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  1. 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.
  2. 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."
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. Neingupe Maru, the constable who has taken the responsibility of cleaning the town in his old van, works tirelessly at his police shift, and then goes around the town to complete the task. Twitter For the past six days, this 28-year-old employee of Nagaland Police has been voluntarily collecting garbage in Pfutsero, a block headquarter in Phek district located near the state capital, Kohima. “I was concerned with the large amounts of garbage getting accumulated and was worried it could lead to an outbreak of some disease,” Maru told Hindustan Times. The town committee of Pfutsero was dissolved in January this year — ahead of the municipal elections that weren’t held due to opposition from Naga tribes against reservation for women. To make matters worse, the lone garbage-collecting vehicle for the town with a population of over 10,371 (2011 census) also broke down two months ago. With large mounds of garbage at several places becoming an eyesore in Nagaland’s highest town (2,133 metres above sea level), Maru decided to take things into his own hands. He converted his old Maruti Van into a dumper and started collecting garbage from across town, depositing the pile in the dumping site located several kilometres outside town. Twitter Maru spends money from his own pocket and is expecting no monetary help from any anyone but expects the God to reward him later. He took up the initiative because he thought so much garbage would cause some disease in the city. “Sometimes, I clean the streets in the morning and sometimes in evenings depending on my duty hours. It takes 3-4 trips these days to clean the entire town,” he said.