning a larger eruption was ?imminent?. While the population in the area has been estimated at anywhere between 63,000 and 140,000, just over 29,000 people were registered at emergency centers, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the Disaster Mitigation Agency. ?Not all people in the danger zone are prepared to take refuge,? he said. ?There are still a lot of residents staying in their homes.?
  4. Emergency services respond to a fire that erupted at a flour mill in the Nazimabad locale of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan, November 21, 2017. Ali KARACHI: Fire erupted at a flour factory late Monday night here in the metropolis' Nazmiabad area when a boiler exploded, engulfing the building's entire top floor in flames. There was no labourer inside the building ? a two-storey structure ? at the time of the blaze, emergency services explained, adding that the boiler is located on its rooftop. Six fire tenders and at least 18 firefighters are currently engaged in trying to bring under control and douse the fire. The fire spread through the top floor when the boiler exploded at around 2:45 AM PST local time, prompting emergency services authorities to be called to the scene immediately. While the flames rage on an hour later, the fire is expected to be brought under control shortly.
  5. A view of Grenfell Tower from the wealthy area of Holland Park in London, Britain, June 16, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Files LONDON: Hundreds of people displaced by a fire that killed about 80 people in London in June are still living in hotels or friends? houses because of a failure by local authorities to rehouse them, the member of parliament representing the area said on Monday. The 24-storey Grenfell Tower, a social housing block in a deprived area within the wealthy borough of Kensington and Chelsea, was destroyed on June 14 in a blaze that left hundreds bereaved and homeless. A criminal investigation is underway into the causes of the fire, while a separate public inquiry is also going on to establish whether there were failures in planning, construction, maintenance or other aspects of the tower?s history. ?The council and the government are failing in their duty of care to Grenfell survivors, evacuees, and near neighbours every day,? said Emma Dent Coad, a member of parliament from the opposition Labour Party who represents Kensington. In a report on housing and inequality in the borough, she wrote that most children displaced by the fire were still in emergency accommodation five months later even though it was unlawful to keep them in such accommodation for longer than six weeks. The Conservative-run local authority, Kensington and Chelsea Council, denied that the slow pace of re-housing people was due to any failure on its part. A spokesman said the process was tailored to the bereaved and going at their own pace. Of the 206 households from the tower itself and from nearby Grenfell Walk who needed new homes, 28 have moved into permanent homes while 49 have moved into temporary ones, the council said. It said a total of 178 children were still in emergency accommodation, including living with friends, in hotels or in serviced apartments. Dent Coad dismissed the suggestion that any of the families were still in emergency accommodation out of choice. She said she had visited many families and they were all desperate to move into a permanent home. The problem, she said, was that they were not being offered suitable homes. ?A lot of people are losing their minds,? Dent Coad said, describing visits to families in cramped hotel rooms where children had nowhere to do their homework and parents broke down in tears when they talked about their situation.
  6. Many Saudis welcomed Tuesday?s announcement by King Salman lifting the ban by next year, but others expressed opposition online or in quiet conversations after decades of support for the policy by prominent clerics RIYADH: Saudi Arabia?s public prosecutor issued an arrest warrant on Saturday for a Twitter user who called for anyone who supports women driving to be killed, days after a royal decree ended a long-time ban on women taking the wheel. The Twitter user, who was not named, was alleged to have referred to men who support women driving as ?cuckolds who should be killed,? according to state-linked Asharq al-Awsat newspaper. The prosecutor?s announcement comes two days after a separate arrest warrant was issued for a man who threatened in a video clip posted online to attack women drivers. Many Saudis welcomed Tuesday?s announcement by King Salman lifting the ban by next year, but others expressed opposition online or in quiet conversations after decades of support for the policy by prominent clerics. Leading Saudi women's activist vows to return and drive Manal al-Sharif was imprisoned for nine days after posting a video of herself on YouTube and Facebook driving her car in Saudi Arabia In the statement, the prosecutor vowed to monitor for threats of abuse and pursue cases against those who ?incite attacks against society and violations of the rights of others?.
  7. WASHINGTON The US Secret Service arrested a person with firearms near the White House on Sunday morning, the agency said in a statement on Monday. Uniformed Secret Service officers were approached by the person at an intersection close to the White House, the statement said. "The encounter with the individual resulted in Secret Service Officers taking investigative action. The individual was arrested for possession of several firearms," the statement said. No further details were provided.
