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  1. Equipment, including syringes allegedly used by the gang members to extract spinal fluid ?Geo News HAFIZABAD: Eight more women have emerged as suspected victims of a gang accused of extracting spinal fluid from unsuspecting ?patients? and attempting to sell it on the black market. The women belong to the city?s Bahawalpura area. Three of the women were shifted to DHQ Hospital for a formal medical checkup and five women have been referred to hospitals in Lahore. The total tally of the suspected victims has climbed to 24, after sixteen women were found on Thursday to have injection marks on their spinal cords, Dr Rehan Azhar of DHQ hospital said. Hafizabad gang arrested for extracting spinal fluid from girls Father of affected girl says accused took his daughter for a blood test which they said was necessary for them to financially help the family prepare her dowry The gang was busted on Monday after reports surfaced that it had illegally extracted spinal fluid from unwilling women under the pretext of a ?medical checkup?. Two of the gang suspects have been shifted to Lahore for carrying out polygraph test, the DPO said. He added that the investigation will be completed in the next two days. The father of a 17-year-old victim had informed the police that a sample had been taken from his daughter by people who claimed they were employees of a hospital and said that the spinal fluid was a necessary part of a medical checkup, which was required for financial assistance for the victim's dowry, Geo News reported on Tuesday. According to the father, his daughter started feeling weak after returning home. He then reported the incident to the police, informing them about the place where her daughter?s ?medical test? had taken place. Police then raided the location in Muhalla Bahawalpura and arrested the gang?s members. "Gang members pretended to be from the DHQ hospital. The gang consists of three men and a woman. We were informed by the victim?s father of her sample being taken on the promise of a dowry package being provided under a government scheme,? SHO Hafizabad had said on Monday. The number of gang members nabbed are now said to be five.
  2. A picture shows the damage caused by strong winds at a secondary school. Picture taken with a drone in Duisburg, northern Germany, January 18, 2018. AFP/dpa/Christoph Reichwein BERLIN: Violent gales battered northern Europe and beyond Thursday, snapping air and train links and leaving eight people ? including two firefighters ? dead. Germany halted all long-distance rail traffic for at least a day, while numerous domestic flights were scrapped as hurricane-force winds lashed the country. The storm claimed five lives in Germany, including two firefighters deployed in emergency operations and two truck drivers as their vehicles were blown over by the gales. A 59-year-old camper was killed instantly when a tree fell on him in North Rhine-Westphalia state, German police said, as wind speeds attained a high of 203 kilometres an hour (126 mph) at the Brocken ? the highest peak of northern Germany. The storm named Friederike also ripped the roof off a school in the eastern state of Thueringia while children were still in the building. Authorities said no one was hurt. In the Bavarian Alps, the strong gales forced the cancellation of a ski world championship qualifier at Oberstdorf. It is the worst storm to strike Germany since 2007, according to the German weather service. In the Netherlands, which had borne the brunt of the severe winter storms earlier Thursday, two people were crushed by falling trees as bitter winds barrelled off the North Sea to hit the low-lying country with full force. As the national weather service raised its warning to the highest code red level, a 62-year-old man was killed in the central Dutch town of Olst by a falling branch when he got out of his truck to remove debris blocking the road. A second Dutchman, also 62, was killed in eastern Enschede when a tree toppled onto his car, the Dutch news agency ANP said. In neighbouring Belgium, a woman driver reportedly died when her car was crushed by a tree as she was travelling through a wood in the Grez-Doiceau area, about 35 kilometres south of Brussels. Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, one of the continent's busiest travel hubs, was forced to briefly cancel all flights as winds gusted up to 140 kilometres an hour in some areas. Flights later resumed but all passengers were being advised to check their flight status, the airport said in a tweet, adding "up until now, 320 flights have been cancelled". The airport also had to close the entrances to two of its three departure halls when some roof tiles were whipped off the terminal building. Storm carpool The traffic chaos also plagued the roads, with the Dutch national traffic office reporting 66 trucks had been toppled over by the high winds causing huge traffic jams on the motorways, the highest recorded number since 1990. Traffic was also banned from several more-exposed roads and bridges crossing dykes. The NS national train service said meanwhile that only a few trains would be put into service late Thursday, and warned of further disruption on Friday as many overhead lines had been brought down by the high winds and would need repair. Stranded travellers took to Twitter in desperate bids to move around the country with no trains, and only a few trams and buses running. The hashtag #StormPoolen (or storm carpool) began trending with people searching rides between cities, and some drivers offering spare seats in their cars. "My lovely boyfriend is trying to get from Leiden Central to Delft. He's very nice and there's a bottle of wine in it for whoever can return him unharmed. #StormPoolen," wrote one Twitter user Molly Quell. Puk van de Lagemaat promised "mad Dj-ing and Karaoke skills to accompany you in the traficjam (sic)" if anyone could give her a ride from Amsterdam central station to The Hague. Thalys, the high-speed train operator, suspended services to the Netherlands and Germany. One Thalys train heading to the Netherlands from Brussels was stopped at Antwerp and all passengers told to disembark and wait for at least two hours, an AFP reporter on board said. Avalanche risk Germany's rail service said stranded passengers will receive a hotel voucher or will have the option of spending a night in a train at the station. Traffic is expected to resume only very gradually, said a German rail spokesman. Dutch insurers warned that the bill for Thursday's storm damage could top 10 million euros ($12.25 million). Four people were injured in Antwerp, including one woman who was seriously hurt after being hit in the head by flying metal debris, the Belgian news agency Belga said. Elsewhere in Europe, Tyrol state in western Austria said part of the Westbahn train line linking Vienna, Linz and Salzburg was closed on Thursday morning because of avalanche risk, national railways company OeBB said. "We don't want to take any risks," OeBB spokesman Christoph Gasser-Mair said.
