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Hotel fire breaks out as guests are sleeping, killing 17

Hotel fire breaks out as guests are sleeping, killing 17

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By Lucia Binding, news reporter Seventeen people were killed and four were injured when a fire engulfed a hotel in New Delhi while most guests were sleeping.The blaze at the Arpit Palace Hotel in western New Delhi has been extinguished and authorities are investigating what caused it. "We have to check the stability of the structure, check every room," deputy police commissioner Mandeep Singh Randhawa said.Most of the victims were sleeping when the fire broke out, engulfing every floor of the five-story hotel but the ground floor, a fire official said.Officials said hotel guests had tried to escape the fire through the hotel's narrow corridors, panelled in wood. Some were able to break through the windows of their rooms. Around 35 people were resc...
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...
All terrorists 'eliminated' after attack on Nairobi hotel

All terrorists 'eliminated' after attack on Nairobi hotel

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The Islamist terrorists who carried out an attack on a luxury Nairobi hotel have all been "eliminated", the country's president has said. Uhuru Kenyatta said the security operation is now over after an almost 20-hour siege that left at least 14 innocent people dead.Police sources and a mortuary official had previously reported that 15 were killed in the attack in Nairobi's well-to-do Westlands neighbourhood. Image: Kenyan security officers took cover behind a moving vehicle as they searched for attackers A British man and an American woman who both died have not yet been identified.Mr Kenyatta said more than 700 civilians have been led to safety after the attack on the DusitD2 hotel and office complex, which includes bars, restaurants,...
Saudi teen barricades herself in hotel as she fights being sent home

Saudi teen barricades herself in hotel as she fights being sent home

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A Saudi teenager trying to flee her "abusive" family has barricaded herself inside a hotel in Thailand as she resists attempts to send her home. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun's passport has been seized by Thai authorities, and the 18-year-old says she fears her family will kill her if she is sent back to the Arab kingdom.The teenager has tweeted a video which shows her barricading her hotel door with a table and a mattress.Ms Alqunun is seeking asylum in Australia and has been pleading for help on social media.The UN's refugee agency has said it is following the case and "trying to seek access from Thai authorities" to meet with her.She told Human Rights Watch that she is fleeing abuse from her family, and alleges she had suffered beatings and death threats from male relatives who...
E. coli 'caused Egypt hotel couple's deaths'

E. coli 'caused Egypt hotel couple's deaths'

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E. coli caused the deaths of a British couple who died after falling ill at a holiday resort in Egypt, the country's authorities have said.John Cooper, 69, and his wife Susan, 63, from Burnley, died in the Red Sea city of Hurghada on 21 August.In an official statement, the Egyptian general prosecutor said post-mortem examinations showed E. coli bacteria was a factor in both deaths.But the couple's daughter described the findings as "absolute rubbish".Kelly Ormerod, who was at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic hotel with her parents, told the BBC she did not believe the symptoms her parents showed were consistent with E. coli infection.She added further post-mortem examinations of her parents' bodies would be carried out in the UK, on ...