Tuesday 26 September 2017

Syrian government airstrike hits market in Aleppo killing at least 25

Associated Press

A Syrian government airstrike hit a market in a rebel-held neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo yesterday, killing at least 25 people, activists said.

For nearly two weeks, President Bashar al-Assad's warplanes and helicopters have pounded opposition-controlled areas of the divided city. Activists said the aerial assault has killed more than 400 people since it began on December 15. Yesterday's airstrike slammed into a marketplace in the Tariq al-Bab neighbourhood, the Aleppo-based activist Hassoun Abu Faisal and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

AT LEAST 23 DEAD IN INDIA TRAIN FIRE

A fire engulfed two coaches of an express train in southern India yesterday, killing at least 23 passengers.

Sixty-seven passengers were in the two cars when the fire broke out about one mile from the small town of Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh state, said a spokesman for the railways, CS Gupta.

FIVE HURT IN EXPLOSION AT TENERIFE HOTEL

five people were injured in an explosion at a hotel on the Spanish island of Tenerife, local authorities have said.

A woman was taken to hospital with severe burns to her face and scalp following the blast in Adeje on the south-west coast of the island on Friday. An eight-year-old British girl suffered neck burns and a man was treated for minor abrasions, the local government of the Canary Islands said.

GUNMEN FIRE INTO THAI PROTEST CAMP

Gunmen opened fire on a protest camp in central Bangkok yesterday.

One anti-government activist was killed and two others were wounded in Thailand's capital, while protesters elsewhere blocked candidates from registering for upcoming elections, deepening a political crisis that threatens to derail democracy in the nation.

FIVE KILLED IN CLASHES ACROSS EGYPT

Egyptian security forces firing water cannon and tear gas clashed across the country with hundreds of rock-throwing supporters of the ousted ex-president on Friday and five people were killed, authorities said.

Another 200 were arrested, including women, as authorities tightened security measures in the capital after Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and its allies renewed calls for mass rallies.

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