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Turkey chemical factory explosion launches metal tank into sky above fleeing onlookers, video shows

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A metal tank exploded and launched into the sky Wednesday after a raging fire engulfed a chemical factory in Istanbul, sending bystanders fleeing for cover and reportedly injuring two firefighters battling the blaze.

The billowing black smoke from the fire gave way to a trail of white as the tank and metal debris shot above the factory, video from Turkish broadcaster Haber Global showed.

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The falling debris appeared to land on a car parked across the street as panicked onlookers dashed from the scene.

Two firefighters were injured in the blast, according to Turkish pro-government outlet the Daily Sabah. One was taken to a hospital while the other was treated at the scene.

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Firefighters struggled to control the blaze for nearly two hours, the paper reported. The fire was finally extinguished with the help of 48 fire engines and 138 firefighters, said Ali Karahan, the head of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Firefighting Division.

Officials are investigating what caused the fire.

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French chateau robbed of $2.2M in jewels, cash, officials say

At least $2.2 million worth of jewels and money were stolen from a famed French chateau on Thursday, investigators said.

Six people were behind the heist at Vaux-le-Vicomte Chateau, located roughly 30 miles southeast of Paris, according to French authorities, who said the thieves struck overnight.

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The owners of the property — a couple in their 80s — were not injured in the incident. “The owners are doing fine and the chateau remains open for visits as usual,” property management told AFP.

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Vaux-le-Vicomte Chateau in France was robbed of roughly $2.2 million in jewels and money on Thursday, officials said. (Google)

The thieves stole emeralds and other items from a safe in the chateau, officials said. They did not appear to be armed during their heist.

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Originally designed for King Louis XIV’s finance minister Nicolas Fouquet, the chateau has a marble-floored ballroom, chandelier-studded dining room and precisely pruned gardens. It’s attracted stars from around the world — notably for the 2007 wedding of “Desperate Housewives” actress Eva Longoria and NBA star Tony Parker. They later divorced.

Vaux-le-Vicomte Chateau reportedly sees roughly 250,000 visitors each year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Lawyer in Dutch organized crime trial shot dead in Amsterdam

A lawyer who represented a key witness in a major Dutch organized crime trial was shot dead in Amsterdam early Wednesday, sparking outrage and calls for a tougher crackdown on violent underworld gangs.

Police said 44-year-old lawyer Derk Wiersum was fatally shot in a suburb on the edge of the Dutch capital by a man dressed in black who fled on foot. Police said witnesses put the gunman’s age at between 16 and 20.

Wiersum represented a witness identified only as Nabil B. in a criminal case against suspected underworld bosses accused of involvement in a string of killings. The witness was involved in one of the slayings but cut a deal with prosecutors to provide evidence in return for a lighter sentence.

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The body of a lawyer who represented a key witness in a major Dutch organized crime trial is carried into a hearse after he was gunned down in Amsterdam, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP)

National Police Chief Erik Akerboom said in a statement following Wiersum’s slaying that “as a society we cannot accept this.”

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“This and other forms of extreme violence show … that a broad and enduring approach is needed” to tackle the problem or organized crime, he added.

Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema visited the scene of the shooting and called it “a shock for our society because the victim was doing his job and it’s a very important job in our constitutional state.”

Wiersum was not the first person linked to the trial of fugitive suspected crime bosses to be killed. The brother of witness B. was slain last year.

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Forensic experts with a dog search for evidence in the area where a lawyer who represented a key witness in a major Dutch organized crime trial was gunned down in Amsterdam, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.  (AP)

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The two main suspects in the underworld hits are Ridouan Taghi and Saïd Razzouki, both fugitives on Dutch police’s most-wanted list. There is a 100,000-euro ($110,000) reward available for a tip that leads to their arrest, the highest such reward ever offered by Dutch prosecutors.

Justice and Security Minister Ferd Grapperhaus said he has set up a team of police and prosecutors led by the country’s counterterrorism coordinator to intensify security around people working in the legal system.

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“This is an attack on our constitutional state,” Grapperhaus told reporters in The Hague, adding: “Organized crime has crossed a line.”

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Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashes in France; pilot trapped hanging from power line

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A Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed in France on Thursday — and authorities say one of its pilots hit a high-voltage power line, leaving him hanging in the air.

The plane was traveling from Belgium to a naval airbase in France with two pilots aboard when it plunged between the towns of Pluvigner and Landaul, in Britanny, officials said.

