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Billiard hall blast kills three

The death toll from a bomb blast in a billiard hall near a crowded town carnival has risen to three, officials said yesterday. The death toll rose overnight after one of the wounded died in hospital, said Captain Jo-ann Petinglay, an army spokeswoman. Another 22 people were wounded in the blast. Mayor Joselito Pinol said two men left the bomb, which was apparently concealed in a bag, at the billiard hall late on Sunday in the town of Mlang in North Corabato province. The two men left hurriedly on a motorcycle before the blast happened. Pinol said bomb shrapnel and flying debris hit people in the billiard hall and at a nearby carnival. The blast damaged the billiard hall. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.


Excrement fells building

A cesspool filled with excrement has exploded, injuring 15 people and knocking down a building, state-run media reported. The blast was apparently sparked by a local man burning waste close to the cesspool, igniting methane gas which was emanating from the pit, Xinhua news agency said late on Sunday. The incident in Zhangjiajie, in the central province of Hunan, caused a residential building to collapse and three of the injured had to be hospitalized, Xinhua said. China’s urban infrastructure has often been hastily built with little regard for safety as hundreds of millions of people have moved from the countryside to cities in recent decades. In another excrement-related incident, a man and his mother both died trying to retrieve his wife’s new mobile phone — worth 2,000 yuan (US$320) — from a septic tank, reports said in May. The man jumped in to try to locate the phone, but was overcome by fumes and passed out, according to Dahe, a Web portal run by the provincial government in Henan Province.


WWII bomb wreaks havoc

Three thousand people were evacuated from their homes in the center of Rennes on Sunday while a 250kg British bomb from World War II was being diffused. The bomb was found near the city’s town hall during the building of a new metro line in the capital of the Brittany region, Rennes Mayor Nathalie Appere said. She said it was packed with 70kg of high explosives and police bomb disposal experts faced a very “delicate operation” to disarm it. “They are having to diffuse it manually rather than with one of their radio-controlled devices,” she said. Police evacuated all homes and businesses within 270m of the scene just before 9am, including a fire station and 90 residents of a home for the elderly. Several hundred people were taken to a nearby hall, where volunteers offered them coffee and hot chocolate. Rennes, a major railway junction, was the target of several raids by Britain’s RAF during the war, including a major attack in 1944.


Band Aid 30 grab No. 1 spot

Band Aid 30’s reworked version of Do They Know it’s Christmas, a song intended to raise money to fight the spread of Ebola in Africa, went straight to the top of the singles charts on Sunday, Official Charts Co said. The track was inspired by a celebrity song of the same name with different lyrics which was recorded in 1984 and raised millions to fight famine in Africa. The new song has drawn criticism from some Africans, who say it is patronizing and perpetuates unhelpful myths about the continent’s problems. The track’s organizers have strongly rejected those comments, saying it will raise much-needed funds to fight Ebola.

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