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Tanzania pulls 29 bodies from rubble of fallen building DAR ES SALAAM: Rescue workers have pulled 29 bodies from the rubble of a collapsed building in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam, a senior official said on Sunday.The building of more than 12 storeys, which had been under construction near a mosque in the Kariakoo district around the city centre, caved in on Friday morning. Several cars were crushed and boys playing soccer nearby were among the dead."We have now recovered a total of 29 bodies from the rubble of the collapsed building," Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Said Meck Sadick told Reuters.He said workers were now reaching the basement where there was a store for equipment and more bodies might be found. He said digging would continue until all bodies were recovered.Tanzania's buoyant economy has fuelled a building boom, especially in Kariakoo and the city centre. But the speed of construction has raised concerns about safety standards.President Jakaya ...

Mandela spends fourth day in hospital, treated for pneumonia JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela remained in hospital for a fourth day Sunday after South African officials said the anti-apartheid hero was making steady progress following treatment for a recurrence of pneumonia.The frail 94-year-old, one of the towering figures of modern history, was admitted late Wednesday for his third hospitalisation in four months.Doctors drained a build-up of fluid, known as a pleural effusion or "water on the lungs", that had developed from the lung infection.That procedure helped ...

Karzai to hold talks in Qatar on Taliban office DOHA: Afghan President Hamid Karzai was set to hold discussions in Qatar Sunday about the proposed opening of a Taliban office in the Gulf state as a prelude to possible talks on ending more than a decade of war.Karzai previously opposed such a Qatar venue since he feared that his government would be frozen out of any peace negotiations involving the extremists and the United States.The militants refuse to have direct contact with the Afghan ...

At least 12 killed in Mexican bus crash MEXICO CITY: At least 12 people died when a bus and a car collided in a mountainous part of the western Mexican state of Veracruz on Saturday evening, local emergency services said.The accident near the town of Naolinco sent the bus tumbling down a slope some 200-300 meters (650-1000 feet), and left at least 15 passengers injured, a local official said.Emergency services believe there were 27 people travelling on board the bus, the official added.The ...

Pope Francis to lead first Easter celebrations VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis prepared to lead his first Easter Sunday celebrations with tens of thousands of people expected in St Peter's Square for a mass marking the holiest day in the Christian calendar.The ceremony will be followed by a special "Urbi et Orbi" blessing for Rome and the world that the pope will deliver from the same balcony where he made his first public appearance after his election this month.At an Easter Vigil in ...

Joint industrial estate remains open despite North Korea threat SEOUL: An inter-Korea joint industrial complex, which lies inside North Korea, was operating normally on Sunday despite the North's threat to shut it down, a Seoul official said.The complex in the city of Kaesong, just north of the border, was running as usual after Pyongyang warned of a potential closure as it declared a "state of war" with the South on Saturday, said Seoul's Unification Ministry. "There has been no problem so far in operations ...

Three dead after building blaze in Paris suburb AUBERVILLIERS: Three people died and 13 were injured after a blaze broke out in a seven-storey building housing squatters in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers.The fire started late Saturday on the third floor of the building, forcing several people to jump out their windows in an attempt to escape the flames.One person died after jumping and another burned to death on the third floor. The third died in hospital.Four of the injured were in a ...


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