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officials: avalanche kills 5 soldiers, injures 12 in turkey


ankara, turkey — officials say soldiers conducting military operations in turkey's southeast have been hit by an avalanche. at least five soldiers died and 12 others were injured.the avalanche occurred sunday near the town of hizan in southeastern turkey's mountainous bitlis province, according to the governor's office for the region.officials said the soldiers were conducting operations against kurdish rebel group the kurdistan workers' party, or pkk.the injured soldiers were evacuated to hospitals by helicopter but were not in serious condition, the bitlis governor's office said.






avalanche kills 5 soldiers, injures 7 in turkey


ankara, turkey (ap) — officials say soldiers conducting military operations in turkey’s southeast have been hit by an avalanche. at least five soldiers died and 12 others were injured.the avalanche occurred sunday near the town of hizan in southeastern turkey’s mountainous bitlis province, according to the governor’s office for the region.officials said the soldiers were conducting operations against kurdish rebel group the kurdistan workers’ party, or pkk.the injured soldiers were evacuated to hospitals by helicopter but were not in serious condition, the bitlis governor’s office said.most read storiessale! save over 90% on digital access.






errant russian strike kills turkish soldiers in syria


istanbul—an errant russian airstrike killed three turkish soldiers fighting to capture the town of al-bab from islamic state, amid a complicated battle for control in northern syria.the soldiers died when the airstrike hit a building held by turkish forces, and 11 wounded soldiers were evacuated, according to turkish and russian military officials. turkey has lost approximately four dozen soldiers since the start of its paign in...






explosion on highway kills 2 soldiers in southeast turkey


ankara, turkey — turkish media report suspected kurdish rebels have detonated explosives on a highway as security forces were passing by, killing two soldiers.the state-run anadolu agency says the explosion occurred wednesday on a highway linking the cities of mardin and diyarbakir in southeast turkey.the private dogan news agency says two soldiers were killed in the explosion.the rebels of the kurdistan workers party, or pkk, have launched a series of violent attacks since 2015, when a fragile peace process with the government collapsed.






avalanche kills 3 indian army soldiers in kashmir


srinagar, india (ap) — the indian army on friday recovered the bodies of three soldiers whose mountainous post was buried in an avalanche in indian-controlled kashmir, a military spokesman said.two soldiers were rescued immediately after the avalanche hit the batalik sector in ladakh region on thursday, col. rajesh kali said. the bodies of three others were recovered friday close to the cease-fire line dividing kashmir between india and pakistan, kali said.rain and snow have fallen in the kashmir valley for three days, swelling rivers and streams and posing a flood threat to residential areas. traffic has been disrupted on the main highway linking kashmir with the rest of india.avalanches and landslides are common in the mountainous region and have taken heavy tolls on the indian and pakis






avalanche kills 3 people in french alps


paris — french officials say three people have died in an avalanche that struck the alpine ski resort of bonneval-sur-arc.the savoie prefecture said the avalanche struck around noon (1000 gmt) tuesday, without giving details about the casualties' identities.french media reported that the victims included two men and a woman and were experienced hikers.






indian police say avalanche kills swedish skier in kashmir


srinagar, india — an avalanche at a ski resort in indian-controlled kashmir on thursday killed a swedish skier while another was rescued, police said.the two swedes were buried in snow when they were skiing high in the mountains of the tourist town of gulmarg, said police officer imtiyaz hussain.police said the rescued swede's condition is stable. hussain identified the fatality as 25-year-old daniel akesson.the pirpanjal mountain range in the western himalayas around gulmarg is a popular skiing destination for both indian and foreign tourists.in 2010, at least 17 soldiers were killed after an avalanche hit the indian army's high altitude warfare school in gulmarg during their training session.avalanches and landslides are common in kashmir and have caused heavy death tolls for the indian






avalanche kills 3 people in french alps


paris (ap) — french officials say that three people have died in an avalanche that struck the ski resort of bonneval-sur-arc in the alps.the savoie prefecture said the avalanche struck around noon (1000 gmt) tuesday, without giving details about the casualties’ identities. the rescue operation ended in the afternoon and french authorities said the death toll is final.french media reported that the victims included two men and a woman and were experienced hikers.