  3. RAWALPINDI: Frontier Corps (FC) on Thursday conducted various intelligence-based operation in Balochistan and arrested eight terrorists, including an illegal Afghan national. The operations were conducted in the Gulistan, Pishin, Kanack, Dera Bugti, Uch, Sambaza Dera Murad Jamali and Sibbi areas of the province. Weapons and ammunition including, IEDs, rockets, fuses, grenades, mortars and explosives were recovered. Pakistan had launched a nationwide military operation 'Radd-ul-Fasaad' in February 2017, which was based on broad-spectrum security and counter-terrorism operations in Punjab, and continuation of ongoing operations across the country.
  4. Eight people were killed in a road accident on Chicha Watni Road in Bureywala, rescue sources informed Geo News Monday. Photo: Geo News screen grab1 BUREWALA: Eight people were killed in an accident on Chicha Watni Road in Burewala, rescue officials informed Geo News Monday. The deceased include four men, two women and two children, the rescue officials added. Eight people were killed in a road accident on Chicha Watni Road in Bureywala, rescue sources informed Geo News Monday. Photo: Geo News screen grab1 At least 24 people were injured in the incident, who are being shifted to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital. The sources said that the accident occurred after a passenger van and trailer rammed into one another. Eight people were killed in a road accident on Chicha Watni Road in Bureywala, rescue sources informed Geo News Monday. Photo: Geo News screen grab1 On November 27, last year, eight people, including four women, were killed in a road accident between a passenger van and a truck in Nooriabad, rescue official informed Geo News. According to the Nooriabad SHO, the van was en route to Hyderabad from Karachi when it crashed into the trailer. The bodies and injured were immediately shifted to Civil Hospital for autopsy and treatment, respectively.
  5. Mashal Khan. Photo: File MARDAN: The police arrested on Thursday one of the few remaining suspects in the Mashal Khan murder case. Mashal, a journalism student at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, was killed on April 13 by a violent mob on the pretext of committing blasphemy. However, investigators found no proof of blasphemy and ruled that the murder was politically motivated. The suspect Izhar alias Johnny. Photo: Geo News Mardan District Police Officer (DPO) Mian Saeed said on Thursday that Izhar alias Johnny was arrested from Saddar area of Mardan. He added that the suspect was in possession of a Kalashnikov, a Kalakov and a pistol. The DPO said the suspect was wanted to the police for eight months, adding that a total of 58 suspects are in custody whereas three are still absconding. At the last hearing of the case on December 14, Mashal's father Mohammad Iqbal recorded his statement in the anti-terrorism court hearing the case inside Haripur Jail. Mashal Khan's father Iqbal Khan outside the Supreme Court last year. Photo: File Earlier, during the hearing of the case, the prosecution had been producing its witnesses who recorded their statements and were cross-examined by both sides. The hearing was then adjourned until today. Earlier, when the hearing of the case was started in Mardan, Iqbal and the provincial government had requested the Peshawar High Court to move the case out of Mardan for fear of a law and order situation. JIT says PSF incited mob against Mashal, finds no proof of blasphemy JIT enquiry report finds political group was threatened by Mashal's activities At that time, Iqbal had also disclosed that families of the accused were pressuring him and he was afraid a fair trial may not take place. On July 27, the high court ordered to move the case to ATC Abbottabad and shifted the accused to Central Jail Haripur.
