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Fire kills 24 people in drug treatment centre in Azerbaijan

Fire kills 24 people in drug treatment centre in Azerbaijan

Baku – A fire killed 24 people in a drug abuse treatment centre in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, its General Prosecutor’s office said on Friday.  Eldar Sultanov, spokesman for the office, said 31 people had been rescued during the incident. Azeri officials said the fire had probably been caused by a problem in the […]

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Cell phone catches fire onboard Canada flight

Cell phone catches fire onboard Canada flight

Ottawa – A passenger was burned when her cell phone caught fire onboard a Canadian domestic flight yesterday morning, officials said. The incident occurred at 7am as Air Canada flight 101 was preparing to depart the Toronto airport for Vancouver.  “The fire was immediately extinguished by crews and there was no damage to the aircraft, […]

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Rash of forest fires breaks out in Indonesia

Rash of forest fires breaks out in Indonesia

Pekan Baru – Indonesia was battling a rash of forest fires today as it raised an alert over the blazes which occur every year and emit choking smog that can envelop neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia. Fires have broken out in four provinces—South Sumatra, Riau, West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan—prompting them to declare “alert emergency” status, […]

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Japanese army helicopter crash sparks fire in residential area

Japanese army helicopter crash sparks fire in residential area

Tokyo – A Japanese army Apache attack helicopter crashed in western Japan on Monday sparking a fire in a residential area, Japan’s defence minister said. Live images aired by public broadcaster NHK showed firefighters dousing a house as smoke billowed from its roof and windows. The Ground Self Defence Force helicopter, which is built by […]

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Japan fire kills 11 at home for elderly people

Japan fire kills 11 at home for elderly people

Eleven people died after a fire broke out at a residence for elderly people with financial difficulties in northern Japan, police said on Thursday. Television footage showed the three-storey building engulfed in flames and dozens of firefighters battling the blaze in snowy conditions. Pictures of the aftermath showed the blackened husk of the building, whose […]

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Families voice anger over deadly South Korea hospital fire

Families voice anger over deadly South Korea hospital fire

Miryang – Distraught relatives of those killed in a deadly South Korean hospital fire voiced anger today at what they perceived as another man-made disaster in Asia’s fourth largest economy, just as it prepares to host the Winter Olympics. The huge blaze that erupted at the hospital in the southeastern city of Miryang yesterday killed […]

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Zidane and Real Madrid under fire after defeat

Zidane and Real Madrid under fire after defeat

Madrid – The Spanish press did not hold back in their criticism of a “shattered” Real Madrid, a team “in crisis” after their 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Villarreal in La Liga. “Inexplicable” was the front-page headline on Madrid sports daily Marca on Sunday, which remarked that the reigning Spanish and European champions […]

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At least eight killed, dozens hurt in fire, stampede in Portugal

At least eight killed, dozens hurt in fire, stampede in Portugal

Lisbon – At least eight people have been killed and dozens injured in a fire and stampede in a local leisure association in the town of Vila Nova da Rainha in northern Portugal last night, officials said. Mayor Jose Antonio de Jesus said in televised remarks that over 60 people had been taking part or […]

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Quick-fire City back in the groove, Llorente fires Spurs

Quick-fire City back in the groove, Llorente fires Spurs

Raheem Sterling scored the fastest goal of the Premier League season as leaders Manchester City got back on track with a 3-1 win against Watford on Tuesday, while Fernando Llorente put Tottenham on course for a 2-0 victory at his former club Swansea. Sterling struck after just 38 seconds before Christian Kabasele’s first-half own goal […]

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Fire in India’s financial capital kills at least 12

Fire in India’s financial capital kills at least 12

Mumbai – At least 12 people died and three were critically injured in a late night fire at a multi-storey building in India’s financial capital Mumbai, local authorities said on Friday. The majority of those killed were women attending a birthday party at a rooftop restaurant, police said. The 28-year-old woman celebrating her birthday was […]

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