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  1. The Supreme Court has taken suo motu notice of illegal construction in Bani Gala. Photo: Abdul Shakoor Khan2 ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar asked State Minister Tariq Fazal Chaudhry on Thursday what improvements his government has brought about since coming into power. Hearing the Bani Gala encroachments case, the chief justice questioned Chaudhry, who heads the Capital Administration and Development Division, on measures taken by the government to counter the population explosion under way in the country. Chaudhry informed the apex court that his government has been in power since 2013, whereas the settlements around Rawal Dam, which supplies water to the twin cities, have been around for centuries. The apex court observed that Islamabad should be a model city for everyone, adding that there are encroachments even in posh sectors of the capital. SC summons details of Imran Khan?s Bani Gala residence from CDA Chief Justice Justice Saqib Nisar warns that illegal residential structures in Bani Gala would be demolished When the environment director general informed the court of issues of pollution and water scarcity, the chief justice directed him to resolve these issues as it his job. Moreover, during the hearing, with regards to the court's earlier directions, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan submitted his Bani Gala estate's building plans. The court directed authorities to attest the building plans in one week and summoned the capital?s chief commissioner at the next hearing. Bani Gala case: Court cannot order demolition of 200 houses, remarks SC Judge Justice Bandiyal said that if one house is pulled down then the authority will have to do the same for the other 200 houses built in the area At the last hearing on Feb 13, the apex court had ordered the PTI chairman to submit the site plan of his 300-kanal estate. The Supreme Court has taken suo motu notice of illegal construction in Bani Gala and deterioration of the environment due to unchecked waste disposal and encroachments.
  2. Photo: File KHAR: A tribal leader was injured in a remote controlled explosion in Charmang, Bajaur Agency on Wednesday. According to sources, leader of a local tribe, Malik Farooq, was passing by the area in Nawagai tehsil of the agency, when the IED installed on a roadside exploded. The explosion left Farooq injured, who was taken to Agency Headquarters Hospital Khar for treatment. On the other hand, security forces cordoned off the site of the blast and started a search operation. Remote control blasts and attack on security personnel are not uncommon in the agencies of Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Pakistan Army captain, sepoy martyred in cross-border attack from Afghanistan Captain Junaid Hafeez and Sepoy Reham were martyred in the attack on a border post Nearly two weeks ago, unidentified persons opened fire on the check post near the Pak-Afghan border in the agency. As a result of the firing, a subedar of the Frontier Constabulary was martyred. In November 2017, two Pakistan Army troops were martyred in a cross-border attack in Bajaur Agency, according to Inter Services Public Relations. Captain Junaid Hafeez and Sepoy Raham were martyred in the attack on a border post of the Pakistan Army. Four other army troops were injured in the assault on the border post. At least eight terrorists were also killed in the attack and others were injured in retaliatory fire from the army.
  3. File photo. SWAT: An explosion in Swat's tehsil Kabal on Saturday evening killed at least one person and injured 15 others. The explosion took place in the Shareefabad area of the tehsil. Security forces reached the spot of the incident and established a cordon and initiated their investigation into the blast. Government sources said rescue teams reached the area and shifted the injured to Saidu Sharif hospital. Earlier in December, security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation in Swat's Jahan Abad area and killed two wanted terrorists. The operation was conducted after intelligence agencies received accurate information regarding movement of terrorists, who were crossing over from Afghanistan and entering Swat valley. This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.
  4. RAWALPINDI: Security forces on Tuesday evening cleared the portion of the damaged track near Magoli railway station in the province's Dera Murad Jamali area, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The track was damaged earlier in the day and around a four-foot portion was damaged in the cracker explosion. ISPR said all passengers were shifted from the incident site under security provided by the Frontier Corps. The statement added that the passengers of the affected train were provided the required administrative assistance during shifting from the train and subsequent movement towards Jacobabad. =
  5. CAIRO: An Egyptian officer and five soldiers were killed by a blast that hit their vehicle while they carried out a raid on a militant post in North Sinai on Thursday, the army said in a statement. It said the explosion was from a bomb laid by militants but gave no further details or the exact location of the incident. A separate security forces raid in North Sinai killed three Islamist militants, it said.
