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  1. 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.
  2. The attacker detonated the bomb after he was stopped at a security checkpoint by suspicious police as he walked towards the Alokozay Kabul International Cricket Ground where a match was under way. Photo: AFP KABUL: A suicide bomber blew himself up near a cricket stadium in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, killing three people including a policeman and wounding five others, police said. The attacker detonated the bomb after he was stopped at a security checkpoint by suspicious police as he walked towards the Alokozay Kabul International Cricket Ground where a match was under way. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the latest in a series of deadly assaults in the city. "The security forces by sacrificing themselves have prevented the attacker from reaching the crowd (inside the stadium) and creating a catastrophe," police spokesman Basir Mujahid told AFP. Two of the wounded were police officers. Several ambulances were seen speeding away from the scene, apparently taking the injured to hospital, an AFP reporter said. Scores of police blocked the road leading to the stadium where the sixth match of the Shpageeza Cricket League season between the Boost Defenders and Mis Ainak Knights was under way. The competition started Monday. Hundreds of spectators could be heard from outside the stadium as firefighters washed down the area where the bomber had blown himself to bits. Afghanistan Cricket Board spokesman Farid Hotak told AFP the match was briefly interrupted and "all players and cricket board officials are safe". The last major attack in Kabul happened on August 29 when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a bank days before the Eid festival, killing five people and injuring several others. Wednesday´s assault came hours after eight Afghans expelled from Germany arrived in Kabul after Berlin resumed deportations of Afghan asylum-seekers. It had suspended the process when a huge truck bomb tore through the city´s highly fortified diplomatic quarter on May 31, killing around 150 people and wounding hundreds more. The latest group represented the sixth wave of repatriations of Afghans from Germany since December under a disputed Afghan-European Union deal aimed at curbing the influx of migrants. Berlin has argued that it can safely repatriate people to Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan, even as Taliban and Islamic State militants terrorise much of the country. "They told me that there is no problem in your country and you can live there so you can´t stay here (Germany) anymore," Mohammad Jamshidi, one of the deportees, told AFP.
  3. KASUR: A man axed to death his wife and three daughters in Kasur's Sabria area and then presented himself for arrest at a nearby police station. A man named Hanif,who worked as a gardener in a government school, took this extreme measure , however, the real reason behind the killings is yet to be known. The suspect locked his wife and daughters in a room and then hacked them to death. Police has sent the bodies for post-mortem and started investigation from all angles. The suspect has not given his statement to police as yet, therefore, the real motive is not known. It was reported that the suspect had disagreements with family members due to bad financial condition.
  4. It comes days after Afghan officials said the country´s own air force killed up to 13 civilians in separate strikes targeting a Taliban base in Herat-Reuters (File photo) Thirteen civilians from the same family were killed and another 15 wounded in a US air strike on Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan authorities said Thursday. US Forces-Afghanistan said it has launched an investigation into the incident which an Afghan official said also killed more than a dozen insurgents hiding in a house in Dasht-e-Bari village in volatile Logar province near Kabul on Wednesday. It comes days after Afghan officials said the country´s own air force killed up to 13 civilians in separate strikes targeting a Taliban base in the western province of Herat. "In the operation the US forces came under the attack by the Taliban and foreign forces returned fire and forced the Taliban insurgents to hide in the civilian houses nearby," Saleem Saleh, a spokesman for the Logar provincial governor, told AFP. "Then the foreign forces called in air support and bombed the civilian house which led to civilian casualties." Saleh said the victims were from the same family and most of the dead were women and children. "I heard two big bangs and when I went out of my home I saw the building which was bombarded was totally destroyed," Nazar Khan Kochi told AFP. "We pulled out the dead bodies from the rubble and debris and buried them. "It was a very painful day for us," he said, describing the incident as a "massacre" and adding no Taliban were among the dead. Photos showed dead women and children wrapped in shrouds as relatives prepared to bury them. Logar provincial police spokesman Shahpoor Ahmadzai confirmed the number of casualties. The US is the only foreign force currently carrying out air strikes in Afghanistan. The US military said it has launched an official probe into the incident which comes three weeks after a US air strike allegedly killed 11 civilians in neighbouring Nangarhar province -- charges the Americans have vehemently denied. "United States Forces-Afghanistan takes all allegations of civilian casualties seriously and is working with our Afghan partners to determine the facts surrounding this incident (in Logar)," it said in a statement. Ordinary Afghans have borne the brunt of the grinding conflict which began in October 2001, with record high civilian deaths this year. In the first half of the year, 1,662 civilians were killed and more than 3,500 injured, with deaths in Kabul accounting for nearly 20 percent of the toll, according to a UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan report published last month.
