20,000 flee spectacular fire at music festival in Barcelona

Smoke is seen rising from flames engulfing the stage after a fire broke out at Tomorrowland Unite Spain festival in Barcelona, Spain July 29, 2017, in this still image from a video obtained from social media. (REUTERS)
Updated 30 July 2017
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20,000 flee spectacular fire at music festival in Barcelona

BARCELONA: A spectacular fire at a music festival has forced the evacuation of over 20,000 concertgoers in Barcelona, the regional government says.
Barcelona’s firefighters say there were no injuries on Friday night when more 22,000 people evacuated the concert. Images show towering flames consuming a large outdoor stage at the “Tomorrowland” electronic music festival held at Barcelona’s Parc de Can Zam.
Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire. The “Tomorrowland” website has published a statement saying the “stage caught fire due to a technical malfunction.”
The festival in Barcelona was one of several offshoots of a main “Tomorrowland” festival in Belgium.


Iraq must not be dragged into another regional war: president

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May shakes hands with Iraq’s President Barham Salih in London, Britain June 25, 2019. (The Presidency of the Republic of Iraq Office/Reuters)
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Iraq must not be dragged into another regional war: president

  • ‘We cannot afford our country to be dragged into conflict’
  • Saleh said Baghdad’s priority was ‘stability’

LONDON: Iraqi President Barham Salih said Wednesday his country must not be dragged into another conflict in the Middle East, as tensions rise over its neighbor Iran.
“We have had four decades of challenge and turmoil. We do not want to be embroiled in another war,” he said at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs think-tank in London.
“We cannot afford our country to be dragged into conflict.”
With tensions high between Iran and the United States, Salih insisted his country would not become “a staging post for belligerents.”
“We are asking everybody to cool it down... enough is enough,” he said.
“We do not want to be a victim of a conflict in Middle East. We have not finished the last one,” the Iraqi president added, referring to the US-led war on terror and battle against Daesh.
“It is in our national interests to have good relationship with Iran,” he said, whilst adding: “The US is a very important partner for Iraq.”
Salih, who took office in October, said Baghdad’s priority was “stability.”
“We need to transform Iraq from a zone of regional and proxy conflict into a zone of trade, infrastructure development, and jobs and a future for young people,” the 58-year-old said.
Salih visited British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday for talks on security cooperation and nation-building.
May said Britain “stood ready to provide further support” to the Iraqi and Kurdish security forces, her Downing Street office said.