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KARACHI, Pakistan (CNN) - A fuel tanker wrecked in eastern Pakistan on Sunday, and as villagers converged to collect fuel leaking from the truck, it exploded, killing at least 140 people, according to police and hospital officials.
Nishtar Hospital, which is treating many of the wounded, said in a statement that more than 100 people were injured in the blast. Bahawalpur's Victoria Hospital said it was treating 40 victims, all of whom had suffered burns on at least 70% of their bodies.
A state of emergency has been declared in the city, Punjab provincial government spokesman Salman Sufi said. Hospitals have been placed on high alert.
The truck veered off the road when the driver lost control in Bahawalpur, police official Mohammad Akhtar told CNN. As the tanker sat on the side of the road, fuel began leaking out in large pools.
Hundreds of people from nearby villages, as well as workers at a mango garden -- many of them driving cars or motorcycles -- rushed to collect the fuel in pots, according to the government-run Associated Press of Pakistan.
The blast engulfed everything around the truck, including women and children, APP reported. Many victims died immediately, while others succumbed to their injuries at hospitals.
Police speculate on cause
Some of the people gathering at the scene began smoking cigarettes and using their cell phones to inform friends and relatives of the crash, either of which could have ignited the fire, Haroon-ur-Rasheed, a former police official who now handles emergency and rescue operations in Bahawalpur, told APP.
"Yes, sparking from cell phones could ignite fire," he told the news outlet, adding that the tanker also was fitted with batteries that could have sparked the blaze.
Officers with the National Highways and Motorway Police urged villagers to stay away from the vehicle, but to no avail, police sources told APP.
The tanker was carrying 25,000 liters (6,600 gallons) of fuel from Karachi to Lahore, roughly 440 kilometers (273 miles) northeast of Bawalpahur.
Images from the scene showed the truck overturned with a gaping hole atop the tanker where the blast had ripped it open like a soda can.
It was surrounded by the husks of burned-out motorbikes and automobiles, their windows and tires melted away from the heat.
According to APP, the explosion destroyed 75 motorbikes and six automobiles. Bodies were pulled from cars and a motorcycle rickshaw, APP said.
Mohammad Shabbir, a villager, told CNN affiliate Geo TV that the vehicle's driver had warned people to stay away from the truck but his warnings were not heeded.
"What is the use of this petrol? What will you do with it now?" he asked, gesturing towards a bucket in his hand.
Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations, the media wing of Pakistan's military, said army helicopters transported 51 people 60 miles (97 kilometers) north to Combined Military Hospital Multan. They're all in critical confiction, ISPR said.
It added that the road had been reopened and that traffic had started to flow again.
Shortly after the accident, Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif "expressed deep grief over the heavy loss of life."
"The Prime Minister has directed provincial government to provide full medical assistance to the injured with burns," a statement from his office said. "The Prime Minister has expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for the departed souls."
Amid criticism that the government has failed to respond adequately to the tragedy, the prime minister's daughter tweeted that Sharif would cut short his trip to London and return to Pakistan immediately. He was in London for his grandson's graduation ceremony, Maryam Nawaz Sharif tweeted.
Chief Minister of Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said an inquiry will be held into the incident.
Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, tweeted that the blaze was "a national tragedy of epic proportions."
The politician and former cricketer said he had asked local leadership to assess what assistance could be provided to the injured and victims' families.
The US Embassy in Islamabad tweeted its condolences.
"We are so saddened to hear of the terrible oil tanker accident in #Bahawalpur," it said. "Our deep condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims."
LONDON (CNN) - Fallout from this month's catastrophic apartment tower fire keeps spreading across the UK, with more inspection failures and an order to vacate unsafe apartment buildings.
All 60 high-rise buildings that have been tested so far for fire-resistant cladding have failed, a UK government spokesman told CNN on Sunday.
Those 60 buildings are among 600 across the country set to be tested for potentially dangerous cladding, or siding, in light of the June 14 blaze that engulfed Grenfell Tower. The inferno killed 79 people and cast a spotlight on conditions faced by some Londoners in apartment tower blocks.
Camden Councillor Georgia Gould announced last week that about 800 households would be evacuated from five apartment towers, as the residents' safety could not be guaranteed.
Those living in buildings deemed unsafe by fire officials "must leave," the Camden Council said in a statement.
"By remaining in the blocks, these residents risk delaying the work that is required and that we are undertaking to make these homes safe," the statement said. "It is not safe to remain in these blocks, and our residents' safety will continue to be the Council's number one priority."
Residents will have to live elsewhere for four to six weeks while external cladding on those buildings is removed. They will be moved to temporary housing, which includes hotels and homes of friends and family.
As for the Grenfell Tower investigation, police said they are considering manslaughter charges among the criminal offenses that may have been committed at the high-rise building.
(CNN) - Ohio Governor John Kasich's website was hacked Sunday, displaying what appeared to be pro-ISIS propaganda.
Visitors to governor.ohio.gov were greeted with a black background and an Arabic symbol while an Islamic call to prayer played in the background.
"You will be held accountable Trump," text on the landing page said, "you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries."
"I Love Islamic state," it said.
