Germany bus crash: Dozens hurt and 17 missing

Germany bus crash: Dozens hurt and 17 missing

Thirty-one people have been injured and 17 are unaccounted for after flames engulfed a tour bus that crashed on the A9 motorway in southern Germany.

The bus was in a collision with a lorry near Stammbach in north Bavaria.

Some passengers have grave injuries and there are fears that several others may have died. Several rescue helicopters joined emergency workers at the scene.

A police spokesperson told the DPA news agency: “Realistically we have to expect some fatalities.”

Police have blocked the motorway as rescue efforts continue. There were 46 passengers and two drivers on the bus.

It is not yet clear what caused the collision. Traffic was reportedly moving slowly at the time.

A police spokesman told German news channel n-tv that there were good medical facilities in Bayreuth, not far from the crash site.

Germany bus crash: Dozens hurt and 17 missing

Germany bus crash: Dozens hurt and 17 missing

Thirty-one people have been injured and 17 are unaccounted for after flames engulfed a tour bus that crashed on the A9 motorway in southern Germany.

The bus was in a collision with a lorry near Stammbach in north Bavaria.

Some passengers have grave injuries and there are fears that several others may have died. Several rescue helicopters joined emergency workers at the scene.

A police spokesperson told the DPA news agency: “Realistically we have to expect some fatalities.”

Police have blocked the motorway as rescue efforts continue. There were 46 passengers and two drivers on the bus.

It is not yet clear what caused the collision. Traffic was reportedly moving slowly at the time.

A police spokesman told German news channel n-tv that there were good medical facilities in Bayreuth, not far from the crash site.

Qatar is given a further 48 hours to meet Gulf demands

Qatar is given a further 48 hours to meet Gulf demands

Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states have extended the deadline for Qatar to accept a list of demands or face further sanctions by 48 hours.

The initial deadline for Qatar to agree to the group’s 13 demands, including the shutting down of the Al Jazeera news network, expired on Sunday.

The Gulf state, which denies funding extremism, is expected to submit a formal response later.

It has called the demands an “affront to international law”.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani arrived in Kuwait on Monday to deliver a formal response in a letter, according to Al Jazeera. The letter is from the emir of Qatar to the emir of Kuwait, who is the main mediator in the Gulf crisis.

In a statement released shortly beforehand, lawyers for Qatar denounced the tactics and called for international condemnation.

They said the demands were “reminiscent of the extreme and punitive conduct of ‘bully’ states that have historically resulted in war”.

“The world must unite immediately to halt the singling out of Qatar for unjustified collective punishment and humiliation and to preserve peace, security and prosperity in the region.”

On Saturday, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani said the state had rejected the demands, but was ready to engage in dialogue under the right conditions.

Qatar has been under unprecedented diplomatic and economic sanctions for weeks from Saudi Arabia and its allies, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain.

On 23 June, the four countries, whose foreign ministers will meet on Wednesday to discuss the situation, set a deadline of 10 days for Qatar to agree to their requirements, which include the closure of a Turkish military base and the curbing of diplomatic relations with Iran.

The imposed restrictions have caused turmoil in Qatar, an oil- and gas-rich nation dependent on imports to meet the basic needs of its population of 2.7 million. As a result, Iran and Turkey have been increasingly supplying it with food and other goods.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain have accused Qatar of harbouring Islamist groups that they consider terrorist organisations – including the Muslim Brotherhood – and giving them a platform on the Al Jazeera satellite channel, which is funded by the Qatari state.

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The four countries severed diplomatic and travel ties with Qatar one month ago, accusing it of supporting terrorism and being an ally of regional foe Iran, charges that Doha denies.

They have since threatened further sanctions.

The situation is the worst political crisis among Gulf countries in decades.

What are the other demands?

