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  1. Pakistan Army troops deployed along the LoC. -File RAWALPINDI: Indian forces deployed along the Line of Control (LoC) on Thursday targetted a school van and martyred its driver in the Battal sector, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The act was condemned by the Army spokesman. "Indian unethical and unprofessional approach across the LoC continues terrorising civilians." Major General Asif Ghafoor reiterated that such attacks are a violation of the Geneva Convention and a clear violation of the 2003 ceasefire agreement between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
  2. The hold-up, which resembles the plot of a Hollywood action movie, took place Thursday near the French-Swiss border-Photo:File LYON: Robbers posing as plumbers kidnapped the daughter of a cash van driver and demanded the vehicle´s contents as ransom in a heist that could have netted them over 20 million euros, investigators said Friday. The hold-up, which resembles the plot of a Hollywood action movie, took place Thursday near the French-Swiss border. It began in the evening in the southeastern French city of Lyon, where two men pretending to be plumbers kidnapped a young woman from her apartment, a source close to the investigation told AFP. They bundled her into a car and then had accomplices ring her father, who works for a Swiss company that transports money between companies and banks, to demand a ransom. The father, who lives in the French border town of Annemasse, was carrying out a cash delivery when the call came through, Europe 1 radio reported. He agreed to meet the kidnappers in a car park just across the border on the Swiss side, to hand over the van´s contents, investigators said. Police in the Swiss canton of Vaud said that the father was en route to the Swiss city of Lausanne when he was forced to exit the motorway and head for the car park where he was met by robbers wearing gloves and balaclavas. Daughter found by roadside "There, several armed men who were awaiting the van made him park it. They then held up the delivery drivers, completely emptied the van´s contents and fled in a dark-coloured Porsche SUV," the Swiss police said in a statement Friday. A French police source told AFP that the van was carrying "between 20 and 30 million Swiss francs (17-26 million euros, $21-32 million)". A spokesman for the police in Vaud refused to confirm the amount. The driver´s daughter, who is in her twenties, was found unharmed at around 10 pm (2100 GMT) on a road on the outskirts of Lyon. She was questioned by police on Friday and said to be still in a state of shock. "We have no reason to question her story," a French source with knowledge of the investigation said, adding that police suspected a criminal gang. No arrests have been made yet in the probe, which is being led by French police. Swiss police said they were looking for three men with accented French, "maybe from the south of France or North Africa" and called on any witnesses to come forward. "Many details remain unexplained," the French source said, adding that the investigation was expected to take some time.
  3. While Manchester City has pretty much killed the excitement in the Premier League - thanks to their astronomical winning streak, all eyes are now on the January transfer window where other clubs will be looking to bolster their squads with some of the biggest footballers in the fray. The January transfer window will open on Monday, but Liverpool has already dropped a bomb after their sensational move saw the Reds securing the services of Southampton's Virgil van Dijk. The Anfield club splurged a staggering 75 million pounds ($100 million) to bring the Dutchman to Anfield and, in the process, made him the world's most expensive defender. © BCCL Van Dijk has been linked with a move to Liverpool for several months and the Reds were even forced to issue an apology following an alleged illegal approach for the Netherlands centre-back earlier this year. However, Jurgen Klopp's determination to sign Van Dijk finally came through with a world record fee for a defender. On Wednesday, Southampton announced that they have accepted the record fee for the move that will go through as soon as the transfer window opens on the 1st of January. Amid all the hullabaloo, Van Dijk took to Twitter and confirmed his move to Andfield. pic.twitter.com/OTcziKsHFl — Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) December 27, 2017 "Delighted and honoured to have agreed to become a Liverpool FC player," Van Dijk wrote on Twitter, alongside a photo of him with a Liverpool shirt. "Today is a proud day for me and my family as I join one of the biggest clubs in world football. #SaintsFC has reached an agreement with #LFC over the transfer of @VirgilvDijk in January. Full statement: https://t.co/BKhX6Q1mTm — Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 27, 2017 "I can't wait to pull on the famous red shirt for the first time in front of the Kop and will give everything I have to try and help this great club achieve something special in the years to come," he added. © BCCL The 26-year-old has agreed a contract that will see him earn 180,000-pounds-a-week after setting his heart on a move to Liverpool ahead of City who were also interested in the defender. The previous world record fee for a defender was the 54 million pounds Manchester City paid Tottenham Hotspur for England right-back Kyle Walker in July this year. Absolute pleasure to play with @VirgilvDijk deserves all success in the future, one of if not the best cb in the league all the best big man pic.twitter.com/n3zV5Hda6N — Charlie Austin (@chazaustin10) December 27, 2017 A fee of 75 million pounds would also be level with Romelu Lukaku as the second most expensive transfer in Premier League history, only behind Manchester United's 90-million-pound purchase of Frenchman Paul Pogba. Earlier in the summer window, the Brazilian Neymar became the world's most expensive player after his 200-million-pound move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona. Months later, Barcelona made Ousmane Dembele the second most expensive player of all time by shelling 96.8 million pounds for the Borussia Dortmund winger.