indian police say avalanche kills swedish skier in kashmir


srinagar, india (ap) — an avalanche at a ski resort in indian-controlled kashmir on thursday killed a swedish skier while another was rescued, police said.the two swedes were buried in snow when they were skiing high in the mountains of the tourist town of gulmarg, said police officer imtiyaz hussain.police said the rescued swede’s condition is stable. hussain identified the fatality as 25-year-old daniel akesson.the pirpanjal mountain range in the western himalayas around gulmarg is a popular skiing destination for both indian and foreign tourists.most read storiessale! save over 90% on digital access.in 2010, at least 17 soldiers were killed after an avalanche hit the indian army’s high altitude warfare school in gulmarg during their training session.avalanches and landslides are common






explosion on highway kills 2 soldiers in southeast turkey


ankara, turkey — suspected kurdish rebels on wednesday detonated explosives on a highway as security forces were passing by, killing two soldiers, the state-run news agency reported.the explosion occurred on a highway linking the cities of mardin and diyarbakir in southeast turkey, anadolu agency said.the private dogan news agency said the attack targeted soldiers who searching for land mines. it said the security forces launched a large-scale operation in the region to catch the assailants.there was no immediate claim of responsibility.the rebels of the kurdistan workers party, or pkk, have launched a series of violent attacks since 2015, when a fragile peace process with the government collapsed.the group, considered a terror organization by turkey and its western allies, has led a separ






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report: avalanche in iran kills 8 climbers


tehran, iran (ap) — iran’s state-run media says eight climbers have died in an avalanche and a ninth is missing.the irna news agency said saturday that they were part of a 15-member team and were trying to reach a shelter thursday when the avalanche struck on oshtorankouh mountain, in the country’s southwest.oshtorankouh is one of the highest peaks in the zagros mountains, part of what is known as the iranian alps.






syria war: russian air strike kills turkish soldiers


president vladimir putin has sent condolences after a russian air strike accidentally killed three turkish soldiers in northern syria.the soldiers were supporting syrian rebels in efforts to capture the city of al-bab from so-called islamic state.it is part of a broader offensive by turkey to push is and kurdish fighters away from turkey's southern border.russia and turkey, who back opposing sides in the war, have been jointly targeting is in air strikes recently.a russian aircraft attacked a building where some of the soldiers had been deployed, the turkish military said. it had been planning to hit is targets but "by accident three of our soldiers were martyred when a building was bombed where our units were", it added.the kremlin has issued a statement (in russian) saying president puti






avalanche strikes french alps resort of tignes


paris — french officials say an avalanche has struck the alpine ski resort of tignes, and rescue services have launched a search.the savoie prefecture said the avalanche struck on tuesday morning without giving details about potential casualties. french media reported that several skiers have been caught up when the avalanche hit.police forces in tignes confirmed they are currently intervening.four snowboarders died last month in tignes in another avalanche near the resort.






nato chief in talks with germany, turkey over air base spat


berlin — the chief of nato says he's in touch with both germany and turkey regarding their latest dispute over visiting rights to a turkish air base where german soldiers are stationed.secretary general jens stoltenberg told german daily newspaper bild on sunday he's focused on finding a solution and criticized the german government for saying it was considering withdrawing the soldiers from turkey.turkey recently blocked a request for german lawmakers to visit their country's 270 soldiers at the incirlik air base. the moved raised the possibility that germany might relocate planes supporting a multi-national campaign against the islamic state group.stoltenberg says he regrets the quarrel between the two nato partners.a similar standoff between germany and turkey over access to german troo






turkish ski bus accident kills 11, injures 44


ankara, turkey (ap) — turkish officials say a bus carrying mostly people going on a ski trip has crashed into trees on the side of a road, killing 11 passengers and injuring 44 others.governor ozdemir cakacak of eskisehir province said the bus was travelling from the turkish capital of ankara to the western city of bursa when it crashed on a road in his region early saturday.the cause of the crash, which occurred on the first day of a school holiday, was under investigation.the state-run anadolu agency quoted the bus driver as telling police that he veered toward the side of the road to avoid what he thought was a stray dog in the road.most read storiessale! save over 90% on digital access.






japan avalanche reportedly kills students in nasu, tochigi prefecture


tokyo -- eight japanese high school students are feared dead after being caught in an avalanche monday during a mountain climbing outing at a ski resort, authorities and media said.the avalanche occurred about 9:20 a.m. in the town of nasu in tochigi prefecture, about 120 miles north of tokyo.the fire and disaster management agency said eight people were found with no vital signs. japanese media identified them as students, and said they were among more than 60 students and instructors from seven high schools who were on the slopes. the ski season had ended at the resort.the disaster agency said many others were injured in the avalanche. rescue operations continued into the afternoon.