  8. LONDON: A Pakistan International Airline flight from Islamabad to London was searched by UK?s border agency officials, sources informed Geo News. Agency officials, including sniffer dogs, searched the plane for five hours. The 17 British officials took off panels from the plane and did a thorough search. They were acting on a tip-off that drugs were being smuggled aboard the plane. However, PIA officials said the plane was cleared after no contraband was found. Earlier in June, the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) busted a gang of drug-peddlers involved in smuggling of drugs abroad through PIA aircraft. The ANF rounded up nine PIA employees from Karachi and one from Lahore.
  9. KARACHI: Sindh government has directed relevant authorities to ensure preparations are in place in light of heavy rain predictions in the province. Met authorities have predicted heavy rain in the province from August 29 till September 2. Departments concerned have been directed to make preparations for any emergency situation in case of flooding. Rain-thunderstorm to hit Karachi, other areas this week: PMD Weather system in north-eastern India expected to reach Pakistan's coastal areas from Tuesday, Wednesday The government has directed the municipal and relevant authorities to ensure the cleaning and drainage of the sewage system. Fishermen have also been asked to refrain from going to the seas till September 2. Pakistan Meteorological Director Abdul Rasheed talking to Geo News on Monday said that Karachi, Hyderabad, Badin, Tharparkar, Mithi and other areas of Sindh are expected to receive heavy rains as a storm system, present in north-eastern India, reaches here today. Rasheed said there is no threat of a hurricane but flash flooding fears exist as the drains of the metropolis are not properly cleaned and get clogged easily. The provincial capital, Karachi, has been seeing intermittent rain spells over the past week, claiming over five lives and causing severe drainage and electricity issues.
  10. In 2 years, Delhi has gone form “Tu Jaanta Nahi Mera Baap Kaun Hai” to #NotInMyName. What is the reason for this particular ‘woke' behaviour our everyday junta is displaying? Are we suddenly more conscientious than we used to be? Has social media galvanised a coming together of people for protest that wasn't possible earlier? Or has the political and administrative condition of the country so fledgling that individual citizens shall have to hold the government accountable at Jantar Mantar. ‘Lynching' – named after Capt William Lynch, head of a self-constituted judicial tribunal in America, land of the free and home of the brave, and hopefully soon, Trump's grave. But what is this paschimi sanskriti of foreign words. We shall Make in India and call it Mo-died. Because lynching connotes lack of legal sanction, but mo-deification has the sanction of all the pantheon of Hindu Gods and the cow. Moo. In every lynching (sorry Mo-died) the excuse – of appearing to eat beef or smuggling cows; how often are the reasons found to be true? And who is accountable when human life is lost on pretext, rumour, lies? How can one person be killed for seeming to have meat while the other not be tried after committing murder! © Twitter This is not creating an environment of fear, this is fear itself – a cancerous system that does not take any opposition, any entropy and crushes all form of dissent. There are no scams in this government because whistleblowers are killed (Vyapam anyone?) and even a certain news house, the last bastion of media to rear its head against the authorities, despite their televised protests, are harmonising in tune. This is how Consent is Manufactured. You can run the police, police the RBI, reserve the judicial appointments and justify political overreach but protests—that last bastion of democracy; that which cannot be stage managed by the party leadership—will be pooh-poohed by the right wing intellectual. This is the plight of the protestor: Damned if you do, damned if you don't. They'll call you a keyboard warrior if you don't go and a perfumed privileged protestor if you do. Since when does the advantage of caste class education (if found true among these protestors) de-legitimize the voice of a citizen, when it comes to stand together against murder in broad daylight? The regular what-aboutery of why didn't you speak when the Mughals were taking over your country is too ridiculous to address but, even when it comes to a nuanced critique of why this protest was a ‘flop show' people have been killed, nay mo-died. Shall we be protesting the murder or the nature of the protest against the murder? © YouTube Orijit Sen, who also designed the poster of this protest (mentioned in a different context). “I am Hindu, Male and Upper Caste, if I don't speak out, who will.” Privilege makes it easier to be the first line of defence against atrocity, and you mock the middle class when they try to share it. This protest has shown that privilege can insulate you from the crimes of the state, but it does not make you immune from empathy. On 28th June, 2017, in not only Delhi but cities across the country and some abroad, people - liberal, visceral, guttural—all stood up together to be counted, against a government that is quiet and complicit. We stood up as a population taking their agency back from those that claim ‘the largest mandate”. A statement issued from the authorities reeks of Orwellian doublespeak. We can hear you say the words but we also see the discrepancy in the actions. How else is it that massive nationwide protests are barely covered on TV news? All of the information coming out is on social media! It took 12 protests for the leadership to declare a hollow sounding statement, what is it going to take to get them to act. © Twitter #Notinmyname achieved quite a few things but most of all it made us step out of our echo chamber and kitchen politics into the streets for the ultimate confirmation; that we are not indifferent, or alone, one will stand up for the other. There will be witnesses, there will be versions of stories and vantage points; not one truth that the nation doesn't want to know anymore.
