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ISLAMABAD---A police officer
says armed clashes between
supporters of two political par-
ties have left 11 people dead and
dozens injured in southern Pak-
Pir Mohammad Shah says the
clashes broke out in the suburbs of
Khairpur town yesterday during the
first phase of voting for local gov-
Shah says 25 people from both
sides were injured in the clash. He
says army troops have been called in
to control the situation.
Yesterday was the first phase of a
three-phase election in southern
Pakistan's Sindh province and Pun-
jab province in the country's east.
Remaining phases will be held later
this month and next month.
Clashes between political oppo-
nents are not uncommon in Pak-
Armed clashes at local polls leave 11 dead in Pakistan
President Barack Obama greets a child dressed as the Pope during
Halloween festivities at the South Portico of the White House in
Washington, last Friday. The first couple welcomed local children and
children of military families to "trick-or-treat" at the White House for
Halloween. AP Photo
A Russian airliner has crashed in central
Sinai killing all 224 people on board, Egyptian
officials have said.
The Airbus A-321 had just left the Red Sea
resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, bound for the Russian
city of St Petersburg.
Wreckage was found in the Hasana area and
bodies removed, along with the plane's "black
. An official described a "tragic scene" with
bodies of victims still strapped to seats.
Egypt's prime minister said no "irregular"
activities were to blame.
Sinai has an active militant network, and yes-
terday afternoon, jihadis allied to the so-called
Islamic State made a claim on social media that
they brought down flight KGL9268.
But Russian Transport Minister Maksim
Sokolov told Interfax news agency that "such
reports cannot be considered true."
No evidence had been seen that indicated the
plane was targeted, he said.
Egypt's civilian aviation ministry said the
plane had been at an altitude of 9,450m
(31,000ft) when it disappeared.
Security experts say a plane flying at that
altitude would be beyond the range of a shoul-
der-launched surface-to-air missile (Manpad),
which Sinai militants are known to possess.
But the German carrier Lufthansa said it
would avoid flying over Sinai "as long as the
cause for today's crash has not been clarified"
Yesterday evening, Air France said it was fol-
British Airways and easyJet said their routes
were regularly reviewed, but that they had no
plans to alter their routes to and from Sharm
Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared
today a day of mourning. He has ordered an
official investigation into the crash of the flight,
and for rescue teams to be sent to the crash
A two-storey building has collapsed while workers
were trying to prop up the second floor during ren-
ovations in central China, killing at least 17 con-
struction workers and injuring 23, officials and
reports said yesterday.
The collapse happened on Friday afternoon in the
Wuyang county town of Beiwudu in Henan province,
the county government said on its Web site. Forty
people were pulled from the debris by early yesterday
morning, including 17 killed and 23 injured---nine of
them in serious condition, said authorities, and several
people were taken into police custody.
Many of the victims were crushed by falling chunks
of the building, Wuyang People's Hospital head Liu
Jinshan said in an interview with the state broadcaster
"When the patients came and were sent into inten-
sive care unit, their injuries were really bad," Liu said.
CCTV quoted a construction worker in hospital
as saying workers had been using a hoisting jack to
push up a corner of first floor of the two-storey
building when the collapse happened. The building
was built in the 1990s, the broadcaster said.
A man at the Wuyang county government who
declined to be named confirmed details of the collapse
when reached by telephone but gave no further infor-
mation. The cause of the collapse was under inves-
tigation, he said. (The Guardian, UK)
17 dead, 23 injured after building
collapse in central China
The United States ramped up its
support for Syria s opposition with
a pledge of nearly $100 million in
fresh aid yesterday. Meanwhile, Saudi
Arabia s top diplomat described the
timing of the departure of Syrian
President Bashar Assad and the with-
drawal of foreign fighters as top stick-
ing points to finding a lasting reso-
lution to the civil war in Syria.
Deputy Secretary of State Antony
Blinken announced the additional
assistance at the Manama Dialogue
security conference in the Gulf island
nation of Bahrain, where discussion
of Syria dominated the gathering of
mostly Western and Arab officials.
The American promise of cash,
which it says brings to nearly $500
million the amount it has pledged to
the opposition since 2012, came a day
after the US announced it was inten-
sifying its fight against the Islamic
State group in Syria with the
deployment of up to 50 special oper-
It also coincided with the completion
of international talks in Vienna to pur-
sue a new peace effort involving Syria's
Iranian-backed government and oppo-
sition groups. The negotiations left
open the thorny question of when
Assad might leave power, and it was
unclear whether he or disparate rebel
groups fighting to topple him would
sign on to any peace proposal.
A new round of talks was expected
to take place within two weeks.
The new US funds will support local
and provincial councils, civil society
activists, emergency services and other
needs on the ground inside Syria.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir
told delegates gathered under tight
security at a Bahraini luxury waterfront
hotel that the timing of Assad's depar-
ture and the withdrawal of foreign
fighters remain the main sticking points
to finding a lasting resolution to the
civil war in Syria. (AP)
US pledges support
to Syrian opposition
Russian plane crashes in Egypt
One Egyptian official said the plane
suddenly "disappeared off the radar."
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