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‘British diplomat’ falls to death from hotel in Romania

BAIA MARE, ROMANIA (BNO NEWS) — A British man was killed Thursday after falling from the seventh floor of a hotel in northwestern Romania, police said, adding that a suicide note was found in his room. Local media identified the victim as a British diplomat but officials in London refused to comment.

The incident happened at around noon on Thursday when a 46-year-old man from England fell from the seventh floor of Hotel Mara in Baia Mare, the capital of Maramureș county in northwest Romania. A suicide note was found in the man’s hotel room, said police spokesperson Dumitrita Rus.

The name of the deceased was not immediately released by local authorities, but journalist Monica Matei of Romanian news channel Antena 3 said the victim was an attaché of the British embassy in Bucharest. The channel, citing police sources, said the man had been working in Romania since January 2010 but was depressed because he had no family.

“Police have begun an investigation into the circumstances in which the accident occurred,” Rus said. Regional ambulance director Zoltan Balko told Romanian media company Mediafax that paramedics found the man suffering from severe head trauma with numerous injuries, and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

The British Embassy in Bucharest declined to comment on the man’s death while officials at the Foreign Office in London said they would provide further details at a later time. “We are aware of the reports and looking into them,” a Foreign Office spokesman said.

Hotel collapses in southern India, at least 13 killed

HYDERABAD, INDIA (BNO NEWS) — At least thirteen people were killed after a hotel collapsed in southern India on Monday, local authorities confirmed.

The iconic City Light Hotel located in Secunderabad, Hyderabad’s twin city in the state of Andhra Pradesh collapsed on Monday morning at around 6:30 a.m. local time.

At least thirteen people were killed, and around 20 others were injured. Most of the victims were hotel employees, but authorities are fearing more people could be trapped under the rubble, as well as a higher death toll, the Times of India reported.

As cracking sounds began to surround those inside, workers and clients began running toward the exits, but most of those on the first and second floors of the two-story building ended either crushed or trapped.

Search-and-rescue teams reached the area, and as roughly 4 p.m. local time, seven people had been pulled out alive from the debris. Among the fatal victims was the son of the hotel owner, Hasan Ali.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known, but authorities from the Greater Hyderbad Muncipal Corporation said Ali had constructed an additional floor after only having permission to build the bottom floor and the first.

Guests at LA hotel drank from water tank containing woman’s body

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) — Guests who were staying at a hotel in Los Angeles have reacted with shock after they discovered they drank, bathed and brushed their teeth with water from a tank in which authorities have found the decomposing body of a young Canadian woman.

The body of 21-year-old Elisa Lam was found at around 10 a.m. local time on Tuesday inside the rooftop water tank at the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The gruesome discovery was made by a maintenance worker who went up there to investigate guest complaints about low water pressure.

But guests at the hotel were left horrified on Wednesday when they learned they had been drinking and using water from the same tank in which Lam’s decomposing body was found. The young woman from Vancouver, B.C., had gone missing on January 31 after traveling to California on her own.

“It tasted horrible. It had a very funny, sweetening, disgusting taste. It’s a very strange taste, I can barely describe it,” British tourist Sabina Baugh, who had been using the water for eight days, told CNN. “We never thought anything of it. We thought it was just the way it was here.”

Besides low water pressure, guests at the hotel also described the water turning black at times. “The shower was awful. When you turned the tap on, the water was coming black first for two seconds and then it was going back to normal,” added Baugh. “”It made me feel really sick yesterday until now, knowing that we’ve been drinking this water for eight days.”

The Cecil Hotel, which remains open but has been placed on a flush-only order, informed guests on Wednesday about what it described as an “unexpected emergency health and safety condition.” A letter handed out to guests said there would be no drinking water or water suitable for any purpose for up to 4 days.

The letter called on guests to vacate the premises immediately and promised them alternative comparable lodging, but guests were told they would not receive a refund if they left the hotel. Other guests who chose to stay were told to sign a legal agreement which releases the company of legal liability.

“Under no circumstances should you drink or use any water at the hotel until further notice,” the letter to guests said. “Should you remain on the Premises, you do so at your own risk and peril. You are assuming the risk of serious injury or illness should you refuse to vacate the Premises.”

The Los Angeles Public Health Department said Wednesday it has taken samples from the water tank and is awaiting the results to determine whether the water presented any health risks to those who used it. Results from the tests are expected to be made public as early as Thursday.

Meanwhile, the cause of Lam’s death remains unclear but investigators are considering the possibility of foul play because of where her body was found. Police previously released hotel surveillance footage which showed Lam acting bizarrely inside an elevator, including hiding in the corner of the elevator and looking in both directions when sticking her head out of the doors.

UPDATE 1 — Singer Whitney Houston dies at Beverly Hills hotel

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) — Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Whitney Houston, one of the world’s best-selling music artists, was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room on late Saturday afternoon, police said. She was 48.

Beverly Hills Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Mark Rosen said paramedics responded at approximately 3:43 p.m. local time after receiving a 911 call for medical aide at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. An ambulance arrived about two minutes later and Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. local time, he said.

Rosen said there were ‘no obvious signs’ of criminal intent, but did not comment whether Houston may have died as a result of a drug overdose. He said the singer was a guest at the hotel and had an entourage with her.

Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, also confirmed her death but gave no other details.

Suicide car bomber kills 12 outside hotel in Somalia

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA (BNO NEWS) — At least 12 people were killed on Wednesday when a car bomb exploded outside a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, media reports said. More than a dozen others were injured.