  4. At least 10 people were killed late Saturday night when two buses and a pick-up van collided on the Indus Highway near Sehwan. Photo: Geo News screen grab 1 SEHWAN: At least 10 people were killed late Saturday night when two buses and a pick-up van collided on the Indus Highway near Sehwan. All 10 deceased, including six children, were passengers of the pick-up van, which was travelling from Larkana to Sehwan, police said. The deceased were rushed to nearby medical facilities for the autopsy, medical treatment respectively. Drivers of both the buses managed to flee the scene of the crime. The police said that the search of the suspects is under way. Bus crash leaves 27 dead, 60 injured near Chakwal The bus was on its way to Raiwind, Lahore from Kohat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: rescue officials On November 9, a total of 27 people were killed and around 60 injured after a speeding bus fell off a bridge in Dhok Pathan area of Talagang. The bus fell from a height of 150 feet, rescue officials said, adding that as many as 69 people were injured in the accident. The bus, which was carrying nearly a hundred passengers, was on its way to Lahore?s Raiwind from Kohat, said rescue officials. On October 7, at least 14 people died and 30 were injured when a passenger bus collided with a van in the Dasht area of Mastung district, rescue sources said. The injured were shifted to Civil Hospital, Quetta for treatment. Five of the injured are in critical condition and are being treated in the hospital's trauma centre.
  5. PARIS: "The Muscles from Brussels" is back, and this time it isn't serious. The Belgian action hero actor Jean-Claude Van Damme returns to the screen Friday as the bungling star of a new Amazon comedy series. The "Universal Soldier" actor, whose career went into a tailspin after "Timecop" made him a worldwide star in 1994, plays a comic version of himself in the new streaming series, "Jean-Claude Van Johnson". Fiction and reality cross over in the show written by "Godzilla" and "Wonder Woman" screenwriter Dave Callaham, in which Van Damme sends up his own desperation to get back into the big time. But the star has a secret double life. Operating under the alias "Johnson", the martial arts expert comes out of retirement to hire himself out as the most easily recognisable undercover agent in the world. For Van Damme, 57, most of whose recent work has gone straight to video, the "burlesque, clownesque" series produced by "Blade Runner" creator Ridley Scott is "maybe a way to save my career". "I wanted to do television for the last nine or 10 years," he told AFP, but realised he was not "Brad Pitt, who can just raise his hand and he would have TV shows calling him." Nor did Van Damme have any problems playing a parody of himself. 'Used to be super famous' "It is difficult to make fun of yourself. But since I'm a good actor, why not?" Van Damme said the show walks the thin line between comedy and tragedy. "It's almost poignant," said the actor just before the series had its world premiere in Paris on Tuesday. "It takes a lot out of you." He said he would not have done it without trusting the team behind the camera. "Having Ridley Scott, Dave Callaham and Amazon all together is less of a risk than a movie like 'Pound of Flesh'," Van Damme added, referring to the 2015 Vietnamese action flick where he played a man who woke up one morning to find someone had stolen his kidney. "The trust was there right away. You can see love in the eyes of a person, you can see if a person doesn't like you," said the actor, who still works out and has not lost his trademark Belgian accent. Indeed the series opens with the actor staring straight at the camera and saying, "My name is Jean-Claude Van Damme. I used to be super famous." JCVD, as he is known in Hollywood, had to take risks in the series that few other well-known actors would, according to director Peter Atencio. "For me, he has always been the most sensitive action hero. We challenged him like he had not been challenged before. He had to do a huge amount of work, way more than one actor would normally do in a movie, and his performance is very brave," he said. Van Damme's missed talent The series' creator told AFP he was convinced Van Damme had hidden depths others had missed. "I have waited my whole life to write something for Jean-Claude," said Callaham, who grew up on Van Damme films. "My mother is from China, so she raised me watching martial arts films. "Jean-Claude is still a gigantic international star", particularly in Asia, the writer added, "and I felt very strongly from watching so many of his movies that he had a side to him that no one had fully taken advantage of." Van Damme's only demand was that the series be premiered in Paris so he could invite his mother to walk the red carpet with him. "Ten or 15 years ago I was gone in terms of theatrical openings," the world´s best known Belgian after Tintin said. "But I promised Mama and I knew that one day I would come back, and we´ll do the premiere in Paris," he said. As good as his word, he brought his parents from their home in Knokke near Bruges to the French capital for the premiere at the Grand Rex. "I am very proud of him," his mother Eliana Van Varenberg told reporters. His father Eugene had also recorded a surprise video message for his son, telling him how proud he had made them. "No one would have believed that a European could have made it like that in Hollywood," he said. "But I have a wish," he continued, as tears welled up in his son's eyes. "I would love you to put your feet up a bit and enjoy life. "I know that is difficult for you, but you have looked after the whole family, and I don´t see why you have to continue to work so hard."