  6. A scene of the incident CHAMAN: Around eight people, including police and Levies officials, were injured on Monday morning in back to back bomb blasts on Chaman?s Mall Road. According to the police, the first blast occurred near the office of the Special Branch on Mall Road in which one person was injured. In the second blast, which occurred near a police picket, around seven people were injured, including three police and Levies officials. The Mall Road has been closed for traffic after the bombing The injured have been shifted to a hospital. A police vehicle, motorcycle and rickshaw were damaged in the blast. Law enforcement agencies reached the site after the blast and began a search operation. The Mall Road has been closed for traffic and further investigations are under way. The exact nature of the blasts has yet to be ascertained. This is a developing story and will be updated as reports come in.
  7. KARACHI: At least one person was killed and eight injured when a speedy truck crushed cars near the Liaquatabad's Dakkhana on Thursday, rescue sources informed Geo News. According to the police, the unfortunate accident occurred due to truck's break fail. The authorities have arrested the truck driver. The deceased and injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital for medico-legal formalities and treatment respectively. Separately, on November 10, at least one person was killed and three others injured in a traffic incident near the city's Mosamyat area, on University Road, rescue officers disclosed. The accident occurred when two cars collided with each other at high speed ? near a U-turn near Mosamyat ? in an attempt to save the female pedestrian but ended up hitting and killing her anyway.
  8. HELSINKI: Nokia said its chief operating officer will leave the telecom network equipment maker, which is struggling in the face of a shrinking market and tough competition, after just eight months in the job. COO Monika Maurer will be replaced by Joerg Erlemeier, currently a senior vice president for Nokia Transformation, effective immediately, the Finnish company said on Monday. Maurer was promoted to group COO in April, from COO of fixed networks, after Nokia?s head of mobile networks Samih Elhage announced his departure from the company and the group said it would break out services as a distinct business group from mobile networks. ?Monika Maurer... will support Erlemeier during a transition period and then leave Nokia to pursue new opportunities outside the company,? Nokia said in a statement, without elaborating. The telecom network equipment industry is going through the toughest part of a decade-long cycle, as demand for 4G and older 2G and 3G network equipment subsidies, while demand for next-generation 5G networks remains a few years away. Nokia shares lost almost a fifth of their value after the company in October reported a sharp drop in earnings citing weak overall market and internal problems following its 2016 acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. Nokia shares were down 0.6 percent in early trade.
  9. KANDAHAR: A roadside bomb planted by the Taliban killed at least eight civilians including three women and a child in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Tuesday, a local official said. The victims of the blast in Kandahar´s Maroof district "were going from Maroof district center to their village when a newly planted Taliban bomb hit their car," said Zia Durani, a spokesman for Kandahar police. The southern province of Kandahar has long been a Taliban stronghold. Durani provided no evidence to support the assertion of Taliban responsibility. The group has not claimed the attack. Roadside bombs have been responsible for about 18 percent of civilian casualties this year, according to the United Nations. Nearly 500 people were killed by improvised explosive devices between January and September.
  10. Jay-Z led Grammy nominations Tuesday with eight nods, followed closely by fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar with seven, in a striking embrace of hip-hop for the music industry´s top prizes. Photo: Reuters file NEW YORK: Jay-Z led Grammy nominations Tuesday with eight nods, followed closely by fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar with seven, in a striking embrace of hip-hop for the music industry´s top prizes. Jay-Z, who had never before been nominated in a major category as a solo artist, is up for Album of the Year for his "4:44" as well as for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
  11. A view of the van. Photo: Geo News KARACHI: At least eight people, including four women, were killed in a road accident between a passenger van and a truck in Nooriabad, rescue official informed Geo News. According to the Nooriabad SHO, the van was en route to Hyderabad from Karachi when it crashed into the trailer. The bodies and injured were immediately shifted to Civil Hospital for autopsy and treatment, respectively. A week ago, as many as 20 people were killed in a deadly accident in Khairpur. The traffic accident took place when, according to police officials, a truck laden with coal en route from Ranipur to Sukkur attempted to overtake a passenger van on the Shah Hussain bypass. ASP Rai Mazhar Iqbal told Geo News that the heavily loaded truck lost control while overtaking and fell on the van, which was on its way to Punjab from Karachi. The deceased and the injured were shifted to Civil Hospital, Khairpur after being recovered from the crushed van. The van had to be cut open after the truck on top of it was removed with the help of cranes. Motorway officials said later the incident, which occurred around 7am, was caused by overspeeding of both vehicles as well as the dense early morning fog.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.