Both pilots ejected from the fighter jet before it crashed, but one of them became stuck in the electricity line after his parachute became caught.

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No injuries have been reported among those living in the area of the crash, but a house was damaged by the jet, according to local newspaper Le Telegramme. Roughly 100 police officers are investigating the incident at the scene.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dutch blackface holiday characters to get ‘sooty faces’ amid public backlash: report

Netherlands’ Christmastime parade that for years featured white people wearing blackface makeup is doing away with that tradition after public backlash and, at times, violent protests.

For this year’s televised parade, the Zwarte Pieten – or “Black Petes” – who accompany Saint Nicholas will have “sooty faces” rather than blackface, The Guardian reported, citing the public broadcaster that organizes the annual event.

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Anti-racism demonstrators in the Netherlands protest against the Sinterklaas helpers, called Black Petes. (Getty Images)

Critics have argued that the blackface characters, with their gaudy costumes, gold earrings, afro-style wigs and red lipstick are a reference to slavery. But defenders of the tradition have said the characters’ faces are black because of the many chimneys they climb down to deliver presents.

The controversy has at times erupted in violence. In 2017, defenders of the tradition clashed with opponents at a motorway in Eindhoven, where a brawl broke out and arrests were made, according to The Guardian.

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Jerry Afriyie, who has been campaigning with the group Kick Out Zwarte Piet for over a decade, called the news “a beautiful historic day.”

“This is a victory for everyone who strives for an inclusive parade that will delight all children,” he said. “We want the tradition to continue for thousands of years – but adapted to the times.”

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Though the blackface character remains relatively popular, nationwide polls cited by The Guardian reflect a waning approval. In 2013, 89 percent of the Dutch favored the character. Four years later, support stood at 68 percent.

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Explosion at Russian research lab that stores smallpox virus: officials

A virus research center in Russia — one of two places in the world that houses the smallpox virus — exploded on Monday, officials said.

The blast at the State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology, or “Vector,” left one employee injured and the building, located in Koltsovo, near the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, survived without structural damage, according to a statement from the facility.

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The suspected gas explosion happened on the fifth floor of the 6-floor concrete building during scheduled repairs, Russian-owned news agency TASS reported.

Nikolai Krasnikov, the head of Koltsovo — which is known as a science city — said no biohazardous material was being stored where the blast occurred, and that there’s no threat to the population. He added the worker who was injured suffered burns and is in intensive care.

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A virus research lab in Russia, one of two places in the world that stores the smallpox virus, was rocked by an explosion on Monday, officials said. (REUTERS)

The facility in Russia, created in 1974, is one of two places that stores the variola virus, otherwise known as the deadly infectious smallpox disease. The other location is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga.

Described as “one of the world’s most devastating diseases known to humanity,” smallpox was declared eradicated by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1980 following a worldwide immunization campaign.

But following its eradication, scientists and public health officials felt research was still necessary and agreed to hold the smallpox virus in four locations across the world — the U.S., Russia, England and South Africa.

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Within years, England and South Africa destroyed their stocks of the virus or transferred them to other labs — leaving the U.S. and Russia to be the only locations left to store the deadly disease, according to the CDC.

In 2016, WHO determined the Vector facility “was found to meet international levels of biosafety and biosecurity for variola virus research and storage.”

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Vandals spray paint swastika, deface graves of fallen WWII soldiers in Netherlands

A World War II cemetery that is the resting place for hundreds of British and Commonwealth soldiers in the Netherlands was the target of vandals who spray-painted a big swastika and random letters on many headstones.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) the vandals targeted the Mierlo War Cemetery in the southern region of Noord-Brabant, which is the final resting place for 658 soldiers who fought in the Second World War.

“My heart is crying,” a woman told the BBC, whose parents helped to look after the cemetery for years. “Here are 17- and 18-year-old boys buried, who liberated us.”

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A police officer walks past graves which have been vandalized with graffiti, and a large swastika was daubed on the inner wall of the chapel in the British World War II Commonwealth Graves cemetery in Mierlo, east of Eindhoven, Netherlands, on September 13, 2019. (ROB ENGELAAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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The CWGC said it was “appalled” by the vandalism, which it said occurred just days other vandals had damaged to the cemetery.

“It is distressing to see the damage on the headstones themselves, behind every one of those war graves is a human story of someone who gave their life while in service,” it said in a statement.

