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    2017-October-11  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

1. US, Turkey unveil tit-for-tat travel curbs

The increasingly strained alliance* between Turkey and the United States took a sharp downward turn on Sunday when both governments abruptly announced they were canceling most visitor visas between the countries, sowing confusion* among travelers and exposing a widening rift* between the NATO partners.

The crisis began when the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the Turkish capital, announced it was immediately suspending all non-immigrant visa services at diplomatic facilities across Turkey. Within hours, the Turkish Embassy in Washington released a nearly identical statement announcing its own suspension of non-immigrant visas for Americans.

2. 11 injured in car crash in London

Eleven people were injured on Saturday when a car collided with pedestrians* near London’s Natural History Museum, in one of the capital’s busiest tourist areas, but police doused* concerns it was a terrorist attack, saying it was a road traffic incident.

Police said it was believed the car had mounted the pavement outside the popular attraction in west London and collided with a number of pedestrians. Officers had arrested a man aged in his 40s at the scene and he was being questioned on suspicion of dangerous driving.

3. Nobel prizes awarded

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, a forceful show of support for a grassroots effort that seeks to pressure the world’s nuclear powers to give up the weapons that could destroy the planet.

U.S. economist Richard Thaler won the 2017 Nobel Economics Prize for his contributions in the field of behavioral economics, showing how human traits affect supposedly rational markets, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said on Monday.

4. Petition filed to freeze US gunman’s assets

The family of a California man who was killed during the mass shooting in Las Vegas, the United States, was petitioning a court to freeze the gunman’s assets.

The gunman, identified by police as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire on a musical festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on October 1, killing 58 people and injuring 489 others before taking his own life. More than 22,000 people were attending the final night of the Route 91 Harvest Festival when gunfire erupted.

5. Brazil nursery arson attack kills nine

A girl who was burned in an arson* attack at a nursery school in Brazil succumbed to* her wounds on Saturday, bringing the overall death toll to nine people.

The 4-year-old girl had been transferred to a hospital in Belo Horizonte, the state capital of Minas Gerais, some 600 kilometers north of the small town of Janauba where the attack occurred.

A security guard at the nursery sprayed his young victims with alcohol before setting fire to the building. He himself died from burns a few hours later. According to local authorities, he had suffered from mental health issues since 2014.

6. Six dead in Ghana gas depot blast

At least six people were killed and 35 injured, mostly suffering burns, after an explosion at a fuel distribution site in Ghana’s capital, fire service spokesman Billy Anaglate said on Sunday.

The explosion on Saturday evening at the state-owned GOIL site sent a giant fireball into the sky above the eastern part of Accra, causing frightened residents to flee their homes. Others were forcibly evacuated.

Ghana, a relatively new oil and gas producer, has suffered several recent accidents including an explosion in 2015 that killed around 100 people. (SD-Agencies)

 

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