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Several hurt as gas leak sparks explosion in central Paris

Several hurt as gas leak sparks explosion in central Paris

World
A loud explosion has left several people injured in central Paris, police have said, with pictures showing severe damage to a building. Officers say multiple injuries are confirmed and they believe it is believed to have been caused by a gas leak. 1:00 Video: A loud explosion has been reported in central Paris, with unconfirmed reports saying that there have also been fatalities. So far, there have been no deaths confirmed.France's Prefecture de P...
No-deal Brexit ferry contract sparks concerns

No-deal Brexit ferry contract sparks concerns

Business
Concerns have been raised over the readiness of a British firm contracted by the government to run extra ferries in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Seaborne Freight was awarded a £13.8m contract this week to run a freight service between Ramsgate and Ostend. The firm has never run a ferry service and a local councillor said it would be impossible to launch before Brexit.The government said it had awarded the contract in "the full knowledge that Seaborne is a new shipping provider".The Department for Transport said that "the extra capacity and vessels would be provided as part of its first services"."As with all contracts, we carefully vetted the company's commercial, technical and financial position in detail before making the award," it added. Conse...
Army looks for a few good robots, sparks industry battle

Army looks for a few good robots, sparks industry battle

Technology
The Army is looking for a few good robots. Not to fight — not yet, at least — but to help the men and women who do. These robots aren't taking up arms, but the companies making them have waged a different kind of battle. At stake is a contract worth almost half a billion dollars for 3,000 backpack-sized robots that can defuse bombs and scout enemy positions. Competition for the work has spilled over into Congress and federal court. The project and others like it could someday help troops "look around the corner, over the next hillside and let the robot be in harm's way and let the robot get shot," said Paul Scharre, a military technology expert at the Center for a New American Security. The big fight over small robots opens a window into the intersection of technology and nat...
Eminem's daughter Hailie sparks fan frenzy with jaw-dropping pictures

Eminem's daughter Hailie sparks fan frenzy with jaw-dropping pictures

Entertainment
Our Instagram Babe of the Week title goes to Hailie Jade Scott, aka Eminem's daughter.The online sensation has racked up over 1.2 million followers on the photo-sharing site, no doubt helped by her famous dad.Hailie is a familiar figure among fans of Eminem, 45 — real name Marshall Mathers — as he has mentioned her in his tracks over the years.The 22-year-old student's name has made headlines recently as she has become embroiled in the rap feud between her dad and rising star rapper Machine Gun Kelly, 28.According to MGK, the drama kickstarted after he sent a tweet about Hailie in 2012. Related Articles Having spotted 16-year-old Hailie online, the rapper — then aged 22 — remarked: "Okay, so I just saw a picture of Eminem's daughter."And...
Root run-out sparks England collapse against India

Root run-out sparks England collapse against India

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device First Specsavers Test, Edgbaston, day one of fiveEngland 285-9: Root 80, Bairstow 70, Jennings 42; Ashwin 4-60India: Yet to batScorecardA horrible run-out of Joe Root sparked an England collapse on day one of the first Test against India at Edgbaston.Root was on 80 when he and Jonny Bairstow opted for a second run, only for Virat Kohli's direct hit to beat the dive of the England captain.From there, England lost four wickets for 27 runs and eventually limped to 285-9. Earlier, they looked to be taking advantage of winning ...