Fires in France, Australia, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the US have been linked to the aluminum composite panels used on the outside of the building. Eyewitnesses of the west London tragedy have suggested that the fire spread quickly through the facade of the building because the cladding contained flammable polyethylene or a plastic core.
FOLLOW LIVE UPDATES: Russian president holds annual Q&A Putin mentioned that the two countries were allies in two world wars. Putin reiterated his assentation that the anti-Russian sentiment in the US come from internal political strife in America.
Chinese police have yet to confirm the number of casualties, but the South China Morning Post is reporting that dozens of people have been left injured. BREAKING: Blast occurs near kindergarten in Fengxian County, east China, casualties unclear pic.twitter.com/ZhZs1qZGma— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) June 15, 2017
While some of the victims begged for help, others simply accepted their fate and said their goodbyes. Khadija Saye, 24, who was in a flat on the 20th floor with her 54-year-old mother Mary Mendy, sent out a Facebook message reading “please pray for me” as smoke filled her flat.
LONDON The death toll in a fire that ripped through a 24-floor block of flats in London rose to 17 on Thursday, with many people still missing and firefighters facing hazardous conditions as they searched the charred wreck.
DOHA A $12 billion deal to buy Boeing F-15 (BA.N) U.S. fighter jets shows Qatar has deep-rooted support from Washington, a Qatari official said on Thursday, adding that its rift with some other Arab states had not hurt the U.S.
The BBC report appears to show that the powerful and invasive hacking technology, which was made by a Danish firm that was bought by BAE in 2011, was sold to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, and Oman, as well as North African states Morocco and Algeria.
TOKYO Japan’s education ministry on Thursday it had found documents that could back up opposition parties’ suspicion that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used his influence to unfairly help a friend set up a business.
MOGADISHU At least 19 people were killed when Islamist militants launched a car bomb and gun attack on a busy hotel and adjacent restaurant in the Somali capital, a police officer said on Thursday.
(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good evening. Here’s the latest.1. Russia saw the biggest antigovernment protests in years as thousands of people gathered in dozens of cities to protest corruption and political stagnation.