  6. A visitor looks at the painting 'Olive Trees' (Saint-Remy, June/July 1889) by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh at the Kunstmuseum in Basel, Switzerland, April 23, 2009. AFP/Nicholas Ratzenboeck/Files WASHINGTON: When a Kansas City museum put a Vincent van Gogh painting under the microscope, it found an unlikely intruder: a grasshopper trapped in the canvas's painterly whirls for 128 years. Mary Schafer ? a conservator at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art ? came across the tiny dried, brown carcass in the lower foreground while studying the painting of olive groves. "I was mainly trying to understand the different layers of the painting and how it was constructed, and that's how I came upon part of the body of this little grasshopper," she told AFP. "The fact that we have this little surprise of a grasshopper is a fun way to have a new look at a Van Gogh." The find reflects the artist's practice of painting in the outdoors, where it was often windy enough to send dust, grass and insects flying. "I must have picked up a good hundred flies and more off the four canvases that you'll be getting, not to mention dust and sand," van Gogh mused in an 1885 letter to his brother Theo. "When one carries them across the heath and through hedgerows for a few hours, the odd branch or two scrapes across them." But Van Gogh was no bug killer. Paleo-entomologist Michael Engel of the University of Kansas told the museum's team that the grasshopper's thorax and abdomen were missing, and no sign of movement was evident in the paint around the insect, indicating it was already dead when it landed on van Gogh's canvas. "Olive Trees" is part of a series of some 18 paintings Van Gogh completed on the subject in 1889 in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France, where he had checked himself into an asylum. He died the following year. Sand also was found in "Seascape near Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer" (1888), a work he is believed to have painted from the beach on the Mediterranean. It is now held at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The Nelson-Atkins museum made its own find as part of an effort involving curators, conservators and outside scientists to take a fresh look at its collection of 104 French paintings and pastels using a variety of tools, including x-rays, ultraviolet light, the microscope and taking minuscule samples of the work. Looking at a tiny slice of "Olive Trees," conservation scientist John Twilley determined that van Gogh had used a type of red lake pigment that faded over time due to light exposure.
  7. MIRPUR: Five of a family lost their lives and nine were injured when a passenger van fell into a deep ravine on Sunday in the Panjora area of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, police said. The injured have been shifted to Divisional Headquarters Teaching Hospital Mirpur and are being administered medical aid. At least 14 dead, scores injured in road accident in Mastung Five of the injured are in critical condition and are being treated in the hospital's trauma centre The family was en route to Nakial from Gujranwala, where they had gone to attend a funeral. The van met with the accident due to overspeeding, leading to the death of three women and two men on the spot, police said. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/fc88fa2a2505f13cf862de5df39b4e12.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvNS8yMDE3IDk6NDY6NDkgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1vUlpjS1J4WjlBRHpEektBZmY4MEZ3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center]
  8. Trance music pioneer Paul van Dyk had hoisted himself onto an elevated ridge of the stage to greet the cheering crowd. He waved and took a stroll -- and plunged into an abyss. A 4.5-meter (15-foot) cavity in the stage had been covered as if it were a solid surface. The German DJ's girlfriend was told that van Dyk may never speak or walk again. Just a year and a half after the February 2016 accident at a festival in The Netherlands, van Dyk has not only recovered but has recorded a new album, "From Then On," which comes out Friday. The 45-year-old, one of the key creators of the fast, free-flowing electronic style that has become trance, has brought to the album a new appreciation for life -- and determination to be his own master. "I was in a coma and when I woke up I wasn't able to do anything. So whatever I do now is to me a miracle, a gift," van Dyk told AFP in New York, where he recently premiered a visual-rich live show. After cheating death, van Dyk will also no longer suffer the recommendations of managers. He said that every sound on "From Then On" is "1,000 percent how I want it to be." "I don't want to waste my talent -- or call it whatever -- on somebody else's idea of how my music should be," he said. "I am closer to myself and to my music than I have ever been, simply because there is a certain element of myself that sees life very differently." Hidden scars remain As he sat in a hotel suite with a postcard-like view of the Manhattan skyline, little appeared different about van Dyk, who conversed in English with no trace of trauma. But van Dyk said the scars were present, if invisible. His legs still go numb and he gets tired after two hours in the studio, whereas once he could spin for eight hours straight. "When I'm on stage with the adrenaline and the energy of music -- because this is what I love to do -- people don't see this, but as soon as I'm off stage, plfff!" he said, making a noise as if collapsing on a couch. Van Dyk, who broke his spine in two places and bled inside his brain, was in a coma for two days and later had to relearn the motions of speaking. But van Dyk did not lose long-term memories, nor did he need to relearn how to make music. The album stays true to van Dyk's style of smooth synthesizer melodies that crescendo into climaxes. But the music of "From Then On" carries a new scale of drama and urgency. "While You Were Gone," the album's first track, starts with more than three minutes of melancholic piano before the rhythms kick in. The tellingly titled "I Am Alive" opens with piercing, solitary beats before escalating into a refrain of self-affirming joy. 'Stronger Together' The album's first single -- "Stronger Together," written with Namibian DJ Pierre Pienaar -- similarly layers on keyboards to project a transition from loneliness to community. An accompanying video shows young people striving to find one another in an ultra-hi-tech city of the future. (The city is unnamed, although the street signs intriguingly are in Tibetan script.) Van Dyk said "Stronger Together" reflected how support from others helped him survive. Told that "Stronger Together" was also the slogan of Hillary Clinton's ill-fated presidential campaign, van Dyk was visibly surprised. The song has no connection to Clinton. But van Dyk -- whose previous "Politics of Dancing" series united DJs from around the world -- said there was a political subtext. "I still seriously believe that in the big challenges of this planet we can only pull through together as humans. The Americans can't deal with climate change alone, the Europeans can't, the Asians can't," he said.
