Fierce storm kills seven in Greek tourist peninsula Jul 12, 2019 0 422 12345 AFPThessaloniki, GreeceSeven people died and at least 23 were injured as a fierce storm ripped through beachfronts in one of Greece’s top tourist areas, terrifying thousands of holidaymakers caught in the open, authorities said Thursday.Six tourists including two children were killed–two each from the Czech Republic, Russia and Romania–in the northern peninsula of Halkidiki, near Greece’s second city Thessaloniki, in the storm late Wednesday.Relatives have since identified the body of a local fisherman in his sixties who had been missing since the storm and was later found in the sea.“There was panic, people were howling and running to hide inside,” said Haris Lazaridis, owner of a tavern where a 54-year-old woman from Romania and her son were killed when the roof blew off.“For five minutes it was hellish,” Lazaridis said. He added that more than 100 people had been sheltering under the roof.In an emergency briefing, government spokesman Stelios Petsas on Thursday said the area had been hit by winds of more than 100 kilometres (60 miles) an hour.Twenty-three people were still being treated in nearby hospitals, including a 72-year-old woman in critical condition, he said. Most of them are tourists, Petsas said, declining to give nationalities.Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who took office on Sunday following a general elections, cancelled his meetings to address the disaster, his office said.“We are making every effort to resolve problems and repair the damage,” Mitsotakis said in a tweet.The Halkikidi peninsula is particularly popular among Balkan and Russian travellers. RELATED ARTICLES 16 killed, dozens injured in Pakistan train crash Jul 12, 2019 0 1862 Sri Lankan govt survives no confidence vote Jul 12, 2019 0 428 UN launches probe into Philippines drug war deaths Jul 12, 2019 0 2112 Water train set to relieve drought-hit Tamil Nadu Reuters JOLARPETTAI, India Indian authorities on Thursday filled tanks with water and loaded them onto a train in the southern state of Tamil Nadu to supply its manufacturing capital Chennai where reservoirs have have .. Trump to announce executive action on census citizenship Reuters WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump on Thursday will announce an executive action over his administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census despite ongoing court challenges, two .. Majority of US vets say Afghan war ‘not worth fighting’: Poll AFP Washington A majority of US military veterans say the nearly 18-year war in Afghanistan was “not worth fighting,” according to poll results released on Wednesday. The survey results come as the US and the Taliban .. France defies US probe to pass law taxing digital giants AFP Paris France’s parliament on Thursday passed a law making it the first major economy to impose a tax on digital giants, defying a probe ordered by an angry US President Donald Trump that could trigger reprisal tariffs. .. UK’s new US envoy will be appointed by new PM: Minister LONDON: The appointment of Britain’s ambassador to the United States is likely to be made by the next British prime minister rather than outgoing leader Theresa May, senior minister Liz Truss told journalists on .. Merkel sits during anthems after shaking spells Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday insisted she took care of her health after remaining seated during national anthems at an official ceremony, in a rare change of protocol apparently to prevent a .. India hands over 250 houses for Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine NEW DELHI: India has handed over 250 prefabricated houses it built in Myanmar’s Rakhine state as part of a broader effort to help tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to return, an Indian official said on Thursday. An ..