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A damaged taxi, which ran into a crowd of people, is evacuated in central Moscow, Russia, on June 16, 2018.
A damaged taxi, which ran into a crowd of people, is evacuated in central Moscow, Russia, on June 16, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

Taxi ploughs into Moscow crowd including soccer fans, hurts eight

A taxi drove into a crowd of pedestrians near Moscow’s Red Square on Saturday, injuring eight people including two Mexicans in the city for the soccer World Cup which Russia is hosting, officials and eyewitnesses said.

Interfax news agency reported, citing an unnamed source, that the taxi driver had fallen asleep at the wheel and accidentally pressed the accelerator pedal, .

The incident took place as residents and visiting soccer fans from around the world thronged the centre of Moscow on a balmy summer evening.


Abortion to avoid birth defects is like Nazi eugenics: Pope

Pope Francis on Saturday called the practice of having an abortion after pre-natal tests have discovered possible birth defects a version of Nazi attempts to create a pure race by eliminating the weakest.

Francis made the comparison in a long, off-the-cuff address to a members of a confederation of Italian family associations.

"Children should be accepted as they come, as God sends them, as God allows, even if at times they are sick," he said.


British PM Theresa May 'disappointed' that male colleague blocked 'upskirting' law

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "disappointed" that an effort to make taking photos up someone's skirt without consent a criminal offense failed to advance in the House of Commons on Friday. Conservative lawmaker Christopher Chope was the only one to object to the bill, which was enough for it to be blocked.

The proposed measure would make the practice, known as "upskirting," punishable by up to two years in prison in England and Wales. Upskirting is already illegal in Scotland.

Last summer, Gina Martin was at a music festival in Britain when a man standing nearby snapped a photo up her skirt. But when she reported the incident to the police, they told her it was unlikely they would be able to follow up on it.


Islamic State says behind Afghanistan car bombing which kills 26 during Eid ceasefire

A car bomb killed at least 26 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern city of Nangarhar on Saturday, an official said, as soldiers and militants elsewhere in the country celebrated an unprecedented ceasefire.

Islamic State said on Saturday it carried out a suicide bombing targeting Taliban and Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan that killed at least 26 people, the group’s Amaq news agency said.

The agency said the attack targeted “a gathering of Afghan forces” in Nangarhar but gave no details.


Football: Lionel Messi messes up for Argentina as Iceland roar in 1-1 draw

In the warm-up 15 minutes before kick-off, the signs were already there that Lionel Messi was going to struggle at the Spartak Stadium.

His left foot, normally so accurate with a ball, was misfiring. One free kick completely missed the goal, instead hitting this reporter, who was pitchside courtesy of the Vivo Super Fan photographer programme. Vivo is the official smartphone sponsor of the 2018 World Cup.

The Argentinian never found his mojo in the 1-1 draw against Iceland on Saturday, even missing a 64th-minute penalty which could have been the winning goal. Instead, Hannes Halldorsson comfortably saved to his right as the smallest country at this Cup earned a massive point.