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Ethiopian PM escapes grenade attack, one dead, scores hurt

Ethiopian PM escapes grenade attack, one dead, scores hurtBy Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed survived a grenade attack on Saturday at a massive rally in support of his push for radical political and economic reforms, including a peace deal with regional arch-enemy Eritrea. Police said six suspects had been detained, without giving details, while state media said nine police officials, including the deputy commissioner of the Addis Ababa Police Commission, were being held over security failings. Despite boasting one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, opponents say the benefits have not been shared fairly between ethnic groups and regions in the country, which has been run by the same ruling coalition for more than quarter of a century.



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Harvard rated Asian American applicants lower on personality scores than other students, study finds

Harvard rated Asian American applicants lower on personality scores than other students, study findsHarvard admissions officers consistently rated Asian American students lower on “personal qualities” than students of other races, according to admissions data analysed as part of a racial discrimination lawsuit against the prestigious university. A study of 20 years’ worth of admissions data shows Asian American applicants to Harvard scored much better than all other racial groups on measures of academic merit, but worse on subjective analyses of their personal qualities completed by Harvard admissions staff. In fact, the study found Asian Americans had the lowest admission rate of any racial group between 2000 and 2019, despite having higher test scores than every other racial group over the two-decade period.



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Scores more homes destroyed by lava flow on Hawaii's Big Island

Scores more homes destroyed by lava flow on Hawaii's Big IslandBy Terray Sylvester PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) – A growing river of molten rock flowing from a fissure at the foot of Kilauea Volcano is believed to have demolished scores of additional homes and filled in a small bay at the eastern tip of Hawaii’s Big Island, civil defense officials said on Tuesday. The latest estimates – up to 80 more structures than previously counted as destroyed by lava smothering two newly evacuated subdivisions – could bring the total number of homes and other buildings lost over the past month to nearly 200. Such a tally would put property losses from the current upheaval of Kilauea, which entered its 34th day on Tuesday, on par with the 215 structures destroyed by lava during all 35 years of the volcano’s last eruption cycle, which began in 1983.



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25 Decor Scores to Snag from Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale

25 Decor Scores to Snag from Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale



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Canada teen scores lottery win of $1,000, every week, for life

Canada teen scores lottery win of $  1,000, every week, for lifeTurning 18 is the moment when most teenagers begin to wonder how they will pay their way in the world, but for one lucky Canadian woman, paying the bills will never be a problem. Charlie Lagarde never dreamed she’d strike lucky when she hit the legal age to buy a lottery ticket in Canada by spending C$ 4 on a winning scratch card. The Quebec teenager wound up winning a lifetime of weekly payments of $ 1000. Ms Lagarde was given the choice of receiving either C$ 1m (£550,000) in one go or in weekly installments of $ 1000 – meaning should could be paid up to $ 4m if she reaches the average Canada life expectancy for a woman of 83. After consulting with a financial adviser, Ms Lagarde opted for weekly payments so as to avoid tax. Patrice Lavoie, a spokesman for the lottery corporation, told the Canadian Press: "It's without taxes so it's equivalent to a salary of more than $ 100,000 a year, so it's a great start in life for that young lady." "That was her first lottery ticket ever and she fell upon a winning ticket." Ms Lagarde claimed her prize on Monday at the lottery corporation's head office in Montreal, surrounded by friends and family. She said she wants to use the money to travel and her studies. "I want to study photography. One of my dreams would be to work for National Geographic," she told the lottery officials.



