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November 17, 2012

Dozens of child fatalities in Egypt bus and train crash

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At least 50 children have died as the result of a train and bus collision in the Asyut Governorate of Egypt. Governor Yehya Keshk has also said thirteen children were injured in the crash near the city of Manfalut, approximately 230 miles or 350 kilometres south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

The bus was transporting approximately sixty pre-school children, with the fatalities aged between four and six, according to BBC News Online. Senior Health Ministry official Mamdouh al-Weshahi reported “several deaths and injuries among the pupils”, who “are being counted and taken to hospitals”.

Speaking from Cairo, Al-Jazeera reporter Sherin Tadros said it was “difficult for the rescuers to operate in the area” as the seriousness of the accident meant “only 22 bodies or so came out in full and the rest are in [pieces]”.

Dr. Mohamed Samir reported witness accounts of the incident to Reuters news agency. “They told us the barriers were open when the bus crossed the tracks and the train collided with it,” he said.

State media has said, in the aftermath of this incident the Egyptian Railway Authority head and transport minister Rashad al-Metini have resigned.



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Hamas claims capture of two Israeli soldiers

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According to reports, Hamas has taken at least two Israeli pilots hostage after allegedly shooting down down their F-16 fighter jet over the Gaza Strip yesterday. The “Al-Qassam Brigades” division of Hamas is claiming responsibility for the shoot down.

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Israel denies that an F-16 was shot down saying, “It’s not true”.

Hamas made their claims following reports that another one of its leaders, Ahmad Abu Jalal, was killed in an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) airstrike. On Wednesday, Hamas commander Ahmed Jabari, who was in charge of Izz el-Deen Al-Qassam, the armed division of Hamas, was killed in an IDF airstrike.

These reports come as Hesham Kandil, the Egyptian Prime Minister, took a brief two hour tour of the Gaza Strip which failed to stop any fighting between Hamas and IDF. “The cause of Palestinians is the cause of all Arabs and Muslims. Palestinians are heroes,” said Kandil while visiting Shifa Hospital. He also stated that Egypt stands loyal to the Palestinians.



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  • [1] Google translation of Sky News Arabic source dated November 16, 2012
  • [2] Google translation of RT News Arabic source dated November 16, 2012

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September 4, 2012

Al Jazeera website hacked

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The website of international news service Al Jazeera English was hacked today by a group idenitified only as Al-Rashedon. The type of group and its exact purposes are unclear at this stage, although it appears to be supportive of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

A screenshot of the hacked page contains the current Syrian flag displayed on the top left and a screenshot of a regular Al Jazeera homepage, overlaid by a graphic resembling a rubber stamp with the word “HACK” written on it and a silhouette of two men sitting at a desk. As well as identifying the group which hacked the website in English and Arabic, the bottom left of the image also contains an Arabic language statement from the group which, when roughly translated, means: “We have hacked you because your lack of support of Syrian government and militant groups backed by that government. Al Jazeera has been spreading lies. We’re compelled to do so on behalf of the Syrian people.”

According to technological weblog Gizmodo, reports have emerged of the .net and not the .com version of the website being hacked. The site reports that some users have not been able to access the website.



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August 26, 2012

Hurricane Isaac creates worries across US gulf states

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Hurricane Isaac is creating a swathe of concerns across many gulf states in the US, as it sweeps into Florida. As of 5:00pm EDT, Miami area winds were measuring at 60 miles per hour. Authorities indicated 5,180 homes across Broward county are without electricity. According to media sources, the governor of Louisiana anticipates giving evacuation orders as early as Monday morning.

Hurricane warnings have been issued in Florida, sweeping as far west as Louisiana. Louisiana’s Governor Jindal issued a state of emergency for the state on Sunday afternoon. 450 flights at Miami International Airport were canceled this weekend, in light of the storm’s arrival.

Ultimately, the storm could bring winds reaching as high as 110 mph, according to sources. The mayor of New Orleans told media that many residents there are nervous. The Gulf coast has not been struck by a hurricane since 2008.



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July 12, 2012

Six die in French Alps avalanche

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An avalanche in the French Alps has caused at least nine fatalities, French authorities have confirmed. At least another nine were also injured in the incident in the Mont Maudit, close to the commune of Chamonix in the south-east of the country.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident area when one of the individuals directly affected by the avalanche activated the emergency alarm at approximately 0525 CEST (0325 UTC) this morning. Local authorities have described the avalanche, which impacted roped groups, as “the most deadly of recent years”.

Four people are reportedly still missing. Heat-seeking devices and helicopters are being used by rescue workers to search for missing persons.

