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2 explosions rip through dwellings in Sweden
Stockholm, Sep 26: Two powerful explosions ripped through dwellings in central Sweden, injuring at least three people and damaging buildings, with bricks and window sections left spread outside. Late Monday, an explosion occurred in Hasselby, a suburb of the capital, Stockholm. In the early hours of Tuesday, a blast in Linkoping, some 175 km to the southwest, ripped the facade off a three-story building, leaving debris strewn across a parking area. It was not known whether the blasts were related to each other. Swedish radio said Tuesday that the explosion in Linkoping was connected to an ongoing feud between criminal gangs, a growing problem in Sweden with drive-by shootings and bombings. Two gangs, one led by a Swedish-Turkish dual national who lives in Turkey, the other by his former lieutenant, are reportedly fighting over drugs and weapons. (AP)


20 dead in gas station explosion
Yerevan (Armenia), Sep 26: Separatist authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh said Tuesday that at least 20 people were killed and nearly 300 others injured by an explosion at a gas station as people seeking to flee to Armenia lined up for fuel. The breakaway region’s health department said that 13 bodies have been found and seven people have died of injuries suffered in the explosion at the gas station outside the regional capital of Stepanakert late Monday. It said that 290 people have been hospitalized and scores of them remain in grave condition. The explosion occurred as residents were lining up to get fuel for their cars in order to leave the region. Thousands of Nagorno-Karabakh residents are fleeing to Armenia after Azerbaijan’s swift military operation to fully reclaim the region after a three-decade separatist rule. (AP)


Indian national pleads guilty to marriage fraud
New York, Sep 26: A 35-year-old Indian national in the US state of Illinois has pleaded guilty to committing marriage fraud in order to obtain a green card or permanent residency in the country. The charge on Vivek Chauhan carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, US Attorney Trini E Ross announced. On April 2, 2018, Chauhan entered into a wedlock with a female US citizen in Worcester, Massachusetts, which was not genuine, investigations revealed. They never resided together, and entered the “contract marriage” only for the purpose of obtaining a permanent resident card, also known as a green card, for Chauhan, Assistant US Attorney John D Fabian stated. (IANS)

Imran gets another 14 days judicial remand
Islamabad, Sep 26: A Pakistan special court on Tuesday extended judicial remand of former prime minister Imran Khan for another 14 days in the Cipher case, blighting the chances of his early release. It is for the third time that Khan had been sent to jail on remand. The previous 14-day remand ended today. (PTI)


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