13 September

130 dead after torrential rains in India

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Officials in southern India have said that flash floods killed more than 130 people in the southern part of the country, following four days of heavy rain.

The Indian army dispatched troops and helicopters to the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh to rescue people stranded by the flooding. They also delivered emergency medical supplies and food provisions. Hundreds of thousands of people have already been evacuated out of the vicinity.

The rains damaged or destroyed thousands of homes, the authorities have said. The waters have also ruined crops, blocked roads, and disrupted communication links. The death toll is expected to rise as search teams reach areas previously rendered inaccessible.

The Chief Minister of Karnataka, B. S. Yeddyurappa, said that the current situation was “serious”. “We have asked for more helicopters from the Indian Air Force to help us,” he told media.

Chief Minister K. Rosaiah said that army personnel had dispatched to assist with rescue efforts. “Six chopper [sic] have been pressed into service to immediately rescue people. While four helicopters are being used to airlift the flood-hit people in Kurnool district, two choppers were deployed in Mahabubnagar district. A helicopter rescued 15 people in the pilgrim town of Mantralayam,” he said.

Weather analysts have said that the intense rains come from a storm in the Bay of Bengal. “India’s monsoon season usually brings rains from June and withdraws by the end of September. But, this year some parts of the country were actually drought affected due to inadequate and untimely rainfall. Moreover, the cyclone in the Bay of Bengal did the damage in south India which is battling floods after rivers breached their banks. This is a calamity. The central government is also closely monitoring the situation,” said Professor D.K. George, a weather specialist.

The Indian Meterological Department has said it expects more heavy rains over the next day in the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

13 September

Truck carrying 12 million bees overturns in New Brunswick

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

A truck on the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick, Canada, carrying 12 million bees has overturned. The truck was carrying 330 crates of bees when it tipped on a ramp in Saint-Léonard. The bees were used to help pollinate blueberries, and were heading back to Ontario.

The accident happened in the morning hours. Bee experts were called in to control the bees, and they were helped by the rain as bees dislike it, with the bees staying close to the truck. However, by midday, the sun came out and the bees became much more agitated. The beekeepers had to douse them with smoke, while firefighters attempted to hose the bees down to try to get them back near the truck.

There were no serious injuries from the incident, but some reporters at the scene got stung repeatedly. Anyone with an allergy to bees has been advised to stay at least 200 metres away from the scene.

The highway was first reduced to three lanes from four, before being completely closed, to prevent curious onlookers from being endangered by the swarms of bees angered and agitated by the incident.

This accident was the first of its kind in New Brunswick.

13 September

Double car bombing attack in Mosul kills 26

Thursday, December 30, 2004Mosul – With a Friday dump truck car bombing that left a massive crater and many dead, Iraqi insurgents frontally assaulted U.S. troops in Mosul, Iraq. Initial reports showed 25 Iraqis and one U.S. soldier dead. (As of this writing, additional information on the bombing was expected.)

11 September

EU warns France about auto rescue plan

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

On Monday, France announced a rescue plan for its struggling automotive industry. The plan totals 6.5 billion (US$8.5 billion). The European Commission, which enforces European Union legislation, said the conditions may break EU rules.

The plan calls for PSA Peugeot Citroën and Renault, the two largest French automakers, to receive a five-year loan of €3 billion at 6% interest, each. Meanwhile, Renault Trucks, which is owned by Volvo Group of Sweden, will receive a €500 million loan.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that the funds should be invested in environmental technology. Sarkozy added that “Renault and PSA have also committed to not to close any production sites for the duration of their loan and to do whatever they can to avoid layoffs.”

“It’s a commitment that I applaud because it ensures that this acute but temporary crisis will not destroy our industrial base and automotive know-how,” the President concluded.

The European Commission is concerned about the implied obligation to not close production facilities, which would go against EU rules.

“There are indications that carmakers will be obliged to maintain their center of production in France as a condition for government support,” said Jonathan Todd, a spokesman for the Commission on Tuesday in Brussels. “The Commission will not authorize aid that would tend to undermine the single market.”

