Regional News • Americas • United States
5 dead in helicopter crash, including Czech billionaire Petr Kellner
Knik Glacier, Alaska
Knik Glacier, Alaska Credit: McStyles at English Wikipedia, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Five people were killed in a helicopter crash in the Knik glacier, approximately 54 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska on Sunday. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center was sent to the crash site and found five people dead, among them Czech billionaire Petr Kellner, and one survivor who was transported to a hospital where he remains in serious but stable condition.

Regional News • Africa
Over 30 passengers killed in a train collision in Egypt
Over 30 passengers  killed in a train collision in Egypt
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A collision between two passenger trains in central Egypt on Friday left at least 32 people dead, the Egyptian health ministry announced. Dozens of ambulances raced to the crash scene in the Tahta district of Sohag province, around 460 kilometres south of the capital Cairo.

"The trains collided while going at not very high speeds, which led to the destruction of two carriages and a third to overturn," a security source told Reuters.

Regional News • Americas • South America
A helicopter from Uruguayan Air Force transporting Pfizer vaccines crashed. No casualties, all doses destroyed

Pfizer vaccines arrived in Uruguay on Wednesday. Today, an Air Force helicopter was responsible for transporting 180 doses crashed. The authorities started an investigation suspecting that the cause was a mechanical failure.

The crew managed to operate an emergency landing, resulting in no casualties but several injuries. After landing the vehicle was on fire and the load was completely lost.

Technology • Smartphones, Hardware & Gadgets
Peloton CEO warns to keep kids away from treadmills after "tragic accident involving"
Peloton CEO warns to keep kids away from treadmills after "tragic accident involving"
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Peloton CEO John Foley has issued a statement on the company's website warning owners of the Tread+ treadmill to keep both "children and pets away from Peloton exercise equipment at all times" after a "tragic accident involving a child and the Tread+, resulting in, unthinkably, a death."

"While we are aware of only a small handful of incidents involving the Tread+ where children have been hurt, each one is devastating to all of us at Peloton, and our hearts go out to the families involved," Foley wrote. "We design and build all of our products with safety in mind. But in order to help ensure that you and your family members stay safe with Peloton products in your home, we need your help. This is especially true during what I hope is the final stretch of the pandemic where everyone is still at home."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Rapper Nicki Minaj's father is killed in hit-and-run accident in Long Island
Nicki Minaj at 2018 VMA Red Carpet
Nicki Minaj at 2018 VMA Red Carpet Credit: Nicole Alexander, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

Nicki Minaj's father Robert Maraj has died in a hit-and-run accident, the Nassau County Police Department said. The 64-year-old was "struck by a northbound, undescribed, vehicle that left the scene of the accident" on Friday while walking in Mineola, Long Island. He was taken to a hospital where he died Saturday. The incident is being investigated by the homicide and was confirmed by Minaj’s representative.

Regional News • Asia • China
11 of 22 Chinese miners trapped in gold mine rescued after two weeks
11 of 22 Chinese miners trapped in gold mine rescued after two weeks
Credit: Xinhua/Chen Hao

Efforts have been underway to reach the workers since the blast occurred about 240 meters from the mine's entrance, but Chinese officials had said Thursday it could take 15 days to drill through 70 tons of debris trapping many of the miners. Xinhua quoted the note as saying: "We are heavily exhausted and in urgent need of stomach medicine, painkillers, medical tape, external anti-inflammatory drugs, and three people have high blood pressure."

The miners became trapped on Jan. 10 following an unexplained explosion at the Hushan gold mine located in the city of Qixia in China's eastern province of Shandong. It was not until 30 hours later that the accident was reported, leading to at least two local officials' firings.

In September, at least 16 workers in southwestern China died after they became trapped underground in a coal mine and exposed to unsafe carbon monoxide levels, state media reported.