errant russian strike kills turkish soldiers in syria


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french alps avalanche kills, traps skiers near tignes resort


paris -- four snowboarders died in an avalanche monday near the french alps resort of tignes, according to local officials who did not expect the death toll to rise.the avalanche - about 100 meters  wide and 400 meters long - struck the mountain about 2,100 meters up in an off-piste sector known as toviere.  the area is popular for its extensive slopes and stunning views.initial reports sowed confusion that more skiers had been caught in the disaster, but authorities said the victims had been accidently entered into the skiing database twice.“we lament the four deceased victims and we think there will be only four ... the search continues. it was an avalanche of a huge scale,” said albertville deputy prefect nicolas martrenchard.all four fatalities - a 49-year-old instructor, a 48-year-old






avalanche kills 7 in pakistan's north


peshawar, pakistan — a local government official says an avalanche has killed seven people in northern pakistan.taimour khan, an official with the provincial disaster management department, says another eight people were injured. those people have been retrieved from a building buried by the avalanche sunday near lowari tunnel in upper dir.khan says there could be additional victims under the debris.khan says rescue work is underway to open the blocked road and the tunnel, which connects northwest pakistan to northern mountain regions.






india says pakistan firing kills boy, injures 5 in kashmir


new delhi — a 10-year-old boy was killed and five civilians injured monday in cross-border fighting between indian and pakistani troops in the disputed kashmir region, officials said.the boy was killed early monday in a firing by pakistani soldiers in poonch sector of the indian side of divided kashmir, police said.indian military spokesman col. nitin joshi said pakistani soldiers targeted several posts with automatic gunfire and mortar shells.joshi said indian army is "retaliating strongly and effectively."he said the pakistani firing was "unprovoked," calling it a violation of the 2003-ceasefire accord between the two nuclear-armed rivals.there was no immediate reaction from pakistan.pakistan said over the weekend that indian forces had fired on pakistani positions friday and two civilia






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french ski resort tignes avalanche 'kills four'


at least four people have died in an avalanche at a ski resort in tignes in eastern france, rescue services say.nine people were buried by the snow after the avalanche swept through an off-piste area of the resort, which lies close to the italian border.two people were pulled out alive, the rescuers said, while three remain unaccounted for.the avalanche was reportedly 400 metres (1,300ft) wide and occurred at an altitude of 2,100 metres.






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avalanche in french alps kills, traps off-piste skiers near tignes resort in fra


paris -- french rescue workers say four people have been killed in an avalanche in the french alps and five survivors are being pulled out of the snow.the republican company for alps security in the town of albertville said the group of nine had been skiing off piste near the tignes ski resort when the avalanche hit monday. the group said the five survivors are “in the process of being extracted” from the snow.no information was immediately available about the skiers’ nationalities.local news outlets said the avalanche was about 400 yards wide, and rescue workers were concerned the five people trapped under the snow could be difficult to pull out in good time.the incident occurred in an area popular among international skiers for its extensive slopes and stunning views.






turkey urges germany to deny asylum to coup-linked soldiers


istanbul — turkey is urging germany to reject the asylum requests of 40 former turkish soldiers who allegedly took part in an unsuccessful coup.turkey's defense minister fikri isik said sunday that the soldiers applied for asylum in germany after being dismissed from the military.the state-run anadolu agency quoted him urging german authorities to carefully ess the applications and reject them.isik says: "our expectation from germany is that they will never accept the asylum requests."the minister is warning that bilateral relations would suffer if asylum were granted to any of the soldiers.greece's supreme court this week ruled against extraditing eight turkish servicemen who fled their country after the failed july coup.that decision infuriated ankara, which threatened to cancel a bilate






avalanche in french alps kills, traps off-piste skiers near tignes resort in fra


paris -- french rescue workers say four people have been killed in an avalanche in the french alps and five survivors are being pulled out of the snow.the republican company for alps security in the town of albertville said the group of nine had been skiing off piste near the tignes ski resort when the avalanche hit monday. the group said the five survivors are “in the process of being extracted” from the snow.no information was immediately available about the skiers’ nationalities.local news outlets said the avalanche was about 400 yards wide, and rescue workers were concerned the five people trapped under the snow could be difficult to pull out in time to save their lives.the incident occurred in an area popular among international skiers for its extensive slopes and stunning views.






