Category: World

GUATEMALA – Fresh eruption

GUATEMALA CITY – Emergency services in Guatemala are evacuating areas around the Fuego volcano after a new eruption sent lava spewing down its south side. At least 72 deaths have been reported since the volcano first erupted on Sunday, with many others missing. Authorities say more than 1.7 million people have been affected by the […]

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GUATEMALA – Deadly eruption

EL RODEO, Guatemala — Rescuers pulled survivors and bodies Monday from the charred aftermath of the powerful eruption of Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire, as the death toll rose to 62 and was expected to go higher from a disaster that caught residents of remote mountain hamlets off guard, with little or no time to flee […]

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WORLD – Outrage over ‘naked’ school choir in South Africa

MTHATHA – A “naked” choir performance by a group of South African schoolgirls has led to calls for investigation by the country’s education minister. Angie Motshekga said she was “extremely disappointed” after seeing footage of the Xhosa girls performing wearing only a small apron, known as an “inkciyo”. The basic education minister said it was […]

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North Korea’s Kim Jong-un ‘set on Trump summit’

It is North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s “fixed will” that a summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore should go ahead, state media say. This followed a surprise meeting on Saturday between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Trump had cancelled the June 12 summit citing North Korea’s “hostility” – but on Saturday […]

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US: Trump cancels Kim summit amid North Korea ‘hostility’

US President Donald Trump has cancelled a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, saying the world had “lost a great opportunity for lasting peace”. He said his decision was because of “tremendous anger and open hostility” in a recent North Korean statement. The summit aimed at ridding the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons and […]

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Royal Wedding 2018: Michael Curry tells guests ‘Love has the power to heal the world’

Love has the power to heal the world, the congregation at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has heard. Bishop Michael Curry’s energetic address included references to the civil rights movement and focused on the power of love, with a positive message about how love for all can overcome difference. Quoting Martin Luther King […]

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Royal wedding 2018: Prince Harry and Meghan married at Windsor

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been declared husband and wife, following a ceremony at Windsor Castle. The couple exchanged vows and rings before the Queen and 600 guests at St George’s Chapel. Wearing a dress by British designer Clare Waight Keller, Ms Markle was met by Prince Charles, who walked her down the aisle. […]

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NIGERIA – Students ‘tied to cross and whipped’ for being late

OGUN STATE – Three people have been arrested in Nigeria for allegedly tying late students to crosses and flogging them with horsewhips on a Nigerian roadside. The three – including the headteacher – were taken into custody after a police officer stumbled across the incident in south-western Ogun State. Pictures show at least two young […]

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CENTRAL AFRICA – Ebola outbreak in Congo spreads to large city

KINSHASA — Congo’s Ebola outbreak has spread to a crossroads city of more than 1 million people in a troubling turn that marks the first time the vast, impoverished country has encountered the lethal virus in an urban area. “This is a major, major game-changer in the outbreak,” Dr Peter Salama, the World Health Organization’s […]

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EAST AFRICA – At least 44 killed as dam bursts in Kenya

NAIROBI – At least 44 people have died after a dam burst in northern Kenya after weeks of torrential rain, officials said Thursday. Residents have been evacuated from affected areas as 40 people remain missing, a regional commissioner of Rongai division, Mwongo Chimwanga said. “Waterways have been opened to discharge water from one of the […]

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WORLD – Outrage over death of young French mother after ambulance call mocked

STRASBOURG – A recording of an emergency service operator mocking a young mother, who died hours after her call was ignored, has sparked outrage in France. Naomi Musenga, 22, called Strasbourg’s ambulance service with severe stomach pain and said: “I’m going to die”. “You’ll definitely die one day, like everyone else,” the worker replied. The […]

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USA – Trump declares US leaving ‘horrible’ Iran nuclear agreement

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the landmark nuclear accord with Iran Tuesday, declaring he was making the world safer in restoring harsh sanctions. But he also dealt a profound blow to allies, deepened his isolation on the world stage and revived doubts about American credibility in the most consequential foreign policy […]

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WORLD – Second teenager allegedly raped and set ablaze within days in India

JHARKHAND – A second teenage girl is reported to have been raped and set on fire in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, just days after a 16-year-old was similarly attacked in the same state. It is the latest in a series of brutal crimes against women across India in recent months that have sparked […]

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WORLD – More than 110 killed by high-intensity dust storms in India

NEW DELHI – Fierce winds and lightning strikes created by a powerful dust storm have killed around 110 people and injured hundreds more in northwestern India since late Wednesday, according to local authorities. In the state of Rajasthan, at least 35 people died and more than 200 were injured after winds downed more than 8,000 […]

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AUSTRALIA – 104-year-old Australian scientist to fly to Switzerland to end his life

A 104-year-old Australian scientist will fly to Europe on Wednesday to end his life, saying he “greatly regrets” living to his advanced age. Botanist and ecologist David Goodall is traveling to the Life Circle clinic in Basel, Switzerland, accompanied by a nurse from pro-euthanasia organization Exit International, the group’s founder said. Speaking on his 104th […]

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UK vows to have ‘humane’ immigration policy as scandal grows

Britain’s interior minister is today fighting for her job as uproar spread over authorities’ mistreatment of long-term U.K. residents wrongly caught up in a government drive to reduce illegal immigration. Home Secretary Amber Rudd says she will stay in her job to ensure Britain’s immigration policy is “humane”. But opposition politicians demanded she resign over […]

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North and South Korea agree to end war

The end of the Korean War will be announced later this year, following an historic summit between the leaders of the two Koreas. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his North Korean counterpart, Kim Jong Un, signed the “Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification on the Korean Peninsula,” while standing in the demilitarized zone […]

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