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Taxi driver sets himself on fire in protest over carpool app

SEOUL: A South Korean taxi driver set himself on fire and died on Monday to protest a carpooling service proposed by a company that operates the country’s most popular chat app. The 57-year-old driver doused himself in a flammable liquid and then lit his clothing while sitting in a taxi near parliament, police and the fire department said. Unionised tax-drivers have held rallies in the capital, Seoul, to protest the carpooling app proposed by Kakao Mobility, which they say threatens their jobs. Kakao Mobility, the…

Russia fires on and seizes Ukrainian ships near annexed Crimea

Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships off the coast of Russia-annexed Crimea on Sunday after opening fire on them and wounding several sailors, a move that risks igniting a dangerous new crisis between the two countries. Russia’s FSB security service said early on Monday its border patrol boats had seized the Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea and used weapons to force them to stop, Russian news agencies reported. The FSB said it had been forced to act because the ships - two small Ukrainian armoured…

Fire erupts at towel factory in Karachi

KARACHI: A blaze erupted at a towel factory in city’s Gabol Town on late Saturday night and it engulfed most parts of the building, ARY News reported. At least 10 fire fighting vehicles were engaged in the operation to douse the flames. The cause of the fire couldn’t be determined as yet. Chief Fire Officer Imtiaz Afzal said that 85 percent of the flames had been doused. He told that his department was informed about the fire at around 3.45am and by the time the blaze had already spread to most areas of the factory.…

‘Paradise is gone’: California fire wreaks havoc as death toll rises to 23

PARADISE, US: The death toll from the most destructive fire to hit California rose to 23 on Saturday as rescue workers recovered more bodies of people killed by the devastating blaze. Firefighters are battling raging fires at both ends of the state, but there is little hope of containing the flames anytime soon. "Today, 14 additional bodies were located, which brings our total number to 23," Sheriff Kory Honea told a news conference. Ten of the bodies were found in the town of Paradise while four were discovered in…

Four civilians critically injured as Indian forces open fire across LoC

RAWALPINDI: Indian forces on Saturday resorted to unprovoked fire in Leepa Sector along the Line of Control (LoC) employing heavy calibre weapons. According to media wing of armed forces, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), as usual the Indian forces deliberately targeted civilian population and injured four innocent civilians. The injured namely Zaheer, Nasir, Munir and Shaukat are the residents of Bijildar and Battlian villages. Pakistan Army effectively responded by targeting Indian posts, said the ISPR.…

Driven to desperation by poverty, a rickshaw driver set his vehicle on fire and even tried to immolate himself

KARACHI: Just three days after a rickshaw driver committed self-immolation and later died when he was forced to pay extortion by a traffic cop, another similar case surfaced when a driver of three-wheeler attempted to burn himself due to poverty. According to details, rickshaw driver, Shahid, set his rickshaw on fire in North Nazimabad area of the city and also attempted to commit self-immolation but was stopped by passers-by. Citing poverty as the reason, Shahid lamented that he was “unable to get any passengers…

Fire in Islamabad’s PID building brought under control

ISLAMABAD: A massive fire broke out in a three-storey building, which houses the Press Information Department (PID), in Islamabad's Sector G-7 on Wednesday, ARY News reported. According to details, around half a dozen fire tenders took part in the fire fighting operation and managed to brought the fire under control after hours of efforts. A large number of people trapped inside the building were rescued with the help of a snorkel following eruption of the fire. The fire reportedly engulfed all three floors of the…

Five die as truck, van collide, catch fire in Balochistan’s Machh

QUETTA: At least five people were burnt to death while two others sustained burn wounds when three vehicles and a police check post caught fire after a collision between a passenger van and truck on Tuesday morning. As per details, the accident occurred near Balochistan’s Machh area. Initially, the van and truck collided, causing fire in both the vehicles as well as in a nearby car and police check post.  Consequently, five people were burnt to death while two others sustained wounds. After being informed about the…

Flame stunt ends up horribly at Turkish restaurant

ANKARA: A dramatic footage has emerged showing a flame stunt at a restaurant in Turkey injuring at least four people. A stunt involving fire went horribly wrong at Turkey’s famous restaurant run by celebrity chef ‘Salt Bae’. The eccentric chef, who is known for his stunts with knives and steaks, often surprises customers with food tricks and stunts. The accident took place at his Nusret Etiler Steakhouse, Istanbul when a bartender poured an unidentified liquid onto a fire, which led to an explosion. The dramatic…