  5. Photo: FILE KANDAHAR: A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least 13 people and wounded several more in an attack on a convoy of Afghan soldiers in Helmand province late Sunday, an official said. "A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-filled car as the Afghan National Army convoy passed a small market in Nawa District of Helmand," Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor, told AFP. He added that civilians and forces personnel were among the dead while more than a dozen others had been wounded. A source working at a nearby hospital told AFP on condition of anonymity that the bodies of 15 victims had been brought to the hospital. Another 19 injured were also admitted, he added. "The majority of the dead belong to Afghan forces and most of the wounded are civilians," the source said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a WhatsApp message sent to journalists.
  6. CARACAS: Relatives waited Thursday to recover the bodies of loved ones killed in a Venezuelan prison riot that left at least 37 people dead in what the local governor called a "massacre." The prosecutors´ office said an investigation had been launched into "the deaths of 37 people" in the facility in the remote town of Puerto Ayacucho in Venezuela´s southern state of Amazonas. Governor Liborio Guarulla earlier tweeted that a "massacre" took place. "The bodies are piled up in the morgue" of a local hospital, Guarulla told AFP by telephone on Thursday. "The families are waiting for the interior and justice ministry to identify the victims and hand over their remains." Worst ´preventative´ prison riot Prosecutors said 14 officials were wounded in the violence which ran from Tuesday into early Wednesday, but did not say if any were among the dead. Two prison-monitoring groups, A Window to Freedom and the Venezuelan Prisons Observatory, said the 37 killed were all inmates. "This is the worst riot we´ve had in a preventative detention facility," Carlos Nieto of A Window to Freedom told AFP. "In this one, detainees are only supposed to be held for up to 48 hours, but there were prisoners who have been there for years," he said. The jail was holding more than 100 prisoners at the time of the riot, Guarulla said. He said 61 were transferred to other jails after the violence, while one escaped in the chaos. Rash of riots A series of gruesome riots have erupted in overcrowded jails across Latin America in recent years. Scores of prisoners died in gang battles in Brazilian jails last year, some of them beheaded and set on fire by rival inmates. The deadliest prison riot in Venezuela was in 2013, when 60 people died and more than 150 were wounded in a facility in Uribana, in the western state of Lara. At the end of last year, the country had 88,000 detainees, more than double the official holding capacity of 35,000 places, according to A Window to Freedom. Some 33,000 convicted prisoners were being kept in preventative centers like the one in Puerto Ayacucho, alongside people awaiting trial, Nieto said. Government blames opposition governor Guarulla is an opponent of the ruling party of socialist President Nicolas Maduro, who is resisting opposition calls to quit in a deadly political crisis. Maduro´s Interior Minister Nestor Reverol held Guarulla responsible for the prison violence. "It is a police facility under the custody and administration of the Amazonas governorship," Reverol said. A severe economic crisis has left Venezuelan hospitals and other public services short of resources as well as fueling violent crime. Months of protests against Maduro have left nearly 130 people dead across the country, fanning international calls for Maduro to respect democracy and hold elections.
