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  1. A member of the Afghan security forces stands guard near the site of a suicide attack in Jalalabad A suicide bomber struck in a crowd of people in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on Thursday killing at least eight, officials said, in an attack that underscored worsening security. The bomber approached the crowd of dozens on foot in provincial capital Jalalabad as they were demonstrating in support of a local police commander who had been sacked and calling for his reinstatement, provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said. "Unfortunately, eight people were killed, all of them civilians," he said. A further 15 people including children were wounded in the explosion, he added. The Daesh group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement. Provincial health director Najib Kamawal confirmed the toll and said some of those wounded were in a serious condition. Both Daesh and the Taliban are active in Nangarhar province. Afghan and US officials have stepped up their attacks against Daesh and recently said it is steadily losing territory, with fighters largely confined to two or three districts in Nangarhar from around nine in January. But the group has intensified attacks across the country, particularly in the east and in the capital Kabul, recruiting followers and in some places challenging the Taliban on its own turf.
  2. Photo courtesy TOLO News JALALABAD: At least eight people were killed in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on Thursday, reported TOLO News. The explosion also injured 15 other people in the city situated in Nangarhar province. The attack, which targetted civilians at a public demonstration, is being reported as a suicide attack but officials have yet to give a confirmation, added the Afghan media outlet. The demonstrators were protesting against insecurity in the province's Khewa district.
  3. DUBAI: Militants attacked a Bahraini police bus near the Jidhafs area outside the capital Manama, killing one policeman and wounding eight others, the interior ministry said on Friday. The attack targeted the bus on the Khalifa bin Salman highway, the ministry said, adding that the militant group used a handmade bomb. ?Investigations are underway to determine the circumstances of this premeditated terrorist attack and arrest the group involved,? the ministry said in a statement on its website. The incident was the latest in a series of attacks targeting policemen in the country where the US Fifth Fleet is based. The government blames the attacks on extremists it says are backed by Iran to destabilize the country ? a charge Tehran denies. This month, a blast wounded five policemen on Budaiya road, near Manama, while they were guarding a procession by Muslims marking the annual Ashura festival.
  4. MUZAFFARGARH: As many as eight people have died after reportedly consuming poisonous milk in Wahlot area between Rajanpur and Muzaffargarh, Geo News reported on Thursday. The Deputy Commissioner Saif Anwar also shared that additional nine people are currently seeking treatment in the same case; seven have been admitted to Nishtar Hospital Multan while two are being treated in Dera Ghazi Khan's District Headquarter Hospital. The case was reported after 13 members of a family reported feeling sick after consuming milk and butter early Thursday morning. The rescue sources shifted the family members to the hospital during which time two people passed away. Since, then casualties have risen to as many as eight. The DC also shared that food and drinking items, such as wheat, curry, butter and other spices, have been confiscated and their samples have been taken. The forensic report will reveal the actual details of the case, remarked Anwar.
  5. A Turkish court on Wednesday ordered the release on bail of eight human rights activists, including the director of the local branch of Amnesty International, pending a verdict in their trial on terrorism charges. The case against the activists, who number 11 in total and who face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty, has become a flashpoint in Turkey?s tension with Europe and heightened concern that an important NATO member is sliding further towards authoritarianism under President Tayyip Erdogan. Among those ordered to be released were Idil Eser, the director of Amnesty in Turkey, as well as Peter Steudtner, a German national, and Ali Gharavi, a Swede. Under the terms of their release, Steudtner and Gharavi are not required to remain in Turkey before the next court date on Nov. 22. Two other activists were released on bail prior to the start of Wednesday?s trial. Another, Amnesty?s local chairman, is being held in the coastal province of Izmir where he faces charges in a separate case. ?It is a happy development that our friends are released, but this case should have never been brought,? said one of the defence lawyers, Erdal Dogan. ?We need a state of law and we need the support of our citizens.? Almost all of the activists were detained in July after participating in a workshop on digital security held on an island off the coast of Istanbul. The prosecutor has alleged a range of charges, including helping the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of engineering last year?s coup attempt. ?NO REGRET? Eser had earlier told the court that she had been arrested for doing her job. ?I don?t understand how I can be associated with three different terrorist organisations by having attended a workshop,? she said. ?I don?t have anything to regret. I just did my work as a human rights defender.? Another accused, Ozlem Dalkiran, a member of the Turkish arm of the Citizens? Assembly, a European rights group, told the court: ?I have no idea why we?re here.? The prosecutor has cited Amnesty?s links to jailed hunger strikers and alleged that some of the defendants had contact with people who had downloaded the encrypted messaging app used by the coup plotters. Authorities have jailed more than 50,000 people pending trial in a crackdown following the failed military coup. Erdogan says the purges across society are necessary to maintain stability in a key NATO country bordering Iran, Iraq and Syria. European allies fear he is using the investigations to check opposition and undermine the judiciary. The case has worsened Turkey?s already fraught relations with the European Union, which it aspires to join. Shortly after the arrests, Germany said it was reviewing Turkey?s applications to buy weaponry from Germany. A cabinet minister in Berlin compared Ankara?s behaviour to that of the former Communist East Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Turkey?s 12-year-old attempt to join the European Union should be halted, although Ankara has said it remains determined to press on with its accession process.
