50 dead in bus col­li­sion

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A head-on col­li­sion be­tween two buses has killed at least 50 peo­ple in Zim­babwe where road ac­ci­dents are com­mon due to poor roads and bad driv­ing. Two long-dis­tance buses go­ing op­po­site direc­tions col­lided near Rusape, about 170km east of the cap­i­tal Harare. The death toll could rise be­cause there 80 oth­ers ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal, some with se­ri­ous in­juries. One of the buses tried to pass two haulage trucks on a stretch of the road where over­tak­ing is pro­hib­ited. Both buses were speed­ing, she said.

270kg of heroin seized Euro­pean au­thor­i­ties say they have seized 270kg of heroin in Genoa’s port and al­lowed part of it to travel on, un­der po­lice sur­veil­lance, to its fi­nal des­ti­na­tion in the Nether­lands where two peo­ple were ar­rested. Euro­just, the Euro­pean agency that co­or­di­nates cross-bor­der in­ves­ti­ga­tions, called the drug bust the largest in Genoa in 20 years. Po­lice say the heroin was cam­ou­flaged in bags of ben­tonite, a clay pow­der used in skin­care prod­ucts, which was trans­ported from the Ira­nian port of Ban­dar Ab­bas aboard a tanker named Artabaz.

Jewel thieves caught Croa­t­ian po­lice say they have ar­rested four sus­pects in the brazen theft last Jan­uary of pre­cious In­dian jew­els from the famed Al Thani Col­lec­tion that were on dis­play in a Vene­tian palace. Po­lice said the men are all Croa­t­ians rang­ing in age from 43 to 60. The thieves made off with a brooch and a pair of ear­rings by mix­ing in with the crowd on the fi­nal day of the ex­hi­bi­tion at Venice’s Doge’s Palace. Croa­t­ian po­lice say the value of the stolen jew­els is es­ti­mated at some $3 mil­lion.

Ter­ror cell con­vic­tions

An Egyp­tian court has con­victed 65 sus­pected mil­i­tants of set­ting up a ter­ror­ist group and declar­ing al­le­giance to the ex­trem­ist Is­lamic State group, sen­tenc­ing 18 of them to life in prison. Yes­ter­day’s ver­dict by a Cairo crim­i­nal court also sen­tenced 41 peo­ple to 15 years in prison and six more to five years. Two de­fen­dants were ac­quit­ted. The pros­e­cu­tors said the group set up cells in six prov­inces and mem­bers re­ceived train­ing on firearms and ex­plo­sives.

Hu­man traf­fick­ers probed An of­fi­cial says po­lice are in­ter­ro­gat­ing six sus­pected hu­man traf­fick­ers af­ter Bangladeshi guards sep­a­rately res­cued nearly 50 Ro­hingya refugees from boats head­ing for Malaysia through the Bay of Ben­gal. A Po­lice of­fi­cial said 33 refugees were res­cued from a fish­ing boat near the Saint Martins Is­land while an­other 14 Ro­hingya were res­cued at Shah­porir Is­land.

Seoul fire kills seven

A fire at a low-cost dor­mi­tory-style hous­ing fa­cil­ity in cen­tral Seoul has killed at least seven peo­ple and in­jured 11 oth­ers. The Seoul Met­ro­pol­i­tan Fire & Dis­as­ter Head­quar­ters the blaze was ex­tin­guished but it re­mains to be seen whether the death toll could rise. It says the cause of yes­ter­day’s fire is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The fa­cil­ity, called “goshi­won” in Korean, is where poor man­ual la­bor­ers or stu­dent pre­par­ing for bar ex­ams or civil ser­vice ex­ams stay. South Korean me­dia re­ported most of the vic­tims fromyes­ter­day’s blaze are la­bor­ers in their 40 to 60s. The fire agency couldn’t con­firm the re­port.

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