  9. ANKARA: A police vehicle in Turkey?s southern province of Mersin was hit in a bomb attack on Tuesday, wounding several people, security sources and Turkish media said. Broadcaster NTV said that some 12 people were injured in the attack, in Mersin?s Yenisehir district. Mersin Mayor Burhanettin Kocamaz told another broadcaster, Haberturk, that the attack took place on the street where the local governor?s office is located. He said the police vehicle was moving at the time of the attack. An image of the street published on NTV?s website showed smoke billowing from the area, which had been cordoned off by police. Ambulances, police and fire trucks were sent to the site of the attack, security sources said. A blast also occurred a day earlier, on Monday, when an improvised explosive device detonated in Hakkari province of the country, reports stated.
  10. You have seen his ?Sunflowers? in a museum, sung along with Don McLean to ?Vincent (Starry Starry Night)? and gawped at the tens of million of dollars his works have fetched at auction. But you have never seen Vincent Van Gogh?s art quite like it is shown in the film ?Loving Vincent.? Seven years in the making and billed as the world?s first fully-painted feature film, ?Loving Vincent? uses more than 130 of the Dutch artist?s own paintings to tell his own story. Each of the 65,000 frames of the animated independent film, created by Polish artist and animator Dorota Kobiela, is an oil painting hand painted by 125 professional artists who travelled from around the world to be a part of the project. ?It looks like something completely different, and that doesn?t happen very often in our media-saturated world,? said Hugh Welchman, who co-wrote and directed the film with Kobiela. ?Loving Vincent,? showing in limited release in New York and Los Angeles and arriving in Europe in October, was first filmed with actors playing some of the people Van Gogh captured on canvas. They include Saiorse Ronan as doctor?s daughter Marguerite Gachet and Chris O?Dowd as postman Joseph Roulin, who walk through and inhabit his paintings as his story unfolds. Then came the hard part. Finding and training the painters to reproduce Van Gogh?s work. More than 4,000 artists from around the world applied for the job and 125 were chosen and put through three weeks training. ?Even though we were hiring the very best oil painters, Vincent?s style look like it should be very easy but actually it?s difficult to do well,? said Welchman. ?Even after training there were still quite a few painters who really found it impossible to get to grips with his style,? Welchman said. The $5.5 million production focuses on the last weeks of Van Gogh?s life before his death in 1890 in France at age 37 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Welchman said the film has triggered some unusual responses. ?We?ve had a lot of people in tears at screenings. People are sending poems or making cakes with intricate Vincent paintings on the cake,? he said. He and Kobiela hope the film encourages audiences to discover more about Van Gogh. ?I?d like them to think there is more to his story than he went mad, cut off his ears, was a genius and did these incredibly colourful paintings that sell for lots of money.?
  11. Some of the best news that could reach our eyes and ears this weekend is that one of the greatest living electronic music legends in the world is going to be coming back to India towards the end of this year. We have one music festival to thank for this—Enchanted Valley Carnival 2017! And that's not all; but, do continue reading… I'm talking about Armin Van Buuren coming to India as the headlining act on the Electronic Family Stage, at EVC 2017 this December! I can feel your eyes literally pop out of their sockets and I get you. It's been a while since AVB made a visit to India and it's been long overdue. The Dutch DJ and music producer who has given the world 'A State of Trance', an online podcast that streams live dance music anthems and sets and is loved the world over for his ingenious tunes and mixes. Music Times He's the stuff legends are made of and to be present at one of his performances is an experience of its own. Luckily, fans of Buuren are about to get a good dose of trance music this December. Wikipedia Aside from Buuren, Bollywood's favourite playback singer and musician, Arijit Singh is making a second time come back at the festival, too this year, on popular demand. So, clearly, EVC has got something brewing for every festival goer who's headed to Aamby Valley City, in Lonavala, this December. This is going to be great and we can't wait!
  12. The Ford and Virginia Tech research simulated a self-driving vehicle using a ?seat suit? to conceal the human driver in order to explore pedestrians' reaction to external lighting signals that indicate when the vehicle is driving, yielding or accelerating from a stop in Arlington, Virginia, September 13, 2017. Ford Motor Company/Handout via Reuters WASHINGTON: Ford Motor Co and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are testing a way to enable self-driving vehicles to communicate their movements visually to pedestrians, cyclists and to human drivers, the researchers said on Wednesday. The new communications method ? that uses simple light signals to depict whether a self-driving vehicle is slowing or accelerating ? has the potential to become a universal industry standard in all countries, Ford and Institute researchers said. The automaker set out to find ?a way to replace the head nod or hand wave? to convey to pedestrians the intent of a driverless vehicle, according to John Shutko ? Ford?s human factors technical specialist. Researchers rejected the use of displayed text because of potential language barriers and symbols because of their low recognition. Instead, they settled on visual signals from a light bar placed on the windshield of a Ford Transit Van. A solid white light shows the vehicle is in fully autonomous mode, a blinking white light indicates acceleration, and a pair of white lights moving side to side signals slowing and stopping. The specially-outfitted Transit Van logged 2,900 kilometres (1,800 miles) in August, much of it in and around Arlington, Virginia, including urban intersections, parking lots, and garages. The aim of the exercise was to capture on video human reactions to both a self-driving vehicle and to the light signals from the windshield. The van was piloted by a human driver, who wore a camouflaged ?seat suit? to simulate a driverless vehicle. The vehicles drew some attention on social and local news media reports. The research effort supports vehicle manufacturers and users, but also ?anyone who walks, rides or drives alongside autonomous vehicles in the future?, Andy Schaudt ? the project director at the Institute?s Center for Automated Vehicle Systems ? said. Shutko said ?the biggest failure mode? would be if every automaker had a different way of alerting pedestrians of driverless vehicles. The company is working with an industry group and other automakers ?to try to gain global consensus?. Shutko said the company is conscious of the potential backlash to fully self-driving cars. Ford has set a target of putting a self-driving shuttle into commercial ride-sharing fleets by 2021.