  6. BUENOS AIRES: An explosion at a port operated by Chinese export company COFCO in Argentina?s grains hub of Rosario on Wednesday killed one person, injured others and affected shipping activities, local authorities said. Television images showed thick black clouds of smoke billowing from a grains processing plant at the port of General San Martin, which is part of the Rosario shipping complex. ?There was an explosion at a plant operated by Nidera, which now belongs to COFCO,? Andres Alcaraz, spokesman for the CIARA-CEC chamber of export companies, told Reuters by telephone. A spokesman for COFCO, reached by telephone, declined to comment pending confirmation of the facts. ?The explosion caused one fatality,? Marcos Escajadillo, head of the civil protection service of Santa Fe province, told local television. Local hospital Sanatorio Britanico said by telephone that seven burn victims were admitted to the facility while other victims of the blast were being treated at other clinics. Local police and firefighters could not confirm the overall number of injured or the cause of the explosion. China?s COFCO agreed in 2014 to buy Dutch grain trader Nidera. This and other deals gave COFCO assets in some of the world?s top grain, vegetable oil, sugar and coffee producing regions. Argentina is the world?s top exporter of soymeal livestock feed as well as a major global supplier of corn and raw soybeans. Some 80 percent of Argentina?s agricultural exports are shipped from Rosario. The hub is situated along the Parana River, which leads to the shipping lanes of the South Atlantic.
  7. A child died and 10 people were injured in an explosion at a restaurant at Ecuador's capital. Photo: EL COMERICO2 QUITO: A child died and 10 people were injured on Christmas Eve following an explosion at a restaurant in Ecuador's capital Quito, authorities said Monday. The blast, which occurred at 11:11 pm on Sunday (0411 GMT Monday), was thought to have been the result of a gas tank exploding at the restaurant located in the north of the city. Those impacted were inside the restaurant at the time of the explosion and were transferred to hospital, authorities said in a statement. Officials added the "number of people injured may rise," but confirmed that nobody is trapped in the building, which partially collapsed. The conditions of those injured remain unknown.
  8. Picture from GN4GN.COM NEW YORK: An explosion has been reported in the neighbourhood of Manhattan. According to ABC News, police sources say a possible pipe bomb detonated in a passageway below ground at the Port Authority. New York Police confirmed that one person has been taken into custody but has not confirmed what kind of explosive device was used. Police further confirmed that only the suspect was injured and subway trains are bypassing the Port Authority station. Traffic has been suspended in the area and is being diverted away from the area. US President Donald Trump has been briefed on the explosion in New York City, said the White House. Earlier, the New York Police Department (NYPD), said it was responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. This is a developing story and will be updated as further details are available.
  9. The Argentine navy raised the possibility on Thursday that a navy submarine missing in the South Atlantic suffered an explosion, heightening concerns over the fate of the 44 crew members. An abnormal sound detected underwater by an international agency on the morning of Nov. 15, around the time that the ARA San Juan sent its last signal and in the same area, was ?consistent with an explosion,? navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters. The navy did not have enough information to say what the cause of the explosion could have been or whether the vessel might have been attacked, Balbi said. He was commenting on information the navy received on Thursday from the Comprehensive nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), an international body that runs a global network of listening posts designed to check for secret atomic blasts. The Vienna-based agency, which has monitoring stations equipped with devices including underwater microphones that scan the oceans for sound waves, said in a statement that two of its stations had detected an unusual signal near where the submarine went missing. But the agency was more guarded about whether this was caused by an explosion. A huge sea and air hunt is being conducted for the San Juan, a German-built, diesel-electric powered submarine that was launched in 1983, as crew members? relatives wait anxiously for news more than a week after the vessel disappeared. The relatives, camped out in a naval base in the coastal city of Mar del Plata, have been largely optimistic until now, but they shed tears and insulted authorities after being