Conditions that violate these rules “would render the aid illegal and will not be tolerated by the commission,” Todd said. “If there are measures that question the single market, the risk would be that the recession would be much worse, even becoming a depression as in the 1930s.”

“Today the Commission has written to the French authorities to ask for clarification of the plan,” Todd explained at a briefing. “We have not actually reached any conclusions as regards the French measures. We have a few concerns with what we saw in the press.”

Slovakia has already said that it will appeal to the EC, if the loans amount to a distortion of competition law.

“The philosophy of the EU is a single market without any barriers to transfer products and services,” Ján Po?iatek, the finance minister of Slovakia said.

In Germany, Verband der Automobilindustrie executive director Klaus Braeunig said that the French plan is “a clear distortion of competition.” He added, “We don’t want an international race in subsidies.”

11 September

Austrian police find dozens dead inside lorry

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Austrian police today found an estimated 20–50 decomposing corpses in an apparently abandoned lorry.

Roadworkers who spotted the vehicle, which had been there since yesterday at least, alerted police. Responding officers found it full of corpses. The lorry is on the so-called “Eastern Motorway”, the A4, close to the Hungarian border. It was on the hard shoulder between Neusiedl and Parndorf, closer to Parndorf.

The victims are thought to have suffocated. Police are seeking the driver. The Krone published an image of a non-articulated food lorry on the hard shoulder, which they report is the vehicle in question. The photo shows a pool of dark liquid on the ground beside the vehicle.

Video from a passing motorist shows at least one helicopter on-scene. The truck, which has pictures of meat on the side, shows branding for Slovakian food firm Hyza. Earlier today the company’s website sported an apparent anti-immigration graphic, which has since been removed.

Wikinews got in touch with Hyza. “We are truly sorry about [the] tragedy” they told us in a statement. They said they have checked GPS trackers on their fleet and all their vehicles remain in Slovakia. The statement says the lorry in question was one of 21 Hyza vehicles sold on last year. It was then sold again and exported to Hungary, where it is now registered. Hyza told us the new owners have not changed the branding on the vehicle. According to the Bild newspaper, Agrofert — the parent company of Hyza — said in a statement the new owners were required to do so.

Hyza says they will “actively cooperate with Slovak police”, and “express [their] sincere condolences to the bereaved families.”

Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner called it “a dark day” and called for European Union-wide measures to protect immigrant refugees and tackle human traffickers. Neighbouring Hungary is constructing a border fence across its entire frontier with Serbia. Yesterday alone saw a record 3,241 attempts to enter Hungary illegally, according to authorities there.

Conflict in Syria and other parts of the world has led refugees to Europe. Once inside, they can move freely inside the Schengen Area, which covers most of the EU.

Austrian police earlier this week arrested three motorists suspected of people smuggling. One driver is accused of moving 34 people, ten of them children, into Austria from Serbia. The group were left by the roadside near Bruck an der Leitha and reported struggling to breathe in the van.

11 September

130 dead after torrential rains in India

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Officials in southern India have said that flash floods killed more than 130 people in the southern part of the country, following four days of heavy rain.

The Indian army dispatched troops and helicopters to the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh to rescue people stranded by the flooding. They also delivered emergency medical supplies and food provisions. Hundreds of thousands of people have already been evacuated out of the vicinity.

The rains damaged or destroyed thousands of homes, the authorities have said. The waters have also ruined crops, blocked roads, and disrupted communication links. The death toll is expected to rise as search teams reach areas previously rendered inaccessible.

The Chief Minister of Karnataka, B. S. Yeddyurappa, said that the current situation was “serious”. “We have asked for more helicopters from the Indian Air Force to help us,” he told media.

Chief Minister K. Rosaiah said that army personnel had dispatched to assist with rescue efforts. “Six chopper [sic] have been pressed into service to immediately rescue people. While four helicopters are being used to airlift the flood-hit people in Kurnool district, two choppers were deployed in Mahabubnagar district. A helicopter rescued 15 people in the pilgrim town of Mantralayam,” he said.

