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21 dead, 71 burned in fire at illegal tap on Mexico pipeline

21 dead, 71 burned in fire at illegal tap on Mexico pipeline

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A huge fire exploded at a pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least 21 people and badly burning 71 others as locals were collecting the spilling gasoline in buckets and garbage cans, officials said. The leak was caused by an illegal tap that fuel thieves had drilled into the pipeline in a small town in the state of Hidalgo, about 62 miles (100 kilometers) north of Mexico City, according to state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. Video footage showed dozens of residents near the town of Tlahuelilpan gathered to collect spilled fuel in buckets, garbage cans and other vessels. It appeared an almost festive atmosphere as whole families gathered in a field as a geyser of fuel spouted dozens of feet into the air from the tap. Footage then showed flames shooti...
Two dead after pigeon dropping infection at hospital

Two dead after pigeon dropping infection at hospital

Health
Two patients have died after contracting a fungal infection caused by pigeon droppings at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said an elderly patient died but from an unrelated cause.Another infected patient has also died but the factors contributing to the death are still being investigated.A non-public room, thought to contain machinery, was identified as a likely source. An investigation is under way.A NHSGGC spokesman said: "Our thoughts are with the families at this distressing time."Due to patient confidentiality we cannot share further details of the two cases."The organism is harmless to the vast majority of people and rarely causes disease in humans."NHSGGC confirmed a small number of vu...
Kenya attack: 21 confirmed dead in DusitD2 hotel siege

Kenya attack: 21 confirmed dead in DusitD2 hotel siege

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Media playback is unsupported on your device At least 21 people were killed when Somali militants stormed a luxury hotel compound in Nairobi, Kenya's government has confirmed.Hundreds were forced to flee the bloodshed at the DusitD2 hotel and business complex on Tuesday.Some 28 injured people have been admitted to hospital, and Kenya's Red Cross said 19 are still missing.Somalia-based Islamist group al-Shabab said it was behind the attack, which triggered a 19-hour security operation.President Uhuru Kenyatta said the siege ended with five jihadist attackers "eliminated". Kenya has been a target for al-Shabab since October 2011, when it sent its army into Somalia to fight the jihadist group.The BBC's Andrew Harding, in Nairobi, says cowering groups of civil...
3 dead, dozens injured in Paris bakery gas leak explosion

3 dead, dozens injured in Paris bakery gas leak explosion

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A powerful explosion apparently caused by a gas leak blew apart a Paris bakery on Saturday and devastated the street it was on, killing three people and injuring dozens as it blasted out windows and overturned nearby cars, French authorities said. Witnesses described the sound of the explosion as deafening. Firefighters pulled injured victims out from broken windows and evacuated residents and tourists as a fire raged and smoke billowed over Rue de Trevise in the 9th arrondissement of north-central Paris. Charred debris and broken glass covered the pavement around the apartment building housing the bakery, which resembled a blackened carcass, and people were trapped inside nearby buildings. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner paid homage to the courage of rescuers, who saved the life o...
Over 100 dead, 700 injured as tsunami hits Indonesia following volcanic eruption

Over 100 dead, 700 injured as tsunami hits Indonesia following volcanic eruption

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Scores were dead and hundreds more injured in Indonesia early Sunday as a tsunami hit the island nation following a volcanic eruption. The tsunami killed at least 168 people and injured 745 more as the wave came crashing ashore on the eastern side of Java, one of the large islands comprising the country, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of public relations for the Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency. The number of dead and injured are both likely to rise. Pandeglang, Serang and South Lampung on the island of Java were the hardest-hit regions, according to authorities. The regions are a few hours west of the capital city of Jakarta with its population of almost 10 million people. The most-affected area was the Pandeglang region of Banten province in Java, which incl...