  7. Firefighters cover victims of a tree that toppled into worshipping crowds during a religious festival in Funchal, Portugal, August 15, 2017. REUTERS/Duarte Sa LISBON: Twelve people were crushed to death and around 50 injured Tuesday when a 200-year-old oak tree fell on them at a religious festival on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Seven of those hurt were seriously injured, regional health chief Pedro Ramos told a press conference. The injured include a French citizen, a German, and a Hungarian. Tragedy struck at noon when the massive tree toppled into a crowd gathered near the island's capital of Funchal to mark the Lady of the Mount festival in honour of Madeira's patron saint, Mary. Amateur video posted online showed the tree smashing down, prompting panicked worshippers to flee. Catholics around the world mark Assumption Day on August 15, which according to Christian tradition marks the Virgin Mary's ascent into Heaven. The festival in Madeira draws large crowds every year from the island and beyond, and worshippers had gathered to light candles in a botanical garden around five kilometres (three miles) from central Funchal. 'Panic' "We heard a cracking sound and then the tree fell where people were lighting candles. People sitting on the benches near the fountain were also hit," witness Domingos Perestrelo told the SIC Noticias TV station. "There was a big panic ? it happened in the middle of mass, around a half-hour before the start of the procession. There were a lot of people there." The fountain is surrounded by several tall trees aged a hundred years or more. A security perimeter was set up around the scene, where worried worshippers were gathered waiting anxiously for news and offering help to rescue teams. Miguel Albuquerque, president of the regional government, announced three days of mourning. Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa offered his condolences to families and friends of the victims, while President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was due to arrive at the scene in the coming hours. Local football team Maritimo Funchal expressed its "profound sadness at the tragedy in Monte". Madeira, a popular tourist destination thanks to its dramatic coastlines and gentle climate, is the largest of several Portuguese islands in the north Atlantic Ocean. Located in a volcanic archipelago off the coast of Morocco, it is prone to floods as well as landslides ? which, in February 2010, left more than 50 people dead, with Funchal badly hit. Last year the Lady of the Mount festival was cancelled due to a forest fire. Madeira has a population of more than 250,000, the vast majority of them Catholic.
  8. BAHAWALNAGAR: A man committed suicide on Tuesday after allegedly strangling his daughters in Bahawalpur's area of Darbari, informed local police officials. Police believe that Riaz Ahmed killed his daughters and self following a serious verbal spat with his wife. The law enforcement personnel shifted the bodies to a nearby hospital. Police have started further investigations over the case.
  9. ADEN -A roadside bomb killed 12 civilians and wounded four in southern Yemen on Monday when a blast targeting a military car hit their vehicle instead, a security source said. Two other people, including a soldier, were killed Monday in separate attacks also in southern Yemen, where the army has launched an offensive against Al-Qaeda. The deadliest attack was in Daleh province. "The bomb was planted on a road in the Qaataba district of Daleh and hit a civilian vehicle instead," killing 12 civilians, said a security source on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to brief the press. Along with most of southern Yemen, Daleh is controlled by government forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who is allied with a Saudi-led Arab military alliance in a war against Houthi rebels. Yemeni special forces trained by government ally the United Arab Emirates and backed by the United States this month launched a major operation in the southern Shabwa province against Yemen´s Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. AQAP has exploited years of conflict between the government and the rebels to expand its presence in southern Yemen. The militants are thought to have moved farther south into neighbouring Abyan province. An attack Monday wounded army General Ahmad al-Shbeili of the 115th brigade and killed his son in the town of Loder in Abyan. A source in the brigade told AFP Al-Qaeda gunmen were behind the deadly ambush. And a soldier was killed in the oil-rich Hadramawt province, east of Daleh and Abyan, when masked gunmen opened fire on a residential street, a security source there said. AQAP regularly targets military outposts in southern Yemen. An Al-Qaeda suicide bomber killed five Yemeni soldiers and wounded 20 others in an attack last week on an army position in Loder. The World Health Organization estimates nearly 8,400 civilians have been killed and 47,800 wounded since 2015, when the Saudi-led alliance intervened in Yemen. The country also faces a deadly cholera outbreak that has claimed nearly 2,000 lives and affected more than half a million people since late April. The combination of war, disease and blockades imposed on the port and airport have pushed Yemen, long the poorest country in the Arab world, to the brink of famine.