  13. People gather at an impromptu memorial where a van crashed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, August 19, 2017/Reuters MADRID: Investigators believe that Younes Abouyaaqoub, a 22-year-old Moroccan-born man sought by police, was the driver of a van that rammed into crowds last Thursday in Barcelona, killing 13 people, a Catalan government official said on Monday. Spanish police have been searching for Abouyaaqoub ? the only one of 12 suspects still at large - for several days but authorities had yet to identify him as the man behind the wheel of the van. Audi used in Spain attack caught speeding near Paris last week: newspaper Without citing sources, Le Parisien said the Audi was caught on camera speeding in the Paris region about a week ago Asked on Catalan radio on Monday whether Abouyaaqoub was the driver, Joaquim Forn, who runs home affairs in Catalonia´s regional government said: "This is one of the lines of enquiry. It´s the main one. Everything points to that. Today we will explain the evidence and (explain) why we have come to that conclusion." Police carried out more raids overnight at homes in the town of Ripoll, where many of the suspects lived, Forn said. Others thought to be part of a 12-strong cell have been arrested, shot by police or killed in an explosion at a house in Catalonia a day before Thursday´s van attack.
  14. People gather around an impromptu memorial a day after a van crashed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, August 18, 2017. REUTERS/Sergio Perez BARCELONA: The driver of the van that ploughed into crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people, may still be alive and at large, Spanish police said on Friday, denying earlier media reports that he had been shot dead in a Catalan seaside resort. Josep Lluis Trapero, police chief in Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia, said he could not confirm the driver was one of five men killed. "It is still a possibility but, unlike four hours ago, it is losing weight," he told regional TV. The driver abandoned the van and fled on Thursday after speeding along a section of Las Ramblas, the most famous boulevard in Barcelona, leaving a trail of dead and injured among the crowds of tourists and local residents thronging the street. (For a graphic on Barcelona crash, click tmsnrt.rs/2fOJ9Sm) It was the latest of a string of attacks across Europe in the past 13 months in which militants have used vehicles as weapons - a crude but deadly tactic that is near-impossible to prevent and has now killed nearly 130 people in France, Germany, Britain, Sweden and Spain. Suspected jihadists have been behind the previous attacks. Islamic State said the perpetrators of the latest one had been responding to its call to target countries involved in a U.S.-led coalition against the Sunni militant group. Hours after the van rampage, police shot dead five people in the Catalan resort of Cambrils, 120 km (75 miles) down the coast from Barcelona, after they drove their car at pedestrians and police officers. The five assailants had an axe and knives in their car and wore fake explosive belts, police said. A single police officer shot four of the men, Trapero said. A Spanish woman was killed in the Cambrils incident, while several other civilians and a police officer were injured. Trapero had earlier said the investigation was focusing on a house in Alcanar, southwest of Barcelona, which was razed by an explosion shortly before midnight on Wednesday. Police believe the house was being used to plan one or several large-scale attacks in Barcelona, possibly using a large number of butane gas canisters stored there. However, the apparently accidental explosion at the house forced the conspirators to scale down their plans and to hurriedly carry out more "rudimentary" attacks, Trapero said. Four arrests Police have arrested four people in connection with the attacks - three Moroccans and a citizen of Spain's North African enclave of Melilla, Trapero said. They were aged between 21 and 34, and none had a history of terrorism-related activities. Another three people have been identified but are still at large. Spanish media said two of them may have been killed by the blast in Alcanar while one man of Moroccan origin was still sought by the police. Police in France are looking for the driver of a white Renault Kangoo van that may have been used by people involved in the Barcelona attack, a French police source told Reuters. Worst since 2004 It was the deadliest attack in Spain since March 2004, when Islamist militants placed bombs on commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people. Of 126 people injured in Barcelona and Cambrils, 65 were still in the hospital and 17 were in a critical condition. The dead and injured came from 34 countries, ranging from France and Germany to Pakistan and the Philippines. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said an American citizen was confirmed dead, and Spanish media said several children were killed. As Spain began three days of mourning, people returned to Las Ramblas, laying flowers and lighting candles in memory of the victims. Rajoy and Spain's King Felipe visited Barcelona's main square nearby to observe a minute's silence. Defiant crowds later chanted "I am not afraid" in Catalan. Foreign leaders voiced condemnation and sympathy, including French President Emmanuel Macron, whose nation has suffered some of Europe's deadliest recent attacks. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking after media reports that some Germans were among those killed, said Islamist terrorism "can never defeat us" and vowed to press ahead with campaigning for a general election in Germany in September. King Mohammed VI of Morocco sent his condolences to Spain. U.S. President Donald Trump, speaking by phone with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday, pledged the full support of the United States in investigating the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils and bringing the perpetrators to justice. In a message to the cardinal of Barcelona, Pope Francis said the attack was "an act of blind violence that is a grave offense to the Creator". Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said the attack showed the European Union's system of migrant relocation was wrong. "It is dangerous. Europe should wake up," he said. "We are dealing here with a clash of civilisations."
