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MAKKAH - Six Malaysian haj pilgrims were injured after a crane collapsed on the Grand Mosque here Friday afternoon, killing at least 87 people.

Malaysian haj delegation chief Datuk Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman said one of the Malaysian pilgrim broke a leg, while five others were slightly injured in the incident which occurred about 5 pm local time (10 pm Malaysian time).

He said the injured Malaysian pilgrims were four men and two women.

They were sent to the Tabung Haji (TH) Syisya Medical centre for treatment, he told reporters here.

He said TH would conduct room to room checks to ascertain the number of Malaysian pilgrims involved in the tragedy.

He said affected pilgrims' families and next of kin in Malaysia had been notified about the tragedy.

"A crane collapsed on the Grand Mosque during a sandstorm and heavy rain after the Asar prayer today. The crane fell on the saie area and part of the tawaf area.

"The whole Tabung Haji team, including medical, welfare and patrol squads, were in the Grand Mosque area when it happened.

"Right now, the scene is fully controlled by the Saudi authority," he said.

Today's downpour in Makkah was the fourth this month and was reported

BANGKOK - A bomb blast at a popular shrine in Bangkok that killed 22 people including eight foreigners did not match the tactics used by separatist rebels in southern Thailand, the country's army chief said on Tuesday.

Thai Officials have yet to blame any group for the bombing at the Erawan shrine on Monday evening, which the government called a bid to destroy the economy. No one has claimed responsibility.

National police chief Somyot Poompanmuang told reporters the attack was unprecedented

A type of diabetes drug may offer a glimmer of hope in the fight against Parkinson's disease, research in the journal Plos One suggests.

Scientists found people taking glitazone pills were less likely to develop Parkinson's than patients on other diabetes drugs.

But they caution the drugs can have serious side-effects and should not be given to healthy people.

Instead, they suggest the findings should prompt further research.

'Unintended benefits'

There are an estimated 127,000 people in

CAIRO — They have slaughtered hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police officers, recruited experienced fighters and staged increasingly sophisticated raids from the Western desert to the Sinai Peninsula. They have beheaded informants and killed an American in a carjacking, say Western officials familiar with intelligence reports.

On Monday, the leaders of Egypt’s most dangerous militant group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, also pledged obedience to the organization that calls itself the Islamic State

KUALA LUMPUR- Officially unveiled on January 29 this year, 'Amy'- the first of Prasarana Malaysia Berhad's (Prasarana) fleet of new six-car Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) for LRT Ampang Line- sets a new milestone today when it rolled through the new extended lines in declaring its readiness to commence operations on October 31 as scheduled.

Carrying key executives of Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana), Pemandu, DBKL and media representatives, 'Amy' rolled into the four new stations- Awan Besar

Police SWAT teams backed by helicopters tracked two heavily armed brothers with al-Qaida sympathies suspected in the newsroom massacre of a satirical French weekly that spoofed Islam, homing in Thursday on a region north of Paris as the nation mourned the dozen slain.

Authorities fear a second strike by the suspects, who U.S. counterterrorism officials said were both on the U.S. no-fly list, and distributed their portraits with the notice "armed and dangerous." More than 88,000 security forces

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The five member Federal Court headed by Chief Justice Tun Ariffin Zakaria ,Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar,Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Embong,Tan Sri Raus Sharif and Datuk Ramly Ali has heard the submissions submitted by the Anwar Ibrahim’s 14 member team of defence lawyers headed by the retired Federal Court judge ,Gopal Sri Ram.

The defence team focus is more on DNA samples used in the trial, which they claim had been compromised due to mishandling and forensic incompetence. Whereas, the

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