  10. Egyptians look at the crash of two trains that collided near the Khorshid station in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria, Egypt, August 11, 2017. REUTERS/Osama Nageb Two trains collided in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria on Friday killing 42 people and injuring 133 others, the health ministry said. A witness said the trains rose into the air "forming a pyramid" as they slammed into each other just outside a suburban station in the Mediterranean port city. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered an inquiry into the crash, which left bodies strewn on the ground as rescue teams worked to pull the dead and injured from the wrecked carriages. The collision at 2:15 PM (5:15 PM PST), near Khorshid station at the edge of Alexandria, derailed the engine of one train and two cars of the other, the Egyptian Railway Authority said. A railroad switching error was the most likely cause, a security source said without giving further details. Transport Minister Hisham Arafat said "human error" led to the collision but did not elaborate. "In order to avoid it, we have to develop the infrastructure," he told state television. A project was under way to improve the area's facilities, but such plans took time and money, he said. Hoda ? a resident ? was standing on her rooftop when she saw the trains plough into each other. "They rose in the air forming a pyramid when they collided," she said. "I started to scream from the rooftops for people to grab some sheets and run." "The train I was riding was going very quickly," said passenger Moumen Youssef. "I found myself on the floor. When we came out, we found four train cars crushed and a lot of people on the ground." Egyptians have long complained that successive governments failed to enforce basic safeguards for the railways. A string of crashes have further inflamed public anger over the antiquated transport network. In 2012, a train rammed into a school bus south of Cairo and killed 50 people, mostly children. In Egypt's worst train disaster, a fire tore through seven carriages of an overcrowded passenger train in 2002, killing at least 360 people.
  11. source: Reuters CAIRO: Two trains collided in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria on Friday killing 36 people and injuring more than 100 others, a health ministry spokesman said. The crash at 2:15 p.m near the suburban Khorshid station on the route to Cairo, derailed the engine of one train and two cars of the other, the Egyptian Railway Authority said. A railroad switching error was the most likely cause of the collision, a security source said. He gave no further details. State newspaper al-Ahram said 36 bodies had arrived at hospital morgues in Alexandria province. Public prosecutor Nabil Sadek ordered an urgent investigation, it said. A medical official told state TV some wounded people were still stuck in the trains. Footage on state television showed dozens of people crowding around the damaged train cars, with bodies strewn on the ground. "The train I was riding was going very quickly," said passenger Moumen Youssef. "I found myself on the floor. When we came out, we found four train cars crushed and a lot of people on the ground." In 2012, 50 people - mostly children - were killed when a train crashed into a school bus south of Cairo, further inflaming public anger at authorities over Egypt's antiquated transport network.
  12. ABUJA: Gunmen killed 11 people and wounded 18 others in a church in southeastern Nigeria on Sunday in an attack arising from a feud between members of the local community, officials said. However, police believe that a man the gunmen were hunting for was not present in the church and so escaped the attack. The attackers struck the church in Ozubulu early in the morning, said Garba Umar, head of police in Anambra state. They were believed to have been trying to kill a local man, who was not identified by the authorities. "The gunmen came thinking that their target was in the church but incidentally he was not," Umar said, adding that the violence may be linked to drug-trafficking. No arrests have been made, he said. Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano said the attack stemmed from a feud between members of the local community who were living outside Nigeria. "We are not going to relent until we bring those that perpetrated this heinous crime to book," he said. Nigeria is wracked by insecurity, with militant group Boko Haram having killed more than 20,000 people since 2009, sparking one of the world's largest humanitarian crises. Ethnically-charged violence is common throughout the central states and militancy is a constant threat in the oil-rich southeast.