briefed on the news of the possible explosion. They were told about it before the public announcement. Balbi said that the news of the abnormal sound was consistent with a separate report received Wednesday of an ?acoustic anomaly? in the same area and around the same time. The San Juan was some 430 km (270 miles) off the Patagonian coast when it sent its last signal. ?This is very important because it allows us to correlate and confirm the acoustic anomaly from the US report yesterday,? Balbi said. ?Here, we?re talking about a singular, short, violent, non-nuclear event, consistent with an explosion.? In Vienna, CTBTO hydroacoustic engineer Mario Zampolli said the signal his agency had detected, ?could be consistent with an explosion but there is no certainty about this.? Speaking to Reuters, he agreed with Balbi?s description of the signal as unusual and short, adding that the cause was non-natural. The submarine was en route from Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, to Mar del Plata, some 400 km (250 miles) south of Buenos Aires, when it reported an electrical malfunction shortly before disappearing. The vessel had seven days of oxygen supply, meaning the crew would be running low if it had not been able to surface. HOPE FADING The news of the possible explosion prompted some family members to fear the worst, and many criticized the authorities? response to the crisis. ?They kept us here for a week. Why did they not tell us?? Itati Leguizamon, the wife of a crew member. ?I do not have any more hope, it is over.? Some relatives have questioned authorities for letting the crew navigate on an ageing submarine - criticism that has highlighted the armed forces? dwindling resources since the end of a military dictatorship in the 1980s. Authorities have said the level of maintenance, not the age, was what mattered, and that the vessel was in good condition. It received a major mid-life upgrade in 2009, in which its four diesel engines and electric propeller engines were replaced, according to specialist publication Jane?s Sentinel. Earlier on Thursday, a US embassy spokeswoman said an object detected by a US Navy plane near the area where the submarine sent its last signal turned out not to be the missing vessel. The plane, a P-8A Poseidon, was one of dozens of Argentine and foreign boats and planes involved in the hunt.
  10. 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.
  11. By now, we all are familiar with our Prime Minister Narendra Modi's love for travelling (for official purposes of course). No offence meant but honestly, it is now a rare sight to see him in India. But the fact that his immense amount of travelling is doing some good to the country cannot be ignored either. In case you have been living under a rock, let us tell you about his latest trip abroad. PM Modi is currently in Manila, Philippines along with other world leaders, to take part in the 50th edition of the ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit. He is joined by the United States President Donald Trump, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak among others. A gala dinner was held to mark the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN that saw these world leaders wearing Barong Tagalong, an embroidered shirt which is the national dress of the Philippines. With world leaders at the Gala Dinner in Manila. pic.twitter.com/DY5s5Yjgdq — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 12, 2017 All was well and good till the internet got hold of a few photos of PM Modi interacting with the other leaders, some of which he tweeted himself. Interacting with world leaders in Manila. pic.twitter.com/qh0pdcFyXP — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 12, 2017 And as you are aware, folks on Twitter can turn anything and everything into memes. But this time by memes, we do not mean the ones that will make you giggle for a second and then you would forget about them. We mean memes that will make you laugh your lungs off and will be etched in your minds forever. Trust us when we say this, you would not be able to see our PM the same way after looking at these memes. 