  6. KARACHI: Eight alleged terrorists were shot dead Saturday night by Rangers and Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) personnel in Raees Goth area of Baldia Town, a spokesperson of the former said. Of the eight suspects, five were killed on spot, while three others were wounded but expired en route to the hospital, the law enforcement agencies' official explained. However, the exchange of gunfire left one CTD officer and two Rangers personnel wounded. Authorities were in the process of identifying the deceased following the encounter with terrorists, the spokesperson stated, adding that some others managed to escape and a search operation was consequently underway. Weapons and explosive materials, among other things, were recovered from the terrorists' hideout, the spokesperson mentioned. Firing injures child A child was left wounded during a random firing incident Saturday night in Landhi's Mansehra Colony, rescue sources said. The cause of firing, however, remains unknown, the rescue sources added.
  7. MASTUNG: At least eight people have been injured in a blast in Mastung, Geo News learnt Thursday evening. The explosion occurred in main market of Mastung, Balochistan. The exact nature of the blast is yet to be ascertained. Rescue teams have been dispatched to the said area. This is a developing story and more details will be provided as received.
  8. Bomber Ahmad Khan Rahimi attending the first court hearing on screen in Elizabeth, New Jersey, while he remains in University Hospital in Newark, October 13, 2016. AFP/Kena Betancur/Files NEW YORK: A New York jury on Monday convicted an American of Afghan descent for a bombing that wounded 31 people last year in a bustling Manhattan neighborhood. Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 29, was found guilty on all eight counts linked to the homemade bombs he was accused of planting in Manhattan as well as New Jersey. Rahimi faces a mandatory life term in prison when he is sentenced on January 18. Following the two-week trial, the federal court jury rapidly returned its verdict on the charges, which included the use of a weapon of mass destruction and the bombing of a public place. During the trial, a prosecutor called it a "miracle" that nobody was killed on the chaotic night of September 17, 2016. One bomb exploded in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, lightly wounding 31 people. Police defused a second device in Chelsea and found five additional pipe bombs in Rahimi's hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey. The prosecution said police discovered a notebook containing references to slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Daesh after arresting Rahimi. The FBI believes Rahimi acted alone and is not connected to any extremist groups. "He believed he was a soldier in a holy war against America, and New Jersey and New York City was his battling ground," Assistant US Attorney Shawn Crowley said during the trial. Rahimi's fingerprints were found on the debris of the bomb that exploded, while the unexploded munitions revealed "more than 40" of his other fingerprints, the prosecution said. Rahimi pleaded not guilty. He was seriously wounded in a shootout with police that culminated in his arrest two days after the blast. New York Police chief James O'Neill on Monday said the verdict "is the most forceful deterrent for anyone considering waging terror in our city". New York has stepped up security with police deployed in force at numerous public sites since the attacks of September 11, 2001, which left nearly 3,000 people dead.