  13. File KABUL: A Taliban suicide bomber attacked a convoy of foreign forces in Afghanistan late Thursday, killing one NATO soldier and wounding six other personnel, the coalition said. "The patrol was conducting a partnered mission with the Afghan National Army when a personnel-borne IED (improvised explosive device) detonated," in Qarabagh district in Kabul province," NATO said in a statement. The Taliban quickly claimed the attack on social media and in Whatsapp messages to journalists. Qarabagh district is located 50 kilometres north of the capital Kabul and is near Bagram Airbase, the largest American base in Afghanistan. "One Resolute Support Soldier was killed and six personnel (five troops and one interpreter) were wounded Thursday evening when their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber," Nato said referring to the name of its Afghan mission. "The RS personnel who were wounded are being treated at the U.S. military hospital at Bagram Airfield. All of the wounded are listed in stable condition," it added. The nationality of the dead soldier and injured was not immediately known. Civilians were also reported to have been wounded in the nighttime attack. "#Afghanistan explosion in Qarabagh district, 12 wounded brought to our #Kabul hospital so far," tweeted an Italian-run hospital in the capital which specialises in dealing with victims of bombings. The attack came a day after a Taliban suicide bomber killed two US soldiers in Afghanistan´s restive southern province of Kandahar when he rammed a vehicle filled with explosives into a convoy of foreign forces.
  14. LOS ANGELES: A man of Chinese origin fired shots outside Beijing´s consulate in Los Angeles on Tuesday before turning the gun on himself, police said. "When officers arrived, they found the suspect to have a self-inflicted gun wound and he was pronounced dead at the scene," Sal Ramirez, a spokesman for the LA Police Department, told AFP following the early morning incident. He said there were no other victims and it was not immediately clear if the gunman, in his 60s, had any political motive.
  15. HERAT: A suicide attack on a mosque in the western Afghan city of Herat killed more than 29 people and wounded more than 64 on Tuesday, officials said. More than 1,700 civilians have been killed in attacks in Afghanistan so far this year, hitting confidence in the Western-backed government of President Ashraf Ghani. Abdulhai Walizada, a local police spokesman, said there appeared to be more than one attacker on Tuesday, with witnesses describing a suicide bomber who detonated explosives and at least one other, a gunman who threw grenades at worshippers. "Two attackers entered the mosque and started shooting and throwing grenades at people," said Mohammad Adi, a worshipper at the mosque who was injured in the attack and taken to hospital. Mohammad Asif Rahimi, governor of Herat, said at least 29 people were killed and 64 wounded in the incident which came two months after an attack on a 12th century mosque known as the Jama Masjid in Herat, in which seven people died. There was no claim of responsibility. But the Taliban, fighting to install strict Islamic law and drive foreign troops out of Afghanistan, denied any involvement. Ghani, whose government has been under mounting pressure because of deteriorating security across the country, condemned the bombing and called on religious scholars to "raise their voices against the terrorist attacks". The latest attack comes as the US administration considers sending more troops to Afghanistan to bolster the NATO-led coalition advising and assisting Afghan security forces.
  16. Photo: WEB VICTORIA FALLS: An elephant that gave tourist rides in the Zimbabwean town of Victoria Falls trampled his professional handler to death, the local tour operators´ association said Tuesday. Enock Kufandanda, 50, was killed on Saturday by a bull elephant called "Mbanje" ("marijuana" in the local Shona language). Parks and wildlife authority rangers shot and killed the elephant, reported to be about 30 years old, soon after it charged and killed Kufandanda. "We confirm the sad incident, the third in the last 10 years," Clement Mukwasi, of the Employers´ Association of Tourism and Safari Operators, told AFP. "The profession of elephant handling is a high risk one." He added that elephants can "keep grudges" that lead to attacks. Witnesses told local media that they heard screams and found the dead body badly damaged. The World Animal Protection action group said in a statement that the incident was "another sad reminder that elephants are wild animals and should not be ridden." Two years ago, a curio-seller was trampled to death by an elephant which had strayed into a shopping centre in Victoria Falls, on the border with Zambia.