  15. source: AFP BARCELONA: Two people were killed after a van crashed into pedestrians near the Las Ramblas avenue in central Barcelona on Thursday, several local newspapers reported, though a police spokesman said he could not confirm the deaths. However, police have only confirmed injuries. Police described the incident on Twitter as a "massive crash". Emergency services said people should not go to the area around the city´s Placa Catalunya, and requested the closure of nearby train and metro stations. El Pais newspaper said the driver of the vehicle had fled on foot after mowing down dozens of people. According to local media reports, two armed men entered a restaurant after the van ploughed into the crowd in Las Ramblas, Barcelona. While full details of the incident were not immediately clear, since July 2016 vehicles have been used to ram into crowds in a series of militant attacks across Europe, killing well over 100 people in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm. In recent weeks, threatening graffiti against tourists has appeared in Barcelona, which draws at least 11 million visitors a year. In one video released under the slogan "tourism kills neighbourhoods", several hooded individuals stopped a tourist bus in Barcelona, slashed the tyres and spray-painted the windscreen. geo_embedgallery
  16. Robin van Persie AMSTERDAM: Robin van Persie is in line for a recall to the Netherlands national team after an absence of almost two years. The Fenerbahce forward was named on Wednesday in a preliminary squad for two key World Cup qualifiers in the next fortnight. Ryan Babel and Eljero Elia have also been recalled as coach Dick Advocaat named 32 players for the important qualifier against Group A leaders France in Paris on Aug. 31 and then at home to Bulgaria in Amsterdam on Sept. 3. There is a first call-up for Ajax Amsterdam?s 20-year-old midfielder Donny van de Beek, who scored two in the early rounds of the Champions League over the last month. The 34-year-old van Persie, whose 50 goals in 101 internationals makes him the Netherlands´ top scorer, last played in a 3-2 loss to the Czech Republic in the European Championship qualifier in October 2015. He scored an own goal and was later dropped by Advocaat?s predecessor Danny Blind. "I worked with him last season at Fenerbahce where he showed what he could do. Robin is a player we might still need but we?ll see in the next weeks how fit he is and if he is playing," Advocaat said in a statement released by the Dutch football association. "This is a preliminary squad so players can fall out or be included later." Besiktas striker Babel, 30, was last in the team in late 2011, while Elia, who also plays in Turkey, for Basaksehir, has not been in the team since 2012.Advocaat was named in May to try and resurrect the Dutch?s hopes of qualifying for the next World Cup in Russia as they sit third in their group with 10 points from six games, three behind joint leaders France and Sweden.
  17. One for the road, literally! This guy was too busy running his bike shop and didn't used to get enough time to visit his local pub, so he did what anyone else would do – bought a £12,000 camper van to convert it into a fully functional pub. Such an obvious move, right? © SWNS 29-year old Ben Levy spent months to transform his Volkswagen 1957 Splitscreen into his own personal watering hole, complete with an optic bar, pub seating and a dart board. And that's not it – this mobile boozer even has beer taps, a wine rack, and even disco lights. Ben explained, “I thought ‘let's do something different' so I decided I wanted to build a pub inside of it after a friend of mine came up with the idea. I thought it was a bit of a joke at first – but it was something I hadn't seen done before so I thought ‘why not?' We have got a local pub here so it just started as nothing more than my own place to drink.” © SWNS The bar, named The Dub Inn, now mostly caters to Ben and his friends who often enjoy a drink or two by the side of the road or outside his house, but sometimes he does cater for weddings as well. © SWNS He further added, “It has just been a case of doing it up on my days off. It took me a few months earlier this year to completely transform it. I have basically done it all by myself. The pub down the road is still our local but there is not much time to go out because of work and it is just somewhere to escape from time to time.” © SWNS Well, this pub in wheels is quite interesting, obviously, and it's pretty cool and innovative, but wouldn't it have been much cheaper for him to just go to his local pub instead?
  18. SHANGHAI: Beijing police are hunting for a man suspected of stabbing five people and then ploughing into a group of nine others with a van, killing one and injuring eight, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The attack took place mid-afternoon on Sunday in the suburban district of Miyun in Beijing's northwestern outskirts. The suspect attacked the group of five people with scissors and then fled in a van, police said. Xinhua said late on Sunday the injured were being treated in hospital, while the police were still searching for the suspect. The police did not give a possible motive for the incident but authorities and residents in the country's political centre are sensitive to potential attacks. In 2013, a vehicle crashed on the edge of Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing, killing five people and injuring dozens in what China said was a planned attack by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, a Muslim Uighur separatist group. Earlier this year a car crashed and overturned near Tiananmen Square, sparking rumours online that said it was linked to extremism. Police deemed the crash an accident and detained two people for spreading false rumours online.
