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107 dead in Mecca as crane collapses on Islam's most sacred mosque, Al-Masjid al-Haram

The Saudi Arabia civil defence authority reports nearly 200 injured as preparations were being made for the annual Hajj pilgrimage. The authority said the crane fell as a result of a storm in the vicinity, however, it is not yet known if this was the sole reason or whether there were any structural faults with the crane. A tweet below appears to show lightning hitting the crane minutes before it fell which may have caused the tragedy. If so, questions will be asked as to why it wasn't fitted with a sufficient electrical grounding mechanism. Every year hundreds of thousands of Muslims make their way to the site as part of the Hajj Pilgrimage. According to Al Jazeera, the crane fell at approximately 5:45p.m., with the mosque being packed 45 minutes before prayer. Some viewers may find footage in the video below disturbing and so viewer discretion is advised.
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Eavesdrop> Breakfast in Peril: This enormous mirror comes crashing down on the Soho brunch set

  One doesn’t expect to be in danger when noshing on a croissant and sipping some coffee at a swanky Soho Brasserie—maybe a spilt Bloody Mary at worst. But, one morning in February, at Keith McNally’s Balthazar, the preeminent power breakfast spot in Soho, customers got quite the fright when an enormous mirror, mounted to a wall, came crashing down on them. The incident elicited cries to call 911, according to the Daily News. Arnaud Montebourg, a French Politician and rumored presidential candidate, saved the day by catching the frame. The New York Times also reported that several employees and diners fortunately saw the mirror slowly sliding off the wall, giving everyone enough time to retreat from harm’s way. If a lesson is to be learned, French-inspired brasseries should always have a Frenchman present in case of a crisis.