1. Because Everybody Is Obsessed With The Iphone X Tere liye Khakhra laya hoon, mera iPhone X laya hai na tu? pic.twitter.com/N1nRc7ZpGv — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) November 12, 2017 2. How We Wish This Actually Happened! Guys, sabko apne apne step yaad hai na, 5th line ke baad tujhe moonwalk karna hai. pic.twitter.com/eAhlNYgOFZ — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) November 12, 2017 3. Guys, Janpath Is TheBomb.Com 700 ki? bhai lutt gaya na maine Janpath se 250 mei li same shirt. pic.twitter.com/OjmO4BVJeg — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) November 12, 2017 4. You Saw This Coming, Didn't You? Sattar minute hai tumhare paas. Aaj tum achcha khelo ya bura, yeh sattar minute tumhe zindagi bhar yaad rahenge (2017) pic.twitter.com/5aoYNHpK8U — Angoor stark ð (@ladywithflaws) November 12, 2017 5. Wanderlust Taking Over Modi : Tu tension mat le, ek din tere desh bhi aaunga main !! pic.twitter.com/64SXHNcmCH — Yo Yo Funny Singh (@moronhumor) November 12, 2017 6. Can't Deny The Truth! Girls v/s Boys reaction on same dress ððð pic.twitter.com/TL4k2CjHqK — Athiest (@whatsinid) November 12, 2017 7. If This Doesn't Make You Laugh, We Don't What Will "Oh ho ho" pe jo na naacha saalo udhr hi maarunga... pic.twitter.com/Wi0H4XMDYU — Dr. Gill (@ikpsgill1) November 12, 2017 8. Friends Forever! ek baar tum sab se personally milne tumhare desh fir se aaunga. pic.twitter.com/A0H2mnsxNG — Kuptaanð®ð³ (@Kuptaan) November 12, 2017 9. Just Pure Gold! “Ek baar jo maine aapki country aane ki commitment kar di, to fir main apne aap ki bhi nahi sunta” pic.twitter.com/du2gb5xHrx — The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) November 12, 2017 10. We Guess 'Mitron' Is His Favorite Word Modi : Ek baat bata, yeh kaisa naam hai, Mitron Mahadev Russian PM : Bhai Mera naam Dmitry Medvedev hai#ASEANSummit #Manila pic.twitter.com/hgy40QxXv1 — Sunny (@sunil_ss7) November 12, 2017 11. Well, Well, Well… Vo mere pichhe khadi hai uska naam kya hai pic.twitter.com/8ZJmw8BMDy — Ravi yadav (@im_ryb) November 12, 2017 12. Okay? Okay. Aaj Gadi tera bhai chalayega Party ke baad pic.twitter.com/lp6lCkZ3oQ — Dhaval Patel (@dhaval241086) November 12, 2017 13. Golden Advice Modi : Hamesha yaad rakhna mitron Bus, Train aur Ladki .. Ek jaati hai, to dusri zaroor aati hai ! pic.twitter.com/vWUWrAj3UD — Yo Yo Funny Singh (@moronhumor) November 12, 2017 Brb, got to control our laughter!
  12. CHARIKAR: At least 15 people were killed and 27 wounded when fuel tankers exploded in the town of Charikar, northwest of the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, destroying a nearby bus, residents and officials said. A security official said a sticky bomb destroyed two tankers, setting off an explosion that engulfed the bus, burning many passengers to death. Waheeda Shahkar, a spokeswoman for the local governor, put the death toll at least 15, with 27 wounded. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came a day after up to eight people were killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul.
  13. An explosion at an Indian power plant Wednesday killed at least 10 workers and seriously burned dozens of others, with police warning the death toll could rise. Photo: AFP file LUCKNOW: An explosion at an Indian power plant Wednesday killed at least 10 workers and seriously burned dozens of others, with police warning the death toll could rise. The blast occurred at a coal-fired power plant in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, run by the government-owned National Thermal Power Corporation. ?Ten persons have died and around 40-50 persons are grievously injured. The death toll may rise,? said Anand Kumar, director-general of police in the state capital Lucknow. It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion. The state operator said rescue operations were underway after the ?unfortunate accident in the boiler? at the coal plant in Rae Bareli district. Television footage showed ambulances rushing to the scene. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath offered his condolences to the families of the dead and offered each compensation of 200,000 rupees ($3,096). Workplace accidents are common in India, where poor safety standards and lax enforcement of regulations have led to horrific deaths. India?s power distribution system is prone to accidents, mostly because of poor maintainance and underfunding in rural areas. An electricity transformer exploded outside a wedding in the western state of Rajasthan Tuesday evening, killing at least 13 people including a pregnant woman. Dozens of guests had assembled for the ceremony in Jaipur when the transformer blew up, spewing hot oil and metal shards. Nearly 10,000 people died of electrocution in India in 2015, according to the most recent data available from the national crimes records bureau.
  14. Image of Razzak's car after the explosion. Photo: Geo News HARNAI: Awami National Party (ANP) leader Abdul Razzak and his brother lost their lives in a car explosion in Shahrag Tehsil of Balochistan's Harnai District on Friday, according to the party?s information secretary. Harnai District Commissioner Abdul Salam Achakzai said that five to six kilogrammes of explosives were planted in Razzak?s car. He said that the deceased were en route to Pishin for the party?s rally when the explosion took place. The ANP is holding a rally at Taj Lala Stadium in Pishin today where the party's chief, Asfandyar Wali Khan, and other party leaders are in attendance.
