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  1. LONDON: Several people are feared killed after a helicopter and an aircraft collided mid-air over Buckinghamshire on Friday. According to British media reports, wreckage from both aircraft fell from the sky near the historic Waddesdon Manor. The mid-air collision took place over the woodland, according to Daily Mail. As many as seven firefighting appliances accompanied by urban search vehicles were deployed to the area with locals also supporting the rescue efforts. Members of the Air Accident Investigation Branch were also deployed to the area to launch an inquiry into the crash. The Thames Valley Police said, "officers are currently at the scene of an air accident near the village of Waddesdon near Aylesbury."
  2. MANDRA: Greece was in mourning Thursday as rescue crews tried to locate several people missing in a flood that killed 16 people near the capital, with more thunderstorms forecast until the weekend. Authorities said at least four people were still unaccounted for in Mandra, one of three towns about 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of Athens hit by a freak flood early Wednesday. The latest victim, a 50-year-old man, was found in a mud-filled basement. It took rescue crews over a day to reach his home. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who declared three days of national mourning after the disaster, was touring the area Thursday. "It was like a tsunami," Evangelos Kolovetzos, a local shop owner, told AFP. Local resident Spyros Karambikas told ERT television that he saw a man being swept away by the torrent "like the wind blows away a napkin." "The water in my house rose to 3.5 metres (11.5 feet)," said Sotiris Loukopoulos, whose pharmacy is the only one still open in Mandra. "Five pharmacies were destroyed, we are still operating because we are on higher ground," he told Athens municipal radio, as residents tried to clean their yards with shovels and hoses. Over a hundred firefighters aided by army machinery were mounting search and rescue efforts in Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, the semi-rural communities west of Athens hit hardest by the deluge. The operation unfolded alongside gutted, debris-strewn streets, overturned cars and hundreds of flooded homes and shops as utility crews laboured to restore power and water services. Emergency crews used pumps to drain water as police reinforcements were sent to the area to prevent looting. The poor weather is set to continue until the weekend, raising concerns for hundreds of people with waterlogged homes. "We are trying to deal with two torrents, one of which is still flowing through the centre of Mandra," a civil protection agency source told AFP. Meteorologists said Wednesday´s heavy rainfall was concentrated on a nearby mountain that had been devastated by wildfires in 2016, facilitating the ensuing mudslide. Neighbouring areas saw much less rain, they said. Twelve people are hospitalised, one in serious condition. 'Great tragedy' "At this time, declaring a state of national mourning over this great tragedy is the least we can do," Tsipras said in a televised address Wednesday. "I pledge that we will stand next to the families of the victims with all the means at our disposal," he said. As a first step, the state will cover the funeral expenses, the interior ministry said. Food, water and blankets have been rushed to the area, hit by what locals have described as the worst flooding in 20 years. "The situation is unprecedented," said Constantinos Palaioroutis, director of the hospital nearest to the area. "We have never dealt with such a situation, so many victims in such a short space of time," he said. Some elderly people died inside their homes while other people were trapped in their cars as they drove to work. Two bodies were carried out to sea. Parts of the area are without water and electricity for the second day, and much of the damage will take days to repair, though fortunately, the sewage system is still functioning, the state water company said. A 364-cabin cruise ship has been commissioned to shelter some of the homeless if necessary, the merchant marine ministry said. Once a rural area, Mandra and neighbouring towns were rapidly transformed into a logistics hub for factories and warehouses over the last 20 years, with the new construction covering riverbeds that would have provided natural drainage. Experts have said ill-conceived building in the area -- some of it by local municipal authorities -- meant this was a disaster waiting to happen. Corrective drainage works for the area were approved in 2016 but work has yet to begin. A prosecutor has ordered an investigation into building violations in the area, where two people had already died in flooding that struck in 1996. "There is a bad precedent with public works in this country," Interior Minister Panos Skourletis told Antenna TV. Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said, "Illegal building was a response to huge social and economic inequality." "These were poor people, for years the state allowed them to operate in a specific way," Tzanakopoulos told state TV ERT. Stricken areas will request EU solidarity funds, the Athens governor´s office said.