  19. Photo: File Paris police on Monday said they were dealing with an incident on the Champs Elysees in the city centre as a Reuters witness saw officers cordon off an area near the avenue and close to the presidential Elysee palace. The announcement on a police Twitter account advised the public to avoid the area, and came after people took to social media to report that a car had caught fire in the area.
  20. Police officers attend to the scene after a vehicle collided with pedestrians near a mosque in the Finsbury Park neighborhood of North London, Britain June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall LONDON: A van ploughed into worshippers leaving a London mosque on Monday, killing at least one person and injuring several in what Britain's largest Muslim organisation said was a deliberate act of xenophobia. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said the vehicle hit people as they were leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque, one of the biggest in the country. The attack comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramazan when people attend 'Taraweeh' prayers at night. British Prime Minister Theresa May said police had confirmed it was being treated as a potential terrorist attack and said she would chair an emergency response meeting later on Monday. Police said one man was pronounced dead at the scene and that the van driver, 48, had been detained by members of the public before being arrested. The driver would undergo a mental health assessment in due course, police said. The London Ambulance Service said it had taken eight people to the hospital, while two were treated at the scene. Prime Minister May said her thoughts were with those injured in "this terrible incident". The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said he was "totally shocked". The MCB said the incident was the most violent manifestation of hatred against Muslims in Britain in recent months and called for extra security at places of worship just as Ramazan near its end. "It appears that a white man in a van intentionally ploughed into a group of worshippers who were already tending to someone who had been taken ill," the council said in a statement. Police said they were called just after 12:20 AM (11:20 PM GMT, Sunday) to reports of a collision on Seven Sisters Road, which runs through the Finsbury Park area of north London. "From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside. ? Everybody was shouting: 'A van?s hit people, a van?s hit people'," one woman who lives opposite the scene told the BBC. "There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished." The incident comes just over two weeks after three militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars, killing eight. It also comes at a time of political turmoil, as Prime Minister May plunges into divorce talks with the European Union weakened by the loss of her parliamentary majority in a June 8 election. She has faced heavy criticism for her response to a fire in a London tower block on Wednesday which killed at least 58 people, and for her record on security after a series of attacks blamed on militants in recent months. One witness told CNN it was clear that the attacker at Finsbury Park had deliberately targeted Muslims. "He tried to kill a lot of people so obviously it's a terrorist attack. He targeted Muslims this time," the witness, identified only as Rayan, said. Other witnesses told Sky television that the van had hit at least 10 people. 'Deliberately swerved' Miqdaad Versi, the MCB's assistant secretary-general, said the van had deliberately swerved into a group of people who were helping a man who was ill and had fallen to the ground. "Basically, a van swerved into them deliberately," Versi told Reuters, citing a witness. He said the driver had run out of the van but a group of people caught him and held him until police arrived. Britain has been hit by a series of attacks in recent months, including the van-and-knife attack on London Bridge on June 3. On March 22, a man drove a rented car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead. His attack killed five people. On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England. The attacks were a factor in campaigning ahead of the June 8 election, with Prime Minister May criticised for overseeing a drop of 20,000 in the number of police officers in England and Wales as interior minister from 2010 to 2016. She was also criticised for keeping her distance from angry residents during her visit to the charred remains of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower. She said on Saturday the response to the fire, in which at least 58 people were killed on Wednesday, had been "not good enough". The Finsbury Park Mosque gained notoriety more than a decade ago for sermons by radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was sentenced to life in a US prison in January 2015 for his conviction on terrorism-related charges. A new board of trustees and management took over in February 2005, a year after Abu Hamza was arrested by British police, since when attendance has greatly increased among worshippers from various communities, according to the mosque's website.
  21. BUREWALA: At least six people were killed, while twelve were left injured, due to a collision between a passenger bus and van, in the wee hours of Tuesday, near Ada Tufail Abad in Burewala. According to police, the traffic accident cost the lives of at least six. The deceased, as well as those injured in the crash, were shifted to Tehsil Head Quarter Hospital, added police.
  22. ویکھ نی ماں میں بدل گیا واں روٹی ٹھنڈی کھا لینا واں گندے کپڑے پا لینا واں غصہ سارا پی جانا واں ہر دکھ تے لب سی جانا واں ساریاں گلاں جر لینا واں ٹھنڈا ہوکا بھر لینا واں پر کسے نوں کجھ نئیں دسدا ہر ویلے میں ریہندا ہنسدا اندر جھاتی کوئ نا پاوے دکھ تیرا منوں کھائ جاوے تیرے باجھ منوں کوئ نا پُچھدا ہن تے میں کسے نال نئیں رُسدا ویکھ نی ماں میں بدل گیا واں
  23. MULTAN: At least three schoolchildren and a driver were killed and nine children critically injured when a speeding oil tanker crushed a school van in Multan on Monday, confirmed rescue sources. The unfortunate accident took place at Makhdoom Rasheed Road when the oil tanker crushed the school van due to alleged over-speeding. According to reports, the injured and deceased were immediately shifted to Nishtar Hospital. A total of 11 children were on their way home in the school van. According to rescue sources, the van had to be cut to extricate the children Local authorities have informed that the oil tanker driver immediately fled the scene after the accident and that details of the oil tanker have been sent to the excise department to ascertain the owner’s identity. One of the deceased children was identified as Waqas. In Feb 2017, six schoolchildren and a van driver were killed when the van and a truck collided in Fatehpur area of Layyah. Nine other children were injured in the accident. The van was carrying at least 15 children en route to a private school. In Lodhran a motorcycle-rickshaw collided with a train killing eight including six schoolchildren and the driver. According to reports, 15 children were on their way to school when the crash took place. Railways Minister, Khawaja Saad Rafique ordered an investigation into the crash. Speaking to journalists, Rafique said there were questions related to the crash which would only be answered when the investigation is complete. He added that human error and the presence of dense fog could not be ruled out as the reason for the crash. School vans unregistered Meanwhile, over 18,000 school vans remain unregistered in Karachi in gross negligence of the traffic police’s directives. Orders issued month backs by the traffic police department require school vans to be painted yellow with the school’s name visible on the vehicle. The instructions included a strict prohibition of installing or overloading gas cylinders. The police had directed schools to employee a helper for each van, to facilitate students in getting on and off the van. Local schools have failed to follow the code of conduct issued for school vans months after it was issued. Numerous schoolchildren continue to face safety hazards in their daily commute to and fro their respective educational institutions.
