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At least 26 people die in Club blast in Romania

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BUCHAREST — At least 26 peole killed and 145 other hospitalized with wounds after a blasted on a bandstage at a Bucharest dance club, Romania’s Interior Minister said.

Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea said yesterday the blast occurred at a downtown club in the city of 3 million people.

Some 50 people were taken to the Floreasca emergency hospital, the ministry said.

Digi 24 television station cited witnesses who said the explosion came after a spark on a stage where a band was performing ignited some of the polystyrene decor.

Witnesses told Antena 3 TV there were between 300 to 400 young people at the club and there had been a “pyrotechnical show.” The station reported that people panicked and rushed for the exit.

Oprea arrived at the Colectiv club where the Goodbye to Gravity band was playing. The ministry saiod there were 60 ambulances and fire engines sent to the scene and a mobile hospital had been set up outside.


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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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