  3. Indian envoy Gautam Bambawale. Photo: Geo News LAHORE: Former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Gautam Bambawale, said on Wednesday that the two countries' relationship witnessed several challenges in the last two years. Bambawale made the comments while exiting the country via the Wagah Border crossing. The diplomat claimed he is satisfied after "having done a lot" during his stint in Islamabad. He added that he hopes to come back to Pakistan but cannot say when that will happen. During Bambawale?s tenure, Pakistan-India relations witnessed several lows, with the most notable being the arrest of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav from Balochistan in 2016. Moreover, the repeated cross-border violations from India in Kashmir, as well as the Working Boundary, have marred relations between the two countries. New Indian envoy to Pakistan, Ajay Bisaria The diplomat was recently posted as the Indian ambassador in China. Bambawale was appointed envoy to Islamabad in September 2015 after the incumbent, TCA Raghavan, retired. Bambawale was serving as New Delhi's ambassador to Bhutan prior to his appointment in Islamabad. Ajay Bisaria will now take over as India's new high commissioner to Pakistan. Bisaria was serving as Indian's envoy to Poland. Gautam Bambawale named Indian HC to Pakistan NEW DELHI: Indian government has made Gautam Bambawale as its new High Commissioner (HC) in Pakistan.Gautam Bambawale is presently serving as India's ambassador to Bhutan and will take over TCA... India appoints Ajay Bisaria new HC to Pakistan Bisaria, who was the Indian Ambassador to Poland, will reach Pakistan in October
  4. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who owns investment firm Kingdom Holding. Photo: File/Reuters RIYADH: One of Saudi Arabia?s most prominent businessmen and a former finance minister are among dozens detained in a probe by a new anti-corruption body, a senior Saudi official said on Sunday. The official, who declined to be identified under briefing rules, said billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who owns investment firm Kingdom Holding, and former finance minister Ibrahim al-Assaf had been detained. Neither man nor Kingdom Holding officials could be reached immediately for comment. Aside from being one of the largest shareholders in Citigroup CN, Kingdom owns stakes in Rupert Murdoch?s News Corp and microblogging site Twitter. Saudi King Salman announced late on Saturday the creation of a new anti-corruption committee chaired by his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said the body had detained 11 princes, four current ministers and tens of former ministers. The crown prince is spearheading an ambitious economic reform programme that aims to draw more foreign and private sector investment into the kingdom, which is the world?s top oil exporter and the most powerful country in the Gulf Arab region. King Salman also appointed two new ministers on Saturday to key security and economic posts, removing one of the royal family?s most prominent members as head of the National Guard. Prince Miteb bin Abdullah was replaced as minister of the National Guard by Khaled bin Ayyaf, while Economy Minister Adel Fakieh was removed in favor of his deputy Mohammed al-Tuwaijri, according to a royal decree carried by state-run media. Prince Miteb, the preferred son of the late King Abdullah, was once thought to be a leading contender for the throne before the unexpected rise of Prince Mohammed two years ago. The cabinet reshuffle helped to consolidate Prince Mohammed?s control of the kingdom?s security institutions, which had long been headed by separate powerful branches of the ruling family. Prince Mohammed, who has pledged to go after graft at the highest levels, will head the new anti-corruption body, which was given broad powers to investigate cases, issue arrest warrants and travel restrictions, and freeze assets. ?The homeland will not exist unless corruption is uprooted and the corrupt are held accountable,? the royal decree said.
