120-year-old Saudi man dies

Updated 21 April 2013
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120-year-old Saudi man dies

ALBAHA: Mohammed bin Ali Hanas Al-Zahrani, probably one of the oldest men in the world, passed away at the age of 120 in Al-Baha province. The Saudi man was from Al-Darin in Bidan and was known in his village by the name of Idris. Before the unification of Saudi Arabia, Idris visited a number of countries in Europe, such as Germany, Britain and France.
He learned to speak their languages and lived there for many years. He also resided in Ethiopia. Arab News reported yesterday that Jiroemon Kimura of Japan is the world’s oldest person and the longest living man on record. He celebrated his 116th birthday on Friday.


Suspected World War II bomb blasts crater in German field

Updated 29 min 35 sec ago
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Suspected World War II bomb blasts crater in German field

  • The explosion left a 10-meter wide and four-meter deep hole
  • About 10 percent of the millions of bombs dropped on Germany during World War II did not explode

BERLIN: A bomb likely dating to World War II exploded in a field in western Germany leaving a huge crater but no injuries, police said Monday.
The explosion left a 10-meter (33 feet) wide and four-meter deep hole after residents in Limburg, heard a loud noise and felt the earth shake at 0352 (0152 GMT) on Sunday morning.
“The crater was examined on Monday by an explosive ordnance clearance service to find possible fragments,” a police spokesman told AFP.
“The area was used for target practice during the Second World War,” he added.
A bomb disposal service spokesman said it was “highly possible” WW II ordnance was involved.
A local government spokesman in the nearby city of Darmstadt told German daily Bild it was believed the bomb had a chemical-based delayed timer which could have finally eroded.
Nearly 75 years after the end of war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, a legacy of the Allied bombing campaign against Nazi Germany.
Earlier this month, a 100-kilo (220-pound) US bomb from the war, discovered during building work near a shopping complex, was defused in central Berlin after the evacuation of around 3,000 people.
According to experts, 10 percent of the millions of bombs dropped on Germany during the conflict did not explode.