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One dead in twin bomb attack on Pakistan capital

Posted: 23 May 2014 05:44 PM PDT

ISLAMABAD, May 24, 2014 (AFP) - Two bomb explosions rocked Pakistan's capital Islamabad early Saturday, killing one security guard and wounding another, police said, following several days of military strikes targeting insurgents.

The first blast occurred around 2:00 am (2100 GMT) in an upmarket shopping area close to the city centre.

"One watchman has died in the hospital, he was very critically wounded and did not survive. The second watchman is getting medical treatment," said Chaudhry Hafiz Hussain, a senior police official.

He said it was not clear if the blast was the result of a suicide bomb.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the blasts came after three days of air strikes by the Pakistani military against militant hideouts that have killed at least 75 people.

Local television footage of the first blast showed broken glass and branches strewn across the pavement.

Mohammad Ali, another police official, told reporters that the second bomb went off in a car.

"The low-intensity explosive was planted in a car. The blast has badly damaged the car but no one was hurt," he said.

The second blast came around half an hour after the first and was in a different part of the capital.

The attacks were the first in Islamabad since an explosion tore through a fruit and vegetable market in April, killing at least 22 people.

The latest blasts came after more than three months of stop-start peace talks between the government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which have made little progress since they began in February.

A month-long ceasefire between Pakistan and the Taliban, who have waged a seven-year insurgency, expired last month.

5.6-magnitude quake strikes Myanmar-China border

Posted: 23 May 2014 05:15 PM PDT

YANGON, May 23, 2014 (AFP) - A 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit the border between Myanmar and China early on Saturday, geologists said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The epicentre of the quake, which hit at 2049 GMT on Friday, was located 65 kilometres (40 miles) southeast of Myitkyina, capital of Kachin state in northern Myanmar, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The earthquake struck at a depth of 24 kilometres.

Duo catch baby after two-storey fall

Posted: 23 May 2014 09:00 AM PDT

Miraculous save: CCTV footage showing the men catching the baby in Zhongshan, Guangdong province. - AFP

Miraculous save: CCTV footage showing the men catching the baby in Zhongshan, Guangdong province. — AFP

BEIJING: Dramatic images of two Chinese men catching a baby after he fell from a second storey window have been released by Chinese state media.

A man walking past a building during a thunderstorm in the southern province of Guangdong last Sunday spotted the baby, who had climbed dangerously onto the window sill, provincial broadcaster Guangdong TV reported.

In the video footage, he was joined by another bystander and both threw up their arms in anticipation of the baby's fall.

Finally, the baby tumbled down into the pair's arms.

Some reports on the incident said the baby was a one-year-old looking for his mother.

"I didn't think too much at the time. I was just afraid of failing to catch him," local media quoted the first man, surnamed Li, as saying.

The video has created a storm on social media worldwide, with thousands posting comments.

"Wow ... that is what I call a nice catch! That guy is a hero!" wrote one YouTube user. — AFP

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