Dutch news broadcaster Omroep Brabant expressed outrage over the vandalism with a reporter calling the acts “unbelieveable”

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A large swastika was daubed on the inner wall of the chapel in the British World War II Commonwealth Graves cemetery in Mierlo, east of Eindhoven, Netherlands, on September 13, 2019. (Photo by Rob Engelaar / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo credit should read ROB ENGELAAR/AFP/Getty Images)

“It’s not just a bit of daubing here, no, they’ve daubed everywhere,” the reporter said. “There’s a letter daubed on nearly every headstone. Unbelievable.”

Graffiti vandalism has started occurring at the cemetery in the lead up to the 75th anniversary of allied forces landing in the Netherlands to liberate the area from Nazi control during WWII, the BBC reported.

Prince Charles is scheduled to attend a Dutch Memoriam of the 1944 Battle of Arnhem later this month.

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A police officer walks past graves which have been vandalised with graffiti, and a large swastika was daubed on the inner wall of the chapel in the British World War II Commonwealth Graves cemetery in Mierlo, east of Eindhoven, Netherlands, on September 13, 2019. (Photo by Rob Engelaar / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo credit should read ROB ENGELAAR/AFP/Getty Images)

The battle caused the British 1st Airborne Division to lose nearly 75 percent of its division as casualties. While the battle was considered a failure of the British army, Amhem is considered a symbol of their fighting spirit.

One example of graffiti sprayed on the site was “MH17 lie,” referencing the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine in 2014. Of the 298 people killed on the flight, 193 were Dutch.

On Saturday morning, staff with the CWGC removed the graffiti from the graves and memorials.

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Dutch police have urged anyone who could identify the vandals to come forward.

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Vandals spray paint swastika, deface graves of fallen WWII soldiers in Netherlands

A World War II cemetery that is the resting place for hundreds of British and Commonwealth soldiers in the Netherlands was the target of vandals who spray-painted a big swastika and random letters on many headstones.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) the vandals targeted the Mierlo War Cemetery in the southern region of Noord-Brabant, which is the final resting place for 658 soldiers who fought in the Second World War.

“My heart is crying,” a woman told the BBC, whose parents helped to look after the cemetery for years. “Here are 17- and 18-year-old boys buried, who liberated us.”

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A police officer walks past graves which have been vandalized with graffiti, and a large swastika was daubed on the inner wall of the chapel in the British World War II Commonwealth Graves cemetery in Mierlo, east of Eindhoven, Netherlands, on September 13, 2019. (ROB ENGELAAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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The CWGC said it was “appalled” by the vandalism, which it said occurred just days other vandals had damaged to the cemetery.

“It is distressing to see the damage on the headstones themselves, behind every one of those war graves is a human story of someone who gave their life while in service,” it said in a statement.

Dutch news broadcaster Omroep Brabant expressed outrage over the vandalism with a reporter calling the acts “unbelieveable”

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A large swastika was daubed on the inner wall of the chapel in the British World War II Commonwealth Graves cemetery in Mierlo, east of Eindhoven, Netherlands, on September 13, 2019. (Photo by Rob Engelaar / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo credit should read ROB ENGELAAR/AFP/Getty Images)

“It’s not just a bit of daubing here, no, they’ve daubed everywhere,” the reporter said. “There’s a letter daubed on nearly every headstone. Unbelievable.”

Graffiti vandalism has started occurring at the cemetery in the lead up to the 75th anniversary of allied forces landing in the Netherlands to liberate the area from Nazi control during WWII, the BBC reported.

Prince Charles is scheduled to attend a Dutch Memoriam of the 1944 Battle of Arnhem later this month.

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A police officer walks past graves which have been vandalised with graffiti, and a large swastika was daubed on the inner wall of the chapel in the British World War II Commonwealth Graves cemetery in Mierlo, east of Eindhoven, Netherlands, on September 13, 2019. (Photo by Rob Engelaar / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo credit should read ROB ENGELAAR/AFP/Getty Images)

The battle caused the British 1st Airborne Division to lose nearly 75 percent of its division as casualties. While the battle was considered a failure of the British army, Amhem is considered a symbol of their fighting spirit.

One example of graffiti sprayed on the site was “MH17 lie,” referencing the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine in 2014. Of the 298 people killed on the flight, 193 were Dutch.

