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Blast kills 22 outside a factory in Olympic city of China

ZHANGJIAKOU, China: A vehicle carrying dangerous chemicals exploded at the entrance of a chemical factory in a city in northern China that will host the 2022 Winter Olympics on Wednesday, leaving 22 people dead and 22 others injured, state media and authorities said. The blast ignited other vehicles, leaving charred and smoking remains of trucks and cars scattered on a road as firefighters worked at the scene, according to images posted online by state media. A witness told AFP he heard a "very loud bang" after…

Syria regime attack kills 22 rebels in truce zone

BEIRUT: Syria government forces killed 22 rebels near Idlib province on Friday, the deadliest clash to rock a buffer zone where a Russian-Turkish truce is to be enforced. The attack on a position held by the Jaish al-Izza rebel group took place on the edge of the northwestern province of Idlib, in an area due to be de-militarised. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, government forces moved in to take a high building held by the rebels in a rural area of neighbouring Hama province. Idlib and some…