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Russia fire: Scores of children feared among at least 64 killed in Kemerovo, Siberia

Russia fire: Scores of children feared among at least 64 killed in Kemerovo, SiberiaScores of children are feared to be among at least 64 people killed in a fire that swept through a busy Russian shopping centre. As many as 41 children could be among the victims of the blaze at the Winter Cherry shopping centre, in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, on Sunday. Around a dozen people are still believed to be missing. The blaze, one of the deadliest in Russia since the end of the Soviet Union, swept through the upper floors of the complex that included a cinema and children's play area. Video footage showed a group of people in a smoke-filled staircase trying to smash a fire exit door, which was jammed. Others were seen jumping from windows to escape the flames. Local media quoted two witnesses who said the fire alarm did not go off. A view of the smoldering shopping centre from above on Monday morning Credit:  Kirill Kukhmar/ TASS Eyewitnesses quoted by Russian media described panic as the flames spread rapidly through the building and fire safety systems failed. “The flames engulfed everything in a moment. It was a question of seconds,” said one mother whose son was in a play area in the shopping centre when the fire started, according to local news website Gazeta Kemerovo. “At that moment, my child was hanging one and a half metres up in the air on a zip wire and the man who had tied him on had disappeared… but a girl appeared from somewhere and got him down. Without her he would have died.” The Winter Cherry shopping centre, in Kemerovo, engulfed in flames on Sunday Credit: Danil Aikin/TASS via Getty One woman told the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper that she got a phone call from her 12-year old niece who was trapped in a burning cinema on the top floor of the building. "Tell my mother that I love her," she  said. Video shot by witnesses on their mobile phones showed people screaming and running amid a chaotic evacuation. One piece of footage aired on Russian television showed a man in a burning room desperately trying to break down a door.  Video showed people jumping from windows to escape the flames Credit: Danil Aikin /TASS/Getty “There was panic and chaos, people were running everywhere. It became very dark when the lights went off, the escalators were not working, the lifts were not working, people were running and falling over,” Danila Plyut told Russia’s Channel One.  There were multiple reports from eyewitnesses that no fire alarms had been heard and that sprinkler systems were not activated. One parent of a child who was caught up in the blaze told Russian television that security guards had refused to allow her daughter to leave the burning building via a stairwell.  Footage from the still smouldering wreckage of the shopping centre on Monday where hundreds of firefighters were still working showed that large sections of the roof had collapsed during the fire.  Flames lick a window frame at the shopping centre, where some witnesses said the fire alarm did not go off Credit: Danil Aikin/TASS/Barcroft Images Russian state investigators said four people had been detained over the fire, including the owners and leasers of outlets inside the shopping mall. It took emergency services hours to bring the fire under control. After it was extinguished, rescuers were struggling to reach the upper floors because the roof had collapsed. Images on Russian television showed thick black smoke pouring out of the building, which also houses a sauna, a bowling alley and a multiplex cinema. The shopping centre was converted from a former confectionery factory in 2013 and