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'Distraught' man kills three by driving car into pedestrians in Austria

A man, apparently distraught over personal issues, drove his SUV into a crowd yesterday in Graz, Austria's second largest city, killing three people and injuring 34 others.

The governor of the Styria province, Hermann Schuetzenhofer, gave the casualty figures and described the suspected driver as a 26-year old Austrian who was "mentally disoriented" and acting alone. He said one of the injured is in a critical condition.

Police said the driver had been arrested.

Hungarian law set to target migrants

The Hungarian government says it is planning to tighten the law on migrants and asylum seekers, making it easier to expel those who entered the country illegally.

A draft amendment to the law on asylum rights, released on Friday by the interior ministry, says the changes are needed to speed up and improve the identification of legitimate asylum-seekers and allow the deportation of economic migrants.

On Wednesday, Hungary announced plans to build a 13ft high fence on its southern border with Serbia to stem the entry of migrants.

Tainted alcohol leaves 84 dead

The death toll from drinking tainted alcohol in a Mumbai slum climbed to 84 in the worst incident of its kind in more than a decade, police have said.

Another 31 people, 13 of them in a serious condition, were being treated in hospitals after drinking the cheap alcohol on Wednesday night in Malad. They fell sick immediately.

Police have arrested five people who transported and sold the tainted alcohol to poor workers. Eight police personnel have been suspended for negligence of duty.

Deaths from illegally brewed alcohol are common in India because the poor cannot afford licensed alcohol. Illicit alcohol is often spiked with chemicals such as pesticides to increase its potency.

Isil car bombing kills two in Yemen

A car bomb exploded outside a mosque in Yemen's capital yesterday, killing two people and wounding six amid the country's raging civil war.

The bomb targeted the mosque in Sanaa's old city, where Shia rebels known as Houthis and others pray. The Islamic State group claimed the attack via Twitter, saying it targeted Houthis, who Sunni extremists view as heretics.

Neighbouring Saudi Arabia has also targeted Houthi forces with air attacks.

Death plunge bus claims 16 lives

A passenger bus rolled down a gorge on a mountain road in northern India yesterday, killing at least 16 people. Another 22 people were injured, 11 of them seriously, in the crash in Uttrakhand state.

The New Delhi-bound bus fell 200m into the gorge, nearly 400km southwest of Lucknow.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

India has the world's deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed annually. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poor roads and ageing vehicles.

Storms leave trail of dead in China

Heavy storms sweeping through southern China have killed 18 people and left four more missing.

The storms have dumped more than 20cm of rainfall in 48 hours on some towns, toppled thousands of homes, and displaced tens of thousands of residents. The deaths were caused by house collapses, landslides, drowning or lightning.

Saudi fury over WikiLeaks' documents

Saudi Arabia yesterday urged its citizens not to distribute "documents that might be faked" in an apparent response to WikiLeaks' publication on Friday of 60,000 documents it says are secret Saudi diplomatic communications.

The Saudi statement did not directly deny the documents' authenticity.

The released documents include discussions of Saudi Arabia's position regarding regional issues and efforts to influence media.

Sunday Independent