On Saturday morning, staff with the CWGC removed the graffiti from the graves and memorials.

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Dutch police have urged anyone who could identify the vandals to come forward.

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Cyprus Turkish army depot blast hurts 12, blows out windows at nearby hotel

Dozens of windows at a hotel in northern Cyprus were shattered Thursday morning after a pre-dawn explosion at a nearby army munitions depot that sent locals running.

Officials said that 12 people were slightly injured from the blast at the depot under the Turkish army’s munitions command about 4 miles east of the port town of Kyrenia. The blast occurred around 1:30 a.m. local time.

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Sept. 12, 2019: Shattered glass doors at the Acapulco hotel in Kyrenia (Girne) in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) north of the divided Cypriot capital Nicosia, after the building was damaged when a military depot exploded nearby. – (AFP/Getty)

Early reports appeared to suggest that an undetected fire that broke out in the area may have triggered the explosion.

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Videos shared on social media showed powerful explosions following the initial blast, sending some bystanders scattering.

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A worker on a balcony, below right, cleans up the debris after an explosion at an army’s munitions depot near the coastal city of Kyrenia in the Turkish occupied area at northern Cyprus, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.  (AP)

At the nearby Acapulco hotel, some tourists were treated for minor injuries after most of the hotel’s windows and sliding doors shattered as a result of the explosions. Hotel guests were later bussed to other accommodations until repairs could be completed.

Kudret Ozersay, the foreign minister, said that electricity has been cut in the vicinity of the blast while nearby homes had been evacuated. He also urged area residents to use caution as the blast hurled unexploded ordnance over a wide area.

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Ersin Tatar, prime minister of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north of the ethnically divided nation, told reporters that nine of 12 individuals who suffered minor injuries were treated and released from the hospital. The other three remain in the hospital for observation.

Investigators have already launched a probe to determine the blast’s exact cause, Turkey’s defense ministry said.

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Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Only Turkey recognizes a Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence and keeps more than 35,000 troops in the north. (AP)

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Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Only Turkey recognizes a Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence and keeps more than 35,000 troops in the north.

In July, Turkish Cypriot officials said that a Syrian, Russian-made S-200 anti-aircraft missile that missed its target and reached Cyprus around 120 miles away was the likely cause of an explosion outside a village in the breakaway north.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Cyprus Turkish army depot blast hurts 12, blows out windows at nearby hotel

Dozens of windows at a hotel in northern Cyprus were shattered Thursday morning after a pre-dawn explosion at a nearby army munitions depot that sent locals running.

Officials said that 12 people were slightly injured from the blast at the depot under the Turkish army’s munitions command about 4 miles east of the port town of Kyrenia. The blast occurred around 1:30 a.m. local time.

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Sept. 12, 2019: Shattered glass doors at the Acapulco hotel in Kyrenia (Girne) in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) north of the divided Cypriot capital Nicosia, after the building was damaged when a military depot exploded nearby. – (AFP/Getty)

Early reports appeared to suggest that an undetected fire that broke out in the area may have triggered the explosion.

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Videos shared on social media showed powerful explosions following the initial blast, sending some bystanders scattering.

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A worker on a balcony, below right, cleans up the debris after an explosion at an army’s munitions depot near the coastal city of Kyrenia in the Turkish occupied area at northern Cyprus, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.  (AP)

At the nearby Acapulco hotel, some tourists were treated for minor injuries after most of the hotel’s windows and sliding doors shattered as a result of the explosions. Hotel guests were later bussed to other accommodations until repairs could be completed.

Kudret Ozersay, the foreign minister, said that electricity has been cut in the vicinity of the blast while nearby homes had been evacuated. He also urged area residents to use caution as the blast hurled unexploded ordnance over a wide area.

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Ersin Tatar, prime minister of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north of the ethnically divided nation, told reporters that nine of 12 individuals who suffered minor injuries were treated and released from the hospital. The other three remain in the hospital for observation.

Investigators have already launched a probe to determine the blast’s exact cause, Turkey’s defense ministry said.

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Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Only Turkey recognizes a Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence and keeps more than 35,000 troops in the north. (AP)

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Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Only Turkey recognizes a Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence and keeps more than 35,000 troops in the north.

In July, Turkish Cypriot officials said that a Syrian, Russian-made S-200 anti-aircraft missile that missed its target and reached Cyprus around 120 miles away was the likely cause of an explosion outside a village in the breakaway north.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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