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At least 51 dead in two accidents in Pakistan

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Steph Deschamps / January 29, 2023

Pakistan was mourning Sunday after two tragedies occurred within hours of each other in the west of the country: the accident of a bus that killed at least 41 people, then the sinking of a boat that cost the lives of at least ten children.
 
A rescue operation was underway Sunday on Tandam Lake in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after a ship carrying 25 to 30 students on a school trip capsized, police officer Mir Rauf told AFP.
 
Ten children between the ages of 7 and 14 were found dead and eleven others were rescued, six of them in serious condition, the police officer added, noting that up to nine others were still missing. 
 
Earlier, at least 41 people died when a bus exploded after falling off a bridge north of the town of Bela in Balochistan province.
 
The lifeless bodies are unrecognizable,” said Hamza Anjum, an official in the Lasbela district where the tragedy occurred.
One of the three survivors pulled from the wreckage succumbed to his injuries shortly afterwards and the other two are in serious condition, Anjum said.
 
The bus was carrying 48 passengers when it hit a pillar and went over the railing of the bridge on which it was travelling.
The vehicle had left the Balochistan capital, Quetta, at night and was heading for the port city of Karachi, about 700 kilometers to the south. 
 
We fear that the driver fell asleep,” said Hamza Anjum, adding that speed could also be the cause of this tragedy.
An investigation is to be launched to determine this and DNA tests will be carried out to identify the “severely mutilated” victims, the official said.
 
Transport safety is often questioned in Pakistan, where deaths on the roads are particularly high, due to poor road conditions, lax regulations and dangerous driving. 
 
Buses are often filled to capacity and seatbelts are not widely worn. Single vehicle accidents are common. 
 
A minibus fell to the bottom of a water-filled ravine in the south of the country in November, killing 20 people including 11 children.
 
In August, a collision between a bus and a tanker filled with gasoline on the outskirts of Multan, capital of the eastern province of Punjab, resulted in a similar number of casualties. 
 
According to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, more than 27,000 people died on Pakistan’s roads in 2018.
 
Deadly shipwrecks are also common in the country, where many boats in poor condition and overloaded sail despite the risk of falling.
 
Many Pakistanis cannot swim, especially women, discouraged by conservative local mores. For them, full-body suits, which weigh a lot when wet, are an additional danger on the water.
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Moscow attack: Vladimir Putin promises those responsible will all be “punished”, EI says four of its fighters carried out the attack

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Eva Deschamps / March 23,

 

At least 133 people were killed on Friday evening in an armed attack followed by a huge fire at a concert hall on the outskirts of Moscow, which was claimed by the jihadist group Islamic State (EI).
 
The four perpetrators” of the attack were arrested “on their way to Ukraine”, said the Russian president on Saturday March 23.
 
The Russian president spoke at a time of terrible tragedy in Russia. “The four perpetrators” of the attack near Moscow were arrested “on their way to Ukraine”, he said in a televised speech broadcast the day after the murderous attack. “According to initial data [from investigators], on the Ukrainian side, a passage had been prepared for them to cross the border”, he continued, notes Le Monde.
 
The attack, which killed at least 133 people near Moscow, was in the eyes of the Kremlin leader a “bloody and barbaric act of terrorism”. “Peaceful, innocent people […] including children, teenagers and women” were killed, he continued, adding, “I express my deepest and most sincere condolences to those who have lost their loved ones.” A national day of mourning will be observed on March 24.
 
“War”. In his speech, Vladimir Putin assured that “those behind these terrorists will be punished” and that they “will have no future”. On Saturday, the Kremlin announced that eleven people had been arrested, including the four suspects who carried out the attack.

 
As a reminder, the Islamic State (EI) claimed responsibility for the attack. Its Afghan branch, the Islamic State in Khorassan, known as “EI-K”, is suspected of being behind the attack. According to EI, the attack is part of a “raging war” between the organization and countries fighting Islam, its Amaq news agency said in a statement.
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Princess Kate announces cancer diagnosis

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Sylvie Claire / March 23,

 

After weeks of silence from the British royal family, cancer-stricken Princess Kate has announced that she has begun chemotherapy.

 
Princess Kate has been diagnosed with cancer, Kensington Palace announced on Friday evening. The wife of the heir to the British throne has begun chemotherapy. “I’m fine,” assured the 42-year-old princess after her cancer diagnosis was announced. In a video, the princess explained, “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you personally for all the wonderful messages of support and for your understanding. While I was recovering from surgery, it was an incredibly difficult two months for the whole family. But I had the benefit of a fantastic medical team who took great care of me, for which I am very grateful. In January, I underwent a major domino operation in London and, at the time, my condition was not thought to be cancerous“.
 
She continues: “The operation was successful, but tests carried out after the operation revealed the presence of cancer. My medical team therefore advised me to undergo preventive chemotherapy, and I am now in the early stages of this treatment. William and I have done everything in our power to manage this situation privately, in the best interests of our young family“.
 

Princess Kate explains that it has taken them some time to explain the situation to their children George, Charlotte and Louis. She concludes her message: “But for now, I need to focus on my full recovery. I am also thinking of all those whose lives have been affected by cancer. For anyone facing this disease in any form, don’t lose faith or hide. You are not alone.

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She underwent major abdominal surgery on January 16 at the London Clinic, where she was hospitalized for ten days. For weeks, rumors had been circulating about the princess’s state of health.
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Dragon Ball: a theme park inspired by Toriyama’s universe is coming soon!

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Steph Deschamps / March 23,

 

The world’s first theme park inspired by the world of the famous Japanese manga and anime series Dragon Ball is to be built in a future leisure city in Saudi Arabia, the developer of this colossal project announced on Friday.
 
The planned opening date of this 500,000 m2 theme park was not specified, nor was its cost, as is usually the case for the Saudi kingdom’s tourism megaprojects.
 
Located in Qiddiya, near the capital Riyadh, the park will feature seven different zones from the Dragon Ball universe, around 30 attractions as well as hotels and restaurants, according to a press release from Qiddiya Investment Company, also issued by Japanese studio Toei Animation, producer of the franchise’s cartoons.
 
The death of Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama on March 1 at the age of 68 provoked a worldwide wave of emotion, reflecting the immense popularity of his work.

 
First published in 1984, Dragon Ball is one of the best-selling mangas of all time, and has spawned countless animated series, films and video games. It recounts the adventures of Son Goku, a young martial arts prodigy in search of seven crystal balls to help him and his allies protect the Earth from evil enemies.
 
The new town of Qiddiya is one of the pharaonic projects in Saudi Arabia’s “Vision 2030” program, designed to develop the country’s tourism industry and reduce its economy’s heavy dependence on hydrocarbons.
 
Qiddiya will eventually house several theme parks, sports facilities and cultural venues. Construction of the city began in 2019, but its completion date is not known.
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