  17. A four-storey building in the suburbs of Mumbai collapsed on Tuesday MUMBAI: A four-storey building housing a nursing home in the suburbs of the Indian city of Mumbai collapsed on Tuesday, killing at least four people with more than 30 feared trapped, fire and police officials said. "Rescue work with the help of rescue gear is in process," said P.S. Rahangdale, chief fire officer of the Mumbai Fire Brigade. "Removal of the topmost reinforced concrete slab is in progress, as is a search for trapped persons inside the cavity." Rahangdale said the ground floor of the building in Ghatkopar housed a nursing home, which was vacant, while the rest of the building was occupied by three or four families on each floor. He said 14 fire engines, two rescue vans and 8 ambulances were at the site. A police official at the site said 12 people had so far been rescued.
  18. COLOMBO: An outbreak of dengue virus has killed around 300 people so far this year in Sri Lanka and hospitals are stretched to capacity, health officials said. They blamed recent monsoon rains and floods that have left pools of stagnant water and rotting rain-soaked trash -- ideal breeding sites for mosquitoes that carry the virus. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is scaling up emergency assistance to Sri Lanka with the Sri Lanka Red Cross to help contain the outbreak. "Dengue patients are streaming into overcrowded hospitals that are stretched beyond capacity and struggling to cope, particularly in the country?s hardest hit western province," Red Cross/Red Crescent said in a statement. According to the World Health Organization, dengue is one of the world's fastest growing diseases, endemic in 100 countries, with as many as 390 million infections annually. Early detection and treatment save lives when infections are severe, particularly for young children. The Sri Lankan government is struggling to control the virus, which causes flu-like symptoms and can develop into the deadly hemorrhagic dengue fever. The ministry of health said the number of dengue infections has climbed above 100,000 since the start of 2017, with 296 deaths. "Ongoing downpours and worsening sanitation conditions raise concerns the disease will continue to spread," Red Cross/Red Crescent said. Its assistance comes a week after Australia announced programmes to help control dengue fever in Sri Lanka. "Dengue is endemic here, but one reason for the dramatic rise in cases is that the virus currently spreading has evolved and people lack the immunity to fight off the new strain," Novil Wijesekara, head of health at the Sri Lanka Red Cross said in a statement.
  19. Acting interior ministry spokesman said at least 12 people had been killed but the casualty toll could rise further. Photo: Twitter/HafizullahOmarl KABUL: A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul on Monday, killing at least 12 people and wounding 10, and the death toll could rise, an Interior Ministry spokesman in the Afghan capital said. Police cordoned off the area, located near the house of the deputy government Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq but they said the target of the attack was so far unclear. Acting Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said at least 12 people had been killed and 10 wounded but the casualty toll could rise further. The latest suicide bombing adds to the unrelenting violence in Afghanistan, where at least 1,662 civilians were killed in the first half of the year. It came two weeks after the Daesh group claimed an attack on a mosque in the capital that killed at least four people. Kabul has accounted for at least 20 percent of all civilian casualties this year, including at least 150 people killed in a massive truck bomb attack at the end of May, according to United Nations figures. It also coincides with the US administration weighing up its strategic options for Afghanistan, including the possibility of sending more troops to bolster the training and advisory mission already helping Afghan forces.
  20. The wreckage of a bus lies in a gorge following an accident near the Indian town of Rampur/AFP SHIMLA: At least 28 people were killed Thursday after a bus plunged into a deep gorge in a Himalayan region of northern India popular with tourists, police said. The accident occurred around 100 kilometres (62 miles) from the hill resort of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh state, said police superintendent Soumiya Sambasivan. "28 people have died and seven are injured. All the bodies have been identified," she said. The bus was taking around 40 people from Kinnaur district towards Solan when it rolled roughly 200 metres down a gorge to the banks of a river river. Images from the scene showed emergency workers conducting a rescue operation with the help of local volunteers. Last week, 16 pilgrims died in a bus crash in neighbouring Jammu and Kashmir state, while in April 44 people were killed in Himachal Pradesh in a similar accident. India has some of the world´s highest traffic fatalities with more than 150,000 deaths annually due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.