  9. File Photo KARACHI: Eight suspects were arrested and eight others ? alleged to be involved in criminal activities ? taken into custody following search operations conducted Saturday night in various parts of the country, police sources and officials said. Three suspects were arrested last night during a raid in Orangi Town's Mominabad area, law enforcement agencies said. On the other hand, two dacoits were taken into custody Saturday night following an operation carried out in Samanabad, police stated, adding that weapons were recovered from the arrestees. Police also recovered 2.5 kilograms of contraband during a raid in the metropolis' Manghopir area that led to the arrest of two suspects. Firing incident One person was left injured Saturday night during a firing incident that took place in SITE area, rescue sources disclosed. It remains unknown whether this incident was related to personal dispute or was a random act. Vehari operation Security agencies carried out search operations in various parts of the city here on Saturday, officials said, adding that eight people ? suspected of involvement in criminal activities ? have been taken into custody for questioning. It was not revealed as to whether a case was filed against any of the detainees.
  10. US conducted a drone strike in Afghanistan?s area of Badakshan against suspected Taliban hideouts on Tuesday, informed Tolo News. According to the report, as many as eight alleged Taliban militants were killed and more than 15 wounded in the drone strike carried out in Raghistan district. The drone strike also reportedly destroyed a cache of Taliban weapons, local officials said. ?In a series of ground and air operations, the NATO forces bombarded the enemy targets in Ghol Pala village in Raghistan district by using drones and as a result eight bodies of the enemy have been identified. Meanwhile, a large number of enemy fighters have been wounded and a great number of their heavy weapons were destroyed,? said Abdul Khaliq Aqsai, Badakhshan police chief. The Taliban confirmed that a drone strike had been carried out but claimed that they suffered no casualties. ?The casualty toll inflicted against the Taliban by airstrikes in one hour, was not done by our security forces in months. We ask the central government to increase the airstrikes in Badakhshan,? said Bashir Samim provincial council member. Meanwhile, Afghan journalists believe that currently Wardoj and Yamgan districts are fully controlled by the Taliban and clashes with security forces are regular in at least ten other districts.
  11. BUCHAREST: A strong storm killed eight people and injured at least 67 in western Romania on Sunday as winds of up to 100 kph (over 60 mph) also brought destruction to parts of Serbia and Croatia, officials said. Road and rail traffic in parts of Romania was halted by fallen trees. Several hospitals, schools and apartment buildings had roofs damaged and dozens of towns and villages were left without electricity. Some of the casualties were people strolling outside or coming out of supermarkets, the emergency services said. A group of tourists was stranded for an hour in a chairlift in the northern county of Maramures. In Serbia, a man went missing on his boat on the Danube river near Belgrade and six people, including a five-year-old child, were injured by falling trees. Arcing from power lines, caused by the high winds, triggered several wildfires. In Croatia, flooding brought traffic to a standstill in several coastal towns. ?We can?t fight the weather,? Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose told Antena3 TV. ?The entire medical sector is focused on the injured.? He said the government would help support the communities hit by the storm. Nicolae Robu, mayor of the Romanian city of Timisoara spoke to local TV station Digi24 as he was surveying the scene outside. ?There are dozens of trees on the ground, roads blocked, we are out of electricity and water. There are roofs torn off houses, apartment buildings. There are overturned trucks. I?ve never seen anything like this.? Romania?s national weather agency has issued warnings of strong winds and rainstorms for western areas. Emergency responders have urged people to take shelter indoors, unplug household appliances and park in areas not close to trees or power lines.
