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Two killed in Istanbul bomb blast

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ISTANBUL — Two people were killed and eight others injured when an car bomb struck a police vehicle in central Istanbul, Turkish media have reported.

The blast, set off by remote control, occurred during the morning rush hour in the densely populated Vezneciler district.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility.

The area is a commercial hub as well as the location of Istanbul University and is close to key tourist sites like the Grand Bazaar.

Reports said the explosion took place close to the Vezeciler metro station, which is within walking distance of some of the main sights of the historical centre including the Suleymaniye Mosque.

Pictures showed that nearby shops had their front windows smashed out by the force of the blast.

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Magnitude 8.2 quake rattles Fiji

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A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it was not expected to cause any damage, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The US Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.

The quake was 347.7 miles (560 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

“I would not expect any damage. People will feel it but it’s so deep that I would not expect any damage,” USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone.

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.

The epicenter was located 167 miles (270 km) east of Levuka in Fiji and 275 miles (443 km) west of Neiafu in Tonga.

The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire.

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