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  • East China storm kills six, at least 20 injured

    March 2, 2017: (Xinhua) Six people died and more than 20 were injured after stormy weather hit east China’s Jiangsu Province Wednesday afternoon, local authorities said Thursday. Strong gales swept Wuxi and Yancheng cities, with a maximum speed of 110 km per hour, tearing off roofs and damaging billboards and power facilities, according to the meteorological observatory of Yancheng City. In Wuxi, a pedestrian was hit by a falling billboard and died. Similar gale-triggered accidents left five people dead...

    China’s first high level biosafety lab ready for service

    March 1, 2017: China’s first high level biosafety laboratory has been accredited and will be formally putinto service, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said on 23rd February. The lab willenable Chinese scientists to research live Ebola virus and other highly contagious andinfectious diseases. The authorization certificate was issued by the China National Accreditation Service forConformity Assessment, according to CAS. The lab is based in Wuhan, capital city of Central China’s Hubei Province, and will be usedto study class...

    UN documents nearly 1,500 child soldiers in Yemen

    Feb 28, 2017 (AFP) – Nearly 1,500 children have been recruited by Yemen’s warring parties, mostly the Shiite Huthi rebels, since March 2015, the UN said on Tuesday. The UN has verified the recruitment of 1,476 children, all boys, between 26 March 2015 and 31 January 2017, said a statement by the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani. “The numbers are likely to be much higher as most families are not willing to talk...

    SpaceX to fly two space tourists around the moon in 2018

    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced Monday afternoon that the space tourists had already placed a significant deposit for the trip. The travelers will undergo fitness tests and begin training later this year. “Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration,” SpaceX said in a blog post. For takeoff, SpaceX will use the same launch pad near Cape Canaveral, Florida,...

    7 dead as gunmen shoot at Sri Lanka prison bus

    Sri Lanka (AP) — Seven people were killed Monday when gunmen shot at a bus transporting prisoners to a court in southwest Sri Lanka, news reports said. Five inmates, including a suspected gang leader, and two prison guards were killed in the attack near the town of Kalutara, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of the capital, Colombo, privately owned Maharaja TV reported. Two other inmates were injured and hospitalized. The gunmen escaped after the shooting. The motive for...

    At least 10 dead in east China hotel fire

    Feb. 25 (Xinhua) — At least 10 people were killed in a hotel fire Saturday morning in Nanchang, capital of east China’s Jiangxi Province, firefighters said. The fire, which broke out around 8 a.m. in the HNA Platinum Mix Hotel in Honggutan New District, was put out around 9:40 a.m. More than 10 construction workers were working on the second floor at the time. Firefighters found seven bodies in debris, and three of the 16 hospitalized died despite medical...

    Four killed as Indian Kashmir rebels ambush army convoy

    India, Feb. 23 (AFP): A woman and three soldiers were killed Thursday when militants ambushed an army convoy in Indian Kashmir, police said. The soldiers were returning from a search operation when the militants attacked their convoy, injuring six, three of whom later died.The civilian woman was hit by a stray bullet and died, police said.”Three army soldiers succumbed to their injuries at the army hospital in Srinagar,” said a police spokesman who asked not to be named, referring...

    Turkey says ‘100 IS fighters’ left in Syria’s Al-Bab

    Feb 22, 2017 (AFP) – Turkey said Wednesday fewer than 100 Islamic State jihadists were still holed up in a flashpoint Syrian town which has seen the bloodiest clashes of Ankara’s half-year campaign inside the conflict-torn country. Speaking to NTV television, Defence Minister Fikri Isik said half of the town of Al-Bab was in the hands of Turkish troops and allied pro-Ankara Syrian rebels, after the government repeatedly said it was “largely under control”. Since launching its unprecedented incursion...

    Avalanche kills seven in northern Pakistan

    Feb 19, 2017 (AFP): An avalanche killed at least seven labourers in northern Pakistan on Sunday, a senior official said, with up to four more trapped beneath the snow. The accident, which also injured seven, happened near the Lowari Tunnel which connects the districts of Dir and Chitral in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, senior local administration official Shahab Hameed told AFP. “Efforts are also being made to pull the remaining workers out alive,” he added. Rescue teams have rushed to...

    American national security advisor Michael Flynn resigns

    Michael Flynn, US senior security advisor, resigned over the conflicting statement with Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyakam on Monday. In the letter Flynn has said, “I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.” “Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the president and the vice president,...

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