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At least 53 die in Russia shopping mall fire

MOSCOW: At least 53 people were killed by a fire in a shopping mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said on Monday. The fire, one of the deadliest in Russia since the breakup of the Soviet Union, swept through the upper floors of the mall where a cinema complex and children’s play area were located. Russian emergency services said the fire, which started on Sunday afternoon, had now been extinguished but that rescuers were struggling to reach the upper floors because the roof of…

WATCH: It’s -62°C in this Russian region, even people’s eyelashes are freezing

We were recently stunned to discover cold wave in the UK with temperature soaring to -8°C, but a region in Russia is witnessing a temperature that will give, literally, give you goosebumps – that is -62°C in Yakutia. For outsiders, yes it’s something really alarming, but for the netizens of Yakutia – it’s just another day. In recent days the temperature almost as low as it gets in Siberia, with Oymyakon - the coldest village in the world - recording an official low of -59C, according to Siberia Times. A new…

Heatwave scorches Europe, from London to Siberia

PARIS: Europe sizzled in a continent-wide heatwave on Wednesday, with London bracing for Britain's hottest June day since 1976 as Portugal battled to stamp out deadly forest fires. More than 1,000 firefighters were still fighting to control the flames that broke out in central Portugal at the weekend, killing 64 people. Cooler weather was aiding their efforts, but thermometers were still hovering around 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) -- a level matched across oven-like swathes of Europe, including Italy,…

WATCH: 7-foot volleyball player dragged off flight for being too tall

MOSCOW: A bizarre was recorded on camera when Russian police officers forced a 7-feet volleyball player for being too tall to fly. The complaint was floated by flight attendants who claimed star Alexander Kimerov, 20, was blocking the aisle with his long legs. The crew from Pobeda Airlines called the police and three uniformed officers then removed him from the service from Novy Urengoy in Siberia to Moscow. He tried to swap to another seat but was refused by a flight attendant, even though he had flown the route…

19 dead in Russian helicopter crash in Siberia: officials

MOSCOW: At least 19 people were killed when a helicopter crashed in northwestern Siberia, Russia's Investigative Committee said Saturday. Investigators said in a statement that an Mi-8 helicopter carrying 22 people had crashed Friday night outside the city of Novy Urengoy and that "19 people have died from multiple injuries at the scene, according to preliminary data." The helicopter was flying from the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk to the town of Urengoy in the Yamalo-Nenetsky region when it crashed Friday between 1400…