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Clashes in Yemen protests injure at least 150

Clashes in Yemen protests injure at least 150

SANAA – At least 150 people were wounded as Yemeni security forces tried to break up a rally in the Red Sea city of Hudaida demanding an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule, a doctor and witnesses said on Wednesday.
The impoverished Arabian Peninsula state, neighbour to oil giant Saudi Arabia, has been hit by weeks of protests trying to shake loose Saleh’s 32-year grip on power. Both pro and anti-government factions appear to have increasingly resorted to violence in the

At least 16 dead at Brazil street parade

RIO DE JANEIRO – A high-voltage electric powerline crashed atop a float, killing at least 16 people participating in a parade ahead of Brazil’s Carnival celebrations, health officials said on Monday. The 7,000 cable short-circuited late Sunday when it came tumbling down over a metallic coil, causing multiple deaths and injuries in the town of Bandeiro do Sul in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, the O Globo and Estado de Sao Paulo newspapers reported.At least 12 people who were

At least 17 killed in Tanzania arms depot blasts

DAR ES SALAAM – A series of blasts levelled arms depots at a Tanzanian army base and killed at least 17 people, Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda said Thursday, in the second such incident in two years. The blasts, which the prime minister said also left at least 145 people wounded, went off inside the Gongo la Mboto army base in Dar es Salaam late Wednesday and destroyed several arms and ammunition depots.
“By this morning, there were 13 bodies at Amana hospital, two at Temeke

At least 10 killed as protests sweep Middle East

DUBAI/MANAMA/TRIPOLI – At least 10 people were killed in Libya and Bahrain as people gathered in large numbers across the Middle East to protest against incumbent regimes. In Libya, six people were killed in clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in Benghazi city, opposition websites said, as the authorities countered a “Day of Anger” with a pro-regime rally in Tripoli.
The situation was calm early in the day in Tripoli, where a pro-regime rally was

At least two civilians killed in I Coast’s Abidjan

ABIDJAN – At least two civilians were shot dead after lengthy bursts of gunfire were heard in a tense neighbourhood of Ivory Coast’s crisis-stricken commercial capital Abidjan, an AFP journalist reported. The bullet-riddled bodies of two men were seen lying face-down on the streets of Abidjan’s Abobo neighbourhood, a bastion of the country’s internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara. Residents told AFP that two members of incumbent strongman Laurent Gbagbo’s Defence and

Education Department least bothered about replacing retiring VCs

LAHORE – The Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) seems unconcerned about replacing retiring vice chancellors (VC) of six public-sector universities who would be leaving their posts by end of February, Pakistan Today has learnt. VCs of six main stream public-sector universities including the Bahauddin Zikriya University (BZU), Multan, Government College University (GCU), Lahore, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Multan, University of Sargodha, Lahore College for Women University

Death toll from Nigerian unrest at least 86

JOS – The death toll from a series of Christmas Eve bombings and reprisals in central Nigeria has risen to at least 80, the emergency management agency said on Tuesday, bringing the nationwide total to 86.
“We have gone around the five hospitals where casualties from the explosions and the violence that followed in Jos were taken,” said Daniel Balarabe Gambo, deputy director of communications for the National Emergency Management Agency.
“The data we collated at these

Two trains collide in Bangladesh, at least 4 dead: police

DHAKA: Two passenger trains collided at a busy station just outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Wednesday, killing at least four people and injuring scores, local officials told AFP.
One train was stopped at the station when the second one ploughed into it from behind, leaving passenger carriages mangled and stacked on top of each other.
Television footage showed workers at the scene trying to rescue people from inside the coaches, as large crowds milled around the

At least 27 missing after New Zealand mine explosion

WELLINGTON: Desperate efforts to reach at least 27 coal miners missing after an explosion tore through an underground mine in New Zealand stalled Friday as fears of another blast frustrated rescue attempts.
Police said the explosion at the coal mine on the South Island’s west coast appeared to have crippled the mine’s ventilation system but locals said they were were drawing hope from the rescue of 33 miners in Chile last month. Two miners survived the blast at the Pike River

At least eight dead in Shanghai high-rise fire

SHANGHAI: At least eight people died as fire engulfed a Shanghai high-rise building Monday, sending panicked residents stumbling over each other as they fled and spreading thick smoke over China’s commercial hub.
The 28-storey building in one of the most densely-populated districts of the city of nearly 20 million people was under renovation when the blaze broke out around lunchtime. Spectacular bright orange flames could be seen enveloping the scaffolding and spreading to the

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