  15. An armoured personnel carrier of The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is parked in Timbuktu, September 19, 2016. AFP/Sebastien Rieussec/Files ABIDJAN: Three United Nations soldiers were killed and two others wounded by an explosive device as they were escorting a convoy in northern Mali on Thursday, the peacekeeping mission in the West African nation said. More than 80 members of the UN mission ? known as MINUSMA ? have been killed since 2013 in attacks by militant groups active in the country?s north and centre. The mission said in a statement that the peacekeepers? vehicle struck the explosive device between the northern towns of Tessalit and Aguelhok around 2:30 PM (7:30 PM GMT). It did not identify the nationalities of the soldiers involved. ?I condemn with the greatest energy such abject acts, whose only objective is to destabilize the country and harm the peace process underway in Mali,? said interim mission chief Koen Davidse. The rise of extremist groups ? some linked to al Qaeda and Daesh ? in the arid Sahel has alarmed Western powers like France, which has deployed thousands of troops to the region in response. Four US Special Forces troops were killed earlier this month in neighbouring Niger by fighters believed to belong to a local Daesh affiliate operating out of Mali.
  16. JAKARTA: An explosion and a fire at a fireworks factory in an area west of Indonesia?s capital of Jakarta have killed 27 people and injured 35, media said on Thursday, citing police and firefighters. Television broadcast images of thick plumes of dark smoke billowing from a factory in Tangerang.
  17. KIEV: An explosion rocked the Ukraine's capital city here Wednesday night, killing one and wounding at least three others, international media reported citing the country's interior ministry official. A member of the parliament (MP) is among those injured in the blast, an adviser at the Ukrainian interior ministry said in a social media post following the incident. ?This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is available
  18. The injured, two of whom are in critical condition, have been shifted to the Pakistan Ordnance Factories Hospital in Wah Cantt. Photo: Geo News ABBOTTABAD: Fifteen labourers sustained burn injuries when an explosion took place after a gas leak at a factory in the Hattar Steel Mills in Haripur. The injured, two of whom are in critical condition, have been shifted to the Pakistan Ordnance Factories Hospital in Wah Cantt. A number of fire incidents in factories in Pakistan have emerged this year, which experts say point to a dismal state of safety precautions in the factories. On May 21, a fire broke out in a plastic factory in Labour Square area of SITE in Karachi, which was doused late afternoon the same day. A cardboard factory in the Bhangoria Goth area of the city, which erupted on June 1, was doused after five hours. No loss of lives was reported in either of the incidents.
  19. Police forensics work at the scene after a powerful explosion at the main entrance to the police station in Helsingborg, October 18, 2017. Photo: REUTERS STOCKHOLM: A powerful explosion blew out the entrance to a police station in the southern Swedish city of Helsingborg early Wednesday, an attack authorities linked to their fight against organised crime. The explosion occurred just after midnight in the city centre, which is home to around 100,000 people. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven called it "an attack against our democracy" and urged authorities to "step up the fight against serious crime." The blast, heard from as far away as 20 kilometres (12 miles), caused no injuries but serious material damage. The police station entrance was completely destroyed, with dozens of windows smashed. Police sources quoted by daily Aftonbladet said several kilos (pounds) of explosives were used. The head of the local police, Patric Heimbrand, told reporters that investigators were working on the presumption that "criminal circles" were behind the attack. He said police work against gangs was paying off and likely causing "irritation". Explosives are often used by organised crime rings in Sweden, especially in the south where settling of scores and intimidation are frequent among drug traffickers. Police and judges are also regularly targeted. On November 30, 2014, a blast damaged a building in the southern city of Malmo that housed police, prosecutors, a courthouse and penitentiary administration. Heavily armed police officers were stationed outside those buildings on Wednesday. Although the Nordic nation has a relatively low crime rate compared to the rest of Europe, physical violence against police officers has surged. In 2016, it rose by 65 percent with 86 cases reported, according to government figures.
  20. File photo ANKARA: Turkish authorities arrested four people over Wednesday?s explosion in a storage tank at a Tupras refinery which killed four people, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Saturday. The explosion occurred following maintenance work at the refinery in the western Turkish province of Izmir, wounding two other workers, but had no impact on production. On Thursday, authorities had detained seven people over the blast, of which four have been formally arrested and three have been released on probation. The report gave no details of what charges the four may face.