was popular with local residents for its facilities for children, which included a petting zoo. Eight children from the same class feared dead Details have emerged this morning about some of the children killed in an inferno and the efforts of their parents to save them. Alexander Lillyevyali told Russian news website Meduza that his three daughters, two aged 11 and one aged 5, were killed in the blaze. The girls were watching a film in a cinema on the fourth floor of the shopping centre, he said, when he got a call from one who told him there was a fire in the cinema but neither she nor her sisters could get out because the cinema doors were locked. Lillyevyali, who was waiting on the first floor, said he rushed to try and reach them. “When I got to the fourth floor, I broke a window so there would be an upwards draft. I started to crawl but I realised I had no strength, I had inhaled so much smoke that I was on the verge of fainting. My daughter was calling and calling me. I could only shout down the phone that she try to get out of the cinema but I couldn’t do anything – there were flames in front of me,” he said. Maya Yerokhina, a young girl who was reportedly on the list of people missing in the blaze, updated her status on her profile page on Russian social networking site Vkontakte on Sunday to read: “This is the end.” The aunt of 12-year old Viktoriya Pochankina told Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper she got a phone call from her niece who was trapped by the blaze. "Tell my mother that I love her," she said down the phone. Pochankina was reportedly one of a group of eight children from Treschevsky village, 30 miles from Kemerovo, who had been taken to the cinema by their teacher as an end-of-term treat. Roof collapsed in two cinemas at shopping centre Preliminary findings of an inquiry said the fire started in one of the cinema halls and destroyed more than 10,700 square feet (1,000 square metres) of the centre, news agencies reported. "The roof collapsed in two theatres in the cinema," the Investigative Committee said. Hundreds of firefighters battled the blaze for hours Credit: Danil Aikin/TASS via Getty Around 120 people had been evacuated from the burning centre, rescuers said. "This shopping centre on several floors was packed with people mid-day Sunday," said Alexandre Eremeyev, an official with the local Russian emergency services ministry. Burnt debris outside the shopping centre  Credit: Maxim Grigoryev /TASS/Getty He added: "No one knows exactly how many people there were inside when the fire broke out. "Where to look for people? How many are there? That has greatly complicated the work of the firefighters." Hundreds of firefighters spend hours tackling blaze Around 300 firefighters and rescue personnel rushed to the scene and tackled the blaze for more than 17 hours. Russia's minister of emergency services, Vladimir Putchkov has gone to Kemerovo, RIA Novosti said. Hundreds of firefighters were scrambled to the scene Credit: Danil Aikin /TASS/Getty Deadliest blaze in Russia for almost a decade The Winter Cherry shopping centre fire was the deadliest blaze in Russia in recent years: A shopping centre fire in March 2015 killed 11 people in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan some 500 miles east of Moscow. In April 2013, a fire ravaged a psychiatric hospital in the Moscow region, killing 38 people, most of them patients who were engulfed by flames as they slept behind barred windows. Just months later, in September 2013, 37 people were killed when a fire swept through a psychiatric hospital in the village of Luka in northwest Russia. In 2009, 156 were killed in a nightclub fire in the city of Perm, 745 miles east of Moscow in one of the deadliest accidents in Russia's modern history.



