’Bomb cyclone’ pounds eastern US, four reported dead

A Sepahan Air Iran-140 plane bound for Tabas in northeast Iran crashed in a residential area after taking off from Tehran's Mehrabad airport on August 10 morning, killing all 48 passengers and crew, Iranian state media reported. The Civil Aviation Authority said the passengers included two infants and three children under the age of 12, the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. The plane crashed into the Azad residential block on Mina 6 Boulevard, IRNA reported. State television reported at least three people in the area were taken to hospital with burns. IRNA reported that an engine shutdown caused…... [read more]

MEXICO CITY: A gas explosion ripped through a children's hospital in Mexico City on Thursday (Jan 29), killing at least two people and injuring 54 more, including 22 children, officials said.Firefighters toiled in the rubble of the maternity and children's hospital, which partly collapsed after a gas tanker truck blew up outside as it was making a delivery, officials said. "We have to conduct an evacuation for safety because a lot of the people are babies in the crib area," Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told MVS Radio.Fausto Lugo, the capital's civil protection chief, said two people died and that it…... [read more]

MOSCOW: At least three people, including two British citizens, were killed in Russia's Far North on Sunday when a helicopter crashed into them while they were standing on the ground, officials said. A distress signal had already been received from the Eurocopter-120 before it made the hard landing on the north of the Kola peninsula in the Murmansk region. "Three people were killed, two of them are British citizens," the local branch of the emergencies ministry said in a statement on Russian news agencies. RIA Novosti said that the two foreigners were believed to be tourists. The identity of the…... [read more]

At least 22 people died in a stampede as pilgrims headed home from India’s giant Kumbh Mela festival, which drew a record 30 million people to the banks of the river Ganges, reports said Monday.    Indian authorities stand among some of the travellers that were killed during a stampede at the railway station in Allahabad, on February 10, 2013. Senior railway official Harindra Rao said 10 people had died at Allahabad station during the stampede on Sunday, with 12 more succumbing to their injuries on the way to hospital, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported early…... [read more]

Torrential rains almost submerged the railway and some roads, which caused traffic congestion in coastal Nha Trang City where one was claimed dead. Local authorities said that they are closely monitoring the situations. Landslides and traffic congestion have also been reported in Quảng Nam Province. Rains have stopped in many places from Phú Yên to Ninh Thuận and water began to go down slowly in rivers since yesterday morning. The Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control asked the provinces here to pay attention to low-land areas, evacuate residents if necessary, and regulate water level in reservoirs. It is forecast…... [read more]

UNITED NATIONS, United States – Between 400-500 bodies have reportedly been taken to hospitals in South Sudan's capital after clashes between rival army factions, a UN official told the UN Security Council. UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous added on Tuesday that another 800 people have been wounded in battles between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and an opposition leader, according to diplomats in closed council consultations on the new African crisis. Between 15,000 and 20,000 people have sought refuge in UN compounds around Juba since the troubles started on Sunday, the official was quoted as saying. Ladsous told the…... [read more]

Swine flu still is a real threat to schools Bình Phước’s Center for Preventive Medicine said that the 42-year-old man was tested positive for the virus and died on September 19.The man, a resident in Đồng Tâm District, was hospitalized on September 18 after having symptoms like high fever, coughing, and diarrhea since September 15. The Hồ Chí Minh City Pasteur Institute yesterday confirmed that the man got infected with the A/H1N1 virus after local doctors sent his blood sample there.Until yesterday, Bình Phước reported 238 A/H1N1 patients, including pupils in over 20 schools. Over 800 suspected cases are being…... [read more]

According to a report by the National Committee for Search and Rescue, as of 5pm on October 11, as many as 29 people have been killed in Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Hoa Binh, Son La, Yen Bai, Quang Tri and 21 others are still missing.Downpours, triggered by the tropical low pressure system, have caused serious damages to houses and roads and threatened reservoirs across the north central region.The natural disaster submerged 6,018 houses and collapsed 62 others in Ninh Binh, Ha Tinh, Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, Hoa Binh, Nam Dinh, Phu Tho and Yen Bai, the Committee said.About 7,979 households have been…... [read more]

A strong 7.3-magnitude earthquake has rattled the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing more than a hundred people.At least 129 people have died in western Iran's Kermanshah province, officials told state media.Four more have been reported dead in Iraq. The death toll is likely to rise.The earthquake sparked panic, with residents fleeing their homes for the streets.Mosques in the Iraqi capital Baghdad have been saying prayers through loudspeakers.Many of the victims were in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, about 15km (10 miles) from the border, Iran's emergency services chief, Pir Hossein Koolivand, said, according to Iranian state television…... [read more]

Upon visiting his house in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Chanh District last month, Le Viet Thuy, an overseas Vietnamese living in Japan, found 39 dead bodies packed in bags in a room, Thanh Nien Newspaper reported. Dead bodies packed in bags in a room Photo: Thanh Nien According to Binh Chanh District’s police, who are yet to find out the dead bodies’ identities as well as the cause and time of death, 42-year-old Thuy, used a friend name’s to buy the house when he visited Vietnam many years ago.In 2004, 46-year-old Duong Van Loc from District 8, asked Thuy…... [read more]