The suicide car bomber struck the Muna hotel which is next to the presidential palace in Hamarweine district. A BBC Radio correspondent in Mogadishu said the car was loaded with explosives and struck the hotel near a cafe where many people were sitting.

The Somali militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, confirming the hotel – where hundreds of Somali parliament members and government officials reside – was the target. “The target was the hotel,” said a radio station run by al-Shabab.

“The explosion was a land mine which was set up in the area,” al-Shabab spokesman Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Mus’ab said in a statement to the press. He claimed that both security officials and parliamentarians were killed in the blast.

However, regional police commissioner Col. Ahmed Hassan Malin said the victims of the attack were all civilians, reports said. He said at least twelve civilians were killed while fifteen others were injured, some seriously.

Abu Mus’ab added that al-Shabab will continue to target Somali lawmakers because of “their drafting constitution” against Allah’s religion. 

Al-Shabaab is the militant wing of the Somali Council of Islamic Courts which took over most of southern Somalia in the second half of 2006. Despite efforts from the Somali and Ethiopian governments, the group has continued its violent insurgency in southern and central Somalia.

Somalia has been without an effective government since Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown two decades ago.

Former ‘Warrant’ lead singer Jani Lane found dead at Los Angeles hotel

LOS ANGELES (BNO NEWS) — The former lead singer of rock group Warrant, Jani Lane, was found dead at a hotel in Los Angeles on late Thursday afternoon, police said on Friday. He was 47.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department said Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics arrived at the Comfort Inn hotel in Woodlands Hill, a district of Los Angeles, at approximately 5.30 p.m. local time after a 9-1-1 call was received.

“When emergency personnel arrived, the Fire Department pronounced the death of a 47-year-old man, later identified as Jani Lane, the lead singer of the popular rock band Warrant,” a police spokesperson said. “The cause of death is unknown and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office is conducting an investigation into Mr. Lane’s death.”

Born John Kennedy Oswald in Akron, Ohio, Lane is probably best remembered for being the frontman of glam metal band ‘Warrant,’ which was formed in 1984 by Erik Turner. In 1986, Lane joined the group, recording eight albums with the band and writing several Top 40 hit singles, including ‘Heaven,’ ‘Down Boys,’ ‘I Saw Red,’ and ‘Cherry Pie.’

Lane left Warrant in 1993 but returned on several occasions to record a number of more albums while beginning his solo career. He also appeared in a couple of short-budget films, including 1991s ‘High Strung.’ Lane, who remained active and even toured last year with Great White, substituting for singer Jack Russell, was also featured in VH1’s ‘Celebrity Fit Club 2′ in 2005.

Hotel fire in northeast China kills 10, injures 35

BEIJING (BNO NEWS) — Ten people were killed on early Sunday morning when a fire broke out at a hotel in northeastern China, state-run media reported.

The fire broke out at around 3.30 a.m. local time in a stairwell of a Home Inns hotel in Tonghua City of Jilin Province, located in the country’s northeast. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the fire.

According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, ten people suffocated to death while 35 others were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Three of them were seriously injured, while the others are believed to have sustained minor injuries.

Firefighters were still searching the scene on late Sunday evening and an investigation into the cause of the fire has been initiated, Xinhua added.

Earlier this year, on January 13, ten people were killed and eight others were injured when a fire broke out at a small hotel in the Yuelu District of Changsha, the capital city of Hunan Province. Most died of smoke inhalation as all the hotel windows had been shut by metal bars, preventing people from escaping.

Introducers break in Indonesian envoy hotel room in South Korea, data could be missing

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BNO NEWS) — The Indonesian Foreign Ministry on Sunday confirmed that one of the hotel rooms belonging to Indonesian envoys during a state visit to Seoul, South Korea was broken into.

The country’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Michael Tene told the Jakarta Post that unidentified people broke into the Indonesian delegates’ hotel room, and even though Korean media had reported that sensitive data belonging to a high-ranking official was missing, the spokesman assured that the laptop had been returned.

Tene did not go into detail regarding what information was contained within the laptop, but he said the Indonesian embassy had already filed a complaint with the hotel management due to the incident.

Initial reports said the stolen data could have been linked to the Indonesian-South Korean KFX fighter jet project in which the Indonesian government would finance 20 percent of the project, around $ 8 billion. Reports also said data regarding Indonesia’s potential purchase of 16 South Korean T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic trainer jets was among the possibly stolen files.

Indonesian presidential envoys were on a three-day state visit that started last Tuesday. According to Korean media, three unidentified individuals broke into the envoys’ Lotte Hotel room on the 19th floor, and local authorities believed the intruders were able to copy sensitive data from the envoys laptops to USB flash drives

While former director of Indonesia’s State Intelligence Agency said the country has failed to adequately protect military data for a long time, reports indicate that no security guards or police officers were monitoring the envoys’ rooms during the break-in.

Blast hits near luxury hotel in Kabul, casualties unknown

KABUL (BNO NEWS) — A large explosion hit near a luxury hotel in downtown Kabul on early Monday afternoon, officials said, but few details were immediately available.

A police source said the blast, possibly carried out by a suicide bomber, happened near the four star Safi Landmark Hotel in Kabul, about 15 minutes from Kabul International Airport. It is frequented by Westerners and wealthy Afghans.

There were some reports of gunfire being heard in the area after the explosion, although the official was not immediately able to confirm this.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said it was too early to determine if any of its service members were near the explosion.