  12. The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills is pictured in Hollywood, Florida, US, September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri HOLLYWOOD: Eight elderly patients died Wednesday after being left inside a stifling South Florida nursing home that lost power during Hurricane Irma, prompting a criminal investigation and adding a tragic new dimension to mounting loss of life from the storm. The overall death toll from Irma climbed to 81 on Wednesday, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands accounting for more than half the fatalities, and officials continued to assess the damage inflicted by the second major hurricane to strike the US mainland this year. Irma killed at least 29 people in Florida, plus seven more in Georgia and South Carolina combined, authorities said. One of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, Irma bore down on the Caribbean with devastating force as it raked the northern shore of Cuba last week before barreling into the Florida Keys island chain on Sunday, packing sustained winds of up to 215 kilometres per hour (130 miles per hour). It then ploughed north up the Gulf Coast of the state before dissipating. In addition to severe flooding in areas across Florida and extensive property damage in the Keys, one of the chief hardships facing Floridians has been widespread power outages that initially left more than half of the state without electricity. Some 4.2 million homes and businesses were still without power on Wednesday in Florida and neighbouring states, down from a peak outage tally of 7.4 million customers on Monday. The power losses had fatal consequences at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hill ? a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, north of Miami. Three elderly residents were found dead on Wednesday inside the sweltering facility, which had been left without air conditioning, officials said. Five more patients from the nursing home later died at a nearby hospital, they said. Police said they have opened a probe into possible criminal negligence. ?The building has been sealed off and we are conducting a criminal investigation inside,? Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez told reporters on Wednesday. ?It was very hot on the second floor.? More than 100 residents at the nursing home were transferred to neighbouring branches of Memorial Regional Hospital, along with patients from a nearby facility that also was evacuated due to the police investigation, Hollywood city officials said. The eight who died ranged in age from 71 to 99, according to the Broward County Medical Examiner?s office. The cause of their deaths has yet to be determined. But most of the surviving patients ?have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration, and heat-related issues?, Regional Memorial Hospital spokesman Randy Katz told reporters. Police were first called to the facility at about 4:30 AM but authorities did not arrive until after 6 AM, officials said. Florida Power & Light said it had provided electricity to some parts of the Hollywood nursing home but that the facility was not on a county top-tier list for emergency power restoration. ?I am going to work to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place,? Governor Rick Scott said in a statement. ?This situation is unfathomable. Every facility that is charged with caring for patients must take every action and precaution to keep their patients safe.? New damage estimates Irma caused about $25 billion in insured losses, including $18 billion in the United States and $7 billion in the Caribbean, Karen Clark & Co ? a catastrophe modeller ? estimated on Wednesday. The Florida Keys were particularly hard-hit, with federal officials saying that 25 percent of homes were destroyed and 65 percent suffered major damage. Most residents had left by then and police have barred re-entry to most of the Keys to allow more time to restore electricity and medical service and bring water, food and fuel. President Donald Trump is due to visit the region on Thursday. Irma wreaked total devastation in parts of the Caribbean, where at least 43 people have died. People who fled their homes in hard-hit islands including St. Martin and the US Virgin Islands that were all but cut off from the world for days arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, late Tuesday. Michael Benson, 65, of St. John in the US Virgin Islands, said he lost everything. ?My house, my business, both my vehicles, everything is gone,? said Benson, who was stopping in San Juan before continuing to Boston to seek refuge with his wife?s brother. ?But we have life. We rode out that horrible storm in a shower that I had reinforced after Hurricane Marilyn,? Benson added. Irma hit the United States about two weeks after Hurricane Harvey ploughed into Houston, killing about 60 and causing some $180 billion in damage, mostly from flooding.
  13. File Photo KARACHI: At least eight lives were lost Monday night in different traffic accidents around the country, Geo News reported. Six people were killed and five others ? including a child ? injured in a truck-van collision on the metropolis' Malir Link Road, rescue sources said. Authorities added that of the deceased, two expired after the accident, succumbing to their injuries on way to and after reaching the hospital, respectively. Two children and two women were among those who died. Other injured people are being transferred to nearby medical facilities, rescue officers added. Two dead in Mian Channu A mini truck smashed into a motorcycle here near the Toll Plaza Monday night, rescue officials explained. Two ? including a woman ? of those involved in the accident died on the spot, authorities added.
  14. DALLAS: A gunman killed seven people at a home in a Dallas suburb on Sunday evening before being shot dead by police called to the scene, authorities said. The shooting took place in Plano, a suburb north of Dallas. David Tilley, a spokesman for the Plano Police Department, said the shooter was killed by the first responding officer after an exchange of gunfire. The officer was not injured. Seven people were found dead in the Plano home. Two additional shooting victims were taken to a local hospital. Their condition was unknown. ?We?re trying to put all the puzzle pieces together,? Tilley said. There was no information yet on the relationship between the suspect and the victims. Local media reports that the shooting occurred at a Dallas Cowboys viewing party could not be confirmed either.