According to the Associated Press news agency, which obtained a copy of the list, Qatar must also:

  • Sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been banned in several Arab states
  • Refuse to naturalise citizens from the four countries and expel those currently on its territory, in what the countries describe as an effort to keep Qatar from meddling in their internal affairs
  • Hand over all individuals who are wanted by the four countries for terrorism
  • Stop funding any extremist entities that are designated as terrorist groups by the US
  • Provide detailed information about opposition figures whom Qatar has funded, ostensibly in Saudi Arabia and the other nations
  • Align itself politically, economically and otherwise with the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC)
  • Stop funding other news outlets in addition to Al Jazeera, including Arabi21 and Middle East Eye
  • Pay an unspecified sum in compensation

An unnamed official from one of the four countries told Reuters news agency that Qatar was also being asked to sever links with so-called Islamic State, al-Qaeda and Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah.

The demands have not been officially unveiled. Their publication has increased the friction between the two sides.

Team Sky cleared over claims of illegal jerseys at Tour

Team Sky cleared over claims of illegal jerseys at Tour
Geraint Thomas

Tour de France: 1-23 July
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Team Sky said they would not “risk cheating” after claims their jerseys were illegally designed for the opening time trial of the Tour de France.

The British team had four riders in the top eight on Saturday, with Geraint Thomas taking the yellow jersey.

‘Bubble pads’ – small raised dots – featured on the upper arms of several Sky riders’ jerseys.

Race jury president Philippe Marien said: “It is an actual part of the jersey.”

International Cycling Union (UCI) regulations state that garments must not be adapted in any way beyond their use purely as clothing. The addition of any non-essential element or device to clothing is prohibited.

Team Sky sports director Nicolas Portal said they “abide by rules”, adding: “Other big teams have been using it.

“It’s legal. Everybody knows the rules. It does not give you a big advantage but it’s those little things, so why not use them?

“Everything has been validated. We would not take the risk to cheat and lose everything on the first day.”

Among the Team Sky riders to finish in the top 10 was defending champion Chris Froome.

“It’s enhanced aerodynamics and the regulations forbid it,” said Frederic Grappe, performance director at the FDJ team.

“According to studies, the estimated gain is about four to seven percent. It’s huge.”

Italian Marco Pinotti, a coach at BMC Racing, told Reuters: “It seems to me this ‘equipment’ is on the borderline with the rules but if it’s judged compliant with the rules then I accept it.”

Germany bus crash: Dozens hurt and 17 missing

Germany bus crash: Dozens hurt and 17 missing

Thirty-one people were injured and 17 are unaccounted for after flames engulfed a tour bus that crashed on a motorway in southern Germany.

The bus was in a collision with a lorry on the A9 near Hof, north of Nuremberg.

Some passengers have grave injuries and there are fears that several others may have died. Several rescue helicopters joined emergency workers at the scene.

A police spokesperson told the DPA news agency: “Realistically we have to expect some fatalities.”

Police have blocked the motorway as rescue efforts continue. It is not yet clear what caused the collision.

The Open 2017: Martin Laird qualifies with third-place in Quicken Loans National

The Open 2017: Martin Laird qualifies with third-place in Quicken Loans National
Martin Laird

Quicken Loans National final leaderboard
-7 K Stanley (US), C Howell III (US); -5 R Fowler (US), M Laird (Sco); -4 K Bradley (US), S Kang (Kor), M Leishman (Aus), S Levin (US), D Lingmerth (Swe), C Luck (Aus), B Martin (US), J Wagner (US)
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Scotland’s Martin Laird qualified for this month’s Open Championship by finishing tied for third at the Quicken Loans National in Maryland.

The 34-year-old carded a three-under-par 67 to end on five under alongside American Ricky Fowler at Avenel Farm.

Kyle Stanley, 29, beat fellow American Charles Howell III on the first hole of a play-off after both shot a final-round 66 to end on seven under.

They also secured places at The Open at Royal Birkdale from 20-23 July.

“Anytime you can play in an Open, that’s my favourite tournament of the year,” said Laird.

“To have the chance to play it anytime is special. I’ve heard great things about Birkdale.”

Four Open qualifying spots were on offer for the leading four players in the top 12 in Maryland who were not exempt.

South Korean Sung Kang, who finished in an eight-way tie for fifth, also qualified.

Stanley holed a putt after Howell missed from 10 feet to claim his first on the PGA Tour in more than five years.

“I’m thrilled,” Stanley said. “It’s a special week. I knew it was just a matter of time.”