Weather analysts have said that the intense rains come from a storm in the Bay of Bengal. “India’s monsoon season usually brings rains from June and withdraws by the end of September. But, this year some parts of the country were actually drought affected due to inadequate and untimely rainfall. Moreover, the cyclone in the Bay of Bengal did the damage in south India which is battling floods after rivers breached their banks. This is a calamity. The central government is also closely monitoring the situation,” said Professor D.K. George, a weather specialist.

The Indian Meterological Department has said it expects more heavy rains over the next day in the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

10 September

EU warns France about auto rescue plan

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

On Monday, France announced a rescue plan for its struggling automotive industry. The plan totals 6.5 billion (US$8.5 billion). The European Commission, which enforces European Union legislation, said the conditions may break EU rules.

The plan calls for PSA Peugeot Citroën and Renault, the two largest French automakers, to receive a five-year loan of €3 billion at 6% interest, each. Meanwhile, Renault Trucks, which is owned by Volvo Group of Sweden, will receive a €500 million loan.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that the funds should be invested in environmental technology. Sarkozy added that “Renault and PSA have also committed to not to close any production sites for the duration of their loan and to do whatever they can to avoid layoffs.”

“It’s a commitment that I applaud because it ensures that this acute but temporary crisis will not destroy our industrial base and automotive know-how,” the President concluded.

The European Commission is concerned about the implied obligation to not close production facilities, which would go against EU rules.

“There are indications that carmakers will be obliged to maintain their center of production in France as a condition for government support,” said Jonathan Todd, a spokesman for the Commission on Tuesday in Brussels. “The Commission will not authorize aid that would tend to undermine the single market.”

Conditions that violate these rules “would render the aid illegal and will not be tolerated by the commission,” Todd said. “If there are measures that question the single market, the risk would be that the recession would be much worse, even becoming a depression as in the 1930s.”

“Today the Commission has written to the French authorities to ask for clarification of the plan,” Todd explained at a briefing. “We have not actually reached any conclusions as regards the French measures. We have a few concerns with what we saw in the press.”

Slovakia has already said that it will appeal to the EC, if the loans amount to a distortion of competition law.

“The philosophy of the EU is a single market without any barriers to transfer products and services,” Ján Po?iatek, the finance minister of Slovakia said.

In Germany, Verband der Automobilindustrie executive director Klaus Braeunig said that the French plan is “a clear distortion of competition.” He added, “We don’t want an international race in subsidies.”

10 September

Austrian police find dozens dead inside lorry

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Austrian police today found an estimated 20–50 decomposing corpses in an apparently abandoned lorry.

Roadworkers who spotted the vehicle, which had been there since yesterday at least, alerted police. Responding officers found it full of corpses. The lorry is on the so-called “Eastern Motorway”, the A4, close to the Hungarian border. It was on the hard shoulder between Neusiedl and Parndorf, closer to Parndorf.

The victims are thought to have suffocated. Police are seeking the driver. The Krone published an image of a non-articulated food lorry on the hard shoulder, which they report is the vehicle in question. The photo shows a pool of dark liquid on the ground beside the vehicle.

Video from a passing motorist shows at least one helicopter on-scene. The truck, which has pictures of meat on the side, shows branding for Slovakian food firm Hyza. Earlier today the company’s website sported an apparent anti-immigration graphic, which has since been removed.

Wikinews got in touch with Hyza. “We are truly sorry about [the] tragedy” they told us in a statement. They said they have checked GPS trackers on their fleet and all their vehicles remain in Slovakia. The statement says the lorry in question was one of 21 Hyza vehicles sold on last year. It was then sold again and exported to Hungary, where it is now registered. Hyza told us the new owners have not changed the branding on the vehicle. According to the Bild newspaper, Agrofert — the parent company of Hyza — said in a statement the new owners were required to do so.

Hyza says they will “actively cooperate with Slovak police”, and “express [their] sincere condolences to the bereaved families.”

Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner called it “a dark day” and called for European Union-wide measures to protect immigrant refugees and tackle human traffickers. Neighbouring Hungary is constructing a border fence across its entire frontier with Serbia. Yesterday alone saw a record 3,241 attempts to enter Hungary illegally, according to authorities there.