merkel to meet erdogan in turkish capital amid tense ties


ankara, turkey — german chancellor angela merkel will meet president recep tayyip erdogan and other turkish officials for talks focusing on a troubled european union deal with turkey to stem the flow of migrants.both leaders will also discuss a turkish request for the extradition of around 40 soldiers, allegedly involved in turkey's failed coup, who are seeking asylum in germany.merkel's visit to ankara on thursday comes as ties between turkey and germany are strained.turkey frequently accuses germany of not backing its fight against outlawed kurdish rebels, and is pressing germany to reject the soldier's asylum requests.in germany, merkel is under pressure to speak out against curbs on rights and freedoms in turkey.turkey has threatened to s the refugee deal over eu demands that it soften






at least 13 killed in violence in southeast turkey


ankara, turkey (ap) — turkey’s military says 10 kurdish militants have been killed in aerial operation in southeast turkey. three soldiers meanwhile, died in an attack by suspected kurdish insurgents.a military statement said the military carried out the air raids near the town of gence in the mainly-kurdish province of bingol on tuesday. it said the operation against the rebels was on-going.in the nearby province of sirnak, suspected kurdish militants attacked a military vehicle that was taking food for troops at a military base, killing three soldiers, the state-run anadolu agency reported.the kurdistan workers’ party, or pkk, has waged a three-decade long insurgency in southeast turkey. tens of thousands were killed in the conflict.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 wee






indian soldiers rescued hours after snow cave-in in kashmir


srinagar, india — five indian soldiers were rescued several hours after being t ped in snow that caved in on them as they patrolled urday along the highly militarized line of control that divides kashmir between india and pakistan.rescuers dug for the soldiers despite continuous snowfall and rescued all of them, indian army spokesman col. rajesh kalia said. the soldiers were on a routine patrol when the track they were on caved in around them in the machil sector of the himalayan region under india's control.kalia said the soldiers were undergoing treatment, but did not give any details about their condition.heavy snowfall has cut off roads and disrupted power and communications in kashmir, and authorities have issued avalanche warnings in many areas, especially along the de facto frontier






skiers swept away by avalanche at french ski resort | news


many skiers were swept away by an avalanche at tignes ski resort in the french alps on tuesday, first aid workers told the reuters news agency.officials said a rescue operation was ongoing."rescue workers and sniffer dogs are being deployed and staff at the sprawling resort are being mobilised," an afp news agency journalist said at the scene."according to witnesses there are many people under the avalanche," a police spokesman said.poor visibility was so far preventing the deployment of helicopters.the avalanche hit at about 10:00am local time (0900 gmt).tuesday's avalanche risk - normally assessed only for off-piste and closed slopes - was at four on a scale of five.at level five, all slopes are closed.an avalanche killed four people who were exploring an off-piste section in the same ar






explosion hits security convoy in southeast turkey | turkey news


at least two soldiers have been killed in an explosion on a highway in southeast turkey, according to security sources.the troops on wednesday were carrying out operations to detect mines in the region when suspected fighters from the outlawed kurdistan workers party (pkk) detonated a previously planted mine, turkey's private dogan news agency reported.there was no immediate claim of responsbility for the attack, which targeted a vehicle loaded with soldiers as it passed by a road linking the cities of mardin and diyarbakir.ambulances rushed to the scene following the blast.pkk fighters have launched a series of violent attacks since 2015, when a fragile peace process with the government collapsed.more than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict since the pkk took up arms in 1984.t






explosion hits security convoy in southeast turkey | turkey news


at least two soldiers have been killed in an explosion on a highway in southeast turkey, according to security sources.the troops on wednesday were carrying out operations to detect mines in the region when suspected fighters from the outlawed kurdistan workers party (pkk) detonated a previously planted mine, turkey's private dogan news agency reported.there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which targeted a vehicle loaded with soldiers as it passed by a road linking the cities of mardin and diyarbakir.ambulances rushed to the scene following the blast.pkk fighters have launched a series of violent attacks since 2015, when a fragile peace process with the government collapsed.more than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict since the pkk took up arms in 1984.






austria avalanche: at least three dead


image copyrightafpimage caption rescuers alerted by survivors of the avalanche are said to be searching a remote area of the austrian alps (file pic) at least three people have been killed in an avalanche at a ski resort in the austrian alps, police say.rescuers are looking for a fourth person missing after the avalanche hit at about 12:30 local time (11:30 gmt).the four were said to be in a group of eight foreign tourists but managed to free themselves and seek help, according to austrian reports.the avalanche happened in a remote area close to the jochgrubenkopf peak in the tyrol in western austria.rudi mair from the tyrol avalanche warning service said "tonnes of snow" had come down. he described the area as "extremely steep".






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