Search for missing trekkers
Rescuers are searching for four people from Britain, two from the US, an Australian and an Indian who went missing while climbing Nanda Devi in the Himalayas after reports of a heavy avalanche. The eight failed to return to base camp following their attempt to reach a summit at 6,477m on the nation’s second-highest peak on a previously unclimbed route. Authorities on Saturday sent out a search team of up to 20 people on foot, but they were not expected to reach the group’s last known camp for three days. An air force helicopter was scheduled to make a reconnaissance flight yesterday.
Train accident hurts 14
Fourteen passengers were injured after a driverless five-car train in Yokohama went in the wrong direction and crashed into a buffer stop, police said yesterday. Media reported that some injuries — the first resulting from an accident involving an automated train in 30 years — appeared to be serious, but not life-threatening. The train hit the buffer stop at Shin-Sugita station after traveling the wrong way for about 20m, Akihiko Mikami, president of the train operator, said in a midnight Saturday news conference.
The station is a terminal of the self-driving Kanazawa Seaside Line in Yokohama The line has shut down the line and it was uncertain when services would be resumed, Mikami said.
TNT plant blast injures 79
The Ministry of Health said 79 people were injured on Saturday in an explosion in a plant manufacturing TNT in Dzerzhinsk. An investigation is under way, but the cause of the blast has not been determined. The ministry said 38 employees at the plant and 41 residents sought treatment after the blast and 15 were hospitalized, one in serious condition. The blast broke windows in about 180 residential buildings near the plant, the state news agency Tass reported, citing city authorities.
Bomb found on officer’s car
Police in Northern Ireland discovered a bomb under a police officer’s car in Belfast on Saturday that they said was probably planted by militant nationalists intent on killing one of their officers The suspicious object was detected in the east of the city on Saturday and declared a viable improvised explosive device following examination by munitions officers. “Our belief is that this attempted murder was carried out by violent dissident republicans. They don’t care who they attack, they don’t care who they kill. They are simply anti-peace and anti-democracy,” Sean Wright, head of the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Terrorism Investigation Unit, said in a statement.
Cocaine haul found on boat
Police have seized 436kg of cocaine hidden on a yacht and arrested four men, the Papeete public prosecutor said on Saturday. Officers moved in on the boat at the Apataki atoll, in the Tuamotu Archipelago to the east of Tahiti, after spotting the vessel, which had sailed from Panama with four men of Italian and Peruvian nationalities onboard. An initial inspection of the boat on Wednesday found a compartment in the infrastructure containing 341 bricks and packages of cocaine weighing about 341kg, prosecutor Herve Leroy said. A further inspection after the boat was brought to Papeete found more drugs. The four men face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
‘SPIKES’: Rudy Giuliani at a hearing asked about voting data in Pennsylvania, with a witness saying that 570,000 votes they selected were for Biden and 3,200 for Trump US president-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday said that Americans “won’t stand” for attempts to derail the US election outcome, as US President Donald Trump called for results to be overturned. Biden said in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, that Americans “have full and fair and free elections, and then we honor the results.” “The people of this nation and the laws of the land won’t stand for anything else,” he said. However, Trump is challenging the results, with lawsuits under way in several states. “We have to turn the election over,” he told a hearing in Pennsylvania. “This election was rigged.” “All we need is
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A CAUTIONARY TALE: Bookseller Lam Wing-kee speaks of the danger that his adopted home Taiwan now faces and the ordeal of his detention in China Lam Wing-kee (林榮基) leaned forward in his chair, answering quickly and sharply to issue a warning to the people of his new home, Taiwan. “Be ready now,” Lam said. “We should be more alert as citizens, we should get ready,” the 64-year-old Hong Konger said. “If they can take Hong Kong back, the next place, I feel, is Taiwan.” Late in Taipei at Causeway Bay Books Mark II, on the 10th floor of a nondescript building, Lam, a wiry, gray-haired bookseller, was sitting at his desk with a bemused gaze behind thin oval glasses. The desk was neat, but crowded with books and a
Not enough beds and not enough doctors: a skyrocketing COVID-19 caseload is pushing hospitals in the Balkans to the cusp of collapse, in chaotic scenes reminding some medics of the region’s 1990s wars. After nearly a year of keeping outbreaks more or less under control, the nightmare scenario that the Balkans feared from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic is now starting to unfold. In hard-hit Bosnia-Herzegovina, one doctor described the distress of having to juggle the care of multiple patients whose lives were hanging by a thread. “The situation reminds me of the war, and I’m afraid it could get even worse