  15. The Swiss Alps GENEVA: Eight people, including German, Austrian and Swiss citizens, are missing following a landslide that forced the evacuation of a village in the Swiss Alps, police said Thursday. "In the region of Val Bondasca, eight people who were there at the time of the landslide have not been found," the Graubunden cantonal police said in a statement. The Wednesday morning landslide sent mud, rocks and dirt flooding into the village of Bondo, near the Italian border, and forced the evacuation of around 100 people, some of whom were airlifted out with helicopters. Six of the eight were reported missing by their relatives, the police said, adding that the search for them had intensified overnight, with a Swiss army helicopter taking part. "The missing persons are nationals from Germany, Austria and Switzerland," the police said. Images showed a broad swathe of farmland covered in a grey, moving mass, with mud partially engulfing some buildings. Police said 12 farm buildings, including barns and stables, had been destroyed by the flow of debris.
  16. PARIS: A car ploughed into the outdoor terrace of a pizzeria in the town of Sept-Sorts ? located in the city's east ? early Tuesday night, killing an eight-year-old girl and injuring several other people, local media outlets reported. The vehicle wounded at least eight others, BFM TV said, adding that the driver has subsequently been detained. At present, it is unclear whether this incident was terrorism-related or not. A local official from the Seine-et-Marne prefecture declined to comment. Investigators believe the act was "deliberate... but apparently has no connection with a terrorist act," the public prosecutor's office in the town of Meaux said. France has suffered a string of terror-related attacks, including the use of cars as weapons. On August 9, six soldiers were injured after they were hit by a rented BMW in a western Paris suburb. The suspect, a 36-year-old Algerian man, was later shot and wounded after a dramatic motorway chase. ?This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is available.
  17. Danish toy maker Lego, known for its iconic coloured plastic bricks, said Thursday it had appointed a new chief executive, replacing Briton Bali Padda who held the job for just eight months. Niels Christiansen, 51, most recently the head of industrial technology company Danfoss, will take over the position on October 1. Padda, 61, a Lego executive for 14 years, was appointed in December and was always intended to be a temporary boss pending a longer-term replacement, Lego said. "The search for a long-term CEO began as soon as Bali was appointed CEO ... The perfect candidate appeared sooner than expected by the board, and that is the reason for the transition now," Lego spokesman Roar Rude Trangbaek told AFP. Padda -- who was the first non-Dane to head Lego -- will stay on in the Lego Brand Group in a special advisory role. Christiansen's "experience in digitalisation and globalisation, implementing a transformative strategy, and creating an agile, high performing, international team will benefit the Lego Group," Lego Brand Group chairman Jorgen Vig Knudstorp said in a statement. Lego posted record revenues in 2016, jumping by six percent from 2015 to 37.9 billion kroner (5 billion euros, $5.2 billion), for a net profit up two percent to 9.4 billion. Lego's colourful toy blocks have proved resilient to the rise of digital devices which is battering the traditional toy industry, but the company has also been adept at using different channels to engage with children. The group has allowed partners to develop branded video games, a Hollywood blockbuster, television shows and theme parks. The company has grown over the years, but has always remained owned by the family of creator Ole Kirk Kristiansen since its founding in 1932.
  18. Iranian troops march during a military parade in Tehran. ? Reuters FILE TEHRAN: At least four soldiers were killed and eight injured when one of their colleagues opened fire on a military air base in southern Tehran on Sunday, the Iranian military said in a statement. The incident was "probably related to psychological problems of the soldier who suddenly started firing on his comrades," the statement said. It took place on a shooting range, and could also have been the result of a gun misfiring, the statement added. "The injured were transported to a medical centre and an investigation has been opened," it said. State television reported a similar incident last month when a serviceman opened fire at a barracks in Abyek, around 40 kilometres northwest of Tehran, killing three and injuring six. The gunman in that incident, who had reportedly been denied a transfer to his home town, shot himself but survived his injuries, according to the ISNA news agency. Military service of two years is mandatory for Iranian men when they turn 19.
