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Train carrying MH17 victims arrives in government-held city

Train carrying MH17 victims arrives in government-held city

KHARKIV, UKRAINE (BNO NEWS) — A refrigerated train carrying the remains of up to 282 people who died in the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 arrived Tuesday in the government-controlled Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, from where the remains will be f…

Malaysia Airlines flight over war-torn Syria draws fresh criticism

Malaysia Airlines flight over war-torn Syria draws fresh criticism

By Madison Iszler

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (BNO NEWS) — A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane flying from Kuala Lumpur to London flew over Syria on Sunday, flight data showed, sparking a new wave of criticism for the airline just days after one of its ai…

Death toll from Typhoon Rammasun reaches 33 in China

Death toll from Typhoon Rammasun reaches 33 in China

By Madison Iszler

BEIJING, CHINA (BNO NEWS) — The death toll from Super Typhoon Rammasun has risen to at least 33 after seven more bodies were recovered, state-run media reported on Monday. The powerful storm made landfall in China on Friday after ki…

U.S.: SA-11 missile fired from separatist-held region downed Flight MH17

U.S.: SA-11 missile fired from separatist-held region downed Flight MH17

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) — Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was likely downed by an SA-11 surface-to-air missile that was fired from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. government said in an assessment made public on Sunday, p…

At least 43 die in China highway explosion

At least 43 die in China highway explosion

CHANGSHA, CHINA (BNO NEWS) — At least 43 people were killed Saturday when a van carrying a flammable liquid collided with a passenger bus on a highway in central China, setting off a huge explosion that engulfed a number of vehicles, state-run media r…

South African serial killer sentenced to life for 5 murders

South African serial killer sentenced to life for 5 murders

MTUNZINI, SOUTH AFRICA (BNO NEWS) — A South African man who lured women by offering them rides has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of raping and killing at least five women in 2010, prosecutors said on Friday. It is believed the…

UPDATE 2 — Malaysian airliner crashes in eastern Ukraine, 295 reported dead

UPDATE 2 — Malaysian airliner crashes in eastern Ukraine, 295 reported dead

KIEV, UKRAINE (BNO NEWS) — A Malaysian Airlines passenger plane flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday afternoon, reportedly killing all 295 passengers and crew members on board, Ukrainian officials said, adding t…

URGENT — Malaysian airliner crashes in eastern Ukraine, 295 reported dead

URGENT — Malaysian airliner crashes in eastern Ukraine, 295 reported dead

KIEV, UKRAINE (BNO NEWS) — A Malaysian Airlines passenger plane flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday afternoon, reportedly killing all 295 passengers and crew members on board, Ukrainian officials said, adding t…

URGENT — Malaysian Airlines loses contact with airliner over Ukraine

URGENT — Malaysian Airlines loses contact with airliner over Ukraine

KIEV, UKRAINE (BNO NEWS) — A Malaysian Airlines passenger plane flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur disappeared from radar over Ukraine on Thursday afternoon, the airliner said amid reports from Ukraine that a large aircraft carrying 295 people had …

U.S. blues legend Johnny Winter dead at 70

U.S. blues legend Johnny Winter dead at 70

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (BNO NEWS) — American musician Johnny Winter, who was one of the most highly-acclaimed guitarists in both blues and rock, was found dead late on Wednesday in a hotel room in the Swiss city of Zurich, local police said on Thursday. He was 70 years old.

Winter was found deceased on Wednesday evening in a hotel room in Bülach district, one of the 12 districts of Zurich Canton, said police spokeswoman Cornelia Schuoler. The musician’s publicist, Carla Parisi, confirmed Winter’s death in a brief statement but provided no other details.

“The cause of death is currently unclear and is being clarified. The prosecutor has ordered an autopsy,” Schuoler said. “A medical event is suspected. There is currently no evidence of foul play.”

Winter had been on an extensive tour this year, with a series of shows in Europe in May and several in Austria this month. His most recent show was at the Cahors Blues Festival in France, after which he was expected to return to the United States in preparation of a series of concerts in the United States in August.

“His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of their loved one and one of the world’s finest guitarists,” Parisi said in a brief statement. Fellow bandmates Paul Nelson and Scott Spray also expressed their sadness, with Spray writing on Facebook that he had lost his “long time friend and musical boss.”

Born in Beaumont, Texas, Winter first signed with Columbia Records in 1969 and immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues with a powerful combination of authentic Texas funk and his own high energy interpretation. He quickly became one of the most respected singers and influential guitar players of the 1970s.

Winter, who was voted one of the world’s top 100 guitarists in Rolling Stone Magazine, recorded some 40 albums of classic rock and blues since his self-titled debut in 1969. In the late 1970s, he produced and played on a series of Grammy-winning albums with his childhood hero Muddy Waters, who affectionately referred to Winter as his “son.”

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