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London fire death toll reaches 17

June 15, 2017

LONDON: More bodies were found on Thursday in the fire-ravaged apartment block in west London, raising the death toll to 17, the Metropolitan Police said. Commander Stuart Cundy said the number was expected to rise and that an unknown number of people were missing, Efe news reported. Seventeen of the 37 people still hospitalized remained in critic...

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UN appeals for more resources for flood-hit Lanka

June 15, 2017

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations and its humanitarian partners today appealed for more resources for flood-hit Sri Lanka that last month witnessed the worst torrential rains since 2003 in which over 200 people were killed. Heavy rains had triggered floods and landslides in 15 out of Lanka's 25 districts, sweeping away homes, clinics, schools, ro...

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Israeli writer wins Man Booker prize

June 15, 2017

LONDON: Israeli author David Grossman won the prestigious 2017 Man Booker International prize in London for his latest novel "A Horse Walks into a Bar". Grossman on Wednesday night beat his compatriot Amos Oz and four other contenders for the prize, which is awarded to writers of foreign language fiction translated into English, reports Efe news....

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US port evacuated over potential bomb threat

June 15, 2017

WASHINGTON: One of the terminals at the port of Charleston in South Carolina was evacuated over a potential bomb threat from a container on a ship, the US Coast Guard said on Thursday. "The Maersk Memphis is currently moored at Charleston's Wando terminal which was evacuated (on Wednesday night) while units from federal, state and local law enforc...

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17 killed in Somalia restaurants attacks

June 15, 2017

MOGADISHU: At least 17 people were killed and 26 others injured when two restaurants in Somalia's capital Mogadishu were attacked by militants, police said on Thursday. An emergency team confirmed that it has found 17 bodies, but it had to "stop rescue work as the area became too dark while bombings are still going on", reports Xinhua news agency...

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6 killed as massive blaze engulfs London tower block

June 14, 2017

LONDON: At least six persons were killed and over 50 were in hospital after a huge fire raged overnight in a west London tower block, police said on Wednesday. Up to 600 people were believed to be inside 120 flats in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington, when the blaze began shortly after Tuesday midnight, The Telegraph reported. Lon...

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Huge fire breaks out in London apartment building

June 14, 2017

LONDON: A massive fire broke out in a 24-storey apartment building here on Wednesday, with flames seen from the second floor to the top of the building, officials said. The firefighters were battling to rescue people trapped inside the tower block in west London, The Guardian reported. The fire in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower on Latimer Road near...

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Failed love spurs Indian to commit suicide

June 13, 2017

KUWAIT CITY: An Indian man committed suicide by jumping from a bridge in Kuwait city after his girlfriend left him to marry another person, a media report said. The man, in his early 30s, jumped to his death from a bridge on Maghreb Motorway and fell on another vehicle, the Arab Times reported. The Interior Ministry received a distress call from ...

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Indian woman stabbed to death in Kuwait

June 13, 2017

KUWAIT CITY: An Indian woman was severely beaten and stabbed to death in a suburb of Kuwait city, a media report said. Her husband is missing and a security official said the flatmate of the woman notified the Interior Ministry after finding her body inside the house in Khaitan area, the Arab Times reported. The woman's identity was not revealed. ...

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Islamic State calls for more terror attacks in US, Europe during Ramadan

June 13, 2017

LONDON: Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has called for more terror attacks during the holy month of Ramadan by sending an audio message using secretive messaging app Telegram. The audio message distributed on Monday was reportedly issued by IS official spokesman Abi al-Hassan al-Muhajer, the Mirror reported on Tuesday. The message praised the ...

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