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Monday 19 March 2018

At least 32 passengers dead after bus overturns and strikes electricity pole

A BUS has overturned on a road in eastern Pakistan after hitting an electricity pole, killing at least 32 passengers.

A senior police official said 35 passengers were injured in the accident near the city of Sheikhura early yesterday, and gave the apparent cause as driver negligence, as the bus was speeding. The official said the bus was travelling from Lahore to Faisalabad, an industrial city that lies in the eastern Punjab province.

Kurdistan rebels declare ceasefire

THE Kurdistan Workers Party militant group declared a "formal and clear ceasefire" with Turkey yesterday after jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan ordered an end to the decades-long armed campaign for autonomy. Ocalan has been in negotiations with state officials since October to end the conflict that has claimed 40,000 lives since it began in 1984.

France 'certain' al-Qaeda chief is dead

France said yesterday it could confirm "with certainty" that Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, one of al-Qaeda's most feared commanders in Africa, had been killed in Mali in February as part of a French-led military offensive. France had been awaiting results of DNA testing before making an official announcement, a diplomatic source told the Reuters news agency.

College oak poisoner gets 'tree' years

AN Alabama college American football fan who poisoned the iconic Toomer's Corner oak trees at rival team Auburn has been sentenced to three years in prison. Harvey Updyke admitted desecrating the trees where Auburn fans traditionally gather to celebrate victories.

Defence worker 'in love and not a spy'

A lawyer for a 59-year-old US defence contractor accused of giving military secrets to his 27-year-old Chinese girlfriend said yesterday the case was about two people in love, not espionage. Birney Bervar claimed there was no evidence to suggest that classified information was given to China or to any other foreign country.

Lohan won't be charged over fight

Lindsay Lohan's lawyer said New York City prosecutors were not planning to charge her over an alleged fight at a Manhattan nightclub. Marc Heller said the actress will face no formal charges following her arrest on November 29 on a charge of assault, after an encounter with a woman at the club Avenue in the city's trendy Meatpacking District.

Meteor fireball spotted over the US

Social media sites were buzzing last night with reports of a flash of light streaking across the sky along the east coast of the US. Bill Cooke of Nasa's Meteoroid Environmental Office said the flash appears to be "a single meteor event" that he likened it to a boulder entering the Earth's atmosphere. He said it "looks to be a fireball that moved roughly toward the south-east, going on visual reports".

Road crashes kill 19 in China

TWO accidents involving freight trucks killed 19 people in China. A brake failure caused a semi-trailer loaded with cement to crash yesterday in the southern Fujian province, killing 11 and injuring 35 others. In the second accident, a truck loaded with stones crashed into a village temple fair.

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