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Report: Newspaper office 'destroyed' in North Sinai

Egypt's state newspaper al-Ahram has said its offices in the country's North Sinai region has been "completely destroyed" after an attack by suspected Islamist militants.

It was not clear if the newspaper's offices were the target of the attack, which took place in the provincial capital el-Arish.

State TV reported that six people died and 18 were wounded in the capital of the restive region, and that explosions and gunfire were heard.

Mexico hospital blast kills seven, including three children

Local news reports show the destruction at the scene Credit: APTV

Seven people, including three children, were killed when a gas truck exploded and destroyed a large part of a maternity hospital in the west of Mexico City, emergency services said.

Luis Felipe Puente, the head of the country's civil protection agency, confirmed the seven deaths.

Dozens of people were evacuated, some with injuries from broken glass, while rescue workers scour the area for survivors.

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Wife of Japanese journalist makes emotional plea for his release

Wife of Japanese journalist makes emotional plea for his release. Credit: PA

The wife of freelance journalist Kenji Goto has made an emotional plea for her husband - who is being held hostage by Islamic State militants - to be released.

My husband and I have two very young daughters. Our baby girl was only three weeks old when Kenji left.

I hope our oldest daughter, who is just two, will get to see her father again. I want them both to grow up knowing their father.?

– Ringko Goto, wife of Kenji

Uncle of Jordanian pilot: 'We've received assurances he's still alive'

The uncle of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kesasbeh has said that the family has "received assurances" from Islamic State militants that he is still alive.

The comments appear to conflict with a statement from a Jordanian government spokesman, who said no confirmation of the hostage's welfare had been received.

Jordan coordinating with Japan over Islamic State hostages

Jordan is coordinating with Japan in the effort to secure Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, a Jordanian Government spokesman said.

Kenji Goto was captured by Islamic State militants. Credit: PA

The spokesman said his government also needs a guarantee that Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kesasbeh is alive.

We asked for evidence that the pilot is still alive and we have not received anything yet. We insist on this demand.

– Government spokesman

Gas explosion rips through maternity hospital in Mexico

A gas explosion has ripped through a maternity hospital in Mexico City.

A number of people were injured in the blast Credit: AP

Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told the Televisa network that at least 52 people were injured in the blast, 22 of whom were children.

He said the explosion, from a gas tank truck, caused part of the building to collapse, but added there are no deaths reported at this time.

Smoke can be seen at the scene, as the building collapses Credit: AP
Smoke can be seen at the scene, as the building collapses Credit: AP
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