Tuesday 18 December 2018

Four killed by suicide bomber

At least four people were killed and 20 wounded when a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle into a police building in southern Iraq.

Police chief Brigadier Faisal al-Ebadi said the bomber crashed through the gate during the morning rush hour and made it a few yards into the police compound before blowing up the car in the city of Basra.

Three policemen and one civilian were killed and 24 people were injured.

China forecasts deadly storms

More heavy downpours are forecast this week over central and southern China, where seasonal flooding has already killed more than 100 people, Chinese state media reported.

This month's rains have partially relieved the country's worst drought in half a century, while also causing landslides, toppling homes and cutting power supplies and telecommunications.

Torrential rain is expected to sweep Hunan, one of the worst flood-hit provinces, from tonight until Friday.

ElBaradei may duck presidency

Egyptian pro-democracy campaigner Mohamed ElBaradei has said he is not sure he will run for president, because there has not been not enough debate about the future of the country.

ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, is a favourite of some leaders of the uprising that unseated President Hosni Mubarak, but polls show he has little electoral support.

"I don't want to run for president just to be president. I want to reform this country," he said.

12 dead after fire at care centre

Twelve people were killed in a fire early today at a centre for the mentally disabled and elderly near Johannesburg, South African media reported.

The South African news agency SAPA said 34 people were also injured in the blaze in the town of Springs east of Johannesburg.

It said the cause was not immediately known.

Last year, 18 people were killed when a fire swept through a retirement home near Johannesburg.

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