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Monday 19 March 2018

'Supergiant' gas field

Italian energy company Eni SpA said yesterday it had discovered a "supergiant" natural gas field off Egypt, describing it as possibly one of the largest in the world.

Eni said the discovery - made in its Zohr prospect "in the deep waters of Egypt" - could hold a potential 30 trillion cubic feet of gas about 190km from the Egyptian coast.

Virgin deaths

Dozens of girls and young women have been killed as they travelled to a traditional festival where the King of Swaziland is known to pick a new bride from thousands of topless virgins.

King Mswati III is refusing to buckle to pressure to cancel the annual eight-day reed dance after at least 30 young Swazi women died.

It is believed that a truck with the girls and young women on the back swerved to avoid a car, throwing them onto the road, where they were hit by traffic.

Triathlon tragedy

A search is under way for a man who went missing while competing in the swimming leg of an English triathlon.

The man, named locally as Paul Gallihawk (34), was participating in the Ocean Lake Triathlon at Leybourne Lakes in Kent.

Concerns were raised about his whereabouts during the event, triggering a search involving several emergency services.

36 die in bombing

AN AIR strike by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition, which said it targeted a bomb-making factory, killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah.

In another air raid on the capital Sanaa, residents said four civilians were killed when a bomb hit their house near a military base in the south of the city.

The attacks were the latest in an air campaign launched in March by an alliance made up mainly of Gulf Arab states in support of the exiled government in its fight against Houthi forces allied to Iran.

Saudi blaze kills 10

A LARGE fire in the basement of a residential complex in Saudi Arabia's oil-rich east has killed at least 10 people and injured more than 200.

The blaze began early yesterday in a multistorey residential compound known as Radium in the eastern city of Khobar.

The complex houses workers for state oil giant Saudi Aramco, which oversees petroleum production in the Opec powerhouse.

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