  21. Officials said the police and army are investigating the incident. NEW DELHI: An Indian soldier shot dead his commanding officer in India-occupied Kashmir (IOK), reported BBC on Tuesday. The incident was confirmed by the Indian Army, but no further details were given. The BBC added that some junior officers said the argument was over a mobile phone. Media reports further added that the soldier was disciplined for using a mobile phone and it was confiscated. Officials said the police and army are investigating the incident, which comes amid concerns regarding morale in the Indian armed forces. Earlier this year, a video of a soldier complaining regarding quality of food went viral. The soldier was also posted in IOK. Indian army sources have told the BBC that morale among soldiers stationed in IOK is very low. The soldiers are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with their role in the region, saying they fear they are effectively becoming an army of occupation.
  22. KARACHI: One girl died and three of her family were left injured when a speeding car hit their motorcycle late Tuesday night here in Khokhrapar, Malir, police officials said. The deceased girl's parents and brother were among those injured in the crash, security officers stated. According to police, the driver was allegedly racing on the road and lost the control of his car. The vehicle then went over to the footpath and hit one of the motorbikes from the oncoming traffic. However, the driver subsequently managed to escape the crash site and left behind his car, which was then set on fire by an enraged mob, police explained.
  23. Five people have been stricken with the rare, rodent-borne hantavirus illness in Washington state since February, three of whom have died, in the state's worst outbreak of the disease in at least 18 years, public health officials reported on Thursday. The three fatal cases also mark the highest death toll from hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in Washington state during a single year since the respiratory ailment was first identified in the "Four Corners" region of the US Southwest in 1993. The disease has been found to be transmitted to humans from deer mice, either through contact with urine, droppings, saliva or nesting materials of infected rodents or by inhaling dust contaminated with the virus. Victims in the latest outbreak were men and women ranging in age from their 20s to their 50s from four counties across the state, said David Johnson, spokesman for the Washington State Department of Health. The first diagnosed case this year was in February and the most recent was last month, when the infection killed a resident of Spokane County in the eastern part of the state near Washington's border with Idaho. Three of the five cases, including another one that proved fatal, were confirmed in the Puget Sound region of King and Skagit counties. The only common factor among those infected by the disease, which typically kills more than a third of its victims, is that they were all exposed to infected mice, Johnson said. The last time five confirmed hantavirus cases were diagnosed in Washington state in a single year was in 1999, although just one of those proved fatal, Johnson said. Washington has reported 49 of the 690 hantavirus cases tallied nationwide from 1993 to January 2016, ranking fifth among 10 Western states that account for the bulk of all documented infections, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Eighteen infections with four deaths were reported nationally in 2015. The year before, the CDC counted 35 cases, of which 14 were fatal. The most highly publicised hantavirus outbreak occurred in 2012, when 10 visitors to Yosemite National Park in California were diagnosed with the infection, three of whom died, prompting a worldwide alert. All but one of those were linked to tent cabins later found to have been infested by deer mice.
  24. An unidentified assailant shot dead a police officer with a rifle before committing suicide with the same weapon in a courthouse in Turkey's northwestern province of Bursa on Tuesday, state-run Anadolu news agency reported. It cited police officials as saying that the attacker arrived at the courthouse in the Gemlik district of Bursa on Tuesday evening and shot the police officer on duty at the entrance. The officials ruled out any terrorist connection in the incident. Earlier, the Hurriyet newspaper reported on its website that the assailant had also wounded a lawyer and taken a hostage. No further details were immediately available.
  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.