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At least 20 dead as huge truck bomb rocks Somali capital

MOGADISHU: A truck bomb exploded outside a hotel at a busy junction in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday causing widespread devastation that left at least 20 dead, with the toll likely to rise. "Initial reports from emergency departments indicate more than 20 bodies picked up off the street and many more are under the wreckage of buildings destroyed by the blast", said Ibrahim Mohamed, a senior police officer. Government security official Mohamed Aden said that bombing took place in a busy part of the city.…

At least 17 killed in Cameroon separatist clashes: Amnesty

BAMENDA, Cameroon: At least 17 people have died in clashes between security forces and protesters in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions, Amnesty International said, as violence broke out in an area where a separatist movement is gathering strength. The clashes began on Sunday after local groups called protests against what they say is their marginalisation by the Francophone-dominated government of the country’s long-time ruler, Paul Biya. Witnesses said security forces opened fire, often at close range. Ilaria…

At least 23 dead, dozens hurt as train derails in India

NEW DELHI: At least 23 people were killed and dozens injured after an express train derailed in north India on Saturday (Aug 19), officials said, as rescuers clambered across mangled carriages to pull passengers from the wreckage. Emergency workers and crowds of local people rushed to the site where 14 coaches derailed near Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh state, some 130 kilometres (80 miles) from New Delhi, the latest deadly disaster on the country's creaking rail network. "Twenty-three people have died and 64…

At least 221 dead in India, Bangladesh, Nepal floods

SAPTARI, NEPAL: At least 221 people have died and more than 1.5 million been displaced by monsoon flooding across India, Nepal and Bangladesh, officials said Tuesday (Aug 15), as rescuers scoured submerged villages for the missing. In Nepal, severe flooding has left tens of thousands of homes totally underwater in the populous southern lowlands, with nearly 20 per cent of the population affected. "As per the data we have received so far, 111 have been killed, 35 are still missing and a search operation is underway,"…

At least 20 killed in mosque attack in Afghanistan

HERAT: A suicide bomber and a gunman killed more than 20 people at a mosque in Afghanistan's main western city of Herat Tuesday, the latest attack to highlight a deteriorating security situation in the country. The assault on the Jawadya mosque in Herat, came a day after the Islamic State group claimed a deadly attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul. "More than 20 bodies, and more than 30 wounded have so far been brought to the hospital," Rafeeq Shirzai, a spokesman for the hospital, told AFP. Herat police spokesman…

At least 23 killed in Turkey bus crash

ISTANBUL: At least 23 people died and 11 more were seriously injured Saturday when a bus carrying women and children plunged off a cliff near the southwestern Turkish sea resort of Marmaris.   “Sadly, we have had 20 fatalities and 11 other seriously injured,” said Amir Cicek, the governor of Mugla province, calling it a “horrible accident.” His deputy Kamil Koten said the bus plunged through a crash barrier and fell 15 metres on to a lower road, smashing a car with its three occupants. “If we count these three…

At least seven newborns die at Karachi hospital over staff’s ‘negligence’

KARACHI: At least seven newborn babies died at a hospital in Korangi reportedly due to negligence of the medical staff, ARY News reported Friday. Sources said newborns were on ventilator and incubator, when oxygen supply to them halted, reportedly due to hospital staff’s negligence that resulted deaths of children. The incident occurred in Korangi's Alauddin Town. Parents of children protested strongly against the deaths of their children and blamed hospital staff and doctors for the incident. Sindh CM has taken notice of…