Around 28 individuals of various nationalities were thought to be participating in the expedition. Injured victims have been transported to hospital by airlift.

Mont Maudit, the third greatest peak in the Mont Blanc massif, has a height of 4,465 metres (about 14,650 feet). Its name translates into English as ‘cursed mountain’.



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June 9, 2012

Explosion reported in Damascus Syria

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

According to eye witness reports on Twitter which have been confirmed by the Arabic news network Al Arabiya, “a huge explosion rock[ed] [a] neighborhood in Damascus,” Syria.

The explosion reported occurred just before 2:00 a.m. local time in the Midan neighborhood of Damascus. A video posted to the video sharing website YouTube allegedly shows a large explosion, followed by a loud boom, then smoke rising from it’s location. The cause of the explosion and whether anyone was injured or killed, is not yet known.



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June 20, 2009

Authorities fear bodies are UK hostages

Saturday, June 20, 2009

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The British government has said it fears that two bodies handed back by the Iraqi authorities are those of two Britons captured in 2007. The foreign secretary, David Miliband said that forensic tests were currently being conducted to determine whether were them.

Our immediate thoughts are clearly with the families of the five Britons

—Foreign Secretary, David Miliband

In May 2007, four security guards and an IT consultant, Peter Moore, were kidnapped at the Ministry of Finance by armed militants from the Islamic Shiite Resistance. The kidnappers have previously released a video of the captives, saying that one will be killed if British forces to not withdraw from Iraq.

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David Miliband said “We have never speculated on the outcome of this case although we have been working intensively on it, so the overriding feeling today is one of deep sadness and fear. Our immediate thoughts are clearly with the families of the five Britons taken hostage in Baghdad in May 2007.”

Foreign office sources have suggested that the bodies have been dead for several months.


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Authorities fear bodies are UK hostages

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Other Iraq War stories
U.S. soldiers in Iraq
Background

The British government has said it fears that two bodies handed back by the Iraqi authorities are those of two Britons captured in 2007. The foreign secretary, David Miliband said that forensic tests were currently being conducted to determine whether were them.

In May 2007, four security guards and an IT consultant, Peter Moore, were kidnapped at the Ministry of Finance by armed militants from the Islamic Shiite Resistance. The kidnappers have previously released a video of the captives, saying that one will be killed if British forces to not withdraw from Iraq.

HAVE YOUR SAY
How can allied forces mitigate the risks for private contractors?

David Miliband said that “we have never speculated on the outcome of this case although we have been working intensively on it, so the overriding feeling today is one of deep sadness and fear. Our immediate thoughts are clearly with the families of the five Britons taken hostage in Baghdad in May 2007.”

Foreign office sources have suggested that the bodies have been dead for several months.


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Authorities fear bodies are UK hostages

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Other Iraq War stories
U.S. soldiers in Iraq
Background

The British government has said it fears that two bodies handed back by the Iraqi authorities are those of two Britons captured in 2007. The foreign secretary, David Miliband said that forensic tests were currently being conducted to determine whether were them.

In May 2007, four security guards and an IT consultant, Peter Moore, were kidnapped at the Ministry of Finance by armed militants from the Islamic Shiite Resistance. The kidnappers have previously released a video of the captives, saying that one will be killed if British forces to not withdraw from Iraq.

HAVE YOUR SAY
How can allied forces mitigate the risks for private contractors?

David Miliband said “We have never speculated on the outcome of this case although we have been working intensively on it, so the overriding feeling today is one of deep sadness and fear. Our immediate thoughts are clearly with the families of the five Britons taken hostage in Baghdad in May 2007.”

Foreign office sources have suggested that the bodies have been dead for several months.


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April 4, 2008

Major explosion at Mt. Redoubt volcano in Alaska

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Friday, April 4, 2008

The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) is reporting a “significant explosive event” at Mount Redoubt in Alaska. As a result the AVO has raised the alert level to ‘warning’ and level ‘red’ for aviation. The event occurred at 6:00 a.m. (ADT).

According to the Observatory, a major lahar, similar to a mudslide or landslide, has occurred in the Drift River Valley. Inhabitants of the Valley are advised to seek high ground and take immediate precautions against flooding.

The explosion has sent volcanic ash which is “spreading towards the south and east” to an altitude of over 50,000 feet.


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  • Alaska Volcano Observatory “2009-04-04 06:58:38”. Twitter, April 4, 2009
  • “Redoubt Activity – Color Code RED : Alert Level WARNING”. Alaska Volcano Observatory (front page), April 4, 2009
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