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Child slips into rhino pen at zoo

A little girl entered the rhinoceros exhibit at a Florida zoo by slipping between two poles, and at least one of the massive pachyderms touched the child with its snout, officials said on Tuesday.  Both the child, a toddler about 2 years old, and her mother were taken to hospitals but it was not immediately clear whether any injuries were related to contact with the 4,500-pound (2,000-kg) animals, zoo officials said. “According to witnesses, the child stumbled and fell between two of the poles and at this point,…

Vehicle injures eight people in Tokyo’s New Year’s crowd

TOKYO: At least eight people were injured, one seriously, when a vehicle plowed into crowds celebrating New Year’s Day in Tokyo early on Tuesday. A police spokesman said the driver had been detained and national broadcaster NHK said the man had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He was identified as Kazuhiro Kusakabe, 21, from Osaka, a major city about 400 km (250 miles) southwest of Tokyo, NHK said. NHK said the suspect had initially described the incident as an “act of terror” but later said the attack…

13 feared dead in flooded Indian ‘rat hole’ mine

NEW DELHI: At least 13 miners were feared dead after being trapped by flooding in an illegal "rat hole" coal mine site in remote northeastern India, police said Friday. Dozens of emergency workers were pumping water out of a large trench that was flooded early Thursday near a river in mineral-rich Meghalaya state. "We are doing our best to reach out to them. Our information is 13 people were inside at the time of flooding," police official Lethindra Sangma told AFP. An Indian court had banned coal mining in the area…

Four killed in car-truck collision near Nooriabad

SEHWAN SHARIF: A horrific collision between a car and a truck at Super Highway claimed at least four lives on Monday morning, ARY News reported. According to rescue officials, the car collided with an incoming truck near Nooriabad, Super Highway, killing two people on the spot. The injured were immediately moved to a nearby hospital where two of them died during the treatment. Doctors at the hospital said another injured was in a critical condition due to severe injuries. Police said it appeared that the incident…

One dies, 30 injured as passenger bus overturns in Dadu

DADU: A passenger lost his life and at least 30 others sustained injuries as a passenger bus heading to Sehwan Sharif from Khairpur overturned at Dadu-Moro road on Friday. According to rescue sources, the bus carrying pilgrims to shrine city of Sehwan Sharif from Khairpur overturned at Dadu-Moro road resulting death of a passenger and severe wounds to 30 others in the bus. The injured include women and children who were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attendance. The cause behind the mishap could not be…

Three killed, seven injured in Pakpattan road crash

PAKPATTAN: At least three people were killed and seven others sustained injuries as a speeding passenger bus rammed into a roadside tree at Sahiwal road here on Saturday (today). As per details, a passenger bus heading to Faisalabad from Fort Abbas collided with a tree at Sahiwal road this morning, resulting in death of three passengers including two women, while seven other passengers were wounded in the mishap. The injured and the bodies were transported to Taluka Headquarters Hospital (THQ) Arifwala. In another…

Donkey punished for crashing into car in Pakpattan

PAKPATTAN: Police on Tuesday arrested a donkey for reportedly running into a car in Punjab's  Pakpattan district, ARY News reported. As per details, the donkey ran into the car, partially damaging it. Subsequently, the police took the donkey into custody and brought him to police check post where they tethered the animal to a tree. Donkeys had made headlines in the buildup to the July 25 general elections when some political activists reportedly beat them up to offend a rival party. They wrote a name of a rival…

17 killed as coach plunges into ravine on Karakoram Highway

CHILAS: At least 17 people have been killed as a passenger coach plunged into a ravine on Karakoram Highway on Sunday night, ARY News reported. According to the details, the coach was heading to Rawalpindi from Gilgit-Baltistan when it skidded off the road and fell into the ravine within the limits of Lotar Police Station. The District Police Officer (DPO) has confirmed 17 causalities in the accident and added that they were facing difficulties in rescue operation due to darkness and steep rocks. Police and rescue…