  24. Jose Mourinho's depleted Manchester United side face Swansea at Old Trafford on Sunday with the manager praising the spirit shown by his exhausted squad. Louis van Gaal, Mourinho's predecessor as United manager, is not remembered with any fondness by the majority of the club's supporters. But Mourinho believes the Dutchman succeeded in pulling together a squad of strong characters, although their resilience is now being tested as United maintain their bid for a top-four finish in the Premier League and success in the Europa League. "The group was a nice group, honestly," said Mourinho, who served as a novice coach under then Barcelona manager Van Gaal at the Spanish giants in the late 1990s. "Good people, good boys, committed people. "I think Mr Van Gaal left a good group of boys with very good relations between them and I got that in my hands." The Portuguese added: "I think they missed happiness, they missed trust, they missed belief. They missed this extra bit that brings resilience, brings you fight. They have it. "So next July 9, when we meet again for next season, it's a stronger group. So the new players when they arrive will find a group more ready to go for big things," the former Chelsea manager explained. "But the reality is that we are fighting to win the Europa League and we are fighting to try to finish fourth, so let's go." The arduous season, which has also seen United reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and win the League Cup, has taken its toll on the team physically. Central defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling remain out injured for the Swansea game, with Marcos Rojo having suffered a season-ending knee ligament injury. That led Mourinho to joke he might name himself in the starting side, along with youngster Axel Tuanzebe whose entire first-team experience amounts to 22 minutes as a substitute against Wigan in the FA Cup. United may have Juan Mata, sidelined since the middle of March, available for Swansea but France international Paul Pogba remains out with a leg muscle injury and is being saved for Thursday's Europa League semi-final with Celta Vigo. Mourinho will also be without Belgium international Marouane Fellaini, who starts a three-match suspension, after his red card for head-butting Sergio Aguero in the midweek goalless derby draw away to Manchester City. - 'Play every few days' - Amazingly, given their schedule, the Etihad stalemate extended United's unbeaten league run to 24 games -- equalling their best such sequence in a single top-flight season. For all the fatigue within the squad, United defender Matteo Darmian has insisted he and his team-mates will not use tiredness as an excuse for any poor results between now and the end of the campaign. "Yes, we haven't got too much time for recovery and to prepare for the game but, from now until the end of the season, we play every few days, so we have to be ready," he said. "It's our objective to finish in the top four. "We have to win and put pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool," he added. Swansea will kick off in the relegation places and, with Burnley and Hull playing 24 hours earlier, could be as many as five points from safety by the time they take the field. Paul Clement, the Swansea coach, sympathised with Mourinho's injury problems but stressed the Welsh club would be the underdogs at Old Trafford. "United have been playing Thursday and Sunday for many weeks now and they have an injury list which I'm sure the manager is not happy with," he said. "But we know it will not be easy. You always hope when you play a big team at their stadium that they have a slightly off-day and you have a chance." Clement hopes that midfielder Jack Cork (ankle) and defender Martin Olsson (hamstring) recover from their respective injury problems in time for Sunday's match. But Wayne Routledge has been ruled out after the winger had a hernia operation this week.
  25. Austrian president, Alexander Van der Bellen told an audience that a day will come when all women will be asked to wear a headscarf if Islamophobia continues in the country. The comments were made weeks ago during a talk with students but only surfaced on Tuesday when Austrian media aired the clip looking back at the president’s first 100 days in office. Van der Bellen told students that he believed a woman should wear whatever she wants, adding that if the rampant Islamophobia in Austria continues a day will come when all women would be asked to wear a headscarf out of solidarity towards those who do it for religious reasons. The Austrian president who took office in January had earlier spoken against national borders suggesting abolishing them and creating a Europe without borders. Unfortunately for Van der Bellen, as president, his role is purely symbolic and he has little to no influence over the country’s policy. The president’s comments also go against recent legislation in Austria that banned the Burqa in public places last month. Austrian President calls for ALL Women to wear a Headscarf. Islamization of Europe is a Reality. pic.twitter.com/K98qsHsOnB — Alex B