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Mexico maternity blast's death toll rises to five MEXICO CITY: The death toll from a gas explosion that leveled a Mexico City maternity hospital rose to five on Friday after a stretcher-bearer who saved several babies succumbed to his injuries."I lament the death of stretcher-bearer Jose Luis Tinoco. The city recognizes his dedication and courage," Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera wrote on Twitter, expressing his condolences to the man's family.The city government said in a statement that Tinoco, 27, helped to "evacuate several infants who were inside the hospital."Most of the hospital was destroyed and dozens of people were injured when a propane truck exploded while it was delivering gas to the Maternity and Children's Hospital in the Cuajimalpa district on January 29.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

US slaps Big 4 accountancies over China reporting WASHINGTON: US market regulators slapped sanctions Friday on the Big Four global accounting firms over their 2012 refusal to turn over documents on Chinese companies under investigation.The US Securities and Exchange Commission said that it had officially censured China-based units of the four, which agreed to undertake specific measures to better respond to SEC requests.To settle the long-running case, which also pitted the SEC against Chinese government secrecy rules, the four also agreed to pay ...
Haiti police fire rubber bullets at gas price demo PORT-AU-PRINCE: Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at hundreds of demonstrators in violent clashes Thursday in the Haitian capital, leaving six student protesters wounded.It was the second protest this week in Port-au-Prince to demand lower oil prices, in an impoverished country also struggling with political uncertainty.Haiti recently announced a 30 US cent price reduction for a gallon of gas (3.8 liters), which sells for just over $4 in the country, but protesters said that ...
UN urges more regional military coordination against Boko Haram UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Security Council urged West and Central African countries on Thursday to improve regional military coordination to more effectively combat Boko Haram militants in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram has become the main security threat facing Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy and top oil producer, and increasingly threatens neighboring countries.The African Union (AU) has authorized a force of 7,500 troops from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin to fight the militants. In a ...
Two dead in US college murder-suicide: police WASHINGTON: Two people died in what appeared to be an "isolated" murder-suicide Thursday at the University of South Carolina, police said, after the campus was placed on lockdown.The deaths occurred at the university's school of public health, the Columbia Police Department said on Twitter. No further details were available."Appears to be a murder-suicide... Isolated incident at USC school of health," said the tweet.A spokesman for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was not immediately available ...
US university on lockdown after reports of gunfire WASHINGTON: The University of South Carolina was on lockdown Thursday following reports that shots were fired at its school of public health, officials said, before later declaring the threat had passed."Shots fired at New School of Public Health. Building is locked down. Seek safe shelter. Remain indoors. Obey officials," Carolina Alert, the state's online emergency warning system, tweeted.It said the shots were fired at the university's Public Health Research Building in the state capital city ...
Canada top court to review overseas spying OTTAWA: Canada's top court said Thursday it would consider whether the nation's spy agency requires a court's authorization before having its allies spy on Canadians abroad.The review was requested by the government, which sought guidance despite having unveiled legislation last week that could make a ruling moot.Ottawa clarified the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS)'s foreign intelligence-gathering powers in new legislation unveiled Friday.The proposed act includes the need for CSIS to obtain both ministerial approval ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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