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People react at the site of an explosion in Baghdad's Sadr City district, Iraq, June 6, 2018.
People react at the site of an explosion in Baghdad's Sadr City district, Iraq, June 6, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

At least 18 killed in Baghdad explosion: Source

At least 18 people were killed and over 90 wounded in an explosion in Baghdad’s Sadr City district on Wednesday, an Iraqi police source said.

Photos from the scene showed a destroyed car and building as well as weeping relatives of victims.

An interior ministry spokesman said in a brief statement the blast was the result of the detonation of an ammunitions cache and that security forces had opened an investigation.

The ammunition had been stored in a mosque and the explosion happened during its transfer into a car parked nearby, the police source said.


Over 100 firefighters called to hotel blaze in London

A fire broke out at London’s luxury Mandarin Oriental hotel on Wednesday, with dozens of firefighters deployed to tackle the blaze that pumped thick smoke high into the air.

The 12-storey hotel was evacuated and crowds quickly built up outside as around 120 firefighters and 20 fire engines tackled the blaze on the roof.

The five-star hotel completed what it called the “most extensive restoration in its 115-year history” only last week, after nearly two years of work.


'Well' Melania Trump makes first public appearance in a month

First Lady Melania Trump made her first appearance in front of the cameras in almost a month on Wednesday, as her husband railed at media coverage of her long absence from public view.

The First Lady visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters with her husband and appeared well, despite recent surgery.

She was treated at Walter Reed hospital on May 14 for what aides called a "benign" kidney condition and was released on May 19.


Father kills son outside school in South Africa gun tragedy

In a freak accident, a man shot dead his 14-year-old son outside his school in South Africa where he had been waiting to collect him after classes, police said on Wednesday.

The man had dropped off his son for evening classes and decided to wait for him outside the high school south of Johannesburg. He sat in his car, locked the doors and waited inside the vehicle, but then fell asleep.

When the son returned, he knocked on the passenger window to alert his father that he was back. "The father who was asleep in the car with his firearm on him, got scared by the knocking of his son, he pulled out his firearm and shot towards the direction of the person who was knocking," police spokesman Mpande Khoza said in a statement.


Kate Spade suffered from mental illness for years, says sister

Designer Kate Spade, who committed suicide in New York, suffered for years from mental illness but had refused treatment, her sister said on Wednesday.

The death of the 55-year-old star designer, whose body was found Wednesday in her Park Avenue apartment, "was not unexpected by me," Spade's older sister Reta Saffo told The Kansas City Star from her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

"Sometimes you simply cannot SAVE people from themselves!" Saffo wrote, adding that Spade was concerned hospitalisation for treatment would hurt the light-hearted image of her eponymous brand.