  5. ABU DHABI: Pakistan plans to build at least three to four big reactors as it targets nuclear power capacity of 8,800 megawatts (MW) by 2030, the country?s atomic energy commission chairperson said. Pakistan has five small reactors in operation with combined capacity of just over 1300 MW. The last one in the four-reactor Chashma plant in Punjab province, built by China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), went into operation in September this year. It is also building two Chinese Hualong One reactors with a capacity of 1100 MW each near the port city of Karachi. Muhammad Naeem, chairperson of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, told Reuters these two new reactors are now 60 per cent and 40 per cent complete respectively and should become operational in 2020 and 2021. Pakistan is now also in the final stages of awarding contracts for an eighth nuclear reactor with 1100 MW capacity which would take the country?s total nuclear capacity to about 5,000 MW when it is finished. ?We could award the contracts before year-end,? Naeem told Reuters on the sidelines of a nuclear conference in Abu Dhabi. He declined to say how many contenders are in the race and whether non-Chinese bidders may be in the running. Pakistan?s five operating reactors ? including a tiny 125 MW Canadian-built reactor in Karachi in operation since 1972 ? generate just five per cent of the country?s electricity, with the rest coming from oil, gas and some hydropower. With about one quarter of Pakistan?s population having no access to electricity, the government said late last year that it wants to boost nuclear capacity to 8,800 MW, or about 20 per cent of power generation capacity, by 2030. Naeem said Pakistan is looking at building at least three to four more big nuclear reactors before 2030 in order to reach that target. ?We have the plans in place, we are watching for proven technologies,? he said, adding that funding would come from the state budget and loans. Pakistan, which has a nuclear weapons programme, has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which means Western reactor vendors such as EDF cannot sell reactors there. China has defied nuclear trading bans on Pakistan and delivered equipment as well as fuel. Rosatom, state corporation in Russia, has built nuclear reactors in India, but a Rosatom official said earlier this year the firm has not worked with Pakistan.
  6. HELSINKI: Four people were killed and several injured when a train crashed into an army vehicle during a military exercise in southern Finland on Thursday, police and defense forces said. Three of the dead were conscripts and one was a passenger on the train, they said.
  7. [embed_video1 url= style=center] KARACHI: Samlan Mujahid Baloch, former member of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, alleged on Sunday that several party leaders including Farooq Sattar have been in touch with the MQM founder and the series of allegations between the two sides is just a show-off. Speaking on Geo News' programme 'Jirgah', the former MQM-P leader said that Sattar and other leaders of the MQM-P congratulated the party founder on his birthday via telephone and cut a cake on the occasion as well. Baloch, whom the party expelled from its ranks on Friday, said the MQM[-P] is in control of District Municipal Corporations (DMCs) and the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), adding that they would make money and go abroad. He noted the MQM-P chief has been saying in the past that he is "under pressure" and will have to go towards a merger or an alliance with Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP). "Sattar may call on PSP leaders, but why does he not tell the people," the former MQM-P leader questioned. While he further said that a few of the MQM-P leaders are only pretending to have had a fallout with the London-based party founder, a few have actually stood up against him. MQM-Pakistan expels MNA Salman Mujahid Baloch The party said that it has demanded Baloch to resign from the party Commenting on his removal from the party, Baloch said he came to know of his expulsion through the media. "Neither do I intend to form another faction, nor am I going to join another party," he said. On Friday, a spokesman for the MQM-P had said the party had cancelled membership of Salman Mujahid Baloch for violating party discipline, advising members not to have contact with him. Salman had alleged that he was being punished for raising voice against the expulsion of another party member, Irum Azeem Farooque, in the past. "They cannot expel me, the party isn?t the property of anyone and it belongs to every common man," Baloch had said, during his appearance on Geo News' programme 'Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath'. "I am asking the same question as Nawaz Sharif, Mujhe kyun nikala (why was I expelled)?" "No one got the MQM in their father?s will," he had said. "We accepted him [Sattar] as our leader even though he has no leadership qualities."
