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Dutch 'monster truck' toll rises to three, driver held THE HAGUE: A third person has died after a souped-up "monster truck" ploughed into a crowd during a show in the Netherlands and the driver has been taken into custody for his own safety, officials said Monday.The truck, sporting outsized tyres and a powerful engine, surged off the track after driving over a line of prop cars and crashed through a barricade and into the audience in the eastern town of Haaksbergen."A third victim has died from Sunday's accident," mayor Hans Gerritsen said in a statement on Monday. The dead are a boy, a man and a woman."Five people are still in a critical condition," he said, with 18 others injured.Officials declined to say whether the dead were from the same family.Videos posted online by spectators showed the truck apparently losing control after driving over several cars and swerving into the audience.The unnamed driver of the truck spent the night ...

Asylum-seekers abused in German refugee centres BERLIN: German police Monday investigated six private security guards accused of assaulting and humiliating asylum seekers in a refugee centre in ways that drew comparisons to violence against Guantanamo Bay prisoners.Police also questioned hundreds of fellow refugees after shocking photo and video footage emerged, including an image showing a security guard pinning a handcuffed Algerian man to the floor with his boot on the man's neck.Police said they launched their investigation after a journalist on ...
Turkish tanks take up position on Syria border next to besieged town MURSITPINAR: Turkish tanks took up position on a hill overlooking the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday after several shells hit Turkish territory as Islamic State militants fired on the town, a Reuters correspondent said. At least 15 tanks were positioned, some with their guns pointed towards Syrian territory, near a Turkish military base just northwest of Kobani. Plumes of smokes rose up as shells hit both the eastern and western sides of ...
Russia, EU to continue Ukraine gas talks this week ASTRAKHAN: Russia and the European Union will continue talks on gas supplies to Ukraine on Thursday or Friday in Berlin, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Monday. He said he had no information about whether Exxonmobil had stopped its operations in Russia. Earlier, a Russian influential business daily reported that the US oil major had halted its operations in Russia to comply with Western sanctions against Moscow. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
UK's Osborne launches Conservative election pitch with pension tax cut BIRMINGHAM: British finance minister George Osborne will promise on Monday to scrap a tax on inherited pension savings as he lays out the Conservative Party's economic pitch for next year's election.Speaking to media before his speech, Osborne also sought to tackle the electoral threat posed by the UK Independence Party (UKIP) whose stance on immigration and Europe could draw votes from the Conservatives and benefit Labour at the election. Two Conservative MPs have defected to ...
French right wins Senate, far right FN takes first seats PARIS: Three years after France's upper house Senate made its first ever swing to the left, the right has clawed back a majority, with the far-right National Front winning seats for the first time.The results were a new setback for beleaguered Socialist President Francois Hollande.The conservative UMP party of Hollande's predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy and its allies from the centrist UDI won 188 seats according to near-final results in the late evening -- 13 seats more ...
Britain's Conservatives in voter-friendly tax cut BIRMINGHAM: Britain's ruling Conservative party will announce Monday plans to scrap an inheritance tax, as it sets out economic policies aimed at wooing voters ahead of a general election next May.Its final party conference before what is expected to be a close-fought election, opened Sunday under the shadow of a lawmaker's defection to the eurosceptic UK Independence Party and the resignation of a minister embroiled in a sex scandal.As the Tories bid to seize back ...

 



 
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