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Ugan­dan rebels hack six Congo civil­ians to death

Six civil­ians were hacked to death in the east of the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo in an at­tack by Ugan­dan Is­lamist rebels, lo­cal of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day. Fight­ers from the Ugan­dan Al­lied Demo­cratic Forces (ADF) at­tacked a small vil­lage in North Kivu prov­ince on Mon­day, an ad­min­is­tra­tor in the Beni re­gion, Amisi Kalonda said. “The pro­vi­sional toll is six dead, all civil­ians (killed) with ma­chetes, two in­jured and a med­i­cal cen­tre plun­dered,” Kalonda said of the raid in the vil­lage of Kitevya. Noella Kat­songer­waki, Beni’s civil so­ci­ety pres­i­dent, speak­ing by tele­phone from Goma, the cap­i­tal of North Kivu, said two men and four women were killed. Cap­tain Mak Hazukay, the lo­cal re­gion’s army spokesman, con­firmed there had been an at­tack but did not com­ment on the ca­su­al­ties. Around 700 peo­ple have been killed, mostly hacked to death, in at­tacks in the trou­bled re­gion since Oc­to­ber 2014. The Con­golese govern­ment and the MONUSCO United Na­tions mis­sion in the coun­try both blame the at­tacks on the ADF, a group of rebels dom­i­nated by pu­ri­tan­i­cal Ugan­dan Is­lamists.

At least six peo­ple were killed when a school bus, that was car­ry­ing no chil­dren at the time, col­lided with a com­muter bus in the US city of Baltimore yes­ter­day, po­lice said. Pho­tos posted on­line showed the yel­low school bus with its front end crum­pled into the mid­dle of the com­muter bus. First re­spon­ders could be seen on the scene, which was strewn with de­bris. “There were no chil­dren on the school bus, how­ever, there are six fa­tal­i­ties,” the Baltimore Po­lice Depart­ment posted on Twit­ter. Baltimore chief me­dia re­la­tions of­fi­cer TJ Smith tweeted that au­thor­i­ties “are in the process of gather­ing in­for­ma­tion on the bus crash. We will ad­vise once we have more. Un­der­stand this is a fluid sit­u­a­tion.” The ac­ci­dent oc­curred at ap­prox­i­mately 6:30 am in the eastern city lo­cated some 40 miles north of Wash­ing­ton.

Holy icons, dazed dog saved from the rub­ble

Firefighters pulled a dog alive from the rub­ble of Italy’s strong­est earthquake in decades and sal­vaged re­li­gious stat­ues and paint­ings from churches that crum­bled in Sun­day’s tremor. Video re­leased late on Mon­day showed res­cuers, guided by their own snif­fer dog, dig­ging into the rub­ble to free a dog that emerged cov­ered in dust and look­ing dazed but un­harmed. A statue of a re­li­gious fig­ure was wrapped in a pro­tec­tive cas­ing and wheeled out into the street in the me­dieval town of Nor­cia, which was close to the epi­cen­tre of the quake which mea­sured 6.6 ac­cord­ing to the US Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey. No deaths or crit­i­cal in­juries have been re­ported af­ter the quake, Italy’s strong­est since one mea­sur­ing 6.9 struck near Naples in 1980, killing 2,735 peo­ple. Many peo­ple had left the af­fected ar­eas af­ter a smaller quake in Au­gust killed al­most 300, and most of Nor­cia’s homes ap­peared to have with­stood the new quake, with res­i­dents laud­ing years of in­vest­ment in anti-seis­mic pro­tec­tion.

Krem­lin de­nies Bri­tish spy chief’s al­le­ga­tions

The Krem­lin yes­ter­day dis­missed as base­less claims by a Bri­tish in­tel­li­gence agency chief that Rus­sia is act­ing in “in­creas­ingly ag­gres­sive ways” and us­ing new tech­nolo­gies against the West. The head of Bri­tain’s MI5 in­tel­li­gence agency An­drew Parker, on Mon­day said Rus­sia is “us­ing its whole range of state or­gans and pow­ers to push its for­eign pol­icy abroad in in­creas­ingly ag­gres­sive ways-in­volv­ing pro­pa­ganda, es­pi­onage, sub­ver­sion and cy­ber-at­tacks.”Krem­lin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told re­porters yes­ter­day that Rus­sia “could not agree” with Parker’s claims. “We have re­peat­edly com­mented on cy­ber-at­tacks: as long as some­one does not pro­vide ev­i­dence, any state­ments-be they by the head of MI5, the pres­i­dent of the United States and other de­ci­sion-mak­er­swe will con­sider un­founded and base­less,” Peskov said. “We can­not take any of these un­founded al­le­ga­tions into ac­count.” Peskov added that Rus­sia is us­ing meth­ods to “pro­mote and de­fend its in­ter­ests abroad” but they were in line with in­ter­na­tional law and fo­cused on build­ing “good and mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tions with all part­ners”.

Eleven dead, 59 wounded in ship-break­ing ac­ci­dent

At least 11 peo­ple were killed and 59 wounded yes­ter­day when a gas cylin­der ex­ploded and started a fire in­side an oil tanker be­ing bro­ken up for scrap in south­ern Pak­istan, of­fi­cials said. The ac­ci­dent hap­pened at the Gadani ship­break­ing yard in the south­west­ern prov­ince of Balochis­tan, some 50 kilo­me­ters west of Karachi. “A gas cylin­der ex­plo­sion caused a huge fire in the ship which was be­ing dis­man­tled,” Balochis­tan home sec­re­tary Ak­bar Har­i­fal said, rul­ing out a de­lib­er­ate at­tack. “We have re­cov­ered at least 11 bod­ies so far and shifted 59 in­jured to Karachi,” Zul­fiqar Ali Shah, the deputy com­mis­sioner of the area said.

BALTIMORE: In this frame from video, emer­gency per­son­nel work at the scene of a fa­tal school bus and a com­muter bus crash in Baltimore yes­ter­day. — AP Six dead af­ter school, city bus col­lide in US

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