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This is Wikitravel's '''Travel news''' section, about issues affecting travelers, both positively and negatively. For more general news, see [http://en.wikinews.org/ Wikinews].
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This is Wikitravel's '''Travel news''' section, about issues affecting travellers, both positively and negatively. For more general news, see [http://en.wikinews.org/ Wikinews].
  
{{disclaimerbox|Please feel free to edit or add to news items below.  For instructions on how to use the Newsitem template or how to add news items to the Main Page, please see [[Wikitravel:How to add travel news]]. }}
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==December==
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{{newsitem|Rio Proposes Tax for Tourists to Help Them When They Are Mugged|9 Dec|The mayor elect of Rio de Janeiro is promoting a new idea to bolster tourism in his crime plagued city, levying a new tax on tourists, then using the proceeds to reimburse visitors who are mugged. [http://nyti.ms/2gmug9i New York Times]}}
  
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{{newsitem|No survivors after plane crash in northern [[Pakistan]] mountains|7 Dec|There were no survivors after a plane carrying 47 people crashed into a mountain in northern Pakistan on Wednesday, the airline's chairman said, as recovery operations continued late into the night at the remote crash site. The military said 40 bodies had been recovered and rescue efforts involved about 500 soldiers, doctors and paramedics. The bodies were shifted to the Ayub Medical Center in nearby [[Abbottabad]], about 20km (12 miles) away. [http://reut.rs/2h5cNPp Reuters]}}
''The news items in this section refer to future events and have not been displayed on the Main Page yet.  They should be copied there when the date approaches and then shifted to the monthly archives below.''
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=Current and past=
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{{newsitem|Nearly 100 killed, hundreds hurt as quake strikes [[Indonesia]]'s [[Aceh]]|7 Dec|Nearly 100 people were killed and hundreds injured in Indonesia on Wednesday when a strong earthquake hit its Aceh province and rescuers used earth movers and bare hands to search for survivors in scores of toppled buildings. The Aceh provincial government said in a statement 93 people had died and more than 500 were injured, many seriously. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-quake-idUSKBN13V2SX Reuters]}}
  
==December 2012==
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{{newsitem|Electrical fault temporarily halts rail links with [[Paris]]|7 Dec|An equipment failure temporarily halted all rail traffic on Wednesday at the Gare du Nord station in Paris, including the international Eurostar and Thalys train links, the SNCF state rail company said. Traffic gradually began returning to normal more than two hours after being affected by "an electrical problem," the spokesman said. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-trains-idUSKBN13W1V9 Reuters]}}
{{newsitem| [[Guatemala]] Burning Devil Festival |7 Dec 2012| This is a religious festival which usually takes place on December 7th across Guatemala, best celebrated in [[Antigua]]. At 6pm piles of rubbish and giant effigies of Devils/Diablos are burnt in an attempt to rid the country of anyevil presence. In traditional South American Festival fashion there are plenty of fireworks and marimba bands will drown out the crackle of burning cardboard. [http://www.festivalpig.com/Guatemalas-Burning-Devil.html]}}
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{{newsitem|Bridgewater Festival of Lights, [[Bridgewater]] |7 Dec- 25 Dec 2012| The festival features an incredible display of 200,000 lights holiday lights, including a huge animated village the entire family can walk through together. You will be able to taste and feel the holiday season, sipping on a cup of hot chocolate while standing beside a roaring fire. Hours of operation are 4:45pm to 8:30pm weeknights and 4:45pm to 9:30pm weekends. This is going to be the last year of the festival. [http://bridgewaterfestivaloflights.com/index.php]}}
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{{newsitem| Saint Lucy's Day |13 Dec 2012| This is a Lutheran, Catholic and Orthodox Christian holy day that’s celebrated throughout the world, particularly in [[Sweden]], [[Scandinavia]] and [[Italy]]. St. Lucy Day celebrates, with Advent, the start of the Christmas season as well as the winter solstice. In [[Scandinavia]], St. Lucy Day celebrates the “Festival of Lights.” Scandinavia has some of the darkest winters in the world, so a celebration of light holds much meaning. In the [[United States]] it is celebrated with cookies on the mantel in states for a large number of people of Scandinavian ancestry, often centered around church events. [http://www.cafemom.com/group/107447/forums/read/17680448/How_to_celebrate_Saint_Lucys_Day].}}
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{{newsitem| Samurai Festival [[Tokyo]] |14 Dec 2012| This Asian festival is a A parade of "47 Ronin Warriors" accompanied by enemy lords, floats, folk dancers and traditional Japanese music with a fife band. The parade starts from Ako Castle and passes passing through the city's busiest streets, and reaches the JR Banshu-Ako Sta. [http://www.festivalpig.com/Samurai-Festival-Tokyo.html]}}
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{{newsitem| [[Oaxaca]] Radish Festival, [[Mexico]] |23 Dec 2012| This is a Mexican festival, known as Noche de Rábanos in Spanish. Everyone gathers in the Plaza Zócalo and an exhibition of sculptures made from a type of large red radish which can weigh up to 3.00 kilograms ensues. Sculptures are made to look like to Jesus and other regulars to the nativity scene as well as local folklore characters. This event manages to attract thousands of spectators every year, the event builds up from about a week before with local events organized and artists keeping their radishes fresh by spraying them with water. This event manages to attract thousands of spectators every year, the event builds up from about a week before with local events organized and artists keeping their radishes fresh by spraying them with water [http://www.festivalpig.com/Oaxaca-Radish-Festival.html]}}
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==November 2012==
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{{newsitem|Flood kills at least 13 people in central [[Vietnam]]|5 Dec|Floods brought by torrential rain since late November have killed at least 13 people in central Vietnam while more heavy rain is expected in coming days, the government and state media said on Sunday. Six people have died in floods in Binh Dinh province since Thursday and another four were killed in Quang Ngai province, while more than 10,000 homes in the two provinces were submerged, the government said. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-vietnam-floods-idUSKBN13T08L Reuters]}}
{{newsitem|National Day, [[Abu Dhabi]] |2 Dec 2012| The city will be decked out in shades of red, white and green as the [[United Arab Emirates]] marks its 40th National Day. Flags and fireworks galore can be expected [http://www.cntraveller.com/news/2011/november/events-around-the-world-in-december].}}
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{{newsitem|General strike could disrupt [[Europe]]an flights|28 Nov 2012| Flights are likely to be disrupted for three days as a result of the Europe-wide general strike to begin on Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012. The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) strike action has been backed by unions in [[Greece]], [[Portugal]], [[Spain]] and the [[Canary Islands]]. Passengers booked to fly on all affected European sectors should check the updates on their airline's website.[http://www.travelmole.com]}}
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{{newsitem|Gunman takes hostages in [[Paris]] travel agency robbery|2 Dec|A gunman has taken hostage about half a dozen people at a travel agency in southern Paris in what appears to be a robbery, a police source said on Friday. Armed police are on the scene, the source said, adding that the incident did not appear to be terrorism linked. The travel agency, which is used in particular by Asian customers who deal in cash transactions, has previously been held up, the source added. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-robbery-idUSKBN13R2DE Reuters]}}
  
{{newsitem|Protests in [[Cairo]]|27 Nov 2012| Waves of protesters poured into Cairo’s Tahrir Square today to protest the far-reaching constitutional declaration made by President Mohammed Morsi last week that has essentially granted him unchecked power. Violence immediately broke out with clashes between Morsi opponents, supporters and police leading to more than 500 injuries and at least three deaths. [http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/11/egyptians-protest-presidents-power-grab/]}}
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==November==
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{{newsitem|UN alarm as thousands flee [[Aleppo]] fight|29 Nov|Up to 16,000 civilians have been displaced by the Syrian government's advance into besieged rebel-held areas of the city of Aleppo, the UN says. Humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien said thousands more were likely to flee if the fighting continued to spread and intensify in the coming days. He expressed concern about their fate, calling the situation deeply alarming. Troops and militiamen have retaken more than a third of the rebel-held eastern half of Aleppo since the weekend. Overnight, at least 18 people were killed in government air strikes on the remaining rebel-held areas, including 12 in the Shaar district near the new northern frontline, according to a UK-based monitoring group. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38143187 BBC]}}
  
{{newsitem|[[Syria]]n Warplanes Bomb Olive Oil Factory|27 Nov 2012| Syrian warplanes bombed an olive oil factory packed with farmers, killing at least 20 people in the latest regime strike to rip through a crowd of civilians. The bombing comes as the civil war takes a devastating toll on an already beleaguered population. The conflict in Syria started 20 months ago as an uprising against Assad, whose family has ruled Syria for four decades. The conflict quickly morphed into a civil war, with rebels taking up arms to fight back against a bloody crackdown by the government. According to activists, some 40,000 people have been killed since March 2011. [http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/syrian-warplanes-bomb-olive-oil-factory-20-killed-17820388#.ULUl7YaGxSE]}}
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{{newsitem|[[US]] wildfires threaten resort towns|29 Nov|Mandatory evacuations are under way in [[Gatlinburg]], [[Tennessee]], after wildfires set many houses and a hotel ablaze. The fires also threatened Dollywood, a theme park owned by the county music icon and actress Dolly Parton, and an aquarium housing thousands of animals. There are fears that a storm system approaching the area will fan the flames, and that the forecast rain will not be enough to quell them. Several southern states are battling wildfires after months of drought. The wildfires, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, are reportedly growing increasingly unpredictable and dangerous. The Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge has evacuated guests from some of its properties, but so far no structures have been damaged, a spokesperson said. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38142907 BBC]}}
  
{{newsitem|[[EasyJet]] to launch first flights to [[Moscow]] outside [[London]]|27 Nov 2012| EasyJet will launch the first ever scheduled flights from Manchester to Moscow next spring, when it will also start flying to the [[Russia]]n capital from London Gatwick for first time.The four flights a week service to Moscow will go on sale in the next few weeks. The airline will also launch flights from Manchester to Prague and Thessaloniki in the spring.[http://www.travelmole.com]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Costa Rica]] deaths as Hurricane Otto hits|25 Nov| A number of people are dead or missing in Costa Rica after Hurricane Otto made landfall as a Category Two storm. Otto, the southernmost hurricane on record to hit Central America, struck a sparsely-populated area of southern Nicaragua on Thursday. Neighbouring Costa Rica had ordered 4,000 people from the Caribbean coast. At about the same time the storm hit, a powerful earthquake shook Nicaragua and El Salvador, briefly triggering a tsunami alert. The 7.0 magnitude quake in the Pacific Ocean was about 120km (75 miles) off the coast of El Salvador. There were no reports of damage or casualties but residents were initially advised to evacuate coastal areas. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later said the threat had passed. Media in Nicaragua said one woman died of a heart attack after hearing the tsunami warning. Meanwhile, in Costa Rica, president Luis Guillermo Solis said an unknown number were dead or missing after the hurricane. The country had not been directly hit by a hurricane since records began in 1851. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38103330 BBC]}}
  
{{newsitem|Traditional Christmas Markets, [[Germany]]|23 Nov-23 Dec 2012| The events are taking place nationwide with over 2,500 markets that will illuminate Germany's town squares. You would be able to see beautifully decorated stalls that offer handicrafts and gifts, festive baked treats, Glühwein and delicious regional specialities. All the while, choirs and brass-bands provide festive musical accompaniment. Particularly popular with visitors are [[Nuremberg]]'s Christkindlesmarkt and the Striezelmarkt in [[Dresden]].[http://www.germany.travel/en/specials/christmas/christmas.html]}}
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{{newsitem|Ancient city is discovered in [[Egypt]]|25 Nov| Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed what they describe as a city that dates back more than 5,000 years, containing houses, tools, pottery and huge graves. It lies by the River Nile, close to the Temple of Seti the First in Abydos. Experts say the size of the 15 newly discovered graves indicates the high social standing of those buried. It is believed the city was home to important officials and tomb builders and would have flourished during early-era ancient Egyptian times. The discovery comes at a time when the country is trying re-energise its tourism industry, which has suffered amid militant violence since President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38084391 BBC]}}
  
{{newsitem|Holiday Folk Fair International, [[Milwaukee]]|16-18 Nov 2012| The three-day event features the All Nations Theater with traditional music and dance, the World Cafe offering traditional dishes, the International Stage where young people perform their ethnic dances, the Music Pavilion with a variety of musical styles, Heritage Lane with unique traditions and customs through interactive exhibits, the International Bazaar where cultural artefacts create a unique shopping experience, and the Callen Construction Cooking Demonstration Stage featuring local chefs preparing traditional cuisine. Holiday Folk Fair International will also host a United States Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony on Saturday, 17 Nov at 10:30 and a 5 km Run/Walk on Sun, 18 Nov 2012at 09:00 [http://www.folkfair.org/index.html]}}
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{{newsitem|Riot in [[Bulgaria]]'s largest refugee centre|25 Nov| Some 1,500 migrants have clashed with police in Bulgaria's largest refugee centre, two days after the facility was sealed off following reports of an alleged infection outbreak. Officials said the claims were false. The Harmanli centre is home to 3,000 people, mostly Afghan refugees. Protesters threw stones at riot police, who used water cannon to disperse them. Some 13,000 migrants are still stranded in Bulgaria, the [[European Union]]'s poorest country. In an attempt to prevent illegal crossings, the country built a fence on its border with Turkey and reinforced its border controls. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38090753 BBC]}}
  
{{newsitem|Conflict in Gaza|16 Nov 2012| The conflict between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip has presented the first major test for [[Egypt]]’s newly elected president, as he seeks to balance close ties to Gaza’s Islamist rulers and respect for Egypt’s three-decade-old peace treaty with Israel. President Mohamed Morsi condemned Israel’s continuing air offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza on Thursday, 15 Nov 2012, and ordered his prime minister to visit the embattled enclave, sounding an angrier and more confrontational tone toward Israel than has been evident from Cairo in decades. [http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egyptian-delegation-to-visit-besieged-gaza-strip/2012/11/15/d059d6dc-2f4b-11e2-a30e-5ca76eeec857_story.html]}}
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{{newsitem| Attack on Shia pilgrims in [[Iraq]] kills 77|25 Nov| Some 77 people, most of them Shia pilgrims from Iran and Afghanistan, have been killed in a truck bomb attack in Iraq, officials say. The blast struck at a petrol station and restaurant near Hilla, some 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad. Bus loads of pilgrims had stopped there on their way home from commemorating Arbaeen in the holy city of Karbala. Some 40 people were wounded. The jihadist group Islamic State said it carried out the attack. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38090006 BBC]}}
  
{{newsitem|Leonid Meteor Shower 2012|16-17 Nov 2012| Every year at this time, the Leonid meteor shower briefly brightens the sky. While Saturday morning is the peak, there can be Leonid meteors several nights before and after. Be alert as most meteors streak by in a second or less, sometimes in clusters. The best way to see them is to find a nice, dark place with no street lights and as few trees as possible, and look up. [http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/leonid-meteor-shower-2012-shooting-stars-saturday-morning].}}
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{{newsitem|Lufthansa cancels 900 flights amid strike|23 Nov| Lufthansa has cancelled almost 900 flights after it lost an eleventh-hour legal bid to halt a pilots strike. The two-day strike over pay began at midnight local time, with Lufthansa saying about 100,000 passengers will be affected. Flights by Lufthansa's other airlines including Eurowings, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines are not affected, the airline said. The industrial action is part of a long-running pay dispute at Lufthansa. [http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38074012 BBC]}}
  
{{newsitem|Gang violence escalates in [[Sao Paulo]]|15 Nov 2012| Violence is gripping [[Brazil]]'s biggest city - at least seven people were killed in Sao Paulo in just one night this week. More than 250 civilians and 100 police officers have died recently as criminal gangs fight the police. It is believed this is a reaction to a crackdown on the operations of the state's largest criminal faction, and to violence used by the police to combat the group. As the battle has spread, innocent people are caught in the crossfire.[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-20351971].}}
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{{newsitem|Hurricane Otto threatens [[Central America]]|23 Nov| A storm in the [[Caribbean]] has been upgraded to a hurricane and is threatening [[Costa Rica]] and southern [[Nicaragua]], forecasters say. They warned that Hurricane Otto may have winds of 90 mph (145km/h) when it makes landfall early on Thursday. At least four people have already died in [[Panama]] in severe weather caused by the approach of the storm. The hurricane is moving west at 2 mph (4km/h) after being almost stationary throughout Tuesday, experts say. The US National Hurricane Center says Otto is now blowing at about 75 mph (120km/h) as it approaches northern Costa Rica and southern Nicaragua. The governments of Nicaragua and Costa Rica have issued a hurricane watch from Costa Rica's southern border to the city of [[Bluefields]] in Nicaragua. There is also a likelihood of dangerous surf and rip current conditions over the next few days along the coasts of Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, officials say. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38073227 BBC]}}
  
{{newsitem|Diwali- Festival of Lights|13 Nov 2012|Diwali represents the start of the Hindu New Year and is celebrated as the victory of light over darkness. Lots of small clay lamps and candles are lit and placed in houses, and fireworks are let off everywhere, giving Diwali its name of "Festival of Lights". The festival is also celebrated in many cities in United States [http://goindia.about.com/od/festivalsevents/tp/india-in-november.htm].}}  
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{{newsitem|[[Bolivia]] schools close due to drought|23 Nov| Authorities in three Bolivian regions have called an end to the school year two weeks early as the country suffers from a severe and prolonged drought. Three reservoirs which supply the largest city, [[La Paz]], are almost dry, and water rationing is in effect until further notice. More than 125,000 families are thought to be affected, with some communities only receiving water every third day. President Evo Morales declared a national state of emergency on Monday. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38073575 BBC]}}
  
{{newsitem|[[Hawaii]]'s Coffee Cultural Festival|November 2-11 2012|[[Hawaii]]'s longest-running food and coffee festival revolves around America's favorite caffeinated beverage. The ten-day Kona Coffee Cultural Festival offers community events such as art exhibits, Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant, cupping competition, a coffee-bean picking contest and parades[http://www.konacoffeefest.com/].}}  
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{{newsitem|7.3 magnitude quake hits [[Japan]], [[Fukushima]] residents urged to flee|21 Nov| An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 hit northern Japan on Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, issuing tsunami advisories for much of the nation's northern Pacific coast. The epicenter of the earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10 km, the agency said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-38032989 Reuters]}}
  
{{newsitem|Charles Dickens's 200th Birthday Celebration|November 4 2012|[[Portsmouth]], a bustling seaport city in England, is celebrating the 200th birthday of its native son Charles Dickens. Dickens 2012 events include the special City Museum exhibition "A Tale of One City" (through November 4) depicting life in Portsmouth circa 1812-1870, and free guided walking tours departing from the entrance to the Historic Dockyard[http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/best-trips-fall-2012].}}
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{{newsitem| [[Kabul]] mosque suicide attack kills dozens|21 Nov| A suicide bomber has killed at least 27 people in a suicide attack on a Shia Muslim mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, police say. Another 35 were wounded in the blast at the Baqir ul Olum mosque. The attacker was on foot and blew himself up among crowds inside the building, one report said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. [[Afghanistan]] has largely been spared levels of sectarian violence seen by Pakistan and Iraq. Shia make up about 15% of the population in Afghanistan. An attack in July, claimed by so-called Islamic State, killed 80 people at a Shia protest march in Kabul. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38048604 BBC]}}
  
==October 2012==
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{{newsitem| [[India]] rail crash raises concerns of underinvestment|21 Nov| Indian rescue workers concluded their search of the mangled carriages of a derailed train on Monday, bringing the number of passengers killed in the disaster to at least 142 and the injured to more than 200. Sunday's derailment in the state of [[Uttar Pradesh]] was India's deadliest train crash since 2010 and has renewed concern about the poor safety standard of the state-run network, which is a lifeline for millions of Indians but has suffered from chronic underinvestment. Police at the accident site said rescue teams had finished their search for bodies buried in the 14 carriages that derailed in the early hours while most of the more than 500 passengers were asleep. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-train-idUSKBN13G0EX Reuters]}}
  
{{newsitem|2012 [[California]] Theme Park Halloween Events|October 31|Virtually every major theme parks and amusement parks now offer Halloween-themed events. But the concept began in [[California]] when Knott's Berry Farm morphed into Knott's Scary Farm in 1972. That park is celebrating its 40th anniversary hosting its annual Haunt. Moreover, Universal Studio Hollywood organizes Halloween Horror Night and Disney Resort prepares Mickey's Halloween Party [http://themeparks.about.com/od/californiathemeparktrips/a/2011-California-Theme-Park-Halloween-Events.htm].}}
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{{newsitem| Zika virus no longer an emergency- WHO|18 Nov| The mosquito-borne Zika virus will no longer be treated as an international medical emergency, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared. By lifting its nine-month-old declaration, the UN's health agency is acknowledging that Zika is here to stay. The infection has been linked to severe birth defects in almost 30 countries. These include microcephaly, where babies are born with abnormally small heads and restricted brain development. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-38032989 BBC]}}
  
{{newsitem|White Truffle Fair in [[Italy]]|October 6- November 18 2012|Northwest [[Italy]]'s Piedmont region celebrates the [[Alba]] International White Truffle Fair, staged every weekend from early October through mid-November. Alba truffle, the world's most prized and pungent tubers are named for [[Alba]], a medieval town located about an hour's train ride southeast of [[Turin]].[http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/best-trips-fall-2012]}}  
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{{newsitem| Thousands of Indonesians expected to rally against rising intolerance|18 Nov| Thousands of Indonesians are expected to rally on Saturday against what they see as growing racial and religious intolerance in the world's largest Muslim-majority country. Religious leaders, human right groups and other organizations will join the parade in central [[Jakarta]], spokeswoman Umi Azalea said by telephone. The movement was not political but aimed at "celebrating [[Indonesia]]'s diversity", Azalea said. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-politics-rally-idUSKBN13D15P Reuters]}}
  
{{newsitem|Perfect Storm on the East Coast|26 October 2012| Forecasters are now warning about a "perfect storm"- a direct hit of Hurricane Sandy, an arctic front and a jet stream- that will crash through the East Coast, specifically [[New York City]] and northward. The height of the storm is expected to occur Tuesday but forecasters say that it could take its time, lingering in the atmosphere over the same locations for five or six days. Hurricane Sandy crashed through the [[Caribbean]] today, exploding in size and strength as it hit the [[Bahamas]] after pounding [[Jamaica]][http://abcnews.go.com/US/hurricane-sandy-heads-north-east-coast-readies-perfect].}}  
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{{newsitem| Train to [[Peru]]'s [[Machu Picchu]] suspends service due to threat of protest|17 Nov| PeruRail, the company that takes hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors to the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu each year, suspended service indefinitely on Thursday due to the threat of violent protests. PeruRail said in a statement it would run a few trains to evacuate tourists who are already at the site, one of [[South America]]'s most popular tourist attractions, and will refund tickets that have been purchased. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-machu-picchu-idUSKBN13C1WR Reuters]}}
  
{{newsitem|Ceasefire in [[Syria]]|26 October 2012|For the past couple of months everybody was observing the fierce fighting happening in [[Syria]]. Activists say more than 35,000 people have been killed since then, while the UN estimates that at least 20,000 have died [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20087416]. However, on October 25th 2012 Syria’s government and rebel leaders have agreed a four-day ceasefire to begin on Friday October 26th 2012 for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20087416]. There are many doubts if the agreement holds since previous attempts at ceasefires in [[Syria]] had collapsed, and the violence had continued to escalate. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, welcomed the announcement, but his spokesman said the "world is now watching" to see if the guns fall silent on Friday[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9634345/Syria-Bashar-al-Assad-agrees-to-ceasefire-but-rebels-advance-in-Aleppo.html].}}  
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{{newsitem| At least four dead in mall fire in [[Peru]] before global summit|16 Nov| At least four people died in a fire in a movie theater at a popular seaside mall in [[Lima]] on Wednesday, authorities said, ahead of a global summit bringing together presidents from the [[United States]], [[Russia]], [[China]] and [[Japan]] this week. The government of Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said the fire at the Larcomar shopping center appears to have been started by a short circuit. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-fire-idUSKBN13B2DV Reuters]}}
  
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{{newsitem| [[Cuba]] pardons 787 prisoners after pope's call for mercy|15 Nov| Cuba has pardoned 787 convicts in response to Pope Francis' Holy Year call to all heads of state for acts of clemency, the ruling Communist Party newspaper Granma reported on Tuesday. Those pardoned include women, youths, people who are ill and "other categories," according to Granma. A list of names has not been made public. Cuba, which has denied that it has political prisoners, said those convicted of murder, rape, child abuse and drug trafficking would be excluded from the pardons. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cuba-prisoners-idUSKBN13A1QI Reuters]}}
{{newsitem|Islamist Rebels Destroy Historic Shrines of Timbuktu—a UNESCO World Heritage Site|1 July 2012|Members of the rebel group Ansar Dine called for the destruction of all of the historic shrines of [[Timbuktu]] and began carrying out the destruction of several over the past few days. The group has implemented sharia law in areas it controls, including mandatory veils for women, the stoning of adulterers, & mutilation of thieves. The Islamist rebels have now called for the destruction of ''all'' shrines in the city, considering them to be a form of idolatry forbidden in their view of Islam (although revered by local Sufis). One shrine was destroyed in May and this past weekend armed men, including many foreigners, surrounded six shrines and began to destroy them using shovels, axes, and smashing objects inside. Thirteen other shrines, dating from as early as the 13th century, are among those composing the World Heritage Site. Mali's government has called the actions a 'war crime' and there has been plenty of outcry from UNESCO members as well. An Ansar Dine spokesperson replied "We are subject to religion and not to international opinion." The group, along with secular Tuareg rebels, captured much of northern Mali in March, and after a short joint rule, the former gained control of the region, forcing over 300, 000 residents to flee, including most of Timbuktu's population. There is also concern for 700, 000 ancient manuscripts kept in the city .[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18665522 BBC article] [http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/119 UNESCO WHS listing]}}
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{{newsitem|Solomon Islands Host Quadrennial Festival of Pacific Arts|1 July 2012|The [[Solomon Islands]] will host the largest cultural festival in the South Pacific, the quadrennial Festival of Pacific Arts, which runs from July 1-14. The festival, held every 4 years since 1972, brings together artisans from 27 Pacific nations and territories to showcase crafts, music, dance, literature, and more. The theme for this festival is "Culture in Harmony With Nature". Delegates are selected by their home country/territory and attend the festival to showcase their home rather than compete—a rare cultural exchange between somewhat simmilar cultures that are separated by long distances and few transport options. Events will be held in purpose built a purpose-built village near [[Honiara]], with some festivities held in other locations. The Solomon Islands claim this to be their biggest tourism event ever and are improving tourist facilities and cleaning up the image of Honiara. National airline Solomons Airlines is adding extra flights between Honiara-Brisbane, Australia around the festival. The next FoPA won't be held until 2016 in Guam. [http://www.festivalofpacificarts.com/index.html]}}
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{{newsitem| [[New Zealand]] begins evacuating tourists from quake-hit town|14 Nov| New Zealand emergency services and defense personnel began evacuating hundreds of tourists and residents from the [[South Island]] town of [[Kaikoura]] on Tuesday, a day after a powerful earthquake hit the region, killing two people. The 7.8-magnitude tremor, which struck just after midnight on Sunday, destroyed historic farm homesteads, sent glass and masonry toppling from high rises in the capital [[Wellington]] and cut road and rail links throughout the northeast of the South Island. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-quake-newzealand-idUSKBN1392E7 Reuters]}}
  
==June 2012==
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{{newsitem| A powerful earthquake has struck [[New Zealand]]'s South Island|13 Nov| A powerful magnitude-7.8 earthquake has struck New Zealand's [[South Island]], killing at least two people. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.4 quake hit just after midnight (11:02 GMT on Sunday), some 95km (59 miles) from [[Christchurch]]. It was felt as far afield as the capital [[Wellington]] on the North Island, 120 miles (200km) away.
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A tsunami arrived about two hours later. Officials warned everyone along the eastern coast to head inland or for higher ground. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37967178 BBC]}}
  
{{newsitem|California Adventure expands|15 June 2012|Disney California Adventure, the little-sister second gate at [[Disneyland]] in Anaheim, California, today unveils the largest expansion in its eleven-year history. The entrance area has been re-themed to resemble 1920s-era Los Angeles, the time when a young Walt Disney arrived to begin his storied career.  In the back of the park, a new land called Cars Land recreates the [[Route 66]] town of Radiator Springs from the ''Cars'' films, with three much-anticipated new rides and truly monumental theming.}}
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{{newsitem| [[India]] rupees, chaos at banks continues after ATMs reopen |11 Nov| Long queues continue outside banks and several ATMs have run out of cash in India, three days after 500 ($7) and 1,000 rupee notes were withdrawn as part of anti-corruption measures. The BBC visited many ATMs of big banks in [[Delhi]] and [[Mumbai]] but found them either shut or not dispensing cash. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-37947449 Reuters]}}
  
==May 2012==
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{{newsitem| Riots, demolitions leave 30,000 homeless in [[Nigeria]]'s megacity, rights group says |10 Nov| Some 30,000 residents of the Nigerian megacity [[Lagos]] have become homeless because of state-ordered demolitions and riots among slum dwellers competing for jobs and space, residents and a rights group said on Thursday. The violence highlights the challenges of a rapidly rising population unable to provide enough jobs and housing for its 180 million people. Many end up trying to migrate to Europe by boat from lawless [[Libya]]. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nigeria-violence-idUSKBN13525M Reuters]}}
  
{{newsitem|New low-cost airline in Colombia|30 May 2012|VivaColombia, the new airline, will use [[Medellín]] international airport as the hub, with one-way flights starting at COP 54.000 (USD 30). The maiden flight was from Medellín to Bogotá on May 24th.[http://colombiareports.com/travel-in-colombia/113-general/24252-low-cost-airline-vivacolombia-takes-to-the-skies.html] }}
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{{newsitem| Anxious world leaders seek clarity on Trump policies |9 Nov| World leaders offered to work with Donald Trump when he takes over as [[U.S.]] president, but expressed anxiety over how he will handle problems from the [[Middle East]] to an assertive [[Russia]] and whether he will carry out a number of campaign threats. Several authoritarian and right-wing leaders hailed the billionaire businessman and former TV show host, who won the leadership of the world's most powerful country against the odds in Tuesday's election. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-reaction-idUSKBN13410L Reuters]}}
  
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{{newsitem| At least seven killed in [[London]] tram accident; driver arrested |9 Nov| At least seven people were killed and more than 50 injured when a tram overturned on Wednesday morning in south London, police said and later confirmed the driver had been arrested. Early indications were that the tram was travelling too fast on a sharp bend, investigators said. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-tram-trapped-idUSKBN1340WI Reuters]}}
  
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{{newsitem| Millions of Americans turn out on Election Day to pick the next [[U.S.]] president |8 Nov| After a long and exceptionally negative campaign, Americans by the millions voted on Tuesday for their next president as opinion polls showed Democrat Hillary Clinton with a narrow lead over Republican Donald Trump. In a battle that focused on the character of the candidates, Clinton, 69, a former U.S. first lady, senator and secretary of state, and Trump, 70, a [[New York]] businessman, made final, fervent appeals to voters late on Monday to turn out at the polls. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-idUSKBN1320IQ Reuters]}}
  
{{newsitem|Ice hockey world championship kicks off in Finland and Sweden|4 May 2012|For the first time the annual world championship in ice hockey will be held in two countries - Finland and Sweden. Half of the matches are to be played in [[Stockholm]] and the other half in [[Helsinki]] where also the final match takes place on the 20th of May.[http://www.iihf.com/channels-12/iihf-world-championship-wc12/home/welcome.html] }}
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{{newsitem| [[India]] scraps 500 and 1,000 rupee bank notes overnight |8 Nov| Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the existing 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes will be withdrawn from the financial system overnight. The surprise move is part of a crackdown on corruption and illegal cash holdings, he said in a nationwide address on television. [http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37906742 BBC]}}
  
==April 2012==
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{{newsitem| Ten killed in floods in northern [[Haiti]] |8 Nov| Floods triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 10 people in northern Haiti, officials say.  Officials said 300mm (almost one foot) of rain had fallen in just 48 hours. The flooding comes just over a month after Hurricane Matthew devastated large parts of the country and killed more than 500 people. Many neighbourhoods of Cap-Haitien are flooded. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37900952 BBC]}}
{{newsitem|Earthquake off Indonesia triggers tsunami alert|11 April 2012|An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 8.7, which was felt as far away as [[India]], has struck near [[Aceh]] Province of [[Indonesia]]. A regional tsunami alert has been issued. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17675399]}}
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==March 2012==
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{{newsitem|Floods kill 15 in [[Vietnam]], thousands evacuated|7 Nov|Floods in Vietnam's central, central highland and southern provinces have left 15 people dead and six missing and displaced thousands, the Department of Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said on Monday. Flooding from very heavy rain brought by cold air and a tropical low pressure system last week have blocked roads, destroyed more than 200 houses and inundated more than 40,000 other houses in 12 provinces, the department said in a report. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-vietnam-floods-idUSKBN1320Q7 Reuters]}}
{{newsitem|Walk About Love starts Walking|20 March 2012|Israel's biggest traveling festival is about to Walk again, Backpackers from all over the world unite with a message to walk in Peace across entire Israel & Palestine, they will start walking from Eilat on the Red Sea in South Israel and cross the entire Negev & Judea deserts and up to Jerusalem than to Tel Aviv and north to Mt. Hermon all through April, May & June. [http://www.walkaboutlove.org.il]}}
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{{newsitem|Japan Introduces New and Cheaper Airlines|1 March 2012|In order to remain competitive in the airline industry and to encourage travel in [[Japan]], a few new airlines have begun operation in Japan with bases in different parts and even some international flights. The new airlines are Air Asia ([[Tokyo]]-based), Jet Star Japan (Tokyo), Peach Aviation ([[Osaka]]), SkyMark (Tokyo and [[Kobe]]), and Air Do (Tokyo and [[Sapporo]]). The list of available flights is currently small but over the next few months new flights are being added, and some will even offer flights to [[Seoul]], [[Taipei]], [[Hong Kong]] and [[Busan]].[http://www.japan-guide.com/news/0020.html]}}
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{{newsitem|Magnitude 6.4 quake shakes central [[Chile]]; no damage, injuries reported|4 Nov|TA 6.4-magnitude quake rattled central Chile on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital, but authorities said there were no immediate injuries or damage to infrastructure or mines reported. Chile's emergency office Onemi called it a "major" seismic event, and said it was evaluating whether any damage had taken place. The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the quake was about 45 miles (72 km) northeast of [[Talca]] and around 119 miles south of [[Santiago]], at a depth of about 56 miles. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-chile-quake-idUSKBN12Z26F Reuters]}}
  
==February 2012==
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{{newsitem|[[Pakistan]] express train collision kills at least 20|3 Nov|TA long-distance train collided into stationary coaches in the Pakistani port city of [[Karachi]] on Thursday, killing at least 20 people, hospital officials said, in the country's second major rail collision in less than two months. Television footage showed mangled and overturned carriages, and media reported rescuers were working to free people trapped in the wreckage. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-accident-idUSKBN12Y08M Reuters]}}
  
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{{newsitem|[[U.S.]] issues travel advisory for [[India]] amid fears of Islamic State attacks|1 Nov|The U.S. embassy in New Delhi issued a security message to American citizens in India on Tuesday to be vigilant following reports that Islamic State may be planning to attack targets there. "Recent Indian media reports indicate ISIL's desire to attack targets in India," the advisory said, warning of an increased threat to places frequented by Westerners such as religious sites, markets and festival venues. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-usa-islamic-state-idUSKBN12W4OS Reuters]}}
  
{{newsitem|Kairakuen Reopens for the First Time After Quake|7 February 2012|The earthquake that struck Japan last March, nearly a year ago, caused damage to Kairakuen Garden in [[Mito]], one of the official [[Japan's Top 3|top three gardens]] of Japan which forced them to close the garden in order to repair and restore the damaged sections. Now, restoration work has finally finished and the garden is open just in time for its famous plum blossom festival.}}
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==October==
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{{newsitem|[[Italy]] struggles in quake aftermath|31 Oct|Thousands of people in central Italy have spent the night in cars, tents and temporary shelters following the fourth earthquake in the area in three months. The 6.6-magnitude quake - Italy's strongest in decades - struck close to the region where nearly 300 people were killed by a quake in August. This time no-one appears to have died in the quake near the town of Norcia, but about 20 people were injured. More than 100 aftershocks were registered overnight into Monday. These included one with a magnitude of 4.2. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37817399 BBC]}}
  
{{Newsitem|Floods in Eastern Australia|3 February 2012|Residents of the [[Australia]]n states of [[New South Wales]] and [[Queensland]] are battling floods that have trapped over 17000 residents after heavy rains. 16 towns in NSW have been declared disaster zones, and the rains are expected to continue. [http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/residents-trapped-as-floodwaters-isolate-towns-20120203-1qxk6.html] [http://media.smh.com.au/news/environment-news/moree-and-taree-worst-hit-by-floods-2934288.html]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Delhi]] chokes after Diwali fireworks|31 Oct|Angry residents of the Indian capital, Delhi, are sharing images of smog, one day after Diwali celebrations saw huge quantities of fireworks set off. Levels of particulate matter in the air hazardous to health rose to nearly 10 times the safe limit of 100. Authorities had warned that Delhi faced a polluted Diwali because of factors like humidity and wind speed. Diwali, the most important Hindu festival in north India, celebrates the victory of good over evil. Fire crackers are regularly set off during the festivities but tend to worsen air quality. Delhi's local government announced last week that it would install air purifiers near roads in an effort to cut the effects of air pollution. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-37819843 BBC]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Nepal]] drains dangerous Everest lake|31 Oct| Nepal's army says it has finished draining a dangerous glacial lake near [[Mount Everest]] to a safe level. The Imja glacial lake, at nearly 5,000m (16,400ft) high, was in danger of flooding downstream settlements, trekking trails and bridges. The lake, which was originally 149m deep in places, has had its water levels lowered by 3.4m after months of painstaking work, officials say. Imja is one of thousands of glacial lakes in the Himalayas. Many of the lakes are said to be filling up fast because of accelerated melting of glaciers amid rising global temperatures. Last year's earthquake in Nepal is also feared to have further destabilised Lake Imja. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37797559 BBC]}}
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{{newsitem|Air strike kills 17 in [[Yemen]]|29 Oct|At least 17 civilians were killed in Yemen's southwestern province of [[Taiz]] on Saturday by a Saudi-led coalition air strike that struck a house, local officials and residents said. The raid targeted a house in the al-Salw district, the sources said, an area of Taiz where Houthi rebels and government forces backed by the coalition are fighting for control. Taiz is Yemen's third largest city with an estimated pre-war population of 300,000. The Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Houthi rebels and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who hold much of the north of Yemen including the capital Sanaa, since March 2015 to try to restore the internationally recognized President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. The exiled Hadi on Saturday rejected a U.N. peace proposal to end the turmoil saying the deal would only be a path to more war and destruction. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-taiz-idUSKCN12T0EF Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Syria]]n rebels launch [[Aleppo]] counter-attack to break siege|29 Oct|Syrian rebels including jihadists counter-attacked the army and its allies aiming to break a weeks-long siege on eastern Aleppo, insurgents said. The assault, employing heavy shelling and suicide car bombs, was mainly focused on the city's western edge by rebels based in the countryside outside Aleppo. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor, said more than 15 civilians had been killed and 100 wounded by rebel shelling of government-held western Aleppo. State media reported that seven civilians were killed. There were conflicting accounts of advances in areas on the city's outskirts. Aleppo, Syria's biggest pre-war city, has become the main theater of conflict between President Bashar al-Assad, backed by Iran, Russia and Shi'ite militias, and Sunni rebels including some supported by Turkey, Gulf monarchies and the United States. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-offensive-idUSKCN12S0QP Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|Thousands protest in [[South Korea]]|29 Oct|Thousands of South Koreans rallied in [[Seoul]] on Saturday demanding the resignation of President Park Geun-hye, as a crisis deepened over allegations a friend exerted inappropriate influence over her and interfered in state affairs. The street protest came as prosecutors investigate presidential aides and other officials to determine whether they broke the law to allow Park's friend, Choi Soon-sil, to wield undue influence and gain financially. Angry Koreans say Park betrayed public trust and mismanaged the government, and has lost a mandate to lead the country. About 8,000 people attended the rally, according to police, organized by a group of left-leaning civic groups. Organizers said up to 30,000 people took part in the march through the capital. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-politics-idUSKCN12T08V Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|Clashes in [[Central African Republic|CAR]] leave 25 dead - UN|29 Oct|Twenty-five people have been killed in two days of violence in the Central African Republic, the UN peacekeeping mission has said. On Thursday, 15 people died in clashes between Muslim fighters of the former Seleka militia and the Christian vigilante anti-Balaka group, it said. Six police officers and four civilians died in an ambush on Friday. The Central African Republic has been wracked by conflict along religious and ethnic lines since 2013. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-37810363 BBC]}}
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{{newsitem|World's largest marine park created in [[Antarctic]] Ocean|28 Oct|Twenty-four countries and the European Union agreed on Friday to create the world's largest marine park in the Antarctic Ocean, covering a massive 1.55 million square km (600,000 square miles) of ocean. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, meeting in [[Hobart]], [[Australia]], said the Ross Sea marine park would be protected from commercial fishing for 35 years. The sanctuary will cover more than 12 percent of the Southern Ocean, which is home to more than 10,000 species including most of the world's penguins, whales, seabirds, colossal squid and Antarctic tooth fish. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-environment-antarctic-park-idUSKCN12S02C Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|Rescued migrants sing and dance after reaching [[Italy]]|28 Oct|Migrants broke into song and dance or clapped their hands with delight on Thursday as they were brought to Italy on a search and rescue ship after their rubber boats capsized at sea. The Responder, a vessel run by the Migrant Offshore Aid station, carried 347 people from [[Syria]], [[Libya]], [[Ghana]], [[Nigeria]], [[Niger]], [[Togo]], [[Pakistan]] and [[Morocco]] to mainland Italy on Thursday. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-at-sea-idUSKCN12S1NA Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|Strong earthquakes hit central [[Italy]]; no deaths reported|26 Oct|Two strong earthquakes rocked a wide area of central Italy on Wednesday, striking fear among residents rattled by a deadly tremor in August, but there were no reports of casualties. The quakes, which struck about two hours apart, caused the collapse of several old structures, including a number of historic rural churches that were empty at the time. The second quake was measured at 6.0 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey and the first measured 5.4. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-quake-idUSKCN12Q2FR Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Brazil]] plans to waive visas for visitors from [[U.S.]], [[Japan]]|24 Oct|Brazil's government is considering waiving visas for visitors from the United States, Japan, [[Canada]] and [[Australia]] to boost tourism, and could eventually extend the plan to include [[China]], a tourism ministry spokesman said on Monday. Brazil's President Michel Temer is keen to draw more foreign investment and visitors to Brazil to help pull Latin [[America]]'s largest nation from its worst recession since the 1930s Great Depression. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-visas-idUSKCN12O14I Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|[[France]] clears 'Jungle' migrant camp in [[Calais]], children in limbo|24 Oct|France began clearing the sprawling "Jungle" migrant camp on Monday as hundreds gave up on their dreams of reaching [[Britain]], a tantalizingly short sea crossing away. Following sporadic outbreaks of unrest overnight, the migrants chose instead with calm resignation to be relocated in France while their asylum requests are considered. By lunchtime more than 700 had left the squalid shanty-town outside Calais on France's northern coast for reception centers across the country. Hundreds more queued outside a hangar, waiting to be processed before the bulldozers move in. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-calais-idUSKCN12O0JN Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|Anti-IS forces attack town near [[Mosul]] |23 Oct|Kurdish forces have carried out new attacks on positions of so-called Islamic State (IS) in northern Iraq to retake the town of Bashiqa, near Mosul. Kurdish Peshmerga commanders said they made large advances into IS territory and secured part of a highway that will limit IS's freedom of movement. Turkey joined the fight against IS on Sunday, directing artillery fire at jihadist positions in Bashiqa. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37744702 BBC]}}
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{{newsitem| France prepares to demolish [[Calais]] camp |23 Oct| French officials are preparing for the clearance of the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, due to start on Monday.
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Authorities say some 7,000 people live in the camp in squalid conditions. They will be offered placements in refugee centres across France. But there is concern that some migrants will refuse to go because they still want to get to Britain. The [[UK]] has begun to accept some of the estimated 1,300 unaccompanied children from the camp. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37745386 BBC]}}
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{{newsitem| [[London]] City airport declared safe after 'chemical incident' |21 Oct|London City airport was declared safe on Friday after hundreds of passengers had to be evacuated and two were taken to hospital with breathing difficulties in an incident that police suspect was caused by CS gas. The airport was briefly closed as police and firefighters in protective equipment swept the terminal building of the airport with chemical detectors after several people were taken ill, some of them coughing violently. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-airport-idUSKCN12L2BZ Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem| South African police disperse student protesters outside Zuma's office |20 Oct|Police in [[Pretoria]] used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of students gathered outside South African President Jacob Zuma's offices on Thursday as yet another protest over the high cost of university education turned violent. Weeks of demonstrations calling for the scrapping of university fees, prohibitive for many black students, have highlighted frustration at enduring inequalities in [[South Africa]] more than two decades after the end of white minority rule. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-safrica-protests-idUSKCN12K1EV Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem| Toxic leak from [[US]] air force base |19 Oct|An air base in the US state of Colorado says it has accidentally released 150,000 gallons of toxic contaminated water into the sewer system of the nearby city of [[Colorado Springs]]. Peterson Air Force base said the water contained perfluorinated compounds or PFCs, a component of firefighting foam.
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{{newsitem| Police van rams [[Manila]] anti-US protesters |19 Oct|A police van has rammed protesters in the [[Philippines]] capital Manila as a demonstration outside the [[US]] embassy turned violent. Footage showed protesters surrounding the van and hitting it with batons taken from police. The vehicle then drives into the crowd several times, injuring a number of people. Hundreds had met to demand the US end its military presence in the country. President Rodrigo Duterte has queried long-standing ties with the US. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37702784 BBC]}}
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{{newsitem| Hundreds flee [[Mosul]] ahead of battle |19 Oct|Some 900 people have fled the [[Iraq]]i city of Mosul and crossed the border into [[Syria]], the UN refugee agency says. This is the first large group of civilians confirmed to have escaped since the Iraqi government began its offensive to liberate Mosul from the so-called Islamic State (IS) on Monday. Up to 1.5 million are thought to be in Mosul, with up to 5,000 IS fighters. There are fears the militants will use the civilians as human shields as Iraqi forces get closer to Mosul. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37701235 BBC]}}
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{{newsitem| Samsung Reps Assist Travelers at [[SFO]] Following Recall|18 Oct|Samsung representatives are standing by at SFO([[San Francisco]] International Airport) in case people bring their potentially dangerous Galaxy Note7's to the airport. SFO says Samsung reps are now located in front of security checkpoints. Customers can go there to swap out their recalled phones or get a refund. Right now, Note7's are banned on all [[U.S.]] flights after several reports of fires. [http://abc7news.com/1559395/ ABC 7 News]}}
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{{newsitem| EU should prepare for jihadists|18 Oct|The [[EU|European Union]] should be prepared for returning jihadists if the so-called Islamic State (IS) is driven out of its [[Iraq]]i stronghold, [[Mosul]], the EU's security commissioner warns. Iraqi forces launched what is expected to be a lengthy offensive on Monday. As many as 5,000 IS fighters are believed to remain in Mosul. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37689210 BBC]}}
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{{newsitem| Hitler house in [[Austria]] to be demolished after long row|17 Oct|The house in Austria where Adolf Hitler was born is set to be demolished to stop it becoming a focal point for neo-Nazis. The future of the former guesthouse has been widely debated, with opinion torn between razing it or changing its use. The argument was further complicated after its owner refused to sell. But Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said a committee of experts had decided that the house should be demolished, reported Austrian newspaper Die Presse. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37682298 BBC]}}
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{{newsitem| Hurricane Nicole batters [[Bermuda]]|14 Oct|Hurricane Nicole has roared across Bermuda, tearing roofs from buildings and uprooting trees, before moving out into the Atlantic Ocean. The storm had weakened from a Category Four to a Category Three, but still had maximum sustained winds of more than 205km/h (125mph). Teams are out clearing roads and repairing buildings and power lines. Last week Hurricane Matthew devastated parts of [[Haiti]], killing hundreds of people. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37641944 BBC]}}
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{{newsitem| As [[Thailand|Thais]] mourn, tourists cautioned against behaving badly|14 Oct|Embassies in Thailand have advised tourists to respect the feelings of the Thai people following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a man seen as a father-figure in the country. King Bhumibol, who was the world's longest-reigning monarch, died on Thursday aged 88, sparking an outpouring of grief. The government has declared one year of official mourning and asked Thais to wear black and avoid "festivities" for 30 days. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, however, has called on businesses to stay active. The cabinet declared a government holiday for mourning on Friday but the Stock Exchange of Thailand and banks operated normally. Britain's Foreign Office said in a travel advisory those traveling to Thailand had to be respectful of people's feelings. "You should respect the sensitivities of the Thai people at this time; access to entertainment, including restaurants, bars and shopping areas may be restricted and you should behave respectfully when in public areas," it said. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-king-tourism-idUSKCN12E0A0 Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem| [[Colombia]] extends ceasefire with Farc|14 Oct|Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has extended a ceasefire with Farc rebels until the end of the year to give more time to save a peace deal. The accord, signed with the left-wing rebel group last month, was narrowly rejected in a national referendum. Mr Santos has spent the past few days meeting those who campaigned for a "No" vote. He will take new proposals to a meeting with Farc leaders in the [[Cuba]]n capital, [[Havana]]. The original ceasefire ended with the referendum and has already been extended until 31 October. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-36605769 BBC]}}
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{{newsitem| Militants killed in [[Kashmir]] gun battle|13 Oct|The [[India]]n army says two armed militants who had taken up positions in a government building in Indian-administered Kashmir have been killed. This followed a three-day standoff between the soldiers and militants near the town of Pampore on Wednesday. An army spokesman said the building was searched and weapons were recovered. Indian-administered Kashmir has seen a wave of deadly unrest since a popular separatist leader was killed by the security forces in July.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-37640397 BBC]}}
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{{newsitem| Anti-Uber protests in [[Lisbon]]|11 Oct|Hundreds of taxi drivers blocked access to Lisbon airport and snarled traffic in the Portuguese capital on Monday as they protested against app-based ride-sharing companies such as Uber. The protests are still going on today and may continue the coming days. [http://www.theborneopost.com/2016/10/11/anti-uber-taxi-protest-blocks-lisbon-airport-access/ Borneo Post]}}
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{{newsitem| [[South Sudan]] says rebels kill 21 civilians in ambush |10 Oct|Rebels attacked trucks carrying civilians in South Sudan, killing 21 people, the government said, as violence between rival forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former vice president risks dragging the country back into civil war. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said in a statement on Monday it had received reports of horrific violence being perpetrated against civilians in Central Equatorial State and urged both rebel and government commanders to control their forces and cease hostilities. The government said on Monday 21 civilians were killed, some burned to death, and about 20 wounded when rebel gunmen ambushed their vehicles on a road connecting Yei town, in Central Equatorial State, to the capital [[Juba]] on Saturday. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southsudan-security-idUSKCN12A17N Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem| Storm-hit [[Haiti]] areas 90% destroyed |8 Oct|Nearly 900 people are known to have been killed by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, with aid officials saying up to 90% of some areas has been destroyed.Some of the hardest-hit towns are yet to be reached by land, and there are fears more bodies will be found.Hurricane Matthew is now heading towards South and North Carolina in the US, having battered Florida on Friday. It was still packing winds of up to 105 mph (165 km/h) with higher gusts, even though it was expected to weaken in the next 48 hours, the US National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37596222 BBC]}}
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{{newsitem| German town in lockdown over suspected bomb attack plan |8 Oct|German police said they were evacuating a building in the eastern city of [[Chemnitz]] on Saturday on suspicion that a bomb attack was being planned, and told residents in the affected district to stay at home. Police appeared to use force to enter the building, and said on Twitter: "The explosion heard was an access measure by the police. A relevant person could not be found. "Please remain in your apartments within the cordoned off area and follow the instructions of the police here and on site," Saxony state police added on twitter. Police said they had undertaken a large deployment in the Fritz-Heckert-Gebiet neighborhood of Chemnitz. A spokeswoman declined to give further details. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-bomb-idUSKCN1280F8 Reuters] }}
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{{newsitem|More than 800 dead from Hurricane Matthew in [[Haiti]], [[Florida]] coast hit|7 Oct|Hurricane Matthew killed more than 800 people and left tens of thousands homeless in its rampage through Haiti earlier this week before it lashed Florida on Friday with rain and howling winds and rolled northward up the [[U.S.]] Atlantic coast. The number of fatalities in Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, surged to at least 842 on Friday as information trickled in from remote areas previously cut off by the storm, according to a Reuters tally of death tolls given by officials. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-matthew-idUSKCN1250G2 Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|Pakistan train bombings kill at least four|7 Oct|Two bombs targeting a train in the restive western Pakistani province of [[Baluchistan]] killed at least four people on Friday and wounded 16, officials said. The bombs hit the Jaffer Express which runs between the provincial capital, [[Quetta]], and [[Rawalpindi]], next to the capital, [[Islamabad]], said Kashif Akhtar, a senior railways official in Quetta. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-attack-idUSKCN1270OK Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|Hurricane Matthew kills 102, death toll in [[Haiti]] hits 98|6 Oct|Hurricane Matthew has killed at least 102 people, the death toll in struggling Haiti alone rising to 98, local officials told Reuters, as the storm headed northward on Thursday battering the [[Bahamas]] en route to [[Florida]]. Many were killed by falling trees, flying debris and swollen rivers. Southern and western Haiti bore the brunt. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-matthew-haiti-casualties-idUSKCN1261SN Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Belgium]] investigate possible terror attack|5 Oct|Two police officers were stabbed in [[Brussels]] on Wednesday in what prosecutors said could have been a terrorist attack. Brussels is on high alert after bombings in March killed 32 people at the city's airport and in a subway carriage. According to public broadcaster VRT, one officer was stabbed in the neck and another in the stomach. The attacker then broke the nose of a third policeman who had arrived on the scene. The attacker, identified as 43-year-old Belgian Hicham D., was shot in the leg and taken away by ambulance, prosecutors said in a statement, adding that the police officers' wounds were not life-threatening. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-attacks-brussels-idUSKCN1251I5 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|[[US]] states order evacuations as Hurrican Matthew looms|5 Oct|Hundreds of thousands of people in [[Florida]] and [[South Carolina]] have been told to evacuate as Hurricane Matthew churns towards the US east coast. "This is a serious storm," warned President Barack Obama, adding that it would have a "significant" impact on Florida by Thursday morning. Traffic jams are reported in the city of [[Charleston]], in South Carolina, as residents flee the area. The category three system is currently battering the [[Bahamas]]. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37568116 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Chinese]] Tourists Take to the Road in Record Numbers for Golden Week|4 Oct|If there is ever a time when one truly understands what it feels to live alongside 1.4 billion people in the world's most populous nation, it is the annual Golden Week holiday in [[China]]. The holiday always begins on Oct. 1, the celebration of the Communist founding of the People's Republic in 1949. And this year, the crowds have gotten even more epic in scale, with hordes of travelers taking to the highways, the rails and the air. People's Daily, the Communist Party newspaper, said 589 million people were expected to travel this week, almost twice the population of the [[United States]]. [http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/05/world/asia/china-holiday-travel-golden-week.html The New York Times]}}
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{{newsitem|Hurricane Matthew, Category Four storm pounds [[Haiti]]|4 Oct|The most powerful [[Caribbean]] hurricane in nearly a decade has hit Haiti, bringing 145mph (230km/h) winds, heavy rain and dangerous storm surges. Hurricane Matthew, a Category Four storm, made landfall at about 11:00 GMT and is heading towards eastern [[Cuba]]. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Haiti was "getting everything a major hurricane can throw at them". [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37549219 BBC]}}
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{{newsitem|Potentially 'catastrophic' Hurricane Matthew nears [[Haiti]], may hit U.S.|3 Oct|Hurricane Matthew bore down on Haiti on Monday, where towns and villages braced for "catastrophic" floods and mudslides that forecasters fear will be triggered by 140 mile-per-hour (220 kph) winds and up to 3 feet of rain over its denuded hills. Winds and rain began picking up in the southwest of the [[Caribbean]] country, but the center of Matthew, a violent Category 4 storm, is not due until late on Monday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-matthew-idUSKCN1230AU Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|At least one killed, more than 100 injured in [[New Jersey]] train crash|29 Sep|At least one person was killed and more than 100 injured, some critically, when a commuter train plowed into Hoboken station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour on Thursday, officials and media said. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-jersey-traincrash-idUSKCN11Z1RA Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|Europol warns of Android tap-and-go thefts|28 Sep|Law authorities have warned they believe criminals are using Android phones to trigger fraudulent tap-and-go payments. The alert comes in Europol's annual Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment report. Experts had previously said that the rollout of smart wallet systems could raise such a threat. [http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37495102 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|Blasts kill at least 17 in [[Baghdad]]|27 Sep|Three blasts killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 50 in predominantly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said. A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a commercial street in the eastern Baghdad al-Jadida area of the Iraqi capital, killing nine people and wounding more than 30, they said. Another suicide attack hit a commercial street of Bayaa in western Baghdad, killing six and wounding 22, the sources said [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-blast-idUSKCN11X0PW Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Colombia]], Marxist rebels to sign accord ending 52-year war|26 Sep|Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Marxist rebel leader Timochenko will use a pen made from a bullet on Monday to sign an agreement ending a half-century war that killed a quarter of a million people and made their nation a byword for violence. After four years of talks in [[Havana]], Santos, 65, and Timochenko, nom de guerre for 57-year-old revolutionary Rodrigo Londono, will shake hands on Colombian soil for the first time. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-colombia-peace-idUSKCN11W0BR Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|Thousands march in [[Dublin]], abroad for [[Irish]] abortion rights|24 Sep|Thousands of protestors marched in Dublin, and Irish expatriates joined in demonstrations around the world on Saturday, to put pressure on the Irish government to hold a referendum to repeal restrictive abortion laws. Regulations in the once stridently Catholic [[Ireland]] are among the strictest in the world and next month Prime Minister Enda Kenny will call a citizens' assembly to advise the government on whether a vote should be held to boost access to abortion. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ireland-abortion-idUSKCN11U0J2 Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|Bomb kills three [[Thai]] police officers in southern ambush|23 Sep|Three Thai policemen were killed and two wounded on Friday in a bomb and gun attack in the southern province of [[Yala]] where Muslim separatists have been waging a simmering insurgency against the state. The attack came just over a month after a series of bombs in three of [[Thailand]]'s main tourist towns killed four people and wounding dozens and raised fears the insurgents were expanding their fight to tourist targets. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-blast-idUSKCN11T0S3 Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|State of emergency declared in [[US]] city|22 Sep| [[North Carolina]]'s governor has declared a state of emergency in the city of [[Charlotte]], after violence erupted during a second night of protests over the police killing of a black man. Keith Lamont Scott was shot dead by a black officer on Tuesday. One protester remains in a critical condition after a "civilian on civilian" shooting, police said. Mr Scott was the third black man killed by US police in a week. Such shootings have sparked nationwide protests. Riot police in Charlotte used tear gas as they faced hundreds of protesters. The local police department said four officers were injured. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37436676 BBC]}}
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{{newsitem|Bus drivers bring chaos to [[Caracas]]|22 Sep| Bus drivers in the [[Venezuela]]n capital, Caracas, paralysed the city for eight hours by blocking the streets with their vehicles to protest against the country's economic crisis. Hundreds of drivers demanded more pay and protection from violent crime. Many said they needed more money to maintain their buses and complained of a scarcity of spare parts. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37436946 BBC]}}
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{{newsitem|[[France|French]] police clash with migrants trying to reach [[Calais]] port|21 Sep| Hundreds of migrants trying to make their way to Britain from Calais in northern France clashed with French riot police on Wednesday. Police used tear-gas grenades and led charges to disperse migrants trying to make their way to the approach road for Calais port. The clashes took place not far from where a British-financed wall is being built to seal off the road, where migrants frequently try to jump on trucks bound for Britain. Under the current arrangement, thousands of migrants fleeing war or poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia have built a shanty town near Calais known as "the Jungle", which French authorities are currently dismantling. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-calais-idUSKCN11R2GR Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem| Flash floods in [[Indonesia]] kill 20, rescuers hunt for missing |21 Sep| Indonesian search and rescue teams worked on Wednesday to find victims of flash floods that killed 20 people and damaged hundreds of homes, authorities said. The floods hit the [[Garut]] area, about 200 km (125 miles) southeast of the capital, [[Jakarta]], on Tuesday after torrential rain. Military personnel and volunteers helped evacuate about 1,000 residents of the area. Debris floated in gradually receding floodwater in inundated villages and there appeared to be widespread damage to vehicles and buildings. Flash floods and landslides are common in Indonesia, often caused by heavy rain at this time of year. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-floods-idUSKCN11R0XC Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem| [[Congo]] protest death toll reaches 32, police spokesman |21 Sep| Thirty-two people were killed in Democratic Republic of Congo during two days of violent protests against election delays that would allow President Joseph Kabila to stay in power beyond the end of his term, a police spokesman said on Wednesday [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-congo-politics-casualties-idUSKCN11R253 Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|Protesters march in [[Brussels]] against transatlantic free trade deals|19 Sep |Thousands of protesters marched through Brussels on Tuesday to demand the European Union abandon planned transatlantic free trade deals they say will worsen labor conditions and allow big business to challenge governments. Organizers, including unions, environmental and consumer groups and public health insurers, said between 10,000 and 15,000 people headed to the EU quarter of Brussels by early evening. Police put the number at 6,000. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-trade-protests-idUSKCN11Q2CO Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|Police arrest [[New York]] bombing suspect following gunfight|19 Sep |Police arrested an [[Afghanistan]]-born American suspected of carrying out this weekend's bombing in New York City that injured 29 people and planting other devices in New York and [[New Jersey]] following a Monday morning gun battle with the suspect. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-attacks-idUSKCN11O0ZB Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Italy]] earthquake toll rises to 297 after two die of injuries|16 Sep |The number of dead from last month's earthquake in central Italy has risen to 297 after two more people died, the Italian civil defence service reports. One had been injured in Amatrice, the town which saw the heaviest loss of life, and the other in Arquata del Tronto, which was also badly damaged. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37390893 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|Explosion on tourist boat kills two people in [[Bali]]|15 Sep |An explosion on a tourist boat off the [[Indonesian]] island of Bali has killed two people and injured at least 14 others, police say. An Austrian woman was one of the dead, according to police, while the identity of the second victim, also a foreign woman, was still unclear. A short circuit near the fuel tank may have been the cause, officials said, ruling out a bomb. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37371190 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|[[French]] police fire teargas at labor reform protesters|15 Sep |Riot police fired teargas and water cannon at protesters marching on Thursday in [[France]] against labor reforms in what unions say will likely be the last demonstrations to try to overturn the law. Scuffles broke out in [[Paris]] and the western city of [[Nantes]]. Hooded youths hurled bottles, beer cans and on occasion makeshift firebombs on the fringes of marches against the law that will make hiring and firing easier. As turnout fades after six months of protests, the head of the Force Ouvriere union signaled that the focus of opposition would now shift to legal challenges against the application of the new law, and that street marches were at an end. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-politics-protests-idUSKCN11L133 Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|Super Typhoon Meranti targets [[Taiwan]]|14 Sep |Hundreds of people have been evacuated in southern [[Taiwan]] and [[China]] has issued a red alert as the region braces for the impact of the strongest storm of the year. Super Typhoon Meranti is barreling down on Taiwan, bringing wind speeds of up to 230 miles per hour (370 kph), faster than a Formula One race car, and torrential rains. Schools and offices across the south of the island have closed and dozens of flights have been canceled, according to the official China News Agency. Two people have been injured, and more than 260,000 households have lost power in counties across southern Taiwan, according to Taiwan authorities. More than 370 domestic and international flights have been canceled and train services have also been suspended. [http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/12/asia/typhoon-meranti-weather/ CNN]}}
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{{newsitem|Big eruption of [[Japan]] volcano due in 30 years|14 Sep |One of Japan's most active volcanoes is due for a major eruption within the next 30 years, say scientists who have studied a build-up of magma there. The Sakurajima volcano on Japan's Kyushu island poses a "growing threat", researchers at the University of Bristol say. The volcano, located 49km (30 miles) from the Sendai nuclear plant, is also close to [[Kagoshima]], a city of 600,000. Sakurajima's last deadly eruption was in 1914, when 58 people died. The Japanese archipelago, which sits on the Pacific "Ring of fire", has more than 100 volcanoes. Sakurajima regularly spews ash and there are many small explosions there each year, with the latest eruption being in February. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37358316 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|One dead, four hurt in lifeboat crash in Harmony of the Seas accident|13 Sep |One crew member has died and four others have been injured in an accident on the Harmony of the Seas, the world's biggest cruise liner. The 42-year-old [[Filipino]] crew member died when a lifeboat, with five crew, became detached from the fifth deck during a safety exercise. It fell 10 metres (33 feet) into the water. Two crew members are in hospital with life-threatening injuries. The accident happened during a stopover in [[Marseille]]. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37348292 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Syria]] ceasefire takes effect with Assad emboldened, opposition wary|12 Sep |A nationwide ceasefire brokered by the [[United States]] and [[Russia]] came into effect in Syria on Monday evening, the second attempt this year by [[Washington]] and [[Moscow]] to halt the five-year-old civil war. The Syrian army, announced the truce at 7 pm (1600 GMT), the moment it took effect, saying the seven-day "regime of calm" would be applied across Syria. It reserved the right to respond with all forms of firepower to any violation by "armed groups". [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idUSKCN11I1BX Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem| Deadly train crash near O Porrino in north-west [[Spain]]|9 Sep |At least four people have been killed and 47 hurt in a train derailment near O Porrino in north-western Spain. About 60 passengers were on the [[Portuguese]] train when it derailed at 09:30 (07:30 GMT) just outside the station. Those killed were the Portuguese driver and Spanish conductor, a [[US]] tourist and another Spaniard. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37315566 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem| Paralympics 2016 set for opening in [[Rio]]|7 Sep |The Rio Paralympics will get under way later with a colourful opening ceremony watched by millions worldwide, following troubled preparations. The build-up featured low ticket sales, a funding crisis, [[Russia]]'s ban and criticism of athlete classifications. But the focus will be on the Maracana Stadium from 22:15 BST, when thousands of spectators will experience the parade of more than 4,300 athletes. [http://www.bbc.com/sport/disability-sport/37298448 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem| [[Greece]] flash floods leave at least three dead|7 Sep |Three people have been found dead and a woman is missing after torrential rain caused flash flooding in Greece. The worst casualties were in and around the south-western city of [[Kalamata]], where a disabled woman aged 63 and a man of 80 died in their basement homes. A 90 year-old was also found dead. Another woman was missing after abandoning her car in floods in northern Greece.
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{{newsitem| New rail line to connect high-tech [[Tel Aviv]] with holy [[Jerusalem]]|6 Sep |Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are only 60 km (40 miles) apart but they often feel like different planets, not just in terms of mentality but because the commute from the [[Mediterranean]] to the hills can sometimes take two hours. That is set to change in the next 18 months with the completion of a $2 billion, high-speed rail line that will slash the time between the high-tech, business center and Jerusalem's Old City to just 30 minutes. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-railway-idUSKCN11C1MB Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem| Bomb attack on Davao market in [[Philippines]] kills 12|2 Sep |At least 12 people have been killed in a bomb attack in the home city of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Dozens more were wounded in the explosion at a packed market in the southern city of [[Davao]]. Police in the capital [[Manila]] are on high alert following the deadly blast. At least 60 people were injured and 30 were taken to hospital [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37262499 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem| [[Florida]] coast battered by Hurricane Hermine|2 Sep |Hurricane Hermine, the first to hit Florida in a decade, has killed one person and caused severe damage along the state's northern Gulf Coast. As the system pushed into [[Georgia]], it knocked down power lines leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Gusts of 80mph (130km/h) caused storm surges that flooded part of the coast. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37248359 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem| Hundreds of thousands take part in rival marches in [[Venezuela]]|1 Sep |Hundreds of thousands of rival demonstrators in Venezuela are marching through the streets of the capital, [[Caracas]]. One group is calling for the removal of President Nicolas Maduro. They blame him for Venezuela's deep economic crisis and accuse the electoral commission of deliberately delaying a referendum that could shorten his stay in power. Supporters of Mr Maduro are also rallying in huge numbers. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37243191 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem| Powerful quake off north-east [[New Zealand]] coast|1 Sep |Residents of a small community on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island have been asked to evacuate after a severe earthquake at sea.
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{{newsitem| [[U.S.]] resumes scheduled passenger flights to [[Cuba]] after more than 50 years|31 Aug |The first scheduled commercial passenger flight from the United States to Cuba in more than half a century landed on Wednesday, opening another chapter in the Obama administration's efforts to improve ties and increase trade and travel with the former Cold War foe. A JetBlue Airways Corp (JBLU.O) passenger jet arrived from [[Fort Lauderdale]], [[Florida]], in the central Cuban city of [[Santa Clara]]. The route may be a commercial challenge, at least initially, but it is the first of a plethora of new flights by various U.S. airlines to destinations on the Communist-ruled island. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cuba-usa-flights-idUSKCN1160BK Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem| Storm bears down on [[Florida]], hurricane threatens [[Hawaii]]|31 Aug |Forecasters issued a tropical storm warning on Wednesday for the Florida Gulf Coast, where preparations were being made for life-threatening flooding and fierce winds, while residents of Hawaii's Big Island were warned of an encroaching hurricane. Some local governments in Florida have begun distributing sandbags as the unnamed tropical depression heads toward the state's Gulf Coast where as much as 15 inches of rain could fall from Indian Pass on the panhandle along the Gulf of Mexico to north of [[Tampa]], the National Hurricane Center said in an early morning advisory. Flooding, storm surge, fierce winds and tornadoes were all threats to the region, which could begin feeling the storm late on Wednesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement. On its current path, the system could make landfall on Florida's north-central Gulf Coast on Thursday, bringing storms into [[Georgia]] and the eastern [[Carolina]]s on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-atlantic-idUSKCN11618M] Reuters}}
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{{newsitem| Car bomb attack in [[Bishkek]], [[Kyrgyzstan]] at Chinese embassy|30 Aug |A car driven by a suicide bomber has exploded after ramming the gates of the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, officials say.
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{{newsitem| [[Singapore]] confirms 41 locally transmitted Zika virus cases|29 Aug |Singapore has confirmed 41 cases of the Zika virus which were locally transmitted. Most of those infected were foreign construction workers, and all lived or worked within the same region of the country, said the health ministry. None were known to have travelled to Zika-affected areas recently. Thirty-four people have fully recovered but seven are still in hospital. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37211647 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem| Wooden houses planned for [[Italy]] earthquake survivors|29 Aug |Italy plans to build simple, wooden chalet-style huts within three months for the 2,500 people displaced by the 24 August earthquake. Italian media say the structures - used in Onna after a devastating 2009 earthquake - are favoured over tents, such as those currently being used, or converted shipping containers. The 6.2-magnitude quake last Wednesday shattered Amatrice and two other towns in mountains north-east of [[Rome]]. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37212825 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem| Uber suspends services in [[Abu Dhabi]]|29 Aug |Taxi-hailing company Uber has suspended its service in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Rival service Careem has also put its service there on hold, after some of its cars were stopped by authorities. Uber, which has been operating in the [[Emirates]] since 2013, did not explain why it had suspended its service, but did say the move was "temporary". [http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37211268 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem| Emergency declared after [[Italy]] quake as hopes for more survivors fade|26 Aug |Italy has declared a state of emergency in the regions worst hit by Wednesday's earthquake as hopes of finding more survivors fade. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has pledged €50m (£42m) in funds for rebuilding. At least 268 people are now known to have died and 400 were injured. Teams have continued to search the rubble of toppled buildings for a second night. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37192452 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem| [[Italy]] earthquake: Aftershocks hamper rescue efforts|25 Aug |Hundreds of aftershocks have rocked devastated areas of central Italy, hampering search efforts after a deadly earthquake. A strong tremor with magnitude 4.3 struck on Thursday afternoon, sending rescuers fleeing from already fragile buildings. About 5,000 rescue workers are combing through rubble for survivors using heavy machinery or bare hands. At least 250 people are now known to have died after Wednesday's quake. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37188301 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem| [[Italy]] quake tolls hits 250 as rescuers search flattened towns|25 Aug |The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy climbed to at least 250 on Thursday and could rise further with rescue teams working for a second day to try to find survivors under the rubble of flattened towns. The 6.2 magnitude quake struck a cluster of mountain communities 140 km (85 miles) east of [[Rome]] early on Wednesday as people slept, destroying hundreds of homes. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-quake-idUSKCN10Z04H Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem|Storm threats to [[Florida]] and [[Gulf Coast]]|25 Aug |A tropical system brewing in the [[Caribbean]] could strengthen into a hurricane before hitting Florida and the Gulf Coast in the coming days. Weather forecasters warn that the storm has a 60% chance of turning into a depression or named storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. The tropical disturbance would be known as Hermine if upgraded to a storm. [http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-37187535 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem| Gun, bomb attack on American University in [[Kabul]] kills 13|25 Aug |Thirteen people, including students and a professor, were killed in an attack on the American University in Kabul that had students leaping from the windows in panic, the Afghan government said on Thursday. The attack began on Wednesday evening with a large explosion from what officials said was a car bomb followed by gunfire, as suspected militants stormed into the complex where foreign staff and pupils were working. It ended early on Thursday when two gunmen were shot dead by Afghan special forces who surrounded the walled compound and worked their way inside, interior ministry officials said. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-university-attack-idUSKCN10Z2SY Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem| [[Turkey]] evacuates town amid anti-IS [[Syria]] campaign|23 Aug |Turkey has ordered residents in the town of Karkamis to evacuate after it was hit by mortars from so-called Islamic State militants in Syria.
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{{newsitem| [[Florida]] announces new zika cases|23 Aug |Florida's governor has announced five new cases of Zika, including one in the [[Tampa Bay]] area, 265 miles (425 km) north of [[Miami]]. Four other cases of the virus, which is often spread by mosquitoes, were found in Wynwood in Miami, where officials have sprayed pesticides. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37168171 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem| Four people injured in Romanian Black Sea refinery fire|22 Aug |Four people were injured in a fire and blast at [[Romania]]'s Black Sea Petromidia crude refinery, deputy Interior Minister Raed Arafat said on Monday. Arafat told Digi24 TV that a fire and blast at a nitrogen tank in the refinery was being dealt with by firefighters as footage taken from the nearby sea resort of [[Mamaia]] showed the facility spewing thick clouds of black smoke. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-romania-refinery-idUSKCN10X1ON Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem| Woman stabs three on [[Brussels]] bus in unexplained attack|22 Aug |A woman stabbed and wounded three people on a bus in Brussels on Monday and was then shot and wounded by police, the public prosecutor's office for the Belgian capital said. Officials were not immediately available for comment but public broadcaster RTBF quoted unidentified sources as saying police did not believe the incident was politically motivated and that the assailant had mental health problems. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-belgium-stabbing-idUSKCN10X1O6 Reuters]}}
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{{newsitem| Bus blast near border kills [[Syria]]n rebels|15 Aug | More than 30 Syrian rebel fighters are reported to have been killed in a suicide bombing on a bus near the Atmeh border crossing with [[Turkey]]. Sources told Turkish media that the attacker detonated an explosive vest on the bus at the entrance to a camp for displaced people late on Sunday. The death toll was likely to rise, activists monitoring the conflict said. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37083029]}}
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{{newsitem|Hundreds sick from tainted water in [[New Zealand]]|15 Aug | Two people are in a critical condition and hundreds more are ill after drinking tainted tap water in a small town in northern New Zealand. At least 18 people were hospitalised in Havelock North town, officials say. They tested positive for campylobacter bacteria, the most common cause of food poisoning. The bacteria is usually spread by animal feces. Other residents have complained of gastroenteritis forcing local schools to close for two days. The council says the water is being treated but all residents should boil their tap water. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37086445]}}
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{{newsitem|Hundreds sick from tainted water in NZ|15 Aug | Two people are in a critical condition and hundreds more are ill after drinking tainted tap water in a small town in northern [[New Zealand]]. At least 18 people were hospitalized in Havelock North town, officials say. They tested positive for campylobacter bacteria, the most common cause of food poisoning. The bacteria is usually spread by animal feces. Other residents have complained of gastroenteritis forcing local schools to close for two days. The council says the water is being treated but all residents should boil their tap water. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37086445]}}
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{{newsitem| Nearly 100 killed in [[Ethiopia]] protests|8 Aug | Nearly 100 people were killed in the weekend's protests in Ethiopia as demonstrators clashed with security forces in different parts of the country, Amnesty International says. The rights group says the most deadly incident happened in [[Bahir Dar]], where at least 30 people died on Sunday. The authorities have said seven died in Bahir Dar and that security forces were reacting to violence from protesters. There has been an unprecedented wave of protests in Ethiopia in recent months. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-37015055]}}
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{{newsitem| Delta passengers stranded by power cut|8 Aug | Thousands of air passengers around the world have been left stranded after a power cut forced the US airline Delta to suspend flights. The incident caused delays across the US and in Japan, Italy and the UK. Airport check-in systems, passenger advisory screens, the airline's website and smartphone apps were affected by the systems failure on Monday. After six hours, Delta said flights had resumed on a limited basis but warned of continuing delays and cancellations. The airline suspended or cancelled dozens of departures early on Monday, with airport agents forced to write out boarding passes by hand. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37007908]}}
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{{newsitem| Freak floods kill 20 in [[Macedonia]] |7 Aug | At least 20 people have died as storms caused Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, to flood. Some of the victims drowned in their cars. Parts of the city's ring road have been swept away in the floods, dragging cars into nearby fields. Three-and-a-half inches (93mm) of rain fell in Skopje in the storm - more than the average for the whole of August. Three villages in the north-east of the country were cut off due to landslides. More rain is forecast for Sunday evening. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37002364]}}
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{{newsitem| Storm Earl landslides kill six in [[Mexico]] |7 Aug | Six people died in eastern Mexico when their homes were buried under landslides caused by heavy rain in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Earl. It happened on Saturday in [[Veracru]]z state, and there are warnings that rivers may flood in the neighboring state of [[Puebla]]. They were not Storm Earl's first victims. At least nine people died on Monday as it gathered in the [[Caribbean]]. Six of the victims were passengers on board a bus that caught fire in the Dominican town of [[Nagua]] when it was hit by tumbling power lines. Three people drowned in Haiti when their tour boat capsized. Earl moved westward and struck Belize as a Category One hurricane on Thursday. The hurricane then weakened to a tropical storm and passed over [[Guatemala]] and parts of [[Mexico]]. It has now been downgraded from a storm to a tropical depression and wind speeds dropped to 30mph (48km/h) by Saturday, but the effects of the large amounts of rainfall it unleashed are continuing. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37001965]}}
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{{newsitem| [[Syria]]n rebels seize key town from IS |6 Aug | A US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters has seized most of a key Syrian city from so-called Islamic State (IS), activists and commanders say. [[Manbij]] is situated at an intersection of roads just south of the Turkish border. It has been under IS control for more than two years. Small numbers of IS militants are still resisting, using civilians as human shields, the alliance says. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36995759]}}
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{{newsitem| Deadly shooting in [[Texas]] city center |31 July| One person is dead and four others have been hospitalised after two separate shooting incidents in the Texan city of [[Austin]], police say. Both crime scenes are now secure, Austin police say, after earlier reporting an "active shooter incident". The shootings happened in the city's entertainment district. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36935365]}}
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{{newsitem| [[India]] Dalits protest over attacks |31 July| About 25,000 member of India's low-caste Dalit community have rallied in the western state of [[Gujarat]] in protest at attacks on their members. Anger among Dalits has been mounting since four young men were stripped and beaten in public as they took a dead cow for skinning earlier this month.
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Protesters pledged to boycott some of their traditional tasks, including the disposal of dead animals and manual cleaning of sewers. Cows are considered sacred by Hindus. Killing them is banned in Gujarat, although villagers said the animal that sparked the attack on the youths had died of natural causes. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36936857]}}
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{{newsitem| [[Armenia]] gunmen surrender after stand-off |31 July| About 20 armed men who seized a police station in the Armenian capital, [[Yerevan]], have surrendered, police say. The men seized the building nearly two weeks ago seeking the release of "political prisoners" including opposition leader Jirair Sefilian. A police officer was shot dead from inside the police station during the stand-off on Saturday. The shooting came as police issued a deadline for the anti-government group to surrender. When the deadline passed, thousands of protesters again took to the streets in support of the group. The Interfax news service said all of those inside the police station had now been detained. Police issued an ultimatum to the group to surrender following violent scenes late on Friday when police with truncheons and stun grenades clashed with protesters. About 60 people were injured, including some journalists, and more than 100 arrests were reported. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36937346]}}
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{{newsitem| [[Ansbach]], [[Germany]] bomb blast|25 July| A 27-year-old Syrian asylum seeker blew himself up outside a wine bar in the German town of Ansbach after being refused entry to a music festival shortly after 10pm on Sunday. He died at the scene. Twelve other people were injured, three seriously. The incident is the third violent, random attack on civilians in the past week in [[Bavaria]] following the [[Wurzburg]] train stabbings last Monday and the [[Munich]] shootings on Friday. [https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/25/germany-bomb-blast-what-we-know-so-far-ansbach-attack]}}
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{{newsitem| More than 150 killed in [[China]] floods|24 July| Floods in north and central China have killed at least 150 people, with scores missing and hundreds of thousands forced from homes, officials say. [[Hebei]] and Henan provinces are the worst hit by the flash floods and landslides. At least 114 people have been killed in Hebei, with 111 missing and 53,000 houses destroyed, officials say. In one city, [[Xingtai]], at least 25 people died, prompting people to demonstrate against the government for failing to warn them of the flooding. The summer rains have been especially heavy in China this year. It has estimated that more than 1.5 million hectares of crops have been damaged and said direct economic losses exceed $3bn (£2.3bn). [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36873902]}}
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{{newsitem| Super typhoon hits [[Taiwan]]|8 July| Super typhoon Nepartak hit Taiwan, driving thousands of people from their homes, disrupting power supplies and grounding more than 600 flights, authorities said. By afternoon, the typhoon had moved into the Taiwan Strait, weakening as it headed towards [[China]]'s southeastern province of [[Fujian]], but flooding and strong winds continued to lash the island's central and southern areas. More than 17,300 people were evacuated from their homes, and over 517,000 households suffered power outages, emergency officials said. Three deaths and 172 injuries were reported, bullet train services were suspended and over 340 international and 300 domestic flights canceled, an emergency services website showed. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-asia-storm-taiwan-idUSKCN0ZO08G]}}
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{{newsitem| [[Zimbabwe]] strike over economic collapse|6 July|The streets of Zimbabwe's main cities are deserted during a nationwide stay away to protest at the lack of jobs and unpaid wages. The protests were organised through the messaging site WhatsApp but it is not clear which group is behind it. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36724874]}}
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{{newsitem|Biggest airport strikes ever’ in [[Portugal]]| from tomorrow|June 30th|Strike action by handling and assistance staff at all national airports will start tomorrow (1 July) and is set to “significantly impact” passengers’ travel over the coming days, with widespread delays and disruption expected. [http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/biggest-airport-strikes-ever-set-to-significantly-impact-travel-from-tomorrow/38719]}}
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{{newsitem|Several [[California]] wildfires force hundreds to flee |24 June| A wildfire has destroyed at least 80 buildings and forced hundreds of people to flee their homes in California.
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The fire is continuing to spread in the mountain town of Lake Isabella and officials say at least 1,500 more buildings are at risk. About 350 firefighters have battled the flames overnight, and their number is being doubled later on Friday. The blaze is one of several fires sparked by recent hot weather across the western United States. Thousands of firefighters in total have been involved in attempts to control blazes across California, where hot temperatures and 20-mph winds combined with five years of drought have helped fires to spread. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36618424]}} 
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{{newsitem|Pound loses value after Brexit results |24 Jun| The pound has fallen to levels not seen since 1985 following the [[UK]]'s referendum vote to leave the [[EU]]. Shares have also been hit. The FTSE 100 index began the day by falling more than 8%, then regained some ground to stand 2.5% lower. The more [[UK]]-focused FTSE 250 fared even worse, down 8% in early afternoon trading. Banks were hard hit, with Barclays and RBS falling about 30%, although they later pared losses to below 20%. The FTSE 100 ended the day 3.15% or 199.41 points lower. The pound's dramatic fall started overnight as the outcome of the referendum became clear. At one stage, it hit $1.3236, a fall of more than 10%. By early afternoon, it had partially recovered, but was still nearly 8% down on the day. [http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36611512]}}
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{{newsitem|Brexit: [[UK]] votes to leave the [[European Union]] |24 Jun| The [[UK]] votes to leave the [[European Union]], prompting David Cameron to announce he is to step down as prime minister - and UKIP leader Nigel Farage to declare it "independence day". Look out for future alerts about Brexit having any effect on [[UK]] travel.[http://www.bbc.com/news/politics/eu_referendum/results]}}
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{{newsitem|Tornado kills dozens in eastern [[China]] |23 Jun| A tornado has killed 51 people in eastern China and injured dozens more, state media say. Official news agency Xinhua reports that the tornado - accompanied by torrential rain and hailstorms - hit the province of Jiangsu on Thursday afternoon. Homes in [[Yancheng]] city were flattened, it adds. Floods in parts of southern China killed 22 people earlier this week. Video from the scene of the tornado shows injured children being transported on the backs of mopeds, overturned vehicles, snapped trees and street light poles, and toppled electricity pylons. Many parts of China have been hit by torrential rains this week. The floods in southern China displaced nearly 200,000 people, state media said. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36607600]}}
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{{newsitem|Protests in [[Paris]] |23 Jun| At least 85 people were arrested in Paris as thousands took part in a protest against France's labour reforms, police said. Many were carrying objects that could be used as projectiles, according to police, who searched protesters as they arrived at the Place de la Bastille. The march was initially banned but ministers reversed their decision after a public uproar. The last protest in Paris earlier this month ended in violence. Hundreds of masked protesters on 14 June threw paving stones and a children's hospital in central Paris was badly damaged. Union officials said 60,000 people were at the Paris march, but police said there were 20,000 demonstrators.
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{{newsitem|[[Indonesia]]: Floods, landslides kill 35 in [[Central Java]]|19 Jun| At least 35 people have died after heavy rains and floods triggered landslides in the Indonesian province of Central Java. The landslides buried dozens of homes, and floodwaters inundated thousands of houses, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency. An additional 25 people remain missing, the agency said. [http://edition.cnn.com/2016/06/19/asia/indonesia-central-java-landslides/]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Okinawa]] protests against US military|19 Jun| Tens of thousands of demonstrators have gathered on the Japanese island of Okinawa to protest against the heavy US military presence there. The protestors are angry after a former US Marine employed as a civilian worker was arrested over the rape and murder of a local 20-year-old woman.
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The case has intensified longstanding opposition to the military bases, spurring calls for US military personnel to be moved off the island. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36569669]}}
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{{newsitem|2016 Summer Olympics [[Rio]] Travel Alerts|17 Jun|[[Brazil]], along with many destinations in the [[Americas]], is experiencing an outbreak of Zika virus. Because Zika virus infection in pregnant women can cause serious birth defects, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has special recommendations for pregnant women traveling to [[Brazil]]. [http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/2016-summer-olympics-rio]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Ethiopia]], [[Eritrea]] forces clash on border|13 Jun|Ethiopia and Eritrea have exchanged accusations over who started Sunday's fighting at their disputed border. Ethiopia's Information Minister Getachew Reda described the clashes in the Tsorona area as "an Eritrean initiative". Earlier, the Eritrean government said that Ethiopia had "unleashed" the attack. A peace deal in 2000 ended the countries' two-year war border war but it has not been fully implemented. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36515503]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Istanbul]] bomb attack|07 Jun|At least 11 people have been killed and several wounded in a car bomb attack in central Istanbul. A bus carrying Turkish police officers appeared to be the target of the blast, which struck during Tuesday morning's rush hour in the historic Beyazit Square district near Istanbul University and tourist sites. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36466744]}}
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{{newsitem|Frenchman planning Euro 2016 attacks arrested|06 Jun|A Frenchman detained last month with a large cache of arms was planning mass attacks during the Euro 2016 football tournament, which starts on Friday, Ukrainian officials say. The man, identified by French media as Gregoire Moutaux, 25, was arrested on the Ukrainian border with Poland. Intelligence chief Vasyl Hrytsak said the man had planned 15 attacks and was driven by ultra-nationalist views. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36460569]}}
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{{newsitem|Severe weather hits [[Brisbane]] and [[Sydney]]|05 Jun| Severe weather has battered parts of eastern [[Australia]]. The weather system pushed across southern parts of [[Queensland]], intensifying as it did so. Southeastern parts of the state were the worst hit. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, 382mm of rain was reported at Upper Springbrook on the Gold Coast and 357mm was reported at Mount Tamborine. This vast amount of rain caused major flooding. Numerous roads were inundated and became impassable, including the major Bruce Highway. As the rain strengthened, the winds also picked up. Thousands of homes suffered power cuts, the majority of which were on the [[Gold Coast]]. The strongest gust was nearly 100 kilometres per hour at Cape Moreton. As the system pushed southwards into New South Wales, it continued to produce severe weather. A gust of wind of 117kph was reported in Sydney Harbour, and across Sydney the winds were intense. More than 100 power lines were ripped down, the roof was torn off an apartment block and numerous trees were also brought down. The system is expected to become even more dangerous over the coming hours, as an area of low pressure develops off the coast of New South Wales. The winds will intensify and the wave heights are expected to reach up to eight metres in some areas. [http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/severe-weather-slams-brisbane-sydney-160604100047707.html]}}
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{{newsitem|Bombings kill 15 in and around [[Baghdad]]|05 Jun| At least 15 people have been killed and more than 40 others were injured in bombings targeting a police checkpoint, a restaurant and two markets in and around Baghdad, Iraqi officials said. The deadliest incident occurred when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a checkpoint in Tarmiyah, about 50km north of the capital, killing eight people and wounding 15 others. In a separate development, the Iraqi army reported it managed to chase out the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group from a suburb of Fallujah, which lies just 50km west of Baghdad, after fierce clashes. [http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/iraq-bombings-kill-15-baghdad-isis-160604132507734.html]}}
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{{newsitem| Boko Haram attack in [[Niger]] kills 32 soldiers | 05 Jun| At least 30 soldiers from Niger and two Nigerian troops were killed in a Boko Haram attack on Niger's border with Nigeria, Niger's defence ministry said. "On Friday, hundreds of assailants of Boko Haram attacked" the position of the army of Bosso, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday, giving a "provisional toll" of 32 soldiers killed and 67 wounded. The town of Bosso is part of the Diffa region, where many refugees and internally displaced people have sought shelter from Boko Haram violence elsewhere. The region has been targeted numerous times in attacks blamed on Boko Haram fighters. Around 200 people took to the streets on Saturday in Niger's capital [[Niamey]] to voice support for Diffa's population, calling for an audit of military spending as they denounced a "lack of results" from army action. [http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/boko-haram-attack-niger-kills-32-soldiers-nigeria-160604125912477.html]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Poland]] opposition rally draws thousands| 05 Jun| Thousands of people have marched in [[Warsaw]], protesting against Poland's conservative government, 27 years since the fall of communism. Opposition leaders, including two former presidents, led the rally against what they describe as the government's anti-democratic policies. The ruling Law and Justice party has been criticised by the European Union over its reforms of the judiciary, surveillance, and media laws. The opposition said about 50,000 people took part in the protest. Police estimated about 10,000 people were on the streets. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36453480]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Paris]] River Seine begins to recede| 05 Jun| AThe death toll from the flooding in France has risen to four, officials said Saturday, as the water level of the rain-swollen River Seine slowly started to decrease after forcing the closure of several Paris landmarks. From a peak of 6.10 metres in the early hours of Saturday, the river began to subside, falling to 5.99 metres at 5pm local time, the environment ministry's Vigicrues flood watch website said. But authorities warned it could take up to ten days for the river to return to normal after swelling to its highest level in nearly 35 years. The death toll from the flooding across the country has risen to four while 24 people have been injured, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said after a meeting at a government crisis centre. [http://www.france24.com/en/20160604-paris-seine-flood-reaches-high-point-begins-recede]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Paris]] river rising beyond six metres|03 Jun| Floodwaters in [[Paris]] continue to rise with the River Seine due to hit a peak of up to 6.5m (21ft) later on Friday. The world-famous Louvre and Orsay museums have been shut so staff can move priceless artworks to safety. The number of dead in the floods has now risen to at least 15 - 10 in southern [[Germany]], two each in [[France]] and [[Romania]] and one in [[Belgium]]. More downpours are forecast for the weekend across a band of central Europe from France to [[Ukraine]]. Several towns in southern Germany have been devastated. Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands and Poland have also been affected. Thousands of people have been forced from their homes. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36441322]}}
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{{newsitem| Twenty-four die in [[India]] eviction drive|03 Jun| At least 24 people have been killed and 40 others injured during clashes between police and squatters in the northern Indian town of [[Mathura]]. Clashes broke out on Thursday as police tried to evict several thousand former members of a religious sect who had occupied a public park for two years. Two senior police officers were among those killed overnight. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36441938]}}
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{{newsitem|Europe floods|02 Jun|10 dead amid fears of fresh heavy rainfall. In the worst incident, the bodies of three women from the same family were found in a flooded basement in southern [[Germany]]. Some parts of central [[France]] have seen their worst floods in over a century. The Seine burst its banks in [[Paris]]. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36432429]}}
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{{newsitem|Shooting at UCLA|01 Jun|Two people are dead and the campus is on lockdown following a shooting at the University of California at [[Los Angeles]], police say. Story is developing [http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-36429661]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Malaysia]] officials sabotaged passports|31 May|[[Malaysia]] has fired 15 immigration officers, accusing them of sabotaging passport systems to let in certain travellers undetected. Suspicions were raised after computer systems at Malaysian airports crashed several times a day. The 15 are accused of deliberately taking them offline, allowing people to bypass criminal background checks. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36420639]}}
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{{newsitem|Euro 2016 could be terrorist target|31 May|The [[United States|US]] has warned that the Euro 2016 football championships being held in [[France]] next month could be a target of militant attacks. "The large number of tourists visiting [[Europe]] in the summer months will present greater targets for terrorists," the State Department said. The event is being hosted from 10 June - 12 July at various venues. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36416929]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Myanmar]] jade mine landslide kills 12|24 May|Rescue efforts are underway in Myanmar's jade-producing area after a landslide killed at least 12 people with fears that there may be as many as 100 others buried under the rubble. The disaster happened at [[Hpakant]], a town in the northern state of [[Kachin]]. Billions of dollars of jade are mined in Hpakant each year. Most of it is for the lucrative Chinese market. However, the industry is unregulated and landslides are common. Dozens of people were killed by a landslide in the Hpakant area in December and in November more than 100 were killed. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36367531]}}
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{{newsitem| Volcano eruption covers villages in ash |24 May| A thick layer of ash has covered several villages in Indonesia after the eruption of Mount Sinabung on [[Sumatra]] island. At least seven people died after clouds of hot ash and gas consumed farmland around the mountain on Sunday.
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Rescuers are still searching for survivors. The ash reached towns 12km (seven miles) away, local military head Agustatius Sitepu told AFP, including Gamber village in North Sumatra. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36365966]}}
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{{newsitem|Deadly blasts rock Assad strongholds|23 May|A series of car and suicide bombings has hit two government strongholds on [[Syria]]'s Mediterranean coast.
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State media said at least 78 people were killed, while a monitoring group put the death toll at more than 120.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36358162 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Libya]] intercepts boats carrying 850 people|23 May|[[Libya|Libyan]] coastguards say they intercepted boats carrying 850 migrants trying to reach Europe on Sunday. A spokesman said the migrants from various [[Africa|African]] countries - including 79 women, 11 of them pregnant - were found in seven inflatable boats near Sabratha, west of the capital Tripoli. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36355960 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|Record hottest day in [[India]]|20 May|A city in [[India]]'s [[Rajasthan]] state has broken the country's temperature records after registering 51C(123.8F), the highest since records began, the weather office says. The new record in Phalodi in the desert state comes amid a heatwave across India. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36339523 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|EgyptAir wreckage found in [[Mediterranean Sea]]|20 May|Debris and body parts have been found in the [[Mediterranean Sea]] by teams searching for a missing EgyptAir plane, Greek and Egyptian officials say. Flight MS804 was en route from [[Paris]] to [[Cairo]] with 66 passengers and crew when it vanished early on Thursday. Items including seats and luggage have also been retrieved by Egyptian search crews.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36339614 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|Americas Zika Virus strain case in [[Africa]]|20 May|The Zika virus strain responsible for the outbreaks in [[Brazil]] has been detected in [[Africa]] for the first time, the World Health Organization says. The WHO said it was concerned that the latest strain was spreading and was "on the doorstep of Africa". It is currently circulating in [[Cape Verde]], an archipelago off the north west coast of Africa. [http://www.bbc.com/news/health-36343006 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|Pregnant women test positive for Zika in [[United States|US]]|20 May|Nearly 300 pregnant women in the [[United States|US]] have tested positive for Zika virus, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the US, 157 pregnant women have tested positive for the disease and 122 have tested positive in US territories. Until now, the agency had not reported the number of women infected by the diseases in the US and its territories. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36346710 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem| Green Zone protests end in violence |20 May| The [[Iraq]]i army has declared a curfew in [[Baghdad]] after security forces opened fire to stop protesters storming the Green Zone, reportedly injuring dozens. They fired tear gas and live bullets to drive back the mainly Shia Muslim crowds, as they protested against corruption and security failures. Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr condemned the use of force.It was the second time this month that protesters had managed to break into the city's government area. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36344996]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Paris]] to [[Cairo]]|19 May|EgyptAir flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo disappears from radar. The Airbus A320 went missing over the eastern Mediterranean, soon after entering Egyptian airspace. The Egyptian military has denied a report from EgyptAir that a distress signal was sent by the plane. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36309492]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Thailand]] to close Koh Tachai island|17 May|Thai authorities are set to close the island of Koh Tachai, saying heavy tourism is negatively affecting natural resources and the environment. The island, off Phang Nga province, is part of the Similan National Park. Almost all Thai marine national parks close to tourists from mid-May to mid-October for monsoon season but Tachai will not reopen, the Bangkok Post says. The park is popular with tourists and divers - who will still have access to a few dive sites in the area.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36309103 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|Oil workers urged to flee [[Canada]] fire|17 May|Around 12,000 people have been urged to leave [[Canada]]'s oil sands camps near the fire-hit town of [[Fort McMurray]] as a resurgent wildfire heads towards them. A regional official told the BBC that 8,000 people were given precautionary evacuation orders late on Monday, in addition to some 4,000 who had already been advised to leave.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36309184 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Venezuela]] president declares emergency|14 May|Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared a 60-day state of emergency on Friday due to what he called plots from within the OPEC country and the United States to topple his leftist government. Maduro did not provide details of the measure. A previous state of emergency, implemented in states near the Colombian border last year, suspended constitutional guarantees in those areas, except for guarantees relating to human rights. Venezuela's opposition is seeking to recall the unpopular leader, 53, amid a worsening crisis that includes food and medicine shortages, frequent power cuts, sporadic looting and galloping inflation. But the former union leader and bus driver has vowed to stick out his term, and accuses the United States of fomenting an undercover coup against him. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-idUSKCN0Y501X]}}
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{{newsitem|Divided [[Bosnia]]n [[Serbia|Serbs]] rally for and against government |14 May|Thousands of Bosnian Serbs gathered for rival demonstrations for and against the government in the capital of Bosnia's autonomous Serb region on Saturday, kept apart by ranks of police after warnings of violence. Police reinforcements and demonstrators' cars flying Serb Republic flags in support of the government streamed towards [[Banja Luka]], where buses had already arrived with supporters of both factions. Authorities banned both sides from marching through the city to avoid confrontations in the politically charged atmosphere in the build-up to local elections in October. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-bosnia-protests-idUSKCN0Y508X]}}
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{{newsitem|Spain tire fire creates toxic cloud|13 May|A huge fire at a tyre dump in [[Spain]] has sent a "toxic cloud" of black smoke into the air, and residents have been told to keep windows and doors shut. Emergency services were called to the town of Sesena, 35 km (22 miles) south of Madrid, at 01:00 local time (23:00 GMT on Thursday).
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{{newsitem|Uber and Lyft halt [[Austin]] service|09 May|Ride-sharing firms Uber and Lyft have stopped operating in [[Austin]], [[Texas]] after proposals to let them self-regulate their drivers were rejected. The companies had sought to overturn city council regulations which meant drivers had to pass fingerprint-based background checks before they could operate. However, when put to a public vote, the regulations, introduced in December 2015, were upheld.[http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36247314 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|Massive [[Canada]] wildfire spreads south|05 May|A massive wildfire in [[Alberta]], [[Canada]], has moved south, forcing more evacuations on Thursday. The fire is now 85,000 hectares, or 850 sq km, which is larger than the city of [[Calgary]]. It has grown five times its initial size since it broke out, prompting more than 88,000 evacuations. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36215046 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|Several hurt in [[Frankfurt]] shooting|05 May|At least three people were wounded, two seriously, when shots were fired in the [[Germany|German]] city of [[Frankfurt]] on Thursday. Police said that someone opened fire from a passing car and witnesses spoke of up to a dozen shots being fired close to the main police station.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36213484 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|Dozens killed in [[Aleppo]] battle|04 May|Dozens of people are reported to have been killed in fierce clashes between rebel groups and government forces in the divided [[Syria|Syrian]] city of [[Aleppo]]. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels advanced into government-held western districts overnight but were pushed back by Wednesday morning. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36202438 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|1,600 buildings damaged in [[Canada]] wildfire|04 May|A wildfire has brought "significant destruction" to the [[Canada|Canadian]] city of [[Fort McMurray]], with 1,600 structures affected, the premier of the province of Alberta says. Rachel Notley said the fire was still on the move, with more communities, including the airport area, in danger. Fire services said the high winds and hot temperatures would make Wednesday an "even worse day" than Tuesday. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36207807 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|[[United States|US]] Cruise ship docks in [[Havana]]|02 May|A US cruise ship has docked in the [[Cuba|Cuban]] capital, Havana, after sailing from Florida - the first such crossing in more than 50 years.
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The Adonia sailed from the port of [[Miami]] carrying some 700 passengers. Cuba and the US restored diplomatic relations last year. But several Cold War-era restrictions on travelling and trading are yet to be lifted. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-36183192 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|Troops retake Mukalla in [[Yemen]]|21 Apr| The Yemeni port city of Mukalla, controlled by al-Qaeda militants for a year, has been recaptured by Yemeni and Saudi-led coalition forces. The coalition says 800 militants were killed in the first hours of a joint operation across the south of [[Yemen]]. But Mukalla residents said there had been little fighting in the city, with the militants apparently withdrawing. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36128614]}}
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{{newsitem|Police standoff in [[Acapulco]]|25 Apr|Police officers came under attack in a two-hour gunfight in the Mexican city of Acapulco, officials say. Several gunmen attacked a hotel where officers stay, in the tourist area Las Playas on Sunday evening. Dozens of people had to shelter in shops while shooting continued, until after 23:00 local time (04:00 GMT). [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-36127224]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Brussels]] station reopens |25 Apr| The [[Brussels]] metro station where 16 people were killed by a suicide bomber last month has re-opened. A bomb was detonated on board a train pulling out of Maelbeek station, close to the European institutions, in the morning rush hour on 22 March. The attack followed suicide bombs at Brussels airport which also killed 16. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36128483 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Pakistan]] contaminated sweets kill 23|25 Apr| At least 23 people have died from eating contaminated sweets in central [[Pakistan]], police say. The deaths began last week after a man in [[Punjab]] province bought the treats to celebrate the birth of his son. He and 11 other relatives are among the dead - in all 77 people were affected. Five remain in a serious condition.  [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36127892 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Egypt]] president warns against protests|25 Apr| Egypt's president has warned against what he called attempts to destabilise the state, ahead of planned anti-government protests. In a televised address, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi said "evil" forces were conspiring against the country but would not succeed. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36126691 BBC News]}}
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{{newsitem|Deadly blast hits [[Mexico]] oil plant|21 Apr| A large explosion at an oil facility in the south-east Mexican state of [[Veracruz]] has killed at least three people and injured 136 more. The blast hit a facility owned by Mexico's state oil company, Pemex, in the port city of [[Coatzacoalcos]]. Hundreds of people have been evacuated and schools closed. Footage showed a large fire and vast plumes of smoke. The cause of the blast is unclear. Several explosions have been reported at Pemex facilities in recent years. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-36098260]}}
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{{newsitem|2.2 billion people in at risk Zika areas|21 Apr|More than two billion people live in parts of the world where the Zika virus can spread, detailed maps published in the journal eLife show. The Zika virus, which is spread by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, triggered a global health emergency this year. Last week the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the virus causes severe birth defects. The latest research showed mapping Zika was more complex than simply defining where the mosquito can survive.
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{{newsitem|[[India]] says 330 million hit by drought |21 Apr| At least 330 million people are affected by drought in India, the government has told the Supreme Court
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Authorities say this number is likely to rise further given that some states with water shortages have not yet submitted status reports. The drought is taking place as a heat wave extends across much of India with temperatures crossing 40C for days now. India is heavily dependant on monsoon rains, which have been poor for two years in a row. The government said that nearly 256 districts across India, home to nearly a quarter of the population were impacted by the drought. Schools have been shut in the eastern state of [[Orissa]] and more than 100 deaths due to heatstroke have been reported from across the country, including from the southern states of [[Telangana]] and [[Andhra Pradesh]] which saw more than 2,000 deaths last summer. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36089377]}}
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{{newsitem|Rainfall causes [[Houston]] flooding|18 Apr| More than a foot of rain fell Monday in parts of [[Houston]], submerging scores of subdivisions and several major interstate highways, forcing the closure of schools and knocking out power to thousands of residents who were urged to shelter in place. Sylvester Turner, mayor of the nation's fourth-largest city, told residents to stay home to fend off a weather system he called "stubborn." More rain was projected over the next two to three days. [http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-texas-flooding-20160418-story.html]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Ecuador]] earthquake|17 Apr| At least 235 people have been confirmed dead and over 1,500 people injured after Ecuador was hit by its most powerful earthquake in decades. Some 10,000 troops and 3,500 police are being deployed in the affected areas, as rescue operations got under way. The magnitude-7.8 quake struck early on Saturday evening. Coastal areas in the north-west were closest to the epicentre and officials say the death toll is likely to rise as information begins to come in. At least 500 people were injured in the quake, which was felt across the country. Widespread severe damage is reported, with a bridge destroyed as far south as Guayaquil about 300km (190 miles) away. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-36067380]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Japan]] struggles with quake-hit services|17 Apr| Japan is struggling to restore services in the south-western island of [[Kyushu]] after it was hit by two powerful earthquakes. Some 180,000 people are set to spend a third night in temporary shelters, including cars and tents. More than 62,000 homes remain without electricity and 300,000 homes have no water, Japanese media report. At least 11 people are still missing following the quakes which killed 41 people and wounded hundreds. Rescuers used improved weather on Sunday to fly helicopters to the worst-affected areas of [[Kumamoto]] prefecture as tremors continued. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36065334]}}
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{{newsitem|Earthquake topples houses in [[Japan]]|14 Apr|An earthquake has struck southern Japan, injuring several people seriously and possibly leaving others trapped beneath collapsed houses, authorities say. No tsunami warning was issued after the magnitude 6.4 quake. It struck at 21:26 (12:26 GMT) east of [[Kumamoto city]], on the island of [[Kyushu]], the Japan Meteorological Agency says. The two Sendai nuclear reactors on Kyushu are reported to be operating as normal. The three Genkai nuclear reactors still in operation on the island were already closed for routine inspection. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36045140]}}
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{{newsitem|Thousands join anti-Mugabe protest in [[Zimbabwe]]|14 Apr| Two thousand Zimbabwean opposition supporters, some holding placards calling for 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe to resign, have rallied in the capital [[Harare]]. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai called for countrywide demonstrations against the deteriorating economy. The march went ahead after a ruling by the High Court. Police had initially denied permission. It is the biggest such protest in many years. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36047601]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Myanmar]] shaken by earthquake|13 Apr|A strong earthquake has struck [[Myanmar]], the US Geological Survey reports, with tremors in [[India]]] and [[China]] sending residents out into the streets. The 6.9 magnitude quake took place at a depth of 135km (84 miles) north-west of [[Mandalay]]. Casualties have been reported in north-east India. It could be felt in the north-east Indian state of Assam, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are staying. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36038029]}}
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{{newsitem|Drought fears grip [[Malawi]] and [[Mozambique]]|13 Apr|Food shortage fears over a drought in southern [[Africa]] have prompted Malawi to declare a state of national disaster and [[Mozambique]] to issue a "red alert". The President of [[Malawi]], Peter Mutharika, warned in a statement some people needed aid for all of this year. [[Mozambique]] raised alert levels for southern and central regions. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36037414]}}
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{{newsitem| Dangerous temperatures arrive early in [[India]]|12 Apr| A heatwave across most of India has led to a hotter than usual summer in much of the country. Dozens of deaths have been reported in the south Indian states of [[Telangana]] and [[Andhra Pradesh]] and the city of [[Bhubaneswar]] in [[Orissa]] experienced its hottest April day on record on Monday, temperatures peaking at 45.8C. The run-up to the Indian monsoon season is always characterised by weeks of strong sunshine and increasing heat but this year, life-threatening temperature levels have set in rather earlier and more widely than normal. The heatwave extends across much of northern India with temperatures having exceeded 40C for several days in a row. And many parts of that interior are baked dry, following a poor monsoon season in 2015 due to the strong El Nino event in the Pacific. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36026171]}}
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{{newsitem| [[Yemen]] clashes rattle shaky truce|12 Apr| A truce aimed at ending more than a year of war in Yemen appears to be largely holding, despite reports of fighting in several places. The UN-brokered "cessation of hostilities" came into effect at midnight (21:00 GMT on Sunday). But soon afterwards, the government accused Houthi rebels of violations in the south-western city of Taiz and in Marib, east of the capital [[Sanaa]]. The truce is supposed to set the scene for peace talks in [[Kuwait]] next week. More than 6,300 people have been killed since the conflict in Yemen escalated in March 2015, when a Saudi-led coalition began a military campaign to defeat the rebels and restore the internationally-recognised government. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36011794]}}
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{{newsitem| Pirates attack cargo ship off [[Nigeria]]|12 Apr| Pirates have attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria kidnapping six of the crew, says the Nigerian navy. The ship carrying chemicals was believed to be travelling from [[Gabon]] to [[Ivory Coast]]. The pirates attacked the ship late at night as it was sailing close to the oil-rich Niger Delta. Analysts say winding down an amnesty to former Niger Delta militants has resulted in an increase in piracy. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36016071]}}
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{{newsitem|Hot weather kills 80 in south [[India]]|6 Apr|At least 80 people have died of heatstroke in the south Indian states of [[Andhra Pradesh]] and [[Telangana]]. Temperatures in the states have risen as high as 45C and customary April rains have been delayed. State officials have said however, that the state was not suffering from a heatwave as there was no "abnormality" in temperature for this time of year. Over 2,000 people are estimated to have died in a heatwave that swept the two states last year. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35994662]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Syria]]n army attacks south of Aleppo|6 Apr|Syrian government forces have launched a counter-offensive to retake a village south of the city of [[Aleppo]] recently captured by jihadist militants. Troops and militiamen from Lebanon's Hezbollah movement began the assault on al-Eis overnight, backed by heavy air strikes, opposition activists say. Al-Eis was seized by the al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front on Monday. The fighting was said to be the fiercest in the area since the partial truce declared five weeks ago. The cessation of hostilities has largely held despite both sides accusing each other of breaches and has resulted in a significant reduction in violence across much of Syria. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35979147]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Mississippi]] passes controversial bill|5 Apr|The governor of [[Mississippi]] has signed a controversial bill that allows businesses to refuse service to gay couples based on religious beliefs. Governor Phil Bryant signed HB1523 into law on Tuesday amid opposition from equal rights groups and businesses. He said the bill "protects sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions". Protesters say the bill would allow for lawful discrimination of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35971038]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Greece]] halts deportations to [[Turkey]]|5 Apr|[[Greece]] paused deportations of migrants to [[Turkey]] on Tuesday, a day after the first boats took back 202 people under a controversial EU plan to cut off a migrant route to [[Europe]]. Hundreds more are due to be removed later this week, but the migrants are arriving in Greece faster than they can be sent back.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35967351]}}
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{{newsitem|Flights resume at [[Brussels]] after attack|3 Apr|Brussels airport has reopened for three "symbolic" flights amid tight security controls, 12 days after an attack by suicide bombers killed 16 people there. Three Brussels Airlines flights were scheduled to depart for European destinations. The first left at 11:40 GMT for [[Faro]] in [[Portugal]].
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{{newsitem|Azeris call truce in [[Caucasus]] clash|3 Apr|[[Azerbaijan]] has announced a "unilateral ceasefire" in fighting with Armenian forces over the disputed [[Nagorno-Karabakh]] region. A defence ministry spokesman said the Azeris were acting in response to international calls to halt violence. But the Armenia-backed Karabakh forces said this was false and Azerbaijan was continuing to fire shells. Nagorno-Karabakh has been in the hands of ethnic-Armenian separatists since a war that ended in 1994. Fighting had continued into Sunday, after clashes left 30 soldiers dead and caused civilian casualties. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35953916]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Vanuatu]] hit by 6.9 magnitude earthquake|3 Apr|A 6.9 magnitude earthquake has struck off the Pacific island nation of [[Vanuatu]]. The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at 08:23 GMT, 420km (260 miles) north-west of the capital, [[Port Vila]]. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said the threat of tsunami waves had now mostly passed. The USGS said the quake was fairly shallow - at a depth of about 35km (21 miles) - but no damage had been reported so far. The quake, originally measured at 7.2, struck in the north of Vanuatu off Espiritu Santo. Quakes are fairly common in the region. Two similar sized tremors last October and December caused no damage. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35953339]}}
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{{newsitem|Casualties in [[Kolkata]] flyover collapse|31 Mar|At least 10 people have been killed and several others injured after a flyover under construction collapsed in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta), officials say. Reports suggest as many as 150 could be trapped under the concrete and steel bridge, which fell on a busy road. Images showed residents using their bare hands to help the rescue effort. Construction projects in [[India]] have often suffered from safety issues with frequent collapses. Experts say there is a lack of inspections and substandard materials are used. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35933452]}}
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{{newsitem|EgyptAir hijack ends in surrender|29 Mar|A hijacking that diverted a domestic Egyptian flight to [[Cyprus]] has ended with all hostages released and the hijacker surrendering. EgyptAir Flight MS181 was taken over by a passenger claiming to be wearing a suicide explosive belt. Airline officials later said they had been told by Cypriot authorities that the belt was fake. The hijacker's motives remain unclear but the Cypriot president said the incident was not terrorism-related. No-one was injured in the hijacking, Cypriot government spokesman Nikos Christodulides tweeted. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35915139]}}
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{{newsitem|WHO downgrades Ebola|29 Mar|Ebola is no longer an "extraordinary health event" and the risk of the virus spreading is low, the World Health Organization says. It means the disease is not thought to be a public health threat to countries outside of those affected in [[West Africa]]. A small cluster of cases are still occurring in [[Guinea]], but [[Sierra Leone]], and [[Liberia]] have not had any in months. [http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35921161]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Australia|Australian]] park to fine trespassers of popular site|29 Mar| A national park in Australia is to fine visitors who disregard warning signs at one of its most popular natural attractions in order to snap social media-worthy photos. A metal safety fence currently blocks access to the spectacular Wedding Cake Rock, a pure white cliff-top platform in Royal National Park near Sydney. But groups of up to 30 people have been spotted clambering over the barrier, apparently unperturbed by warning signs noting that the rock is unstable and "may collapse suddenly without warning", the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Photographs of people wandering around on the rock over the Easter weekend have been posted on Instagram, to the alarm of park authorities. [http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-35916435]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Washington D.C.]] shooter wounds officer|28 Mar|Gunshots have been reported at the visitor centre at the US Capitol in [[Washington D.C.]] and workers have been told to take shelter. The Capitol's Sergeant-At-Arms said the gunman has been caught and one police officer was wounded. The Capitol building is on lockdown due to the security threat, according to an email sent to congressional staffers. Washington's city police called it an "isolated" incident, saying there is "no active threat" to the public. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35911754]}}
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{{newsitem|Storm disrupts [[England]] transport|28 Mar|Storm Katie has battered large parts of [[England]], leaving flights cancelled, property damaged and thousands of people without power. Flights bound for Gatwick and Heathrow were diverted to other airports and dozens were cancelled as gusts of up to 106mph hit the south of the country. More than 200,000 homes were without power at the height of the winds, with thousands still awaiting reconnection. [http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-35909651]}}
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{{newsitem|Blast in crowded [[Pakistan]] park|27 Mar|at least 60 killed. A Taliban faction, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, claimed responsibility for the attack and said Christians were the target of the blast, Reuters reported. [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-blast-idUSKCN0WT0HR]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Syria]] government forces enter [[Palmyra]]|26 Mar|Syrian government forces have advanced into Palmyra on several fronts backed by air strikes and artillery, a monitoring group has said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighting was the most intense yet seen in the army's campaign to recapture the city from so-called Islamic State (IS). IS seized the Unesco World Heritage site and adjoining modern town in May. It destroyed archaeological sites, drawing global outrage. Two 2,000-year-old temples, an arch and funerary towers were left in ruins. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35903375]}}
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{{newsitem|Zika World Cup theory dismissed|24 Mar|The Zika virus arrived in [[South America]] a year before the 2014 World Cup in [[Brazil]], say British and Brazilian scientists. Their study effectively dismisses one of the most popular theories about the outbreak's origins - that it was brought over by football fans. The findings, published in the journal Science, suggest the virus arrived between May and December 2013.[http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35884431]}}
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{{newsitem|[[India]] celebrates festival of colors|24 Mar|Indians are celebrating Holi, the Hindu festival of colours which comes at the end of the winter season and marks the beginning of spring. Some of the biggest celebrations take place in the temples of [[Vrindavan]], a town in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where, according to legend, the Hindu god Krishna played Holi with his consort Radha. The festival is celebrated over two days[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35888534]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Brussels]] explosions|22 Mar|Airport and metro hit with 'at least 13 killed. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35869254]}}
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{{newsitem|Flights delayed and cancelled|20 Mar|French air traffic controllers start 3-day strike. Check with your local airport if your flight is affected. [http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/flights-delayed-cancelled-french-air-traffic-controllers-start-3-day-strike-1550616]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Brussels]] manhunt after gunfire|15 Mar|Belgian security forces and French police are hunting for at least two men after shots were fired at police during a counter-terrorism raid in Brussels. Three officers were reportedly hurt, one of them seriously. Streets in the suburb of Forest have been sealed off. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35809974]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Ankara]] car bomb kills at least 27|13 Mar|A car bomb has exploded in the Turkish capital Ankara, killing 27 people and wounding another 75, the city governor's office has said. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35798517]}}
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{{newsitem| At least 16 dead [[Ivory Coast]]|13 Mar|Four Europeans among dead and several injured after attackers launch assault on beach in Grand-Bassam, [[Ivory Coast]]. [http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/13/gunmen-open-fire-in-ivory-coast-tourist-resort]}}
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{{newsitem| US forces raid [[Somalia|Somali]] militants|9 Mar|[[United States|US]] troops took part in a raid on the Islamist al-Shabab group alongside Somali troops, American officials say. Al-Shabab earlier said it had "fought off" an attack by foreign forces but US officials said several militants were killed in the raid early on Wednesday. Several countries have been supporting Somali officials in their efforts to combat al-Shabab's insurgency.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35761891]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Macedonia]] shuts Balkans route|9 Mar|[[Macedonia]] has said it will no longer let any migrants through its border with [[Greece]], effectively blocking the Balkan route north. The decision came after Slovenia barred access to migrants transiting the country. [[Croatia]] and [[Serbia]] then said they would follow suit. Some 13,000 migrants are now stranded at the Macedonia-Greece border. The moves come after the EU and Turkey set out a plan to ease Europe's biggest refugee crisis since World War Two. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35763101]}}
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{{newsitem|Floods disrupt central [[England]]|9 Mar|Severe flooding has caused widespread disruption across parts of central [[England]], with rail passengers stranded and many schools shut. British Transport Police formed human barriers in front of the main concourse at London Euston after trains between Rugby and Milton Keynes were cancelled. Passengers were warned people could be killed as some had fallen from earlier trains on Wednesday. [http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-35769245]}}
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{{newsitem|US strike kills Somali militants|7 Mar|A US air strike has killed more than 150 al-Shabab militants in Somalia, the Pentagon says. Spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said the strike hit a training camp where a "large-scale" attack was being planned. "We know they were going to be departing the camp and they posed an imminent threat to US and [African Union] forces," Captain Davis said. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35748986]}}
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{{newsitem| [[US]] warns of dam collapse in [[Iraq]]|29 Feb|The US embassy in [[Baghdad]] has warned the risk of the Mosul Dam collapsing is "serious and unprecedented" and has urged people to be ready to evacuate. Maintenance work was disrupted after the dam was briefly seized by militants from so-called Islamic State in 2014. If the dam burst, floodwaters could kill 1.47 million Iraqis living along the River Tigris, the embassy said. Iraq's prime minister has said precautions are being taken, but that such a scenario is "highly unlikely". The dam, Iraq's largest has suffered from structural flaws since its completion in 1984, with the water constantly eating away at the soluble gypsum base on which it is built. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35690616]}}
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{{newsitem|Migrants break down [[Macedonia]] fence|29 Feb|Macedonian police have fired tear gas at a crowd of migrants who destroyed a barbed-wire fence on the [[Greece|Greek]] border using a makeshift battering ram. TV footage showed migrants pushing against the fence at Idomeni in Greece, ripping away barbed wire. A section of fence was smashed open with a metal signpost. It is unclear if any migrants crossed the border. About 7,000 people are stuck on the Greek side of the border, as Macedonia is letting very few in. The chaos on Monday erupted as hundreds of people pushed their way past Greek police, shouting "Open the border!", to reach the gate used to let trains through at the border crossing. Some threw stones at Macedonian riot police. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35687257]}}
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{{newsitem| Air strike on [[Yemen]] market kills 30 people|28 Feb|At least 30 people have been killed in an air strike on a market near the Yemeni capital, [[Sanaa]], witnesses say. Residents said at least 30 people were injured, most of them civilians, the Reuters news agency reported. It is not clear who carried out the strike, but Houthi rebels have accused the Saudi-led coalition. The Saudi offensive is aimed at restoring the government and driving back rebels loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Some 6,000 people have been killed since the start of the campaign last March, about half of them civilians, according to the UN. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35678326]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Somalia]] blast kills at least 10|27 Feb|Militants have stormed a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu, leaving at least nine people dead, in an attack claimed by al-Shabab. The attackers set off a car bomb outside the heavily fortified Somali Youth League hotel before moving in. An explosion also targeted a popular park known as the Peace Garden. Police say the attack is now over after they shot and killed four attackers. Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda affiliate, is waging an armed insurgency in Somalia. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35673533]}}
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{{newsitem|Deadly attack on hotel in [[Kabul]]|27 Feb|A suicide bomber has killed at least 10 people in an attack near a market in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar, officials say. The provincial governor's office said the bomber rode up on a motorcycle to the entrance of a government office in the provincial capital Asadabad before detonating his device. In recent months, there has been an upsurge in fighting between the Taliban and government forces. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35677171]}}
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{{newsitem|Tornadoes hit [[South (United States of America)|southern US]]|24 Feb|At least three people were killed as several powerful tornadoes hit the southern [[United States]] on Tuesday. Tornadoes lashed [[Louisiana]], [[Mississippi]], and [[Florida]], destroying homes and businesses. The deaths occurred when mobile homes were destroyed in Louisiana and Mississippi, officials said. Meteorologists said the storm system could hit [[Alabama]], [[Georgia]], the Carolinas and [[Virginia]] later on Wednesday. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35647901]}}
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{{newsitem|Water partially restored in [[Delhi]]|23 Feb|Water supply has been partially restored in the Indian capital, [[Delhi]], where up to 10 million were affected after protesters sabotaged a key canal. The army took control of the Munak canal in neighbouring Haryana state on Monday after Jat community members, angry at caste job quotas, damaged it. Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra said the "crisis was still not over" and urged people to use water carefully.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35638161]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Peru]] oil spill pollutes Amazon rivers|23 Feb|At least 3,000 barrels of crude oil have been spilled in an Amazonian region after leaks from [[Peru]]'s main oil pipeline, the state oil company said. The oil has polluted two rivers that at least eight indigenous communities rely on for water, the government and indigenous leaders said. Petroperu has promised a full clean-up and is also providing food and water.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35636738]}}
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{{newsitem|Ten million without water in [[Delhi]]|22 Feb|More than 10 million people in India's capital, Delhi, are without water after protesters sabotaged a key canal which supplies much of the city. The army took control of the Munak canal after Jat community protesters, angry at caste job quotas, seized it. All Delhi's schools have been closed because of the water crisis. Sixteen people have been killed and hundreds hurt in three days of riots. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35627819]}}
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{{newsitem|Post-cyclone clean up in [[Fiji]]|22 Feb|A clean-up operation has begun after the most severe cyclone to hit [[Fiji]] in living memory killed at least 20. Rescue workers said that number could rise as some of the worst-hit outlying islands have yet to be reached. Thousands are now in evacuation centres while many parts of the country remain without power. Cyclone Winston, which hit over the weekend, brought winds of over 320km/h (200mph), torrential rain, and waves of up to 12m (40ft). [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35628181]}}
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{{newsitem|Water crisis fears in [[Delhi]]|21 Feb|The Indian capital Delhi is on the brink of a severe water crisis after a key supply was cut during protests over jobs in a neighbouring state. Demonstrators from the Jat community damaged equipment in the Munak canal, a major source of water to Delhi. The city has introduced strict water rationing. Some areas could run dry on Sunday, officials warned, and schools will not open on Monday. Protesters want guaranteed jobs under India's caste quota system. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35624547]}}
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{{newsitem|Huge storm wreaks destruction in [[Fiji]]|21 Feb|Authorities in Fiji are assessing the damage after the most powerful storm left at least five people dead. Cyclone Winston brought winds of over 320km/h (200mph), torrential rain and waves of up to 12m (40ft). It destroyed hundreds of homes and cut electricity lines. There are reports of entire villages flattened. The government has imposed a nationwide curfew and 30-day state of national disaster giving extra powers to police to arrest people without a warrant. The Category-five storm - the highest level - moved westward since making landfall at 18:30 local time (06:30 GMT) on Saturday in the north of Fiji's main island, [[Viti Levu]]. It changed direction at the last minute, sparing the capital [[Suva]] the full force of its winds. The government had opened about 750 evacuation centres. More than 1,000 people were sheltering in one on the second largest island of Vanua Levu, north-east of Viti Levu, the Fiji Broadcasting Company said. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35623944]}}
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{{newsitem|Lion loose in [[Nairobi]]|19 Feb|[[Kenya]]'s capital, [[Nairobi]], is on alert after several lions escaped from a nearby national park overnight and strayed into the city. One lioness and her two cubs have been recaptured, and two other animals are believed to have gone back into the Nairobi National Park on their own accord. But it is not clear whether more lions remain on the loose. Residents have been told to report any sightings to a free telephone line. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35610917]}}
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{{newsitem|Annual [[Yosemite]] fireball returns|19 Feb|A rare phenomenon known as "firefall" has drawn visitors and photographers to [[Yosemite National Park]] in [[California]]. The stunning visual display happens every February when the light hits a waterfall tumbling down El Capitan. But the intensity of this phenomenon depends on the volume of water and the cloud cover. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35617262]}}
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{{newsitem|[[California]] methane leak sealed|18 Feb|A leaking gas well near the US city of [[Los Angeles]] which has been polluting the air for four months has been "permanently sealed," officials say. The Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas) had been pumping in heavy fluids and cement to seal the well. The leak began in October in a vast underground storage field in Porter Ranch, on the outskirts of Los Angeles. The gas leak, one of the largest in American history, has caused thousands to relocate to temporary housing. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35608703]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Ankara]] explosion kills at least 28|17 Feb|A large explosion in the Turkish capital, Ankara, has left at least 28 people dead and 61 injured, Turkish officials have said. A vehicle full of explosives was detonated as military buses were passing by, according to the Ankara governor's office. The blast happened in an area close to parliament and Turkey's military headquarters. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag called an "act of terrorism". Large plumes of smoke were seen rising from the area and witnesses said the blast was heard all over the city. Some of the victims were civilians. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35599323]}}
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{{newsitem|[[France]] state of emergency extended on slim evidence|17 Feb|France's decision to extend the state of emergency was passed on slim evidence that it would be effective in reducing the "terror" threat, rights groups and activists have said. Widely expected, the French parliament on Tuesday voted for a three-month extension until May 26, allowing authorities to keep carrying out warrantless police raids and putting people under house arrest without prior authorisation of a judge. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve argued in Tuesday's debate that the threat of new "terrorist" violence remains very high. [http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/france-state-emergency-extended-slim-evidence-160217174759408.html]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Kosovo]] protests|17 Feb|Thousands of [[Kosovo]]'s opposition supporters have called for the government to resign on the eighth anniversary of the country's declaration of independence, accusing it of violating the country's constitution in reaching deals with [[Serbia]] and [[Montenegro]]. Opposition supporters came from all over the country to [[Pristina]] for the rally on Wednesday. [http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/kosovo-protesters-demand-resignation-government-160217161330600.html]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Burundi]] bans motorbikes among attacks|16 Feb|Burundi has banned the use of commercial motorbikes from the centre of the capital, [[Bujumbura]], in a bid to end violence in the city. Motorcycle taxis, a common form of transport in the city, are being used by criminals to carry out attacks, Bujumbura's mayor Freddy Mbonimpa said. One person was killed on Monday when men on motorbikes threw three grenades. Burundi plunged into crisis last April when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his third-term bid.
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{{newsitem|Cliffs fall in [[New Zealand]] earthquake|14 Feb|Cliffs have collapsed in New Zealand during an earthquake in the city of [[Christchurch]] on the South Island. No serious damage or fatalities were reported in the Valentine's Day quake that struck at 13:13 local time (00.13 GMT). Beaches to the east of Christchurch were busy with swimmers and surfers when rocks began to fall into the sea. The 5.7 magnitude quake occurred days before the anniversary of a deadly one in 2011. That destroyed the city centre and killed 185 people. New Zealand lies on the notorious Ring of Fire, the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-35572461]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Mexico]] prison riot leaves 49 dead|12 Feb|A battle between rival groups at a prison near [[Monterrey]] in northern Mexico has left 49 inmates dead. Nuevo Leon state Governor Jaime Rodriguez said 12 other people were injured in Topo Chico jail after prisoners fought with "sharp weapons, bats and sticks". A fire was also started in a storage room. Officials say the situation is under control and no inmates escaped. Crowds of relatives outside the jail blocked roads, demanding information. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35551857]}}
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{{newsitem|First Zika case confirmed in [[China]]|10 Feb|A 34-year-old man who recently travelled to South America has become China's first confirmed case of Zika virus infection, reports state media. China's National Health and Family Planning Commission said the man was from Ganxian county in the eastern province of Jiangxi, Xinhua said. The virus is carried by mosquitoes and has been linked to birth defects. But Chinese authorities have downplayed the risk of it spreading there, because of the winter cold.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35538395]}}
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{{newsitem|Storm Imogen batters [[England]] and [[Wales]]|8 Feb|About 15,000 homes are without power after Storm Imogen's heavy rain and high-speed winds battered Britain. The brunt of the bad weather affected south-west England and south and mid-Wales - which is where the majority of homes without electricity are. Waves of up to 19.1m (63ft) have been measured off the Cornish coast, and winds of 70-80mph felt in many areas. Rail services are disrupted, some cross-Channel ferries cancelled and drivers urged to take extra care.[http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35516741]}}
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{{newsitem|Bootleg alcohol kills 24 in [[Central Java]]|8 Feb|At least 24 people have died in recent days in central [[Java]], [[Indonesia]], from drinking illegally-produced alcohol. Most died after buying the black-market spirits, made from ethanol, water and fruit, from a couple in Sleman, north of [[Yogyakarta]] city. Several people were also taken to hospital. The alleged maker and seller of the drink has been arrested.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35490524]}}
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{{newsitem|Zika pregnancy case confirmed in [[Spain]]|4 Feb| [[Spain]] has confirmed that a pregnant woman has been diagnosed with the Zika virus - the first such case in Europe. The health ministry said the woman had recently returned from [[Colombia]], where it is believed she was infected. Zika, which is spreading through the Americas, has been linked to babies being born with underdeveloped brains. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the microcephaly condition, linked to the mosquito-borne virus, a global public health emergency. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35490524]}}
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{{newsitem|Zika case reported in [[Texas]]|2 Feb| A rare case of the Zika virus being sexually transmitted, not from a mosquito, has been reported in the US. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a patient was infected in Dallas County, Texas. A patient was apparently infected after having sexual contact with someone who returned from a country where the disease is present. Zika is carried by mosquitoes and has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains. It is spreading through the Americas and the World Health Organization has declared the virus a global public health emergency. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35478778]}}
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{{newsitem| Deadly blast near [[Syria]] shrine| 31 Jan| At least 50 people have died in blasts near the Shia shrine of Sayyida Zeinab, south of Syria's capital [[Damascus]].
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{{newsitem|Attack on [[Nigeria]] village kills 50| 31 Jan| At least 50 people are reported to have been killed in north-eastern Nigeria in a gun and bomb attack by suspected Boko Haram militants. Pictures from the village of Dalori show burned-out buildings and charred livestock. Fires from the burning village could be seen in the the city of [[Maiduguri]], nearly 10km (six miles) away. One witness reported hearing the screams of children as huts were set on fire. Other survivors say the shooting on Saturday evening continued for hours and left barely any parts of the village untouched. Residents said at least 50 people were killed, although a Reuters reporter counted 65 bodies at a hospital morgue. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35454652]}}
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{{newsitem| Grenade thrown at [[Germany]] asylum hostel |30 Jan|Unidentified attackers threw a live hand grenade at a migrant hostel in south-western Germany, officials say.
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{{newsitem| Millions battle [[US]] snow travel chaos |25 Jan|Millions of commuters across the eastern US are battling into work as transport systems struggle to recover from a huge blizzard.Slippery pavements, crippled train networks, treacherous roads and cancelled flights are among the problems workers are facing on Monday.
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{{newsitem| Suicide blasts hit north [[Cameroon]] town |25 Jan|At least 25 people are reported to have been killed after suicide bombers struck a town in northern Cameroon near the border with [[Nigeria]].A local official said many of those who died had been in the market in [[Bodo]]. At least three suicide bombers were said to be involved. The Nigeria-based militant group Boko Haram is suspected of carrying out the attack. Last month, two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in Bodo. Cameroon is part of a regional coalition fighting Boko Haram, along with [[Nigeria]], [[Niger]], [[Chad]] and [[Benin]]. Although the militants have been driven from most of the areas they controlled in north-eastern Nigeria, they have continued to carry out suicide bombings and raids into neighbouring countries. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35403263]}}
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{{newsitem| [[NY]] travel ban lifted as snowstorm ends |24 Jan|A travel ban on cars in [[New York City]] has ended as the east coast of the [[US]] begins digging out from the weekend's massive snowstorm. But in [[Washington DC]], the metro is set to remain closed and air travel in the region faces further disruption. As householders dug themselves out of drifts up to 40.5in (103cm) deep, the hazards of shovelling snow were brought home by at least six deaths.A further 12 people have died in other snow-related incidents since Friday.The storm, dubbed Snowmageddon and Snowzilla on social media, is lessening and heading for the Atlantic Ocean. It has affected some 85 million people, cutting power to 200,000 people.
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{{newsitem| Major [[Syria]]n rebel town recaptured| 24 Jan|Syrian government forces say they have seized the last major town held by rebels in western [[Latakia]] province.
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{{newsitem|[[Rio]] announces Olympics Zika plans |24 Jan| The Brazilian authorities have announced plans to prevent the spread of the Zika virus during the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games later this year. An outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease - which is being linked to severe birth defects - has caused growing concern in Brazil and abroad.
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{{newsitem| Protesters in [[Moldova]] |24 Jan| Thousands of Moldovans are rallying in the country’s capital, [[Chisinau]], demanding the resignation of the newly appointed government and early elections. The protest was organized by two pro-[[Russia]]n parties and a pro-[[EU]] anticorruption movement. A counterrally in support of the government, which was also planned for January 24, has been canceled to avoid possible clashes. Protesters shouted, "We want the country back!" and "Unity, citizens!" in Romanian and Russian.  The Associated Press put the number of protesters at some 15,000. Public anger toward what many Moldovans consider a deeply corrupt political class spiked after the appointment on January 20 of Pavel Filip as prime minister. [http://www.rferl.org/content/moldova-protests-new-government-filip/27507631.html]}}
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{{newsitem|Attacks at Lido beach in [[Mogadishu]]|21 Jan|Popular beachfront restaurants have been hit by car bombs and gunmen in the Somali capital [[Mogadishu]].
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{{newsitem|Gunmen attack [[Pakistan]] University|20 Jan| Security forces have ended a gun and bomb attack on a university in north-west [[Pakistan]] in which 19 people were killed and 17 injured. Four suspected attackers also died in a battle that lasted nearly three hours at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda. One Pakistani Taliban commander said the group had carried out the assault, but its main spokesman denied this. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35365304]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Kenya|Kenyan]] police kill four terror suspects|20 Jan| Four terror suspects in [[Kenya]] have been killed during a dawn raid on a safe house in the coastal town of [[Malindi]], police in the East African nation say. The officers recovered arms, ammunition and a map of the area detailing future targets for attack, regional police commissioner Nelson Marwa said. Suleiman Awadh, on [[Kenya]]'s most-wanted list, was among those killed, he said. The [[Somalia]]-based al-Shabab Islamist militant group has launched a number of deadly high-profile attacks in [[Kenya]]. These include storming a shopping centre the capital, [[Nairobi]], in 2013 and raiding a university in the north-eastern town of Garissa last year. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35365304]}}
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{{newsitem|Foreigners shot dead at [[Burkina Faso]]|16 Jan| At least 23 people of 18 different nationalities are now known to have died after Islamist militants attacked a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso. Al-Qaeda militants attacked the Splendid Hotel in the West African state's capital, [[Ouagadougou]], as well as a cafe and another hotel nearby. Four of the attackers were killed, two of them reportedly women. The siege at the Splendid was declared over after a joint operation by local and French security forces. The Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) militant group has said it carried out the attack. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35332792]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Venezuela]] decrees economic emergency|16 Jan| The Venezuelan government has announced a 60-day economic emergency to deal with the country's worsening crisis.
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President Nicolas Maduro will govern by decree for two months. The edict includes tax increases and puts emergency measures in place to pay for welfare services and food imports. The government's move came as official figures released by the central bank showed that the Venezuelan economy had contracted by 4.5% in the first nine months of 2015. The emergency was declared hours before President Maduro delivers a State of the Nation address to Congress for the first time since his centre-right opponents took control of the legislature. The decree also instilled more state controls on businesses, industrial productivity and on electronic currency transactions. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35329617]}}
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{{newsitem|Explosion releases toxic gas in [[Brazil]]|15 Jan|A chemical explosion at a cargo warehouse in [[Brazil]] has spread toxic gas over the country's biggest port. The company owners said the containers in [[Santos]] were full of acid and a disinfectant which came into contact with rainwater, causing a reaction. The area's mayor said at least 66 people were taken to hospital with breathing difficulties. Officials said the fire had been controlled but that there is still smoke in the area. The cargo terminal and nearby homes were evacuated and residents were asked to stay inside.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35320083]}}
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{{newsitem|New Ebola case in [[Sierra Leone]]|15 Jan|Sierra Leone officials have confirmed a death from Ebola, hours after the World Health Organization declared the latest West Africa outbreak over.
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{{newsitem|[[Jakarta]] attacks kill at least 6|14 Jan|Armed men carried out a series of gun and bomb attacks in the heart of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. Four attackers were also killed, police said. A manhunt for more suspects is underway.There have so far been no claims of responsibility. [http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/13/asia/jakarta-gunfire-explosions]}}
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{{newsitem|[[French Alps|Alps]] avalanche kills 3|13 Jan|Two French school children and a Ukrainian tourist have been killed in an avalanche at a ski resort in the [[French Alps]], officials say. Three others - two pupils and a teacher - were seriously injured. The two pupils were found in state of cardiac arrest and the teacher was unconscious. All members of the group have now been accounted for by rescue teams. The avalanche struck the group, their teacher and the Ukrainian on a closed piste in the Les Deux Alpes area. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35303921]}}
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{{newsitem|Explosion rocks square in central [[Istanbul]]|12 Jan|Turkish media report several people killed and wounded by blast in historic Sultanahmet district of city. Ambulances rushed to the scene, close to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, in a major tourist area of Turkey’s most populous city. [http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/12/explosion-istanbul-square-sultanahmet-turkey]}}
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{{newsitem|Gunmen attack [[Baghdad]] shopping center|11 Jan| At least 17 people are reported to have been killed in an attack on a shopping centre in [[Iraq]]'s capital, [[Baghdad]], during which people were taken hostage. About 20 gunmen stormed the al-Jawhara shopping centre in the mainly Shia al-Jadeda area on Monday evening, after a car bomb exploded outside. Security forces sealed off the area and then stormed the building, killing the assailants and freeing their hostages, an interior ministry spokesman said. It is not clear who the gunmen were.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35285605]}}
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{{newsitem|Bushfire eases in [[Western Australia]]|11 Jan|A massive bushfire in [[Western Australia]] that killed two people continues to burn, but milder conditions are helping firefighters bring it under control. The fire engulfed the entire town of Yarloop near [[Perth]] last week, destroying at least 128 homes. Police say the bodies of two men in their 70s have been discovered in the debris of burnt-out houses. More favourable conditions on Sunday allowed firefighters to set up containment lines.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-35259733]}}
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{{newsitem|[[Australia]] rains cause rare filling of desert lake|05 Jan| Heavy rains have started to fill [[Australia]]'s vast Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and are bringing the desert to life. Pictures captured by pilot Trevor Wright show water filling dry salt plains that lie 700km (435 miles) north of [[Adelaide]]. The area around the lake has been inundated with rain over the last week, with falls of over 150mm reported. Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre fills only a few times in a century. When this happens it is Australia's largest lake.[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35240509]}}
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{{newsitem|[[California]] braces for El Nino storms |05 Jan| Communities across [[California]] are bracing for two weeks of heavy rains generated by the El Nino system. Northern California could receive up to 15in (38.1cm) of rain over the next 16 days, with parts of the [[Sierra Nevada]] mountains getting up to 24in of snow. The El Nino system, a warming trend in the Pacific Ocean, is expected to spur extraordinary weather across the [[United States|US]] in the coming weeks and months. The phenomenon is prompting warnings of flash floods and mud flows. Light rain began falling across the region on Monday, but stronger storms are expected to hit the area on Tuesday, with at least two more systems expected on Wednesday and Thursday. [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-35203730]}}
  
{{Newsitem|Deep Freeze in Eastern Europe|3 February 2012|[[Eastern Europe]] has been experiencing extremely cold winter weather during the last days. Over hundred, chiefly homeless persons, have died in [[Ukraine]] when the temperature has dropped to -35°C (-31°F). The cold weather together with heavy snowfall is affecting major parts of Eastern Europe all the way down to [[Bulgaria]]. Temperatures are also low in other parts of Europe - for instance in [[UK]] the temperature has fallen to -11°C (12F), [[Italy]] has experienced the coldest week in 27 years and in [[Finland]] heavy snowfall has messed up all modes of traffic in the [[Helsinki|capital region]]. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16868194] [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-16860872] [http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Massive+delays+in+Helsinki+public+transport+as+accidents+caused+by+snow+and+ice+compound+the+chilly+conditions+/1135270321801]}}
 
  
  
{{Newsitem|Hungarian National Airline Malev Closes Down|3 February 2012|Due to financial problems the national carrier of [[Hungary]], Malev, has closed down its operations. Malev has racked up a debt equal to the revenue of a whole year and after it was ordered to pay back various governmental subsidizes Malev is unable to continue its businesses. There are no more departures after today morning 5 AM (GMT).  [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16866872]}}
 
  
 
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December

Rio Proposes Tax for Tourists to Help Them When They Are Mugged

Rio Proposes Tax for Tourists to Help Them When They Are Mugged

9 Dec

The mayor elect of Rio de Janeiro is promoting a new idea to bolster tourism in his crime plagued city, levying a new tax on tourists, then using the proceeds to reimburse visitors who are mugged. New York Times


No survivors after plane crash in northern Pakistan mountains

No survivors after plane crash in northern Pakistan mountains

7 Dec

There were no survivors after a plane carrying 47 people crashed into a mountain in northern Pakistan on Wednesday, the airline's chairman said, as recovery operations continued late into the night at the remote crash site. The military said 40 bodies had been recovered and rescue efforts involved about 500 soldiers, doctors and paramedics. The bodies were shifted to the Ayub Medical Center in nearby Abbottabad, about 20km (12 miles) away. Reuters


Nearly 100 killed, hundreds hurt as quake strikes Indonesia's Aceh

Nearly 100 killed, hundreds hurt as quake strikes Indonesia's Aceh

7 Dec

Nearly 100 people were killed and hundreds injured in Indonesia on Wednesday when a strong earthquake hit its Aceh province and rescuers used earth movers and bare hands to search for survivors in scores of toppled buildings. The Aceh provincial government said in a statement 93 people had died and more than 500 were injured, many seriously. Reuters


Electrical fault temporarily halts rail links with Paris

Electrical fault temporarily halts rail links with Paris

7 Dec

An equipment failure temporarily halted all rail traffic on Wednesday at the Gare du Nord station in Paris, including the international Eurostar and Thalys train links, the SNCF state rail company said. Traffic gradually began returning to normal more than two hours after being affected by "an electrical problem," the spokesman said. Reuters


Flood kills at least 13 people in central Vietnam

Flood kills at least 13 people in central Vietnam

5 Dec

Floods brought by torrential rain since late November have killed at least 13 people in central Vietnam while more heavy rain is expected in coming days, the government and state media said on Sunday. Six people have died in floods in Binh Dinh province since Thursday and another four were killed in Quang Ngai province, while more than 10,000 homes in the two provinces were submerged, the government said. Reuters


Gunman takes hostages in Paris travel agency robbery

Gunman takes hostages in Paris travel agency robbery

2 Dec

A gunman has taken hostage about half a dozen people at a travel agency in southern Paris in what appears to be a robbery, a police source said on Friday. Armed police are on the scene, the source said, adding that the incident did not appear to be terrorism linked. The travel agency, which is used in particular by Asian customers who deal in cash transactions, has previously been held up, the source added. Reuters


November

UN alarm as thousands flee Aleppo fight

UN alarm as thousands flee Aleppo fight

29 Nov

Up to 16,000 civilians have been displaced by the Syrian government's advance into besieged rebel-held areas of the city of Aleppo, the UN says. Humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien said thousands more were likely to flee if the fighting continued to spread and intensify in the coming days. He expressed concern about their fate, calling the situation deeply alarming. Troops and militiamen have retaken more than a third of the rebel-held eastern half of Aleppo since the weekend. Overnight, at least 18 people were killed in government air strikes on the remaining rebel-held areas, including 12 in the Shaar district near the new northern frontline, according to a UK-based monitoring group. BBC


US wildfires threaten resort towns

US wildfires threaten resort towns

29 Nov

Mandatory evacuations are under way in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, after wildfires set many houses and a hotel ablaze. The fires also threatened Dollywood, a theme park owned by the county music icon and actress Dolly Parton, and an aquarium housing thousands of animals. There are fears that a storm system approaching the area will fan the flames, and that the forecast rain will not be enough to quell them. Several southern states are battling wildfires after months of drought. The wildfires, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, are reportedly growing increasingly unpredictable and dangerous. The Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge has evacuated guests from some of its properties, but so far no structures have been damaged, a spokesperson said. BBC


Costa Rica deaths as Hurricane Otto hits

Costa Rica deaths as Hurricane Otto hits

25 Nov

A number of people are dead or missing in Costa Rica after Hurricane Otto made landfall as a Category Two storm. Otto, the southernmost hurricane on record to hit Central America, struck a sparsely-populated area of southern Nicaragua on Thursday. Neighbouring Costa Rica had ordered 4,000 people from the Caribbean coast. At about the same time the storm hit, a powerful earthquake shook Nicaragua and El Salvador, briefly triggering a tsunami alert. The 7.0 magnitude quake in the Pacific Ocean was about 120km (75 miles) off the coast of El Salvador. There were no reports of damage or casualties but residents were initially advised to evacuate coastal areas. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later said the threat had passed. Media in Nicaragua said one woman died of a heart attack after hearing the tsunami warning. Meanwhile, in Costa Rica, president Luis Guillermo Solis said an unknown number were dead or missing after the hurricane. The country had not been directly hit by a hurricane since records began in 1851. BBC


Ancient city is discovered in Egypt

Ancient city is discovered in Egypt

25 Nov

Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed what they describe as a city that dates back more than 5,000 years, containing houses, tools, pottery and huge graves. It lies by the River Nile, close to the Temple of Seti the First in Abydos. Experts say the size of the 15 newly discovered graves indicates the high social standing of those buried. It is believed the city was home to important officials and tomb builders and would have flourished during early-era ancient Egyptian times. The discovery comes at a time when the country is trying re-energise its tourism industry, which has suffered amid militant violence since President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011. BBC


Riot in Bulgaria's largest refugee centre

Riot in Bulgaria's largest refugee centre

25 Nov

Some 1,500 migrants have clashed with police in Bulgaria's largest refugee centre, two days after the facility was sealed off following reports of an alleged infection outbreak. Officials said the claims were false. The Harmanli centre is home to 3,000 people, mostly Afghan refugees. Protesters threw stones at riot police, who used water cannon to disperse them. Some 13,000 migrants are still stranded in Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country. In an attempt to prevent illegal crossings, the country built a fence on its border with Turkey and reinforced its border controls. BBC


Attack on Shia pilgrims in Iraq kills 77

Attack on Shia pilgrims in Iraq kills 77

25 Nov

Some 77 people, most of them Shia pilgrims from Iran and Afghanistan, have been killed in a truck bomb attack in Iraq, officials say. The blast struck at a petrol station and restaurant near Hilla, some 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad. Bus loads of pilgrims had stopped there on their way home from commemorating Arbaeen in the holy city of Karbala. Some 40 people were wounded. The jihadist group Islamic State said it carried out the attack. BBC


Lufthansa cancels 900 flights amid strike

Lufthansa cancels 900 flights amid strike

23 Nov

Lufthansa has cancelled almost 900 flights after it lost an eleventh-hour legal bid to halt a pilots strike. The two-day strike over pay began at midnight local time, with Lufthansa saying about 100,000 passengers will be affected. Flights by Lufthansa's other airlines including Eurowings, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines are not affected, the airline said. The industrial action is part of a long-running pay dispute at Lufthansa. BBC


Hurricane Otto threatens Central America

Hurricane Otto threatens Central America

23 Nov

A storm in the Caribbean has been upgraded to a hurricane and is threatening Costa Rica and southern Nicaragua, forecasters say. They warned that Hurricane Otto may have winds of 90 mph (145km/h) when it makes landfall early on Thursday. At least four people have already died in Panama in severe weather caused by the approach of the storm. The hurricane is moving west at 2 mph (4km/h) after being almost stationary throughout Tuesday, experts say. The US National Hurricane Center says Otto is now blowing at about 75 mph (120km/h) as it approaches northern Costa Rica and southern Nicaragua. The governments of Nicaragua and Costa Rica have issued a hurricane watch from Costa Rica's southern border to the city of Bluefields in Nicaragua. There is also a likelihood of dangerous surf and rip current conditions over the next few days along the coasts of Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, officials say. BBC


Bolivia schools close due to drought

Bolivia schools close due to drought

23 Nov

Authorities in three Bolivian regions have called an end to the school year two weeks early as the country suffers from a severe and prolonged drought. Three reservoirs which supply the largest city, La Paz, are almost dry, and water rationing is in effect until further notice. More than 125,000 families are thought to be affected, with some communities only receiving water every third day. President Evo Morales declared a national state of emergency on Monday. BBC


7.3 magnitude quake hits Japan, Fukushima residents urged to flee

7.3 magnitude quake hits Japan, Fukushima residents urged to flee

21 Nov

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 hit northern Japan on Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, issuing tsunami advisories for much of the nation's northern Pacific coast. The epicenter of the earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10 km, the agency said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury. Reuters


Kabul mosque suicide attack kills dozens

Kabul mosque suicide attack kills dozens

21 Nov

A suicide bomber has killed at least 27 people in a suicide attack on a Shia Muslim mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, police say. Another 35 were wounded in the blast at the Baqir ul Olum mosque. The attacker was on foot and blew himself up among crowds inside the building, one report said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Afghanistan has largely been spared levels of sectarian violence seen by Pakistan and Iraq. Shia make up about 15% of the population in Afghanistan. An attack in July, claimed by so-called Islamic State, killed 80 people at a Shia protest march in Kabul. BBC


India rail crash raises concerns of underinvestment

India rail crash raises concerns of underinvestment

21 Nov

Indian rescue workers concluded their search of the mangled carriages of a derailed train on Monday, bringing the number of passengers killed in the disaster to at least 142 and the injured to more than 200. Sunday's derailment in the state of Uttar Pradesh was India's deadliest train crash since 2010 and has renewed concern about the poor safety standard of the state-run network, which is a lifeline for millions of Indians but has suffered from chronic underinvestment. Police at the accident site said rescue teams had finished their search for bodies buried in the 14 carriages that derailed in the early hours while most of the more than 500 passengers were asleep. Reuters


Zika virus no longer an emergency- WHO

Zika virus no longer an emergency- WHO

18 Nov

The mosquito-borne Zika virus will no longer be treated as an international medical emergency, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared. By lifting its nine-month-old declaration, the UN's health agency is acknowledging that Zika is here to stay. The infection has been linked to severe birth defects in almost 30 countries. These include microcephaly, where babies are born with abnormally small heads and restricted brain development. BBC


Thousands of Indonesians expected to rally against rising intolerance

Thousands of Indonesians expected to rally against rising intolerance

18 Nov

Thousands of Indonesians are expected to rally on Saturday against what they see as growing racial and religious intolerance in the world's largest Muslim-majority country. Religious leaders, human right groups and other organizations will join the parade in central Jakarta, spokeswoman Umi Azalea said by telephone. The movement was not political but aimed at "celebrating Indonesia's diversity", Azalea said. Reuters


Train to Peru's Machu Picchu suspends service due to threat of protest

Train to Peru's Machu Picchu suspends service due to threat of protest

17 Nov

PeruRail, the company that takes hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors to the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu each year, suspended service indefinitely on Thursday due to the threat of violent protests. PeruRail said in a statement it would run a few trains to evacuate tourists who are already at the site, one of South America's most popular tourist attractions, and will refund tickets that have been purchased. Reuters


At least four dead in mall fire in Peru before global summit

At least four dead in mall fire in Peru before global summit

16 Nov

At least four people died in a fire in a movie theater at a popular seaside mall in Lima on Wednesday, authorities said, ahead of a global summit bringing together presidents from the United States, Russia, China and Japan this week. The government of Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said the fire at the Larcomar shopping center appears to have been started by a short circuit. Reuters


Cuba pardons 787 prisoners after pope's call for mercy

Cuba pardons 787 prisoners after pope's call for mercy

15 Nov

Cuba has pardoned 787 convicts in response to Pope Francis' Holy Year call to all heads of state for acts of clemency, the ruling Communist Party newspaper Granma reported on Tuesday. Those pardoned include women, youths, people who are ill and "other categories," according to Granma. A list of names has not been made public. Cuba, which has denied that it has political prisoners, said those convicted of murder, rape, child abuse and drug trafficking would be excluded from the pardons. Reuters


New Zealand begins evacuating tourists from quake-hit town

New Zealand begins evacuating tourists from quake-hit town

14 Nov

New Zealand emergency services and defense personnel began evacuating hundreds of tourists and residents from the South Island town of Kaikoura on Tuesday, a day after a powerful earthquake hit the region, killing two people. The 7.8-magnitude tremor, which struck just after midnight on Sunday, destroyed historic farm homesteads, sent glass and masonry toppling from high rises in the capital Wellington and cut road and rail links throughout the northeast of the South Island. Reuters


A powerful earthquake has struck New Zealand's South Island

A powerful earthquake has struck New Zealand's South Island

13 Nov

A powerful magnitude-7.8 earthquake has struck New Zealand's South Island, killing at least two people. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.4 quake hit just after midnight (11:02 GMT on Sunday), some 95km (59 miles) from Christchurch. It was felt as far afield as the capital Wellington on the North Island, 120 miles (200km) away. A tsunami arrived about two hours later. Officials warned everyone along the eastern coast to head inland or for higher ground. BBC


India rupees, chaos at banks continues after ATMs reopen

India rupees, chaos at banks continues after ATMs reopen

11 Nov

Long queues continue outside banks and several ATMs have run out of cash in India, three days after 500 ($7) and 1,000 rupee notes were withdrawn as part of anti-corruption measures. The BBC visited many ATMs of big banks in Delhi and Mumbai but found them either shut or not dispensing cash. Reuters


Riots, demolitions leave 30,000 homeless in Nigeria's megacity, rights group says

Riots, demolitions leave 30,000 homeless in Nigeria's megacity, rights group says

10 Nov

Some 30,000 residents of the Nigerian megacity Lagos have become homeless because of state-ordered demolitions and riots among slum dwellers competing for jobs and space, residents and a rights group said on Thursday. The violence highlights the challenges of a rapidly rising population unable to provide enough jobs and housing for its 180 million people. Many end up trying to migrate to Europe by boat from lawless Libya. Reuters


Anxious world leaders seek clarity on Trump policies

Anxious world leaders seek clarity on Trump policies

9 Nov

World leaders offered to work with Donald Trump when he takes over as U.S. president, but expressed anxiety over how he will handle problems from the Middle East to an assertive Russia and whether he will carry out a number of campaign threats. Several authoritarian and right-wing leaders hailed the billionaire businessman and former TV show host, who won the leadership of the world's most powerful country against the odds in Tuesday's election. Reuters


At least seven killed in London tram accident; driver arrested

At least seven killed in London tram accident; driver arrested

9 Nov

At least seven people were killed and more than 50 injured when a tram overturned on Wednesday morning in south London, police said and later confirmed the driver had been arrested. Early indications were that the tram was travelling too fast on a sharp bend, investigators said. Reuters


Millions of Americans turn out on Election Day to pick the next U.S. president

Millions of Americans turn out on Election Day to pick the next U.S. president

8 Nov

After a long and exceptionally negative campaign, Americans by the millions voted on Tuesday for their next president as opinion polls showed Democrat Hillary Clinton with a narrow lead over Republican Donald Trump. In a battle that focused on the character of the candidates, Clinton, 69, a former U.S. first lady, senator and secretary of state, and Trump, 70, a New York businessman, made final, fervent appeals to voters late on Monday to turn out at the polls. Reuters


India scraps 500 and 1,000 rupee bank notes overnight

India scraps 500 and 1,000 rupee bank notes overnight

8 Nov

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the existing 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes will be withdrawn from the financial system overnight. The surprise move is part of a crackdown on corruption and illegal cash holdings, he said in a nationwide address on television. BBC


Ten killed in floods in northern Haiti

Ten killed in floods in northern Haiti

8 Nov

Floods triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 10 people in northern Haiti, officials say. Officials said 300mm (almost one foot) of rain had fallen in just 48 hours. The flooding comes just over a month after Hurricane Matthew devastated large parts of the country and killed more than 500 people. Many neighbourhoods of Cap-Haitien are flooded. BBC


Floods kill 15 in Vietnam, thousands evacuated

Floods kill 15 in Vietnam, thousands evacuated

7 Nov

Floods in Vietnam's central, central highland and southern provinces have left 15 people dead and six missing and displaced thousands, the Department of Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said on Monday. Flooding from very heavy rain brought by cold air and a tropical low pressure system last week have blocked roads, destroyed more than 200 houses and inundated more than 40,000 other houses in 12 provinces, the department said in a report. Reuters


Magnitude 6.4 quake shakes central Chile; no damage, injuries reported

Magnitude 6.4 quake shakes central Chile; no damage, injuries reported

4 Nov

TA 6.4-magnitude quake rattled central Chile on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital, but authorities said there were no immediate injuries or damage to infrastructure or mines reported. Chile's emergency office Onemi called it a "major" seismic event, and said it was evaluating whether any damage had taken place. The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the quake was about 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Talca and around 119 miles south of Santiago, at a depth of about 56 miles. Reuters


Pakistan express train collision kills at least 20

Pakistan express train collision kills at least 20

3 Nov

TA long-distance train collided into stationary coaches in the Pakistani port city of Karachi on Thursday, killing at least 20 people, hospital officials said, in the country's second major rail collision in less than two months. Television footage showed mangled and overturned carriages, and media reported rescuers were working to free people trapped in the wreckage. Reuters


U.S. issues travel advisory for India amid fears of Islamic State attacks

U.S. issues travel advisory for India amid fears of Islamic State attacks

1 Nov

The U.S. embassy in New Delhi issued a security message to American citizens in India on Tuesday to be vigilant following reports that Islamic State may be planning to attack targets there. "Recent Indian media reports indicate ISIL's desire to attack targets in India," the advisory said, warning of an increased threat to places frequented by Westerners such as religious sites, markets and festival venues. Reuters


October

Italy struggles in quake aftermath

Italy struggles in quake aftermath

31 Oct

Thousands of people in central Italy have spent the night in cars, tents and temporary shelters following the fourth earthquake in the area in three months. The 6.6-magnitude quake - Italy's strongest in decades - struck close to the region where nearly 300 people were killed by a quake in August. This time no-one appears to have died in the quake near the town of Norcia, but about 20 people were injured. More than 100 aftershocks were registered overnight into Monday. These included one with a magnitude of 4.2. BBC


Delhi chokes after Diwali fireworks

Delhi chokes after Diwali fireworks

31 Oct

Angry residents of the Indian capital, Delhi, are sharing images of smog, one day after Diwali celebrations saw huge quantities of fireworks set off. Levels of particulate matter in the air hazardous to health rose to nearly 10 times the safe limit of 100. Authorities had warned that Delhi faced a polluted Diwali because of factors like humidity and wind speed. Diwali, the most important Hindu festival in north India, celebrates the victory of good over evil. Fire crackers are regularly set off during the festivities but tend to worsen air quality. Delhi's local government announced last week that it would install air purifiers near roads in an effort to cut the effects of air pollution. BBC


Nepal drains dangerous Everest lake

Nepal drains dangerous Everest lake

31 Oct

Nepal's army says it has finished draining a dangerous glacial lake near Mount Everest to a safe level. The Imja glacial lake, at nearly 5,000m (16,400ft) high, was in danger of flooding downstream settlements, trekking trails and bridges. The lake, which was originally 149m deep in places, has had its water levels lowered by 3.4m after months of painstaking work, officials say. Imja is one of thousands of glacial lakes in the Himalayas. Many of the lakes are said to be filling up fast because of accelerated melting of glaciers amid rising global temperatures. Last year's earthquake in Nepal is also feared to have further destabilised Lake Imja. BBC


Air strike kills 17 in Yemen

Air strike kills 17 in Yemen

29 Oct

At least 17 civilians were killed in Yemen's southwestern province of Taiz on Saturday by a Saudi-led coalition air strike that struck a house, local officials and residents said. The raid targeted a house in the al-Salw district, the sources said, an area of Taiz where Houthi rebels and government forces backed by the coalition are fighting for control. Taiz is Yemen's third largest city with an estimated pre-war population of 300,000. The Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Houthi rebels and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who hold much of the north of Yemen including the capital Sanaa, since March 2015 to try to restore the internationally recognized President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. The exiled Hadi on Saturday rejected a U.N. peace proposal to end the turmoil saying the deal would only be a path to more war and destruction. Reuters


Syrian rebels launch Aleppo counter-attack to break siege

Syrian rebels launch Aleppo counter-attack to break siege

29 Oct

Syrian rebels including jihadists counter-attacked the army and its allies aiming to break a weeks-long siege on eastern Aleppo, insurgents said. The assault, employing heavy shelling and suicide car bombs, was mainly focused on the city's western edge by rebels based in the countryside outside Aleppo. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor, said more than 15 civilians had been killed and 100 wounded by rebel shelling of government-held western Aleppo. State media reported that seven civilians were killed. There were conflicting accounts of advances in areas on the city's outskirts. Aleppo, Syria's biggest pre-war city, has become the main theater of conflict between President Bashar al-Assad, backed by Iran, Russia and Shi'ite militias, and Sunni rebels including some supported by Turkey, Gulf monarchies and the United States. Reuters


Thousands protest in South Korea

Thousands protest in South Korea

29 Oct

Thousands of South Koreans rallied in Seoul on Saturday demanding the resignation of President Park Geun-hye, as a crisis deepened over allegations a friend exerted inappropriate influence over her and interfered in state affairs. The street protest came as prosecutors investigate presidential aides and other officials to determine whether they broke the law to allow Park's friend, Choi Soon-sil, to wield undue influence and gain financially. Angry Koreans say Park betrayed public trust and mismanaged the government, and has lost a mandate to lead the country. About 8,000 people attended the rally, according to police, organized by a group of left-leaning civic groups. Organizers said up to 30,000 people took part in the march through the capital. Reuters


Clashes in CAR leave 25 dead - UN

Clashes in CAR leave 25 dead - UN

29 Oct

Twenty-five people have been killed in two days of violence in the Central African Republic, the UN peacekeeping mission has said. On Thursday, 15 people died in clashes between Muslim fighters of the former Seleka militia and the Christian vigilante anti-Balaka group, it said. Six police officers and four civilians died in an ambush on Friday. The Central African Republic has been wracked by conflict along religious and ethnic lines since 2013. BBC


World's largest marine park created in Antarctic Ocean

World's largest marine park created in Antarctic Ocean

28 Oct

Twenty-four countries and the European Union agreed on Friday to create the world's largest marine park in the Antarctic Ocean, covering a massive 1.55 million square km (600,000 square miles) of ocean. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, meeting in Hobart, Australia, said the Ross Sea marine park would be protected from commercial fishing for 35 years. The sanctuary will cover more than 12 percent of the Southern Ocean, which is home to more than 10,000 species including most of the world's penguins, whales, seabirds, colossal squid and Antarctic tooth fish. Reuters


Rescued migrants sing and dance after reaching Italy

Rescued migrants sing and dance after reaching Italy

28 Oct

Migrants broke into song and dance or clapped their hands with delight on Thursday as they were brought to Italy on a search and rescue ship after their rubber boats capsized at sea. The Responder, a vessel run by the Migrant Offshore Aid station, carried 347 people from Syria, Libya, Ghana, Nigeria, Niger, Togo, Pakistan and Morocco to mainland Italy on Thursday. Reuters


Strong earthquakes hit central Italy; no deaths reported

Strong earthquakes hit central Italy; no deaths reported

26 Oct

Two strong earthquakes rocked a wide area of central Italy on Wednesday, striking fear among residents rattled by a deadly tremor in August, but there were no reports of casualties. The quakes, which struck about two hours apart, caused the collapse of several old structures, including a number of historic rural churches that were empty at the time. The second quake was measured at 6.0 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey and the first measured 5.4. Reuters


Brazil plans to waive visas for visitors from U.S., Japan

Brazil plans to waive visas for visitors from U.S., Japan

24 Oct

Brazil's government is considering waiving visas for visitors from the United States, Japan, Canada and Australia to boost tourism, and could eventually extend the plan to include China, a tourism ministry spokesman said on Monday. Brazil's President Michel Temer is keen to draw more foreign investment and visitors to Brazil to help pull Latin America's largest nation from its worst recession since the 1930s Great Depression. Reuters


France clears 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais, children in limbo

France clears 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais, children in limbo

24 Oct

France began clearing the sprawling "Jungle" migrant camp on Monday as hundreds gave up on their dreams of reaching Britain, a tantalizingly short sea crossing away. Following sporadic outbreaks of unrest overnight, the migrants chose instead with calm resignation to be relocated in France while their asylum requests are considered. By lunchtime more than 700 had left the squalid shanty-town outside Calais on France's northern coast for reception centers across the country. Hundreds more queued outside a hangar, waiting to be processed before the bulldozers move in. Reuters


Anti-IS forces attack town near Mosul

Anti-IS forces attack town near Mosul

23 Oct

Kurdish forces have carried out new attacks on positions of so-called Islamic State (IS) in northern Iraq to retake the town of Bashiqa, near Mosul. Kurdish Peshmerga commanders said they made large advances into IS territory and secured part of a highway that will limit IS's freedom of movement. Turkey joined the fight against IS on Sunday, directing artillery fire at jihadist positions in Bashiqa. BBC


France prepares to demolish Calais camp

France prepares to demolish Calais camp

23 Oct

French officials are preparing for the clearance of the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, due to start on Monday. Authorities say some 7,000 people live in the camp in squalid conditions. They will be offered placements in refugee centres across France. But there is concern that some migrants will refuse to go because they still want to get to Britain. The UK has begun to accept some of the estimated 1,300 unaccompanied children from the camp. BBC


London City airport declared safe after 'chemical incident'

London City airport declared safe after 'chemical incident'

21 Oct

London City airport was declared safe on Friday after hundreds of passengers had to be evacuated and two were taken to hospital with breathing difficulties in an incident that police suspect was caused by CS gas. The airport was briefly closed as police and firefighters in protective equipment swept the terminal building of the airport with chemical detectors after several people were taken ill, some of them coughing violently. Reuters


South African police disperse student protesters outside Zuma's office

South African police disperse student protesters outside Zuma's office

20 Oct

Police in Pretoria used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of students gathered outside South African President Jacob Zuma's offices on Thursday as yet another protest over the high cost of university education turned violent. Weeks of demonstrations calling for the scrapping of university fees, prohibitive for many black students, have highlighted frustration at enduring inequalities in South Africa more than two decades after the end of white minority rule. Reuters


Toxic leak from US air force base

Toxic leak from US air force base

19 Oct

An air base in the US state of Colorado says it has accidentally released 150,000 gallons of toxic contaminated water into the sewer system of the nearby city of Colorado Springs. Peterson Air Force base said the water contained perfluorinated compounds or PFCs, a component of firefighting foam. It did not say how high the levels of chemicals were. A spokesman said the spillage did not affect the city's drinking water supply but was discharged into a creek. BBC


Police van rams Manila anti-US protesters

Police van rams Manila anti-US protesters

19 Oct

A police van has rammed protesters in the Philippines capital Manila as a demonstration outside the US embassy turned violent. Footage showed protesters surrounding the van and hitting it with batons taken from police. The vehicle then drives into the crowd several times, injuring a number of people. Hundreds had met to demand the US end its military presence in the country. President Rodrigo Duterte has queried long-standing ties with the US. BBC


Hundreds flee Mosul ahead of battle

Hundreds flee Mosul ahead of battle

19 Oct

Some 900 people have fled the Iraqi city of Mosul and crossed the border into Syria, the UN refugee agency says. This is the first large group of civilians confirmed to have escaped since the Iraqi government began its offensive to liberate Mosul from the so-called Islamic State (IS) on Monday. Up to 1.5 million are thought to be in Mosul, with up to 5,000 IS fighters. There are fears the militants will use the civilians as human shields as Iraqi forces get closer to Mosul. BBC


Samsung Reps Assist Travelers at SFO Following Recall

Samsung Reps Assist Travelers at SFO Following Recall

18 Oct

Samsung representatives are standing by at SFO(San Francisco International Airport) in case people bring their potentially dangerous Galaxy Note7's to the airport. SFO says Samsung reps are now located in front of security checkpoints. Customers can go there to swap out their recalled phones or get a refund. Right now, Note7's are banned on all U.S. flights after several reports of fires. ABC 7 News


EU should prepare for jihadists

EU should prepare for jihadists

18 Oct

The European Union should be prepared for returning jihadists if the so-called Islamic State (IS) is driven out of its Iraqi stronghold, Mosul, the EU's security commissioner warns. Iraqi forces launched what is expected to be a lengthy offensive on Monday. As many as 5,000 IS fighters are believed to remain in Mosul. BBC


Hitler house in Austria to be demolished after long row

Hitler house in Austria to be demolished after long row

17 Oct

The house in Austria where Adolf Hitler was born is set to be demolished to stop it becoming a focal point for neo-Nazis. The future of the former guesthouse has been widely debated, with opinion torn between razing it or changing its use. The argument was further complicated after its owner refused to sell. But Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said a committee of experts had decided that the house should be demolished, reported Austrian newspaper Die Presse. BBC


Hurricane Nicole batters Bermuda

Hurricane Nicole batters Bermuda

14 Oct

Hurricane Nicole has roared across Bermuda, tearing roofs from buildings and uprooting trees, before moving out into the Atlantic Ocean. The storm had weakened from a Category Four to a Category Three, but still had maximum sustained winds of more than 205km/h (125mph). Teams are out clearing roads and repairing buildings and power lines. Last week Hurricane Matthew devastated parts of Haiti, killing hundreds of people. BBC


As Thais mourn, tourists cautioned against behaving badly

As Thais mourn, tourists cautioned against behaving badly

14 Oct

Embassies in Thailand have advised tourists to respect the feelings of the Thai people following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a man seen as a father-figure in the country. King Bhumibol, who was the world's longest-reigning monarch, died on Thursday aged 88, sparking an outpouring of grief. The government has declared one year of official mourning and asked Thais to wear black and avoid "festivities" for 30 days. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, however, has called on businesses to stay active. The cabinet declared a government holiday for mourning on Friday but the Stock Exchange of Thailand and banks operated normally. Britain's Foreign Office said in a travel advisory those traveling to Thailand had to be respectful of people's feelings. "You should respect the sensitivities of the Thai people at this time; access to entertainment, including restaurants, bars and shopping areas may be restricted and you should behave respectfully when in public areas," it said. Reuters


Colombia extends ceasefire with Farc

Colombia extends ceasefire with Farc

14 Oct

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has extended a ceasefire with Farc rebels until the end of the year to give more time to save a peace deal. The accord, signed with the left-wing rebel group last month, was narrowly rejected in a national referendum. Mr Santos has spent the past few days meeting those who campaigned for a "No" vote. He will take new proposals to a meeting with Farc leaders in the Cuban capital, Havana. The original ceasefire ended with the referendum and has already been extended until 31 October. BBC


Militants killed in Kashmir gun battle

Militants killed in Kashmir gun battle

13 Oct

The Indian army says two armed militants who had taken up positions in a government building in Indian-administered Kashmir have been killed. This followed a three-day standoff between the soldiers and militants near the town of Pampore on Wednesday. An army spokesman said the building was searched and weapons were recovered. Indian-administered Kashmir has seen a wave of deadly unrest since a popular separatist leader was killed by the security forces in July.BBC


Anti-Uber protests in Lisbon

Anti-Uber protests in Lisbon

11 Oct

Hundreds of taxi drivers blocked access to Lisbon airport and snarled traffic in the Portuguese capital on Monday as they protested against app-based ride-sharing companies such as Uber. The protests are still going on today and may continue the coming days. Borneo Post


South Sudan says rebels kill 21 civilians in ambush

South Sudan says rebels kill 21 civilians in ambush

10 Oct

Rebels attacked trucks carrying civilians in South Sudan, killing 21 people, the government said, as violence between rival forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former vice president risks dragging the country back into civil war. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said in a statement on Monday it had received reports of horrific violence being perpetrated against civilians in Central Equatorial State and urged both rebel and government commanders to control their forces and cease hostilities. The government said on Monday 21 civilians were killed, some burned to death, and about 20 wounded when rebel gunmen ambushed their vehicles on a road connecting Yei town, in Central Equatorial State, to the capital Juba on Saturday. Reuters


Storm-hit Haiti areas 90% destroyed

Storm-hit Haiti areas 90% destroyed

8 Oct

Nearly 900 people are known to have been killed by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, with aid officials saying up to 90% of some areas has been destroyed.Some of the hardest-hit towns are yet to be reached by land, and there are fears more bodies will be found.Hurricane Matthew is now heading towards South and North Carolina in the US, having battered Florida on Friday. It was still packing winds of up to 105 mph (165 km/h) with higher gusts, even though it was expected to weaken in the next 48 hours, the US National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory. BBC


German town in lockdown over suspected bomb attack plan

German town in lockdown over suspected bomb attack plan

8 Oct

German police said they were evacuating a building in the eastern city of Chemnitz on Saturday on suspicion that a bomb attack was being planned, and told residents in the affected district to stay at home. Police appeared to use force to enter the building, and said on Twitter: "The explosion heard was an access measure by the police. A relevant person could not be found. "Please remain in your apartments within the cordoned off area and follow the instructions of the police here and on site," Saxony state police added on twitter. Police said they had undertaken a large deployment in the Fritz-Heckert-Gebiet neighborhood of Chemnitz. A spokeswoman declined to give further details. Reuters


More than 800 dead from Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, Florida coast hit

More than 800 dead from Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, Florida coast hit

7 Oct

Hurricane Matthew killed more than 800 people and left tens of thousands homeless in its rampage through Haiti earlier this week before it lashed Florida on Friday with rain and howling winds and rolled northward up the U.S. Atlantic coast. The number of fatalities in Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, surged to at least 842 on Friday as information trickled in from remote areas previously cut off by the storm, according to a Reuters tally of death tolls given by officials. Reuters


Pakistan train bombings kill at least four

Pakistan train bombings kill at least four

7 Oct

Two bombs targeting a train in the restive western Pakistani province of Baluchistan killed at least four people on Friday and wounded 16, officials said. The bombs hit the Jaffer Express which runs between the provincial capital, Quetta, and Rