Volcano Pacaya erupts, Guatemala

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A volcano has erupted in Guatemala, prompting the authorities to consider the evacuation of some 3,000 people living in the area. The Pacaya volcano began spewing ash and lava after a powerful explosion on Saturday afternoon. New explosions were seen on Sunday, with ash clouds reaching a height or at least 4km (3 miles).

The volcano is 2,500 meters (8,300 ft) tall.
The volcano is 2,500 meters (8,300 ft) tall.

Flights have been diverted from the area, some 50km (30 miles) south of the capital, Guatemala City.

The Pacaya is one of three active volcanoes in the Central American nation. The other two are the Fuego and the Santa Maria.


Ukraine’s navy head swears allegiance to Crimea

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The newly appointed head of Ukraine’s navy has sworn allegiance to the Crimea region, in the presence of its unrecognised pro-Russian leader. Rear Admiral Denys Berezovsky was only made head of the navy on Saturday, as the government in Kiev reacted to the threat of Russian invasion.

Two explosions have been heard in Simferopol, Crimea’s capital, with no official details yet available.

Nato’s chief has asked Russia to withdraw its forces to its bases.

“We call on Russia to de-escalate tensions… to withdraw its forces to its bases and to refrain from any interference elsewhere in Ukraine,” Anders Fogh Rasmussen said, speaking in Brussels.

Ukraine was a “valued partner” for Nato and should be allowed to determine its own future, he said.

Over ten people die in blasts in Nigeria

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Two explosions targeting a busy market in the town of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria have left several people dead.

Eyewitnesses told the Reuters news agency that that 10 people had been killed and that more were feared trapped under rubble.

Maiduguri is the headquarters of a military force fighting against the Boko Haram Islamist group, which has stepped up its attacks in the area. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Eyewitnesses said that the attack was carried out using a car bomb at a crowded market near the airport. The second bomb went off two minutes later as neighbours arrived to help the victims.

Eyewitnesses described seeing people blown apart and body parts in the street.

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.

Technical director dies after blast in Paris

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The technical director of a Paris musical died of a heart attack after a faulty power tool set off fireworks at an arena, investigators said.

Police said Marcus Toledano, 41, was among several people who rushed to the scene of the blast at the Palais des Sports in the south-west of the city. A second explosion then caused a wall to collapse. Several others were injured, five seriously, police said.

Investigators said Mr Toledano’s heart had stopped when rescue workers arrived and he later died in hospital.

Flowers and messages of condolence were being left near the entrance to the arena on Saturday.

Producer Albert Cohen said it was terrible news. “All are efforts are going towards helping his family… in what is a difficult moment, as you can imagine.” Mr Cohen said four employees who were in hospital overnight would be discharged later on Saturday.

An initial investigation determined that the initial explosion had been caused by the disc of a circular saw breaking away and igniting fireworks to be used in the show.

Several others received treatment, though some only needed to have their hearing checked after being exposed to the loud blasts.

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Pyrotechnic exploison injures 15 in Paris

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A pyrotechnics blast at a Paris arena has injured 15 people, five seriously, just hours before the start of a production of 1789, The Lovers Of The Bastille in the Palais de Sports. Those hurt are said to be either cast members or stage hands.

A technician is said to have accidentally ignited pyrotechnic devices being used in the show. According to Le Parisien newspaper, the use of a power tool close to the devices may have triggered the explosion.

About 100 firefighters and a dozen fire engines were deployed to the scene, which was visited by Interior Minister Manuel Valls.

So strong was the blast, that a shock wave was reportedly felt in nearby buildings .A wall and part of the ceiling collapsed, AFP news agency reports. 

Weekend performances of the show, which premiered in Paris last year, were reportedly cancelled.

The Palais des Sports has a capacity of 4,500 and is one of the French capital’s largest performance spaces. It hosted the premiere of Les Miserables in 1980.




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