A residential building in New York's East Harlem neighborhood exploded and collapsed on Wednesday, sparking a serious fire and engulfing the area in thick smoke, officials said. All train services in and out of Grand Central terminal were suspended as a result of the incident next to its tracks. "It was an explosion and a building collapsed," a spokesman for New York Police Department told AFP, giving no further details. It is a residential building.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says al-Qaida is in "survival mode," but that if all international forces left this year, the terrorist network would regroup and use the region to plan and conduct operations against the West.