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US military chopper makes ‘hard landing’ in Maryland

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A US military helicopter made a “hard landing” in the US state of Maryland on Monday, injuring at least one of the crew, officials said.

“A Fort Belvoir UH-60 Helicopter, with three crew members on board, had a hard landing at approximately 1:50 p.m. near Leonardtown, MD. One of the crew members was medically evacuated from the scene,” the Fort Belvoir Army installation said on its Facebook page.

The military frequently describes what appear to be serious crashes as “hard landings,” even when aircraft are completely wrecked.

The helicopter crashed on a golf course in St. Mary’s County in southern Maryland outside Washington, The Washington Post reported.

The paper published a photo showing the remnants of a green helicopter that appeared completely destroyed.

The Army did not immediately respond to a request for additional information.

This is the second time this month a military aircraft has gone down in Maryland. On April 6, an F-16 crashed near Joint Base Andrews near a residential area after a pilot parachuted out, with no major injuries reported.

The twin-engine UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, made by Sikorsky Aircraft, has been a workhorse for the Army since it was first fielded in the 1970s. It has been flown in numerous combat environments, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and is used as both a utility aircraft and in aerial assault missions. The cockpit typically holds two aviators, with at least one crew chief in the back. The helicopter can carry at least a dozen more people and supplies.

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Hurricane Ophelia kills 3 and leaves 360,000 without power in Ireland

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On Monday, Ireland was hit by Hurricane Orphelia in what officials called an “unprecedented storm” that left three people dead, more than 300,000 customers without power and shut down schools as well as government offices.

 

A police spokesman said one woman in her 50s was killed outside the village of Aglish, near the south coast, when a tree fell on her car. A female passenger in her 70s suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

 

Another man died in an accident while he was clearing a fallen tree with a chainsaw near the town of Cahir, about 35 kilometres (22 miles) further inland.

 

And the third victim was a man killed on the roads by a falling tree north of Dundalk in the northeast, close to the border with Northern Ireland, police said in a statement.

Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean and the furthest north since 1939, was downgraded to a storm before it hit the Irish coast but nonetheless wrought havoc.

Met Eireann, the Irish National Meteorological Service said, “It will still however bring violent and destructive winds for a time,” Flooding was also expected “due to either heavy thundery downpours or storm surges in coastal areas,” the service said after issuing a red alert for the whole country.

Winds reached 191 kilometres (119 miles) per hour at Fastnet Rock, Ireland’s southernmost point, while the strongest winds recorded onshore were 156 kph (97 mph) at the entrance to Cork Harbour in the southwest.

The Electricity Supply Board said 330,000 customers were without power, due to more than 3,200 individual faults on the network.

Ophelia is the 15th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic season, which is expected to last until the end of November. Three major hurricanes; Harvey, Irma and Maria caused catastrophic damage in the Caribbean and the US Gulf Coast.

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photos and video from the scene of the car bomb attack that killed female blogger in Malta.

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photos and video from the scene of the car bomb attack that killed female journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, in Malta on Monday have been released.

Yesterday, we reported that the prominent journalist and blogger who made repeated and detailed corruption allegations against Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s inner circle, was killed by a car bomb, while she was driving near the village of Bidnija in northern Malta. (Read the previous post here).

 More photos and video from the scene of the car bomb attack that killed female blogger in Malta.

The assassination was just a week after Servers hosting Galizia’s website suffered ‘unprecedented’ DDoS attack. Malta Television also reported that Caruana Galizia had filed a complaint to the police two weeks ago to say she had received threats before she was killed in the car bomb attack.

Watch video from the scene and see more photos below…

 More photos and video from the scene of the car bomb attack that killed female blogger in Malta.

 More photos and video from the scene of the car bomb attack that killed female blogger in Malta.

 More photos and video from the scene of the car bomb attack that killed female blogger in Malta.

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..Death toll rises to 276 in Somalia’s worst bomb attack with about 300 injured in the capital

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The most powerful bomb blast ever witnessed in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital killed 276 people with around 300 others injured, the country’s information minister,  Information Minister Abdirahman O. Osman said early Monday morning, making it the deadliest single attack in this Horn of Africa nation. The toll was expected to rise.

The attack occurred when a truck carrying explosives detonated Saturday in a crowded street packed with cars and pedestrians, near government ministries and hotels.

Death toll rises to 276 in Somalia

In a tweet, Abdirahman Osman called the attack “barbaric” and said countries including Turkey and Kenya had already offered to send medical aid. Hospitals were overwhelmed a day after a truck bomb targeted a crowded street near key government ministries, including foreign affairs.

Death toll rises to 276 in Somalia

As angry protesters gathered near the scene of the attack, Somalia’s government blamed the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group for what it called a “national disaster.” However, Africa’s deadliest Islamic extremist group, which often targets high-profile areas of the capital, had yet to comment.

Al-Shabab earlier this year vowed to step up attacks after both the Trump administration and Somalia’s recently elected president announced new military efforts against the group.

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo said the attack showed Somalia’s enemies cared nothing for human lives.

Death toll rises to 276 in Somalia

“Today’s horrific attack proves our enemy would stop at nothing to cause our people pain and suffering. Let’s unite against terror,” he tweeted. The president declared three days of mourning and called on citizens to donate blood as hospitals struggled to save critically injured civilians.

After the president visited Medina Hospital on Sunday morning to give blood and comfort victims, hundreds more Somalis flocked to hospitals to donate blood.

Relatives of missing people arrived at hospitals Sunday desperate for news of loved ones. Others wandered around the ruins of buildings hit by the blast.

Death toll rises to 276 in Somalia

Many of the dead had not been identified, with dozens burned beyond recognition.

The Mogadishu bombing is one of the deadliest attacks in sub-Saharan Africa, larger than the Garissa University attack in Kenya in 2015 and the U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

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