  21. BEIRUT: An explosion at a guesthouse near the Fatima Masumeh shrine in the Iranian city of Qom on Thursday left four dead and 15 wounded, most of them Iraqi pilgrims, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency. The explosion was caused by a pilgrim mishandling a leaking cooking gas canister, Mehr said, citing local witnesses. A spokesman for the Qom fire department told Mehr the cause is still being investigated. Some of the dead and wounded may still be under rubble inside the guesthouse, according to Mehr. Photos posted by Mehr showed bloodied pilgrims laid out in the street and firemen rummaging through the ruins of the guesthouse. The shrine in Qom, which is approximately 150 kilometers south of the capital, Tehran, is the second-most sacred spot in Iran for pilgrims.
  22. KHOST: Four people were killed and 14 others wounded in an explosion at a mobile phone market in southeastern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said, in the latest attack to hit the war-weary country. The deadly blast comes as the Afghan government considers a plan to arm 20,000 civilians to fight the Taliban and other insurgent groups which have gained ground since US-led NATO combat troops left in 2014. "The blast happened at around noon in a market where people go to download music and videos to their mobile phones," Khost provincial police chief Faizullah Khairat told AFP. He said the explosion was caused by a "remote-controlled bomb". Khost health department director Habib Shah Ansari confirmed four people had been killed and said "over a dozen wounded" had been taken to hospitals in the provincial capital of the same name. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but the volatile province bordering Pakistan is contested by the Taliban. Music was one of the many forms of entertainment banned during the Taliban´s 1996-2001 rule and the militants have previously attacked such markets. The province has come under attack by the Taliban in recent months. As Ramadan began on May 27, a Taliban car bomber targeted a CIA-funded Afghan militia group, leaving 13 people dead and six injured in Khost. It was the deadliest Ramadan since the US-led invasion in 2001 with over 200 killed and hundreds wounded, according to an AFP count based on official figures, underscoring the deteriorating security situation. Afghan security forces have been struggling to beat back a resurgent Taliban, which last month vowed to make Afghanistan a "graveyard" for foreign forces after US President Donald Trump made an open-ended commitment to keep American boots on the ground. As it searches for a security quick fix, the Afghan government is considering a proposal to train and arm civilians to defend territories where Islamic militants have been driven out. The plan has sparked concern the local forces could become another thuggish militia and end up terrorising and abusing the people they are supposed to defend. In Afghanistan, militias ? private armies and government-backed armed groups ? have a long and chequered history and many Afghans are wary of them. "The Afghan government´s expansion of irregular forces could have enormously dangerous consequences for civilians," said Patricia Gossman, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch.
  23. MOHMAND AGENCY: A man and his son were among the three people who died when a mine exploded in the Shati Maina area of Tehsil Ambar, political administration said. Two others were injured in the explosion and were shifted to Bajaur hospital, the political administration said. In February, at least five people, including three security forces personnel were martyred, while many others were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself at the main gate of Mohmand Agency headquarters, Ghallanai. The Inter-Services Public Relations had said that two suicide bombers were on a motorbike. One blew himself up while the other was killed by firing of security forces. A school teacher and a passerby where also killed in the suicide attack.
  24. The operators of a flooded chemical plant outside Houston warned Wednesday they are dealing with a "critical issue" as a result of Harvey's torrential rains and have no means to prevent a possible explosion at the site. As a precautionary measure officials had already ordered the evacuation of an area within 1.5 miles (three km) of the organic peroxides plant in Harris County, which is owned by French group Arkema. Rich Rowe, president and chief executive of Arkema Inc, said in a statement that the facility in the town of Crosby had been evacuated for employees' own safety following a dangerous loss of on-site refrigeration. "Right now, we have an unprecedented six feet of water at the plant," Rowe said. "We have lost primary power and two sources of emergency backup power." "As a result, we have lost critical refrigeration of the materials on site that could now explode and cause a subsequent intense fire," he added. "The high water and lack of power leave us with no way to prevent it."
  25. KIEV, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Two people were injured by an explosion in the center of Kiev, Ukraine´s capital, on Independence Day, police said on Thursday. The blast occurred at 1106 GMT, police said in a statement, giving no more details. The local television channel 112 showed a woman lying on the ground in the street near the building of the Ukrainian government.