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Damascus suburb strikes kill scores, UN votes for cease-fire

Damascus suburb strikes kill scores, UN votes for cease-fireBEIRUT (AP) — A new wave of airstrikes and shelling on eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus left at least 22 people dead and dozens wounded Saturday, raising the death toll of a week of bombing in the area to 500, as the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria.



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Syrian Regime's Airstrikes Kill Scores Of Besieged Civilians In Eastern Ghouta

Syrian Regime's Airstrikes Kill Scores Of Besieged Civilians In Eastern GhoutaA renewed onslaught of bombing in Syria’s besieged Eastern Ghouta enclave has wreaked havoc in the region, killing nearly 200 people in a matter of days and shattering cease-fire negotiations.



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Taiwan earthquake: Buildings tilt on sides after at least four killed and scores missing amid rescue operation

Taiwan earthquake: Buildings tilt on sides after at least four killed and scores missing amid rescue operationRescue workers scrambled to search for survivors in buildings left tilting precariously on their foundations in Taiwan, after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake killed at least four people and injured more than 200. Scores more people were trapped and others missing after the tremor shook the city of Hualien on the east coast, while a series of aftershocks were felt throughout the night.  At least six tall buildings were left tilting on their sides. The worst-hit and was propped up with cranes as it lent at about 45 degrees. Authorities said they could not verify how many residents were still missing after the quake, which hit the popular tourist port city late on Tuesday. Early on Wednesday, rescue efforts were focused on the Yun Tsui residential building, which also housed a restaurant, shops and a hostel.  At least six tall buildings were left tilting on their sides after the 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Credit: REUTERS and PAUL YANG/AFP/Getty The quake left the 12-storey building leaning to one side, its lower floors pancaked. The national fire agency said 143 residents from the building remained missing. But it was not immediately clear if those unaccounted for were trapped inside the building. Rescue and emergency workers block off a street in Hualien where a building was left tilting precariously One local who lives nearby told how he watched the tower block partially collapse. "I saw the first floor sink into the ground," said 35-year-old Lu Chih-son, who saw 20 people rescued from the building. "Then it sunk and tilted further and the fourth floor became the first floor. "My family were unhurt, but a neighbour was injured in their head and is bleeding. We dare not go back home now. There are many aftershocks and we are worried the house is damaged." A firefighter works at a collapsed building in the early hours Credit: Tyrone Siu/Reuters Resident Chen Chih-wei, 80, said he was sleeping in his apartment on the top floor of the building when the quake struck. "My bed turned completely vertical, I was sleeping and suddenly I was standing," he said. He said he managed to crawl his way to a balcony to wait for rescue, adding that the quake was the strongest he had felt in more than five decades of living in Hualien. Smoke rises around a collapsed building amid rescue efforts Credit: TYRONE SIU /Reuters President Tsai Ing-wen visited the site on Wednesday morning, where officials were going room by room looking for anyone trapped inside. "Now is the prime time for our rescue efforts, our first priority is to save people," she said in a Facebook post. Four mobile cranes had been brought in on the back of trucks to help prop up the structure. The worst-hit building was propped up with mobile cranes as it lent on its side Credit: REUTERS Liu Yan-hu, from the Hualien County Architects Association, said it looked like the building's main structure was intact. Five more buildings including a hospital and a hotel were also damaged in the city, where roads were ripped apart and strewn with rubble. The national fire agency said four people had been killed across the city, with 225 others injured. More than 117 people had been rescued from damaged buildings on Wednesday morning. An aerial image shows a residential building leaning on a collapsed first floor Credit: Central News Agency/AP  Hualien is one of Taiwan's most popular tourist hubs as it lies on the picturesque east coast rail line and near to the popular Taroko Gorge. Frequent aftershocks left some residents stranded in the open as they feared going back into buildings.  Authorities said 830 people were in shelters on Wednesday morning and some 1,900 houses were without power. Large cracks in a street after the powerful earthquake hit Hualien Credit: TYRONE SIU /Reuters The severely damaged Marshal Hotel had also crumpled into the ground as its bottom storeys disappeared. "The lower floors sunk into the ground and I saw panicked tourists being rescued from the hotel," said witness Blue Hsu. Graphic: Taiwan earthquake shake intensity Earthquake is two years after tremor that killed 100 The earthquake hit at just before midnight (3.50pm GMT) around 13 miles (21 kilometres) northeast of Hualien, according to the United States Geological Survey. It followed almost 100 smaller tremors to have hit the area in the last three days and comes exactly two years since a quake of the same magnitude struck the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan, killing more than 100 people. Rescue workers search for victims at a collapsed building in Tainan in February 2016  Credit: Lam Yik Fei /Getty Most of the deaths from the February 2016 earthquake were from the 16-storey Wei-kuan apartment complex, which toppled on its side and buried many residents in the rubble. It was the only high-rise in Tainan to crumble completely in the quake, which came two days before Lunar New Year, when many people were visiting relatives for the biggest celebration of the Chinese calendar. How to | Stay safe in an earthquake The safety of the building was called into question immediately after the disaster, when metal cans and foam were found to have been used as fillers in the concrete and residents said there had been cracks in the structure. Five people were found guilty and sentenced to five years imprisonment over the disaster, including the developer and two architects, with prosecutors saying they "cut corners" that affected the building's structural integrity. Why Taiwan is regularly hit by big earthquakes Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is regularly hit by earthquakes. The island's worst tremor in recent decades was a 7.6 magnitude quake in September 1999 that killed around 2,400 people.



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Strong earthquake in southern Peru leaves one dead, scores injured

Strong earthquake in southern Peru leaves one dead, scores injuredBy Marco Aquino LIMA (Reuters) – A strong magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, killing one person, injuring scores and causing homes and roads to collapse. The quake hit offshore at 4:18 a.m. local time (0918 GMT) at a depth of around 36 km (22.4 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said. Arequipa Governor Yamila Osorio said on Twitter that a 55-year-old man died in the town of Yauca after being crushed by rocks.



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