  8. BERLIN: Several people were injured Saturday morning in the southern German city of Munich by a man wielding a knife who fled the scene, said police, adding possible motives were unknown. A man "injured several people with a knife" in the centre of Munich and "is still on the run", the local police said on their Twitter account. "We are searching for the perpetrator of the attack with all available police", said the statement, which added that for the moment the possible motives for the attack remained unknown. According to the online edition of the daily Bild, none of the victims suffered life threatening injuries.
  9. MOMBASA: Several students have been injured in Kenya after gunmen opened fire at the Technical University of Mombasa?s campus in coastal Kwale county. A witness who did not want to be named told Reuters she and several other students had fled their bus when gunmen opened fire on them and had seen blood-covered students being carried from the building as police descended on the campus. Police did not immediately answer calls seeking comment.
  10. People gather outside of Freeman High School south of Spokane after a shooting on Wednesday. Image Courtesy: Seattle Times/KHQ via AP LOS ANGELES: One student was killed and at least three other people were wounded Wednesday in a shooting in a school in the northwest of the United States, according to officials quoted by local media. The shooting took place in a high school in the town of Spokane in Washington state, 460 kilometres (285 miles) from Seattle. Fire department spokesman Brian Schaeffer told local media that one student had been killed and that three others were admitted to a nearby hospital in a stable condition. The shooter has been arrested, according to the Spokane sheriff's office. Some media reported a total of six people had been hit by bullets, including the deceased. The sheriff's office said on its Twitter account that police were "going room to room, floor by floor. We understand parents are extremely concerned. We will provide info ASAP, please avoid area." Other schools in the area were closed as a precautionary measure.
  11. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) sent notices to members of both Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday for violation of the code of conduct for the NA-120 by-election. The PML-N members served notices include former prime minister Nawaz Sharif?s son-in-law, MNA Capti (retd) Safdar, State Interior Minister Talal Chaudhry, MNA Maiza Hameed, Senator Pervaiz Rasheed and MPA Saiful Malook Khokhar. Earlier, the ECP had admonished Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yasin for violating the code. Similarly, the PTI members issued notices for violating the ECP rules include opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly, Mehmoodur Rasheed and Sadia Sohail. Moreover, the ECP has stated that all electoral campaigning will cease on the night between September 15 and 16. Meanwhile, the Jamiat Ahle Hadith has announced its support for PML-N?s Kulsoom Nawaz. The decision came after a meeting between Senator Sajid Mir and Maryam Nawaz ? who is spearheading her mother?s campaign while she undergoes medical treatment in London. Earlier, the Pakistan Muslim League-Q and Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen announced their support for PTI?s Dr Yasmin Rashid. The by-election is due on September 17.
  12. ODRF personnel are seen near the under construction bridge which collapsed in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. | Photo Credit: Biswaranjan Rout BHUBANESWAR: At least one person was killed and several others injured when an under-construction flyover bridge collapsed on Sunday in eastern India, officials said. A portion of the bridge collapsed in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha state where over a dozen workers were working. ?We have suspended two engineers who were supervising the work,? engineer-in-chief and secretary of Odisha?s works department Nalini Kanta Pradhan told Reuters. An inquiry has been ordered into the bridge collapse and appropriate action would be taken, said Naveen Patnaik, the chief minister of the state.
  13. TURKU: Police in Finland shot and arrested a man who reportedly stabbed several people in the Finnish city of Turku, reported the Independent on Friday. Witnesses at the scene of the incident reported hearing multiple gunshots and seeing at least one person lying motionless on the ground. According to Finland's national broadcaster, Yle, at least two people were also injured. "Several people stabbed in central Turku. People are requested to avoid the city centre," tweeted South-West Finland police, added the British publication. Police added the suspected attacker had been shot in the leg and arrested.
