Month: February 2014

Explosion in Qatar kills a dozen

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Twelve people died when a large gas cylinder exploded Thursday on the roof of a restaurant in Doha, Qatar, the emirate’s civil defense director said in a televised news conference.

The blast injured 31 others and caused the partial collapse of Istanbul Restaurant, civil defense director Hamad Othman N. Al-Duhaimi said. The collapse injured customers, employees and some people walking past the restaurant, Al-Duhaimi said. It also damaged nearby buildings and cars near the restaurant, which is close to the city’s popular Landmark Mall.

The force of the blast spread 165 feet (50 meters)

It’s not known at this time what caused the gas cylinder to explode. Authorities are investigating, the ministry said.

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Indian army soldier commits murder-suicide

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A soldier at an army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir killed five of his colleagues Thursday before turning his gun on himself, the military said.

The soldier opened fire with an automatic rifle in the barracks of the camp in the town of Safapora, roughly 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of the capital, Srinagar, said military spokesman Lt. Col. N.N. Joshi.

An investigation into the shooting has been ordered, Joshi said.

Previous cases of members of the Indian Army and paramilitary forces in Kashmir turning their guns on their colleagues have taken place over the years.

Authorities have attributed previous shootings to stress caused by long duty hours and protracted separation from families.

Officials have introduced measures like long periods of leave and recreational facilities to try to tackle the problem.

Plane crash kills three in Hawaii

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A plane crashed late Wednesday in Maui County, Hawaii, killing three people and injuring three more, said Maui County spokesman Rod Antone.

The plane went down about a mile from the airport in Lanai City. The injured were taken to hospital, Antone said.

North Korea launches missiles into the sea

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North Korea launched four short-range missiles into the East Sea — also known as the Sea of Japan — the South Korean Defense Ministry said Thursday.

The missiles, which do not appear to have been sent toward South Korean waters, were fired toward Russia, fell into the sea and are considered a very low-level matter, the Pentagon said.

The missiles were fired just days after the start of annual joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States that North Korea opposes. The joint military exercises routinely spark tension between North Korea, South Korea and the United States.

For example, last year’s exercises triggered weeks of heightened tensions between the nations and North Korean war threats, including an incident in May when the country fired up to six short-range missiles.

The South Korean and U.S. militaries have not been specific about where they are conducting their drills, and it was unclear if the missiles were fired in the direction of the exercises.

Russian hitman arrested in Austria

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Police in the Austrian capital Vienna have arrested a suspected Russian hitman, who was reportedly living for at least three years under a false ID. The unidentified man, 38, fled Russia five years ago as he was being investigated for murders in the city of Novosibirsk, Austrian police said.

He is said to have carried out four killings and one attempted killing.

It is expected he will be handed over to Russia as soon as possible, Austrian state TV reports.

In keeping with Austrian privacy laws, he was named only as Anatoly R, the Associated Press says. He is said to have carried out his alleged crimes between 1997 and 2004 in the city in western Siberia. The suspect is also known by the nickname Celentano, an apparent reference to the Italian singer and actor Adriano Celentano, who was popular in the Soviet Union.

Hundreds of Olive Ridley turtles found dead

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More than 900 Olive Ridley turtles have been found dead along the coast of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, conservationists say.

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A mass burial was held for the turtles

Wildlife groups said trawlers fishing illegally had not used devices to stop turtles getting entangled in nets.

Experts say such a large number of turtles has not been found dead on the southern Indian coast for 10 years.

Olive Ridleys are endangered in India. They are one of five species of marine turtle to mate and nest on its shores.

The turtles were found dead near an estuary along the southern coast of Andhra Pradesh, about 130km (80 miles) north of Chennai (Madras).

Illegal gold miners found dead in South Africa

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The bodies of five illegal miners have been found near a disused gold mine in South Africa, emergency workers say. Four men and a woman were discovered by the shaft of a mine in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg.

Their deaths come a week after the high-profile rescue of more than 20 illegal miners trapped underground at an old mine east of Johannesburg. They were arrested after they emerged and are facing charges related to illegal mining.

South Africa loses millions of dollars to illegal mining activities annually, officials say.

The land around Johannesburg is dotted with disused mine shafts, which attract men from around the region, including Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, with the promise of remaining gold deposits.