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London mayor: Grenfell Tower fire 'preventable,' caused by official 'neglect'

London mayor: Grenfell Tower fire 'preventable,' caused by official 'neglect'

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June 18 (UPI) -- London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Sunday said the Grenfell Tower fire in which dozens died was a "preventable accident that didn't need to happen" caused by the "consequence of mistakes and neglect" from officials.The blaze occurred early Wednesday and later engulfed all floors above the second in the 24-story building that contained about 120 apartments in north Kensington. Up to 70 people are believed to have died, BBC News reported.The national and local government, including the local council called the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, have been sharply criticized for the response to the fire and for the alleged neglect that led to the massive fire.During a speech after attending a service for victims, Khan said the community affected by the fire is resilient but also...
Partial 48-hour ceasefire announced in Syrian city

Partial 48-hour ceasefire announced in Syrian city

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June 17 (UPI) -- The Syrian army declared a two-day ceasefire in the southern city of Daraa beginning Saturday as part of "local reconciliations" in the nation's six-year civil war, state-run media reported.In a statement posted online and reported by the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency, the army, under the command of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, stopped combat operations in the area at noon local time Saturday for a period of 48 hours."The Syrian government is keen on consolidating local reconciliations in parallel with army's operations to eradicate takfiri terrorism and restore security and stability to all Syrian territories," the army said, using the Arabic word for Muslim terrorists who target other Muslims.The multilateral conflict includes Alawite Muslims loyal to Assad and ...
Navy destroyer collides with container ship; sailors missing

Navy destroyer collides with container ship; sailors missing

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Seven sailors are missing and five others were injured after the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine container ship off the coast of Japan in the early hours of Saturday morning local time, the Navy's 7th Fleet said. One of the injured sailors medically evacuated by a Japanese coast guard helicopter was the ship's commanding officer. The Fitzgerald was operating about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, when it hit the container ship at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time. The U.S. ship sustained damage on its starboard side and is experiencing flooding in some spaces, according to the 7th Fleet. Propulsion is limited. The 7th Fleet tweeted around 2 p.m. local time on Saturday, "Flooding has been stabilized and Sailors from #USSDewey are assisting i...
Sailors missing after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with ship in Pacific

Sailors missing after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with ship in Pacific

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June 16 (UPI) -- Seven U.S. sailors are unaccounted for and others were injured early Saturday after a Navy warship collided with a container ship in the Pacific off the coast of Japan, authorities said.The collision occurred in the Philippine Sea between the merchant ship and the U.S. Navy's guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald. The vessel's commanding officer, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, had to be medically evacuated from the ship, officials said.The Navy Times reported that the ship endured substantial damage and had limped back to land under its own power."The extent of number of personnel injuries is being determined," the 7th Fleet said in a statement Friday.The Navy said it was working with the Japanese Coast Guard to conduct a medical evacuation for one sailor, but did not specify if th...
US F-35 fighter jets grounded over pilot oxygen supplies

US F-35 fighter jets grounded over pilot oxygen supplies

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The US Air Force has grounded a fleet of F-35 fighter jets indefinitely over concerns over pilots' oxygen supplies, according to a spokesman. F-35 air operations were paused at an Arizona air base after pilots suffered symptoms resembling hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation, Captain Mark Graff said. Lockheed Martin, which built the jet, said it still plans to show the plane at the Paris Air Show this month.Air Force officials said F-35 fighter jets at other bases were still in use. Luke Air Force Base, located northwest of Phoenix, cancelled local flying operations for its F-35A Lightning II aircraft on Friday after five incidents were reported in which pilots experienced hypoxia-like symptoms.But they continued to be grounded on Monday as the Air Force investigated the issue with pilots, maint...