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Two missing, 25 hurt after NY building collapse NEW YORK: Two people were missing on Friday after an explosion brought down three buildings and damaged a fourth property in New York's popular East Village, injuring 25 people, city officials said.Preliminary indications suggest the incident, which triggered a fire that lingered into a second day, was gas-related, raising fresh concerns about safety in some of Manhattan's older buildings.Police listed two people as unaccounted for early Friday. Local media identified them as a young man on a date at a sushi restaurant, in the building where the explosion happened, and a bus boy.Twenty civilians and five uniformed personnel were injured, city hall officials said Friday, raising an earlier injury toll of 19.Four civilians were taken to the hospital in a critical condition.The blast ripped through a commercial and residential building at 121 Second Avenue, triggering its partial collapse and the partial collapse and full collapse of two adjoining properties.City hall ...

UN orders investigation into Libya rights abuses GENEVA: The UN Human Rights Council decided Friday to send a mission to war-torn Libya to investigate a range of abuses by different sides and help bring perpetrators to justice.The 47-member rights body adopted by consensus a resolution asking the UN rights chief to "urgently" dispatch a team of investigators to Libya.The one-year mission would be aimed at investigating violations and abuses committed since the beginning of 2014, and to "establish the facts and circumstances... ...

US economy slows in fourth quarter WASHINGTON: The US economy slowed in the final quarter of 2014, with a sharp gain in consumer spending driving growth, but the outlook for the first quarter is even dimmer.As the Federal Reserve mulls raising near-zero interest rates this year, the Commerce Department's third estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) growth Friday was left unrevised at an annual rate of 2.2 percent following the third quarter's blistering 5.0 percent pace.The expansion in the final months ...

Britain's Hammond to join Iran talks this weekend LONDON: British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will join the Iran nuclear talks in Switzerland this weekend, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Friday.Hammond, who is on a visit to the United States, earlier this week said an agreement was "deliverable" but urged Iran to make "tough decisions".A spokesman for French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who has warned against a soft deal leaving Iran with the possibility of obtaining nuclear weapons, has said he will join ...

Saudi says gradually resumes flights at southern airports ABU DHABI: Saudi Arabia said on Friday it had gradually resumed flights at its southern airports one day after suspending all traffic as it launched air strikes against Houthi fighters in Yemen.International and domestic flights to and from five airports in the south including Jizan and Wadi al-Dawaser had resumed at dawn on Friday, the official Saudi press agency said quoting a statement by the General Authority of Civil Aviation.Saudi had suspended international and domestic ...

Ships to evacuate thousands of Indians from Yemen NEW DELHI: India is to send ships to Yemen to evacuate thousands of workers stranded there as the fighting intensifies, authorities said.Around 3,500 Indians are currently working in Yemen, which has been plunged into chaos by a Huthi rebellion that has triggered Saudi-backed airstrikes on the capital Sanaa.Many are nurses from the southern state of Kerala, whose Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said New Delhi planned to send two ships to evacuate them."(Foreign) minister Sushma Swaraj ...

Bundesbank opposes more emergency funding for Greece: report FRANKFURT: Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann says he is opposed to giving Greece more emergency loans, charging the new government in Athens with frittering away a lot of trust."Until the autumn, an improvement in the economy had been discernible. But the new government has gambled away a lot of trust," Weidmann said in an interview with the weekly Focus that was released on Friday."I am opposed to an increase in the emergency loans," said Weidmann, who ...


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