  14. PHOTO: File KARACHI/LAHORE/KHANEWAL: Member of a political party was arrested in a raid conducted by law enforcement agencies in Karachi's Azizabad vicinity. The man is accused of aiding criminals and carrying out illegal activities for the political party. Authorities also arrested seven criminals from Orangi Town and Gulberg. In a separate incident, two burglars were captured and tortured by citizens in Karachi's Gizri locality, following which they were handed over to the police. In different raids across Lahore, police arrested 11 suspects from Batapur, and 11 others from Hafizabad. Contraband and weapons were seized from the arrested individuals. Four suspects were taken into police custody in Khanewal.
  15. BAJAUR AGENCY: At least two people were killed and 25 injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast which hit the town of Nawagai in Bajaur Agency of FATA on Friday, Geo News reported. The blast occurred in Chahrmang area of Nawagai, sources said. The injured were being taken to Agency Headquarter Hospital at the time of filing of this report. Security forces cordoned off the site of the incident and started a search operation in the area, sources added. This is a developing story
  16. LAHORE: An mysterious explosion took place when a truck hit high-tension wires at Lahore?s Sagian bridge on Monday. According to rescue sources, several people have been injured. Two wounded have been shifted to Munshi hospital, sources said. According to CP city, the explosion took place in a truck loaded with fruits. He said that it is suspected that the truck contained explosive material. A nearby three-storeyed building completely collapsed due to the intensity of the explosion. The truck was completely destroyed in the explosion while nearby building were also damaged.
  17. Several major companies said Tuesday they were targeted in an international cyberattack which started in Russia and Ukraine before spreading to western Europe. Danish sea transport company Maersk, British advertising giant WPP and the French industrial group Saint-Gobain all said they came under attack and put protection protocols in place to avoid data loss. "Most of our IT systems are down across all business units due to a virus. We continue to assess the situation. The safety of our operations are top of our priorities," Concepcion Boo Arias, spokeswoman of Maersk Line, told AFP. A Saint-Gobain spokesperson told AFP that the company also "is the target of a cyberattack. As a security measure we have isolated our computer systems to protect our data". WPP tweeted that "IT systems in several WPP companies have been affected by a suspected cyber attack. We are taking appropriate measures & will update asap". The three groups were the first major businesses to be hit by what is believed to be a ransomware attack of the so-called Petya type, which earlier affected Russia and Ukraine. "This is a bit like a flu epidemic in winter," said Nicolas Duvinage, head of the French military´s digital crime unit. "We will get many of these viral attack waves in coming months," he said.
  18. LAHORE/BAHAWALNAGAR: At least six people died in separate incidents after light and heavy rain lashed several cities in Punjab on Saturday, according to rescue sources. Several cities in Punjab, including Lahore, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Kasur, Bahawalnagar, Multan and Lodhran, received light and heavy rain on Saturday. Four people died in Bahawalnagar alone, after thunderstorm hit the city in southern Punjab. In Lahore, a man died and three others were wounded after roof of a house collapsed in Chauhang area. A woman died in a similar incident in Faisalabad. Over 28 people were reported injured in different incidents in Multan and Lodhran. The rainfall resulted in tripping of several feeders of Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco), suspending power supply to large part of the region. The cities affected by subsequent outages included Lahore, Sheikhupura, Kasur and Nankana Sahib.
  19. Injured police officer being taken towards an ambulance outside Iran Parliament where armed men opened fire.Photo:Twitter/Iran news agency TEHRAN: Armed men launched two attacks in Iran's capital on Wednesday morning, killing a guard at the parliament and wounding several people in the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in southern Tehran, state media reported. Lawmaker Elias Hazrati said three assailants, one with a pistol and two with AK-47 assault rifles, raided parliament, according the state television website. ISNA news agency quoted a member of the parliament as saying that all the parliament doors were shut and one of the assailants was surrounded by the security forces. In a separate incident, an armed man opened fire at the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini and wounded a number of people, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. ISNA quoted an unnamed source saying that the attacker at the mausoleum had blown himself up. The identity and the motivation of the assailant was still unclear, Tasnim said. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini launched the Islamic revolution in 1979.
