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Arson inquiry launched for French cathedral fire in Nantes

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French officials have launched an arson inquiry after a fire broke out in a Gothic cathedral in the western French city of NantesBy LAETITIA NOTARIANNI and THOMAS ADAMSON Associated PressJuly 18, 2020, 9:50 AM2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleNANTES, France -- French officials launched an arson inquiry Saturday after a fire broke out in the Gothic cathedral of the western French city of Nantes, shattering stained glass windows and sending black smoke spewing from between its towers. Residents and tourists watched aghast, and emergency workers cordoned off the area around the St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral, in the historical center of this city on the Loire River. A City Hall official said the fire broke out Saturday morning inside the cathedral, and the cause...
Deadly Japan fire: Arson suspect said animation studio ‘stole his novel’

Deadly Japan fire: Arson suspect said animation studio ‘stole his novel’

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By Lucia Binding, news reporter A man suspected of killing 33 people in an arson attack at an animation studio in Japan reportedly started the fire because "he had been plagiarised".According to local media reports, the 41-year-old told police he planned the deadly blaze after the company stole his novel. A witness told reporters that he "seemed to be discontented, he seemed to get angry, shouting something about how he had been plagiarised". Image: Investigators are scouring the building for clues about what happened The blaze in Kyoto is the worst mass killing since a suspected arson attack in Tokyo killed 44 people in 2001.It is believed the suspect shouted "die!" as he poured a liquid, believe...
Kyoto Animation fire: At least 23 dead after suspected arson attack

Kyoto Animation fire: At least 23 dead after suspected arson attack

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Media playback is unsupported on your device At least 26 people are dead and dozens injured after a suspected arson attack at an animation studio in Kyoto, Japan, local emergency officials have said. Local media quoted police as saying a man broke into the Kyoto Animation Co studio on Thursday morning. Police say the suspect, a 41-year-old, sprayed petrol before igniting it.Some people still remain unaccounted for, broadcaster NHK reported. The suspect has been detained and was taken to hospital with injuries.Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the incident was "too appalling for words" and offered condolences to those affected.How did the incident unfold?The fire broke out at the three-storey building at around 10:30 local time (01:35 GMT...
'Serious indications' Greece wildfire was arson

'Serious indications' Greece wildfire was arson

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There are "serious indications" a wildfire near Athens that has killed more than 80 people was arson, authorities say. Public order minister Nikos Toskas said satellite image analysis and ground inspections suggest the fire that broke out on Monday was set deliberately.The blaze struck coastal villages popular with holidaymakers.Most people fled to the safety of the sea with just the clothes on their backs. Image: More than 80 people have died Survivors spoke of harrowing scenes including entire families burned alive in their homes.:: Greece wildfires: Terror police investigate after 'armageddon' blazes near Athens"We were alone, there was nobody to help us. Everybody did what they thought they had to do to survive on ...
Israel: Falcon dead in arson attack, fuel cargo restricted

Israel: Falcon dead in arson attack, fuel cargo restricted

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July 17 (UPI) -- Israeli officials have placed new restrictions on fuel deliveries across the Gaza Strip after new arson attacks, including one that involved a dead falcon. Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the suspension of fuel cargo was due to "continued terror attempts" by Hamas. The Gaza border region was hit by rocket fire over the weekend after months of incendiary attacks, prompting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to warn Monday of a "prolonged struggle". The arson attacks have caused hundreds of fires in southern Israel since April and Israeli officials say the practice of setting kites and balloons aflame across the Gaza border started out on a small scale, but was adopted and encouraged by Hamas, an opponent to Israel. Although food and medicine deliveri...