  11. Under a bilateral agreement, religious tourism is the responsibility of the government of Pakistan and India, says FO. ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) said on Wednesday that Indian authorities are not allowing more than 150 Sikh pilgrims, who are waiting at the Attari station in India?s Punjab, to travel to Pakistan despite the arrangement of a special train. The statement from the FO added that earlier in the year Indian authorities had cited ?technical reasons? for not allowing Sikh pilgrims to travel to Pakistan and as a result, a large number of people were unable to attend religious festivities. ?Then also Pakistan in an attempt to facilitate the Yatrees (pilgrims) had sent a special train to India to bring the Yatrees but it was refused by India,? said the FO. Under a bilateral agreement, religious tourism is the responsibility of the government of Pakistan and India, added FO?s statement. ?It is unfortunate that this has been hampered twice in a short period this year depriving many Sikh Yatrees of the opportunity to participate in their religious festivals.? The FO expressed hope that India will take effective steps to resolve the matter as soon as possible.
  12. KARACHI: Two members of banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi managed to easily escape Karachi?s Central Jail late Wednesday. The two convicts, Sheikh Muhammad Arif Firon and Ahmed Khan Arif Manako, were presented in the jail?s judicial complex for a hearing when they managed to escape the prison. 12 police personnel including the jail superintendent and deputy jail superintendent were arrested at the behest of Minister for Law & Prisons, Sindh. The two were arrested by the Counter Terrorism Department in 2013. A case was registered in New Town police station against the 12 police personnel arrested in the case. A rehearsal for security arrangements was conducted in Central Jail between Sunday and Monday.
  13. File photo KARACHI: Power outage in the country's biggest metropolis continued on the 12th day of Ramazan, causing a lot of distress to the citizens, Geo News reported. Areas currently experiencing a major power outage include Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Johar, University Road, Keamari, Masan Chowk, New Karachi's Sector 5-A1A, Liaquatabad, Nazimabad and North Nazimabad, Shahrah Noor Jahan, Scheme 33, Lyari, Gulbahar, and Safoora Goth. Driven by anger and desperation, some citizens also turned to protest in various areas of the city. K-Electric spokespersons have repeatedly stressed that the ongoing power issue is not the usual load shedding problem. ?It is wrong to label local faults as ?load shedding?,? they have said. Persistent power cuts test peoples' patience Many areas of Sindh were in the dark Monday night after tripping of Jamshoro Line Back to Stone Age: Power outage in Karachi continues during second Sehri A K-Electric spokesperson acknowledged that some areas in Malir and Shah Faisal have no electricity Nevertheless, KE has not updated its social media since yesterday. The power-supplying company has previously noted that extra high tension (EHT) lines in various parts of lower Sindh have tripped time and again since Ramazan started, leading to disruption in electricity and becoming a source of irritation for Karachiites during Sehri and Iftar times. For now, it looks like the relevant authorities have gone back on all promises they made to not carry out load-shedding during Ramazan, as Karachi continues facing power cuts.
  14. A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook northern Peru on Monday, injuring at least two people and damaging at least one home, authorities said. The quake struck east of the city of Mancora at a depth of 18 kilometers (11 miles), the Peruvian Geophysical Institute said. "Two people have been reported injured and a home has been damaged" in the northern Tumbes region, the National Civil Defense Institute said on Twitter. Peru sits on the so-called Ring of Fire, an earthquake-prone zone spanning the Pacific. Its last major quake was in 2007, when a 7.9-magnitude quake killed 595 people.