Conflict in Syria and other parts of the world has led refugees to Europe. Once inside, they can move freely inside the Schengen Area, which covers most of the EU.

Austrian police earlier this week arrested three motorists suspected of people smuggling. One driver is accused of moving 34 people, ten of them children, into Austria from Serbia. The group were left by the roadside near Bruck an der Leitha and reported struggling to breathe in the van.

10 September

Indian Maoists blamed for the deaths of sixteen villagers

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Maoists attempting to seize land in one of India’s poorest communities are being blamed for the execution-style killings of at least sixteen villagers, including children, in the eastern part of the country.

Authorities in the state of Bihar say heavily-armed rebels fired on a makeshift camp at midnight, pulled sleeping villagers out of huts, tied their hands and feet and then executed them. Police say most of those killed were teenagers but five children are also among the dead.

Paro Sinh, a witness to the attacks, described his experiences to the BBC; “We were [sic] seventeen of us. When they fired at us, I wasn’t hit, but I fell down on the ground and pretended to be dead. They shot dead all the others, including my son”.

Media reports say the area has been the site of an inter-caste feud and that the victims were trying to protect six-and-a-half hectares of cultivated land the rebels are trying to seize.

Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, said additional forces have been sent into the area, about 200 kilometers north of the state capital, Patna, to catch the suspects.

The state’s chief minister said violence has no place in society and compensation of approximately US$ 3,000 will be given to the families of each victim.

A private television station said one of its reporters received a mobile phone text message from a Maoist leader, identified as Dabloo, threatening to kill Kumar if two top rebel leaders are not released from jail. Police are taking the threat seriously and have tightened security for the chief minister, a state official said.

One person has already been arrested in connection with the incident. State’s director general of police Anand Shankar said, “we have arrested one farmer and are interrogating him to nab the others involved. We will track [down] all of the perpetrators of this heinous crime. The incident has triggered panic among residents of Bihar,” he told the Agence France-Presse news agency.

The Maoists rebels, known as Naxalites, have been waging a violent campaign in several Indian states for decades, demanding land reform and more rural jobs for the poor.

A massacre of underclass villagers, however, is unusual. The rebels typically target government officials, police and others accused of helping wealthy landlords exploit the poor.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently called the Maoist insurgency the single biggest domestic security threat facing the country.

The country’s air chief marshall, Pradeep Vasant Naik, told reporters on Thursday that the Air Force is seeking permission from the Defense Ministry to return fire when its aircraft are targeted by the Maoists. Several Air Force helicopters have been shot at by the rebels during the past year.

India’s military is not directly involved in the counter-insurgency but is providing logistical, surveillance and intelligence support to para-military and police forces fighting the Maoists.

9 September

Gunman attacks Munich shopping centre

Sunday, July 24, 2016

At least nine people were killed, 27 injured, by gunfire at the Olympia shopping centre in Munich, Germany, on Friday, according to Munich police.

The body of an 18-year-old Munich-born German-Iranian male, named in media reports as Ali David Sonboly or David Ali Sonboly, who was alleged to have been the attacker was found one kilometre from the shopping centre and, the police said, potentially had links with Norwegian serial killer Anders Behring Breivik. Police discovered a 9mm gun, 300 bullets, and “[d]ocuments on shooting sprees”. Al-Jazeera reported Munich was put under a state of emergency.

Per a Facebook statement by German police, gunfire was reported near Hanauer Street and Ries Street during local evening on Friday before moving to the shopping centre. Police said the attacker was treated for depression, and the gun did not belong to him.

Police said they suspected the attacker used a fake account to invite people to the McDonald’s restaurant where much of the incident occurred.

Peter Altmaier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, told German broadcaster ARD “All that we know and can say right now is that it was a cruel and inhumane attack”. Thomas de Maiziere, German Interior Minister, returned to Berlin from the United States to meet security officials. US president Barack Obama offered to help Germany with the investigation. Police said they believe the attacker was not linked to Islamic State. De Maiziere said reports suggested the attacker may have been bullied.

People of Turkey, Greece, and Kosovo were killed in the attack.

On July 14, Bastille Day, there was a mass killing by a truck in Nice, France.


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