TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL–Traffic Advisory, Halifax Regional Municipality HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fairview Overpass The Fairview overpass will have lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. today, Dec. 21. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. Drivers should expect delays and use alternate routes if possible. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 -30-
BEIJING — Authorities say at least seven people were killed and five injured when a container containing scrap metal exploded in the latest in a series of industrial accidents in eastern China.Sunday morning’s blast in the city of Kunshan in Jiangsu province caused a fire that spread to a nearby workshop. The Kunshan city government said on its microblog that the cause of the explosion is under investigation.In March, 78 people were killed in a blast at a chemical plan in the Jiangsu province city of Yancheng that had numerous safety violations. In November, at least 22 people were killed and scores of vehicles destroyed in an explosion outside a chemical plant in the northeastern city of Zhangjiakou, which will host competitions in the 2022 Winter Olympics.The Associated Press
With skirmishes between ex-Séléka and anti-Balaka elements leaving some 20,000 people displaced in town and thousands more on major roads in the region, he told reporters in Geneva today that an inter-agency assessment mission has been deployed to visit Batangafo early next week. “Additionally, clashes on 4 August again affected the humanitarian situation and hindered humanitarian access to those people,” reported Mr. Laerke. Anti-balaka and Séléka have been embroiled in fighting since the latter were ousted from power in January 2014 – with inter-communal retaliatory attacks continuing to fuel the conflict.The fighting has left over half the population – 2.5 million people – in need of humanitarian assistance with an estimated 527,000 people still internally displaced, including 102,000 internally displaced persons in the capital, Bangui. Mr. Laerke quoted CAR’s Senior Humanitarian Coordinator Claire Bourgeois, who issued a statement saying: “We call on all parties involved in the fighting to respect the civilian population and humanitarian agencies trying to help them.”Ms. Bourgeois also called for a return to peace in line with the spirit of the recent Brazzaville ceasefire accord.