  20. Gunmen killed a Saudi child and a Pakistani man during an attack on workers at a building project in the restive eastern Saudi Arabian region on Wednesday, the Saudi interior ministry said on Friday. The gunmen tried to stop redevelopment work in the old quarter of the town of Awamiya, where authorities say militants are hiding, said an interior ministry spokesman quoted by state news agency SPA. They fired at security personnel and passersby, killing a two-year-old Saudi child and a Pakistani national, and wounding ten others, including two Pakistanis, he said. "Workers were shot at by terrorist elements from the neighbourhood to obstruct the project and protect abandoned houses used to ... kidnap citizens," said SPA. The attack took place in Qatif, an oil-producing province that has witnessed protests for more rights in the country. Residents and activists told Reuters on Wednesday that several people were injured during clashes between security forces who had entered the old part of the town known as al-Musawara (the walled part) backed by bulldozers. A local newspaper reported Saudi security forces shot dead a wanted man. Authorities say the narrow streets of the old town, built during Ottoman rule more than 200 years ago, have become a hideout for militants believed to be behind attacks on security forces in the region. Awamiya has long been a flashpoint between the government and residents complaining of discrimination. Tensions have increased since Nimr al-Nimr, a cleric convicted of inciting violence, was executed a year ago. Some citizens complain of marginalisation in the birthplace of Islam. Authorities deny these accusations and have said those killed since protests began in early 2011 were shot in exchanges of fire.
  21. HYDERABAD: Two goods trains collided between the Bholari and Meeting Pul near Hyderabad early Saturday morning. As a result, several bogies crashed into one another, and many were also thrown off track. Officials said a goods train transporting containers crashed into the rear side of another train carrying oil. Rescue and other officials are assessing the extent of the damage and whether any casualties took place, sources added. It was further stated that both the North and South-bound train network was halted owing to the accident.
  22. LAHORE/SUKKUR: Strong winds followed by heavy rain hit several cities in Sindh and Punjab late Wednesday, suspending power supply to several areas. Rain lashed Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Rajapur, Bahawalpur, Sukkur and several other cities in the country. In Rajanpur, light rain together with gusty winds was reported, while Jhang and Shorkot received heavy rainfall late this night. Several areas i Faisalabad and Gujranwala plunged into darkness after rainstorm hit the two cities. Sources within Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (Fesco) said that more than 80 feeders tripped due to the storm, resulting in suspension of power supply. Weather turned pleasant following light rain in Mandi Bahauddin, while several trees were uprooted due to strong winds in Bahawalpur and suburbs. Power supply was also disrupted in Padidan, interior Sindh, as strong gusts of wind hit the city. Rain brought temperature down in Sukkur, however, it also resulted in outages in old city area. Fortunately, no loss of life has yet been reported in the wake of rainstorm.
  23. ABBOTTABAD: At least four people were killed and several wounded in a traffic accident in Abbottabad early Saturday, according to police and rescue sources. The incident took place near Havelian, when six vehicles, including a trailer and a van, collided with each other, police said. As a consequence, four people were reported killed in the wake of crash, rescue sources said. Scores of others were also said to be wounded in the mishap. The bodies and injured were shifted to a nearby hospital. The reason behind the crash has yet to be ascertained.
  24. RAWALPINDI/PESHAWAR: Pakistan Army conducted air strikes in Khyber Agency leaving several militants dead, who were trying to sneak into the country from Afghanistan late Wednesday, the Inter Services Public Relations said. The air strikes, which came as part of the ongoing operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, were conducted on credible intelligence regarding movement of terrorists from Nangarhar, Afghanistan into Khyber Agency's Rajgal valley, the ISPR said in a statement. The strikes were conducted in Sattar Kalay and Narai Nau areas of the tribal agency. As a consequence, scores of militants were killed, while few were also wounded, it said. The wounded and survivors were forced to flee back. Several militant hideouts were also destroyed in the targeted strikes, the ISPR added.