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UPDATE1 — Suicide bomber kills at least 45 at Afghan volleyball tournament

UPDATE1 — Suicide bomber kills at least 45 at Afghan volleyball tournament

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) — At least 45 people were killed Sunday and dozens more were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a volleyball tournament in southeastern Afghanistan, local officials said, making it one of the country’s deadl…

Suicide bomber kills at least 40 at Afghan volleyball tournament

Suicide bomber kills at least 40 at Afghan volleyball tournament

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) — At least 40 people were killed Sunday and dozens more were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a volleyball tournament in southeastern Afghanistan, local officials said, making it one of the country’s deadl…

London railway station evacuated after train fire, no injuries

London railway station evacuated after train fire, no injuries

LONDON, ENGLAND (BNO NEWS) — A railway station in central London was evacuated Sunday after a fire broke out on board a passenger train, emergency officials said, adding that there were no reports of injuries. The cause of the fire was not immediately…

Germany reports second case of H5N8 bird flu

Germany reports second case of H5N8 bird flu

BERLIN, GERMANY (BNO NEWS) — A wild bird in northern Germany has tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu strain, making it the country’s second and Europe’s seventh case, authorities said on Saturday, calling on all poultry farms across Germany to keep their animals inside.

The latest case of H5N8 was found in a Eurasian teal as part of a monitoring program in Vorpommern-Rügen district in the northern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. “We now have a new, unpleasant situation. We must now speak of a Europe-wide outbreak,” said Dr. Till Backhaus, the state’s agriculture minister.

The new case is the first to be found among wild birds in Europe, confirming previous suspicions that the bird flu virus was brought to Europe by migratory birds from Asia. “I therefore call on all poultry farmers, in their own best interest, to prevent any possible contact between poultry and wild birds,” Dr. Backhaus said, urging poultry farmers across the country to keep their animals indoors.

The bird flu outbreaks in Europe began earlier this month when a turkey tested positive for H5N8 at a farm in northeastern Germany, after which all susceptible birds present at the farm were destroyed. A second outbreak was found at a poultry farm in the Netherlands on November 15, followed by outbreaks at three additional farms over the past week.

The outbreaks in the Netherlands have forced authorities there to implement a series of measures, including a nationwide ban on the movement of poultry and eggs, bringing the Dutch poultry industry to a nearly complete standstill. A seventh case was also found at a duck breeding farm in northern England earlier this week.

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday that the H5N8 virus found in Europe is closely related to the strain found in South Korea. “The OIE suspects that the virus was carried by wild birds from Asia – where the virus was found before the recent cases in Europe – to Germany, Netherlands and the UK,” said OIE spokeswoman Catherine Bertrand-Ferrandis.

Wild birds are known to be able to carry bird flu viruses without getting sick and their migratory flyways sometimes result in outbreaks along their path. But the virus can also spread from farm to farm on the shoes or clothing of workers, by the movement of domestic live birds, and through contaminated vehicles, equipment, food, and cages.

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Strong quake hits southwest China, killing at least 1

Strong quake hits southwest China, killing at least 1

KANGDING, CHINA (BNO NEWS) — A strong earthquake struck a mountainous region of southwestern China on Saturday afternoon, destroying a number of houses and killing at least one person, authorities said, just months after more than 600 people died in another earthquake.

The 6.3-magnitude earthquake at 4:22 p.m. local time (0855 GMT) was centered in Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan province, about 39 kilometers (24 miles) northwest of the town of Kangding. It struck about 18 kilometers (11 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to China’s Earthquake Network Center (CENC).

Officials from China’s Earthquake Administration said at least one person was killed in Kangding County, while about a dozen more were injured, including one who was seriously injured. Numerous houses collapsed or were seriously damaged across towns in the region, but it was not yet clear whether more casualties were expected.

The state-run Xinhua news agency identified the fatality as a woman in her 70s who died after being hit in the head by falling debris.

“The house window was shaking fiercely. Some people rushed out of the building,” a woman in Chengdu told Xinhua, while a resident in Kangding said the quake caused many items to fall to the ground in his house. Power outages were reported near the epicenter and rescue teams were dispatched to assess the situation.

A highway that links Tibet and Sichuan was also damaged and caved in at one point, causing the road to be closed and stranding more than 100 vehicles in the area. Trains in the region were halted but resumed at 6:55 p.m. Minor damage was also reported at a staff building at Kangding Airport, but flight operations were not affected.

Buildings in China are extremely vulnerable to earthquake shaking, and even light earthquakes frequently cause serious damage and casualties. At least 617 people were killed in August when a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Ludian County in Yunnan province, making it the country’s deadliest earthquake since April 2010, when a 7.1 quake in northwest China killed 2,698 people.

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6.8-magnitude earthquake strikes central Japan

6.8-magnitude earthquake strikes central Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN (BNO NEWS) — A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck central Japan on late Saturday evening, seismologists said, but no tsunami alerts were issued. There was no immediate word about damage or casualties.

The 6.8-ma…

Bubonic plague in Madagascar kills at least 40, sickens 79

Bubonic plague in Madagascar kills at least 40, sickens 79

ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR (BNO NEWS) — An outbreak of the bubonic plague has killed at least 40 people in Madagascar, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, warning that the bacterial disease could now spread rapidly after reaching the den…

Bird flu found at 2 more farms in the Netherlands

Bird flu found at 2 more farms in the Netherlands

KAMPERVEEN, THE NETHERLANDS (BNO NEWS) — Bird flu has been found at two more farms in the Netherlands, more than 90 kilometers (56 miles) from where two outbreaks involving the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain were found earlier, authorities said on Frid…

U.S.-led coalition targets Islamic State in 30 airstrikes

U.S.-led coalition targets Islamic State in 30 airstrikes

BAGHDAD, IRAQ (BNO NEWS) — The United States and its coalition partners have carried out 30 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and northern Syria since Wednesday, U.S. military officials said on Friday, but information about casualties w…

Military helicopter crashes in central Romania, killing 8

Military helicopter crashes in central Romania, killing 8

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA (BNO NEWS) — A military helicopter crashed in central Romania on Friday while participating in a training exercise, killing eight service members and seriously injuring two others, the country’s defense ministry said. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

The accident happened at around 10:40 a.m. local time when a Romanian-built IAR-330 aircraft went down in a field near the central village of Mălâncrav, located in Sibiu County of Transylvania. The aircraft was carrying a total of ten people, composed of two pilots, two mechanics, one engineer and five soldiers.

A defense ministry spokesperson said eight service members were killed in the crash while the only two survivors were seriously injured and taken to an area hospital. The crash site was first reported at 10:50 a.m. when a shepherd in the area called 112. Other witnesses reported seeing the aircraft on fire before it went down.

The helicopter was flying from the 71st Air Base in Cluj County to participate in a training exercise in Brașov County.

“I want to express my sorrow for the tragic accident that happened in Sibiu County today and killed eight soldiers and injured two others,” Romanian President Traian Băsescu said. “It is a sad moment for the Romanian Army, the Romanian people and for me personally. I send my sincere condolences to the bereaved families and all those who were close to them.”

Romania has experienced a number of aircraft accidents over the past few years. Five Ukrainian citizens were killed in April 2012 when a private helicopter crashed in eastern Romania while en-route to extinguish a fire in Turkey, and ten soldiers were killed in July 2010 when an Antonov An-2 aircraft crashed in southeastern Romania.

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