A group calling itself Team System DZ, apparently hacked numerous state websites, including first lady Karen Kasich's website and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website. Those pages displayed the same message that Kasich's did. In addition to the pro-ISIS language, a line appeared on each page that said "Hacked by Team System DZ."
It was not immediately clear who the group was or whether it was genuinely affiliated with ISIS.
Kasich's staff said Sunday that they were aware of the hack and working to resolve the issue. They'd been working on the hack on the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website when they were alerted to their own hack.
State Treasurer Josh Mandel posted about the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website on his Facebook. "Wake up freedom-loving Americans," he said. "Radical Islam infiltrating the heartland."
The FBI's Ohio field office would neither confirm nor deny whether Team System DZ was a known entity to them.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price defended the GOP health care plan Sunday from Republicans opposing the bill.
Price said on CNN's "State of the Union" that Nevada Sen. Dean Heller and Gov. Brian Sandoval might misunderstand the full intentions of the party on health care and issued a broad promise to the country.
"What I'm telling you is the system, the plan that we would put in place, would not allow individuals to fall through the cracks," Price told CNN's Dana Bash. "We would not pull the rug out from under anybody. We would not have individuals lose coverage that they want for themselves and for their family. We want to make certain that health care is available to all Americans."
Price reiterated the argument he has made for months, saying the bills under consideration in Congress are only one part of the GOP's health care plan and that HHS will take action on the administration side to lower premiums -- which Heller said the Senate's newly revealed bill will not do.
"I think there's a misunderstanding about what the entire plan is," Price said. "And the fact of the matter is, the bill is part of the plan, and then the kinds of things that we're doing through the Department of Health and Human Services add on to that."
Price said he had spoken with Heller and Sandoval to elaborate on his full vision for the proposed health care overhaul.
"The plan in its entirety will absolutely bring premiums down," Price said.
Price repeatedly railed against Obamacare, and at one point in the interview cited the 28 million uninsured people under the existing law as problematic.
"Is that a plan that works for patients? Absolutely not," Price said. "That's the kind of thing we're trying to fix."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pegged the number of uninsured people in 2016 at 28.6 million -- 20 million fewer uninsured people than in 2010.
The Congressional Budget Office issued a report in May saying by 2026, 28 million people would be uninsured under Obamacare and 51 million would be uninsured under the American Health Care Act, the bill House Republicans passed last month; that means 23 million fewer people would be insured, according to the CBO projection.
The CBO said it would issue its assessment of the Senate bill early this week.
Like the House legislation, the Senate bill would impose major changes to Medicaid and curtail its growth over time and also would repeal the individual mandate.
However, the Senate bill would maintain much of Obamacare's subsidy structure to help people pay for individual coverage, but make it less generous, particularly for older enrollees. And it would keep more of Obamacare's insurance regulations than the House legislation.
In a separate interview on the same program, Ohio Gov. John Kasich defended fellow Republicans Heller and Sandoval.
"Not only Heller, but Sandoval is a great governor," Kasich said. "You know what he's saying? 'I'm worried about poor people.'"
Kasich said he opposes the Senate bill and called on Republicans to change it.
"I'm not saying just kill the bill," Kasich said. "Let's get something that's going to work."
He said the Senate bill "doesn't even begin" to address the rising cost of health care.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Ivanka Trump must give a deposition in a lawsuit by an Italian shoemaker claiming her fashion label copied its designs, a federal judge has ruled.
Aquazurra Italia filed the suit against Ivanka Trump and her company in June 2016. It claims the brand has produced cheaper knockoffs of Aquazurra's "coveted" and highly publicized shoe designs.
At the heart of the lawsuit is Aquazurra's "Wild Things" shoe. The company says the Ivanka Trump brand's "Hettie" shoe too closely resembles the Aquazurra design.
Ivanka Trump's lawyers have staunchly denied those allegations, according to court documents. They say the Aquazurra design lacks the "distinctiveness" it would need to be protected by intellectual property laws. Her lawyers have also said the lawsuit is a publicity stunt.
Ivanka Trump stepped down from her role at her namesake company shortly before her father was inaugurated in January.
She currently serves in an unpaid White House role as an adviser to President Trump.
Earlier this month, Ivanka Trump's lawyers argued that she should not be deposed because she "does not possess any unique information" about the design process for the shoes in question.
The lawyers also said that Trump should be exempt because of her "special circumstances." Forcing Ivanka Trump to be deposed "would be an unnecessary distraction and would interfere with her ability to perform her duties at the White House."
But the judge overseeing the case, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, denied that request in a ruling Friday.
Forrest wrote that Ivanka Trump's deposition is necessary because she was a company executive during the time the shoes were made and had "high-level, authoritative, personal involvement" in the company.
Ivanka Trump's company declined to comment. Her lawyers did not immediately respond to CNNMoney's request for comment.
The judge also wrote that "Ms. Trump's public statements regarding active and comprehensive brand management lead to a reasonable inference that the shoe at issue would not have been released without her approval."
Forrest ruled that Trump's deposition must be kept to under two hours and done in Washington, D.C., where she currently resides. It must be completed by October, the judge said.
The "Hettie" shoe design won't be the only matter up for discussion.
The complaint points to two other Ivanka Trump designs that Aquazurra claims have mimicked its own designs.