  19. SAN ANTONIO: Eight people were found dead on Sunday inside a sweltering tractor trailer parked at a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas, and authorities said they were the victims of "ruthless" human traffickers. Another 30 people, many in critical condition and suffering from heat stoke and exhaustion, were also in the trailer, which lacked air conditioning or a water supply, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said. Temperatures outside the vehicle topped 37.8 Celsius. The truck's driver was arrested and will face charges, said Richard Durbin, US Attorney for the Western District of Texas, and prosecutors are working to identify others responsible. The bodies were discovered after officials were led to the trailer by a man who had approached a Walmart employee and asked for water. "All were victims of ruthless human smugglers indifferent to the well-being of their fragile cargo," Durbin said. "These people were helpless in the hands of their transporters. Imagine their suffering, trapped in a stifling trailer in 100-plus degree heat," he said. San Antonio is about 150 miles (240 km) north of the border with Mexico. Temperatures in the area held above 100 degrees Fahrenheit until 6 pm local time on Saturday and were expected to soar into the 100s again on Sunday, with humidity making the heat feel close to 110 degrees, forecasters said. Raids on suspected illegal immigrants have ramped up across the United States in recent months, after President Donald Trump's vow to crack down on those entering the country without authorization or overstaying their visas. In Texas alone, federal immigration agents said they arrested 123 illegal immigrants with criminal records in an eight-day operation that ended last week. The San Antonio deaths come more than a decade after what is considered the worst immigrant smuggling case in US history, when 70 people were found stuffed into an 18-wheeler. Nineteen of them died in the incident in Victoria, Texas, about 100 miles southeast of San Antonio, in May 2003. 'Horrible Tragedy' San Antonio Police Chief William McManus described the latest fatalities as a "horrible tragedy" and said other suspects had fled the scene as police officers arrived. "Checking the video, there were a number of vehicles that came and picked up other people who were in that trailer," McManus said. Twenty people were airlifted to seven hospitals in conditions ranging from "critical to very critical," Hood said. Eight others are hospitalised in less serious condition, he said. McManus said the people in the truck ranged from school-age juveniles to adults in their 20s and 30s. He said the Department of Homeland Security had joined the investigation, and that the origin of the truck is unclear. Experts have warned in recent months that tougher immigration policies could make it more difficult to stop human trafficking. Measures to harden international borders encourage would-be migrants to turn to smugglers and fear of deportation deters whistle-blowing, they said. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials defended the use of tough methods to fight human smuggling. "So long as I lead ICE, there will be an unwavering commitment to use law enforcement assets to put an end to these practices," the agency's acting director, Thomas Homan, said in a statement. The Border Patrol has regularly reported finding suspected immigrants inside trucks along the US border with Mexico. Earlier this month, 72 Latin Americans were found in a trailer in Laredo, it said. In June, 44 people were found in the back of tractor trailer in the same Texas city, which lies directly across the Rio Grande from Mexico. San Antonio has a policy of not inquiring about the immigration status of people who come into contact with city officials or police. It was among several "sanctuary cities" in Texas that filed a federal lawsuit last month to block a new state law set to take effect in September that would force them to cooperate closely with immigration agents. "San Antonio will not turn its back on any man, woman, or child in need," Mayor Ron Nirenberg said in a statement responding to the truck deaths.
  20. US President Donald Trump speaks during a "Made in America" products showcase event at the White House in Washington, US, July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria NEW YORK: About one in eight people who voted for President Donald Trump said they are not sure they would do so again after witnessing Trump's tumultuous first six months in office, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 2016 voters. While most of the people who voted for Trump on November 8 said they would back him again, the erosion of support within his winning coalition of older, disaffected, mostly white voters poses a potential challenge for the president. Trump, who won the White House by the slimmest of margins, needs every last supporter behind him to push his agenda through a divided Congress and potentially win a second term in 2020. The poll surveyed voters who had told Reuters/Ipsos on Election Day how they had cast their ballots. While other surveys have measured varying levels of disillusionment among Trump supporters, the Reuters/Ipsos poll shows how many would go as far as changing the way they voted. The survey was carried out first in May and then again in July. In the July survey, 12 percent of respondents said they would not vote for Trump "if the 2016 presidential election were held today" ? 7 percent said they ?don?t know? what they would do, and the remaining 5 percent would either support one of the other 2016 presidential candidates or not vote. View the detailed analysis here: tmsnrt.rs/2vkyX7C Eighty-eight percent said they would vote for Trump again, a slight improvement over the May figure of 82 percent. Taken together, the polls suggest that Trump?s standing with his base has improved slightly over the past few months despite his Republican Party?s repeated failures to overhaul the healthcare system and multiple congressional and federal investigations into his campaign?s ties to Russia. To be sure, most presidents lose support among core supporters the longer they are in the White House. According to the Gallup polling service, former President Barack Obama saw his popularity dip among Democrats and minority voters, though it did not come until later in his first term. But Obama, who won the Electoral College with greater margins than Trump, was not as reliant on retaining his core supporters. The minority of Trump voters who said they would not vote for him again gave varying reasons in interviews for why they had changed their minds. Some were tired of his daily trolling of Democrats, the media, and the judiciary. Some were disappointed that the Trump administration has not yet swept illegal immigrants out of their communities. Others said the president has not ended the mistrust and hyper-partisanship in Washington as much as they had hoped. T-Shirt politics "If I had to walk around wearing a T-shirt saying who I voted for, I may have voted differently,? said Beverly Guy, 34, a Trump voter who took the poll in July. If the election were held today, Guy said she would vote for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Guy said she picked Trump mostly because she did not support Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. She never cared that much for Trump and now finds herself rationalising a decision that has angered many of her friends. "I care more about my neighbours than I do about politics,? she said. Another poll respondent, Brian Barnes, said he was standing by his choice to vote for Trump. He thinks the media is focusing too much on the Russia investigation and not enough on Trump?s accomplishments like his elevation of another conservative justice to the Supreme Court. "I think he?s doing all he can," Barnes said, "even though the Republicans in the House and Senate are creating a lot of problems" by not passing a healthcare bill. Experts in American politics said it makes sense that a transformative political figure like Trump would retain a high degree of loyalty from his supporters no matter what negative headlines are swirling around the White House. Political winds do not shift quickly in a strong economy, they said, especially when many of the president?s decisions have yet to take root. "People are still invested in the choices they made" on Election Day, said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia?s Center for Politics. "They?re not about to admit that they?re wrong, at least not yet." Elaine Kamarck, an expert in American electoral politics at the Brookings Institution, said the erosion in Trump?s base could certainly hurt his chances of re-election, though it is too early to say so for sure. The most important question is whether he loses support where it counts ? in battleground states that he barely won last year. "If these disenchanted Trump voters are in California, it doesn?t matter," Kamarck said. "If they live in Wisconsin or Michigan or Pennsylvania, it matters." The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English throughout the United States and has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of about 5 percentage points. The July 11-12 poll gathered its sample from 1,296 people, including 541 Trump voters, while the May 10-15 poll gathered its sample from 1,206 people, including 543 Trump voters. In both cases, Ipsos weighted their responses according to voter profiles gathered from the US Census? voting and registration supplement to the Current Population Survey.
  21. People look at the scene after a wall collapsed at Demba Diop Stadium on July 15, 2017, in Dakar, after a football game between local teams Ouakam and Stade de Mbour. AFP/Seyllou DAKAR: Eight people were killed during Senegal's football league cup final in Dakar on Saturday, the sports minister told AFP, as a wall collapsed onto clashing supporters triggering a panicked stampede. Sports minister Matar Ba said a young girl was among the dead, while around 60 injured fans had been taken to health facilities in Dakar. Ba vowed "strong measures so that such an event will never be repeated in Senegal", speaking to AFP by phone. A mass deployment of firefighters and ambulances remained at the scene late Saturday. An AFP journalist who attended the match described a stadium full to bursting with people for the long-awaited clash between local teams US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour. At 2-1 during extra time, US Ouakam supporters began throwing stones at Stade de Mbour fans, causing spectators to begin vacating their seats in a rush, the journalist said. Part of a wall supporting bleachers seating fans from both sides then collapsed, while police had begun firing tear gas and panic spread in the stadium leading to a crush. "All of a sudden when the wall fell? we knew exactly that some of our own had lost their lives because the wall fell directly onto people," said Cheikh Maba Diop, a witness who helped evacuate victims from the stadium and lost a friend in the tragedy. Also speaking at the scene, football fan Mara Die Diouf said policing at the stadium had been inadequate. "What I find terrible is that we have this kind of final in this kind of stadium here where there isn't enough security," he said. Diouf described police retreating from an area separating the two teams' supporters once projectiles began being thrown, triggering dangerous movements by spectators unable to defend themselves. AFP journalists at the scene saw belongings covered in blood at the site, with a pair of glasses and clothing strewn among broken pieces of concrete. Campaigning for Senegal's legislative elections due on July 30 would on Sunday be suspended in respect for the victims, said a spokesman for President Macky Sall. Sall also wanted "punishments serving as a warning", following the tragedy, spokesman El Hamidou Kasse said on TFM television. Senegal's safety record at large gatherings has been heavily criticised this year after the death of dozens of people at a religious retreat in April when a fire ripped through makeshift shelters.
  22. Eight people died and 25 were wounded in various incidents ? including firing and road accidents ? around the country late Saturday night, Geo News reported. Van-rickshaw accident A van and rickshaw met collision near Lucky Shah Sadar on the Indus Highway last night, killing five and injuring four others, police said. Bus flips over A bus travelling from Gwadar to Karachi overturned near Kund Malir, leaving three dead and 11 wounded as a result. The wounded people have been shifted to District Hospital, Othal, rescue sources stated. Firing in Karachi, Lahore, RYK One person was injured due to firing in Mansehra Colony in Karachi's Landhi, rescue sources explained. A stray bullet wounded a policeman in Karachi's Sharafi Goth area. The officer ? Assistant Sub-Inspector Riaz ? was stationed in Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)-Malir's office, police sources said. One person was injured in Lahore's Shahdara area for resisting during a robbery, police officials explained. However, the suspects managed to escape arrest after looting the citizen. Two other people were wounded for resisting during a robbery in Basti Jora of Rahim Yar Khan's Sadiqabad area, rescue officials said. Triple collision Five people were wounded in an accident on Nazir Hussain bridge in Hyderabad's Latifabad when a passenger van, car, and a motorcycle crashed into each other, rescue officers stated.
  23. The bus that collided with a tractor trolley on Crore Road, Layyah, on its way from Karachi to Pindi on July 5, 2017. GEO LAYYAH: Eight people died and 23 were injured in a traffic accident here on Crore Road late Tuesday night, Geo News reported. The accident occurred when a passenger bus ? en route from Karachi to Pindi ? and a tractor trolley met collision on Crore Road, near the city's adjoining forest, police explained. Of the wounded, 15 were transferred to the THQ hospital whereas eight were moved to the DHQ hospital, security officials stated.
  24. Eight people were wounded in a shooting in front of a mosque in the southern French city of Avignon in an incident police consider to be a settling of scores rather than a militant attack, a source close to the investigation said on Monday. Two of the eight wounded were hospitalised after the incident, according to the source, who also said that worshippers leaving the mosque had not been the intended target. La Provence regional newspaper, which first reported the incident, cited a judicial source as saying police are "not at all treating it as terrorist related" and suspected instead a dispute between youths. The newspaper also cited witnesses as saying that one of two gunmen with their faces covered had fired shots around at 10:30 pm as people were coming out of the mosque before the two fled the scene. Four people were wounded outside the mosque while a family of four in their apartment some fifty meters (yards) away took shrapnel, La Provence said. The incident comes after a man was arrested on Thursday after trying to drive a car into a crowd in front of a mosque in the Paris suburb of Creteil in an incident in which no one was injured. France is on high-security alert following a series of militant attacks in recent years.
  25. At least eight people died and another 35 were injured in a natural gas pipeline explosion in south-west China's Guizhou Province on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported. The explosion occurred at around 10 a.m. local time (0300 GMT) in Qinglong County at a pipeline operated by China National Petroleum Corp, triggered by a landslide after days of heavy rain. Xinhua said earlier that the gas line was an extension of a pipeline that pumped gas from neighbouring Myanmar to southwest China and that the fire was put out in the afternoon. Four of the injured are in critical condition, it said.