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19 dead after gunman opens fire at Crimea college

19 dead after gunman opens fire at Crimea college

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At least 19 people have been killed after a mass shooting and explosion at a college in Crimea. Russian authorities say Vladislav Roslyakov, an 18-year-old student at the vocational school, carried out the attack and then shot himself dead.Though it was initially thought to be a possible terror attack, Russia is currently treating the incident as mass murder.Investigators say the victims of the attack in the Black Sea city of Kerch all died from gunshot wounds, in contrast with earlier reports that the explosion had killed some students. Image: The school was surrounded by military Around 40 people, the majority of them teenagers, are believed to have been injured.Initial reports said the blast had been caused by a gas...
24 dead as gunmen open fire on Iran military parade

24 dead as gunmen open fire on Iran military parade

World
At least 24 have died and 53 more people are injured after gunmen opened fire on a military parade in Iran, according to state media. A child and a woman are among the injured following the attack in Ahvaz, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.The agency claims "four or five terrorists were gunned down by the police".Fars, another state news agency, says there were four gunmen and that the attack began half an hour after the parade began at 8.30am local time (6am in the UK). Two of the attackers are dead, one wounded and another captured, according to its report.Foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif has blamed the attack on "regional terror sponsors" and their "US masters"."Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of Iranian lives," he wrote on Twitte...
Yes, Antarctica has a fire department

Yes, Antarctica has a fire department

Science
Fire prevention in one of the coldest places on Earth might not sound like the most likely job, but every year the US Antarctic Program recruits a team of fire-fighters to head poleward."'Are there fires in Antarctica?' That's always the question I get," says Megan Branson, who spent over 24 months "on the ice" as a fire-fighter and paramedic between 2007 and 2010.And the answer?Yes. Though rarely, if the the Antarctic Fire Department can help it. In the busy summer season of October - March, there are over 1,000 residents at the US Antarctic Program's McMurdo Station, making it the largest settlement in the region. Flights landing at the base must, by law, have a fire crew on hand, but McMurdo i...
'I've never seen anything like this before in my life,' says man who fled Greece fire

'I've never seen anything like this before in my life,' says man who fled Greece fire

World
When fires erupted near his summer home in the coastal Greek town of Mati, Nikos Stavrinidis and his wife ran to the nearest beach, flames and smoke licking at their heels all the way. But when they got to the water's edge, Stavrinidis and his wife were forced to make a desperate choice: Either jump into the water and swim for their lives or risk being consumed by a monster inferno the likes of which the couple had never seen before. They chose to swim, hoping someone would rescue them. "It happened very fast," Stavrinidis told the Associated Press of how the fire swept into his neighborhood. "The fire was in the distance, then sparks from the fire reached us. Then the fire was all around us." He said he and his wife had traveled to their summer home and were preparing for a visit f...
Fire Scout unmanned helicopter finishes first flight tests from LCS

Fire Scout unmanned helicopter finishes first flight tests from LCS

Business
July 9 (UPI) -- A MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter finished its Initial Operational Test and Evaluation from the littoral combat ship USS Coronado, U.S. Navy officials said. The crew of the Coronado and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1, or VX-1, conducted combat simulations to evaluate the Fire Scout on target identification, intelligence and surface warfare, the results of which will help the Navy decide how best to use the rotorcraft. "The results, lessons learned, and recommendations reported on following this underway test period are absolutely invaluable to the future of the MQ-8C Fire Scout's mission effectiveness and suitability to perform that mission," Lt. Cmdr. Seth Ervin, the lead for the VX-1 unit on Coronado, said in a press release. The VX-1 is the test unit for the F...