  15. The U.S. Department of Justice has begun a criminal investigation into Uber Technologies Inc's use of a software tool that helped its drivers evade local transportation regulators, two sources familiar with the situation said. Uber has acknowledged the software, known as "Greyball," helped it identify and circumvent government officials who were trying to clamp down on Uber in areas where its service had not yet been approved, such as Portland, Oregon. The company prohibited the use of Greyball for this purpose shortly after the New York Times revealed its existence in March, saying the program was created to check ride requests to prevent fraud and safeguard drivers. The Times report triggered a barrage of negative publicity for the company. The criminal probe could become a significant problem facing the company that is already struggling with an array of recent business and legal issues. An Uber spokesman and the Justice Department declined to comment. Uber lawyers said in letters to Portland authorities, which Portland made public in a report last week, that the Greyball technology was used ”exceedingly sparingly” in that city before the service was approved there in 2015. The nature of any potential federal criminal violation and the likelihood of anyone being charged is unclear. The investigation is still in its early stages, the sources said. Bloomberg news service reported the existence of a federal probe last week but did not identify it as criminal. Uber received a subpoena from a Northern California grand jury seeking documents concerning how the software tool functioned and where it was deployed, one person familiar with the request said. That indicates a criminal investigation is underway. The second source confirmed that was the case. A subpoena from a grand jury is a formal request for documents or testimony concerning a potential crime. It does not, in itself, indicate wrongdoing or mean charges will be brought. The ride services company's board has retained an outside law firm, Shearman & Sterling LLP, to conduct its own internal investigation into what transpired, those two sources and a third said. A Shearman spokeswoman did not return a message seeking comment. Uber, a venture capital-backed firm most recently valued at $68 billion, has long had a reputation as an aggressive startup. It has been battered with multiple controversies over the last few months that have raised questions about Chief Executive Travis Kalanick and led him to say he needed "leadership help." The technology at issue in the criminal probe helped Uber tag some users so that they saw a different version of its standard app, the company said in a blog post in March. Uber said Greyball obscured the real location of Uber cars in various circumstances, including the possibility of physical threats or merely to test new features. The program was part of a broader Uber system, called Violation of Terms of Service, that analyzed credit card, device identification, location data and other factors to predict whether a request for a ride was legitimate, current and former employees said. The technology was used partly to prevent fraud and protect drivers from harm, the company blog post said. If a ride request was deemed illegitimate, Uber's app showed bogus information and the requester would not be picked up, the employees told Reuters. However, the Greyball technique was also used against suspected local officials who could have been looking to fine drivers, impound cars or otherwise prevent Uber from operating, the employees said. The system might have gone farther than suggested by Uber's terms of service for app users. For example, it mined credit card information to see if the owner was affiliated with a credit union used by police and checked social media profiles to assess the likelihood that the person was in law enforcement. After the Times exposed the program in March, regulators who had been unable to catch Uber in places where it was banned accused the company of obstructing their inquiries. Transportation officials in Portland investigated and reported last week that Uber had used Greyball to evade 16 Portland Bureau of Transportation officials, denying them dozens of rides, in December 2014 before Uber was authorized to operate there. The city said it found no evidence that the behavior was repeated when Uber re-entered the market in April 2015. Uber said it used the Greyball technology in December 2014, while it was operating without approval because it was “deeply concerned that its driver-partners would be penalized financially” or otherwise for their driving.
  16. KARACHI: Authorities were unable to rescue a 19-year old boy who fell in a 50-feet deep well on Sunday afternoon in Karachi. Authorities failed to rescue the teenager, identified as Faizan, even after 18 hours had lapsed since the incident took place near Sassi Toll Plaza. Locals engaged in rescue activities near Ghaghar Phatak where the teenager fell into the well. The District Council Chairman Salman Murad visited the site of the incident; however, he took no concrete measures for a rescue operation to be launched. Earlier in April, a woman was rescued, while her alleged kidnappers were arrested from Mobina Town in Karachi. While talking to the media, the rescued woman accused Anas of trapping her in the name of love. Later, she said, they threatened of killing her brother if she would not go with them. "That is why I went with them," she said. Read more: Woman rescued, alleged kidnappers arrested in Karachi "He had kept me locked in the room [of a house]." However, Anas said him and the woman wanted to marry each other.
  17. A Russian naval intelligence ship sank off Turkey's Black Sea coast on Thursday after colliding with a vessel carrying livestock and all 78 personnel on board were evacuated, Turkey's coastal safety authority said. The ship, identified as the Liman, collided with the Togo-flagged Youzarsif H, the authority said on its website. The collision was caused due to fog and low visibility, the Turkish shipping agency GAC said. It occurred 18 miles (29 km) from Kilyos village on the Black Sea coast just north of Istanbul, broadcaster NTV said. Turkish authorities dispatched a tugboat and three fast rescue vessels, the coastal safety authority said. Advisers to Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim conveyed his sadness over the incident to Russian counterparts, according to sources in his office. No information was immediately available about the state of the Youzarsif H, or its crew or cargo. The Togo-flagged livestock carrier was built in 1977 and has a capacity of 2,418 tonnes, according to Thomson Reuters shipping data. It is managed by Nejem Co. Marine Services, according to the data. It was not clear whether either vessel was headed to the Bosphorus Strait from the Black Sea. The Bosphorus, which cuts through Istanbul, is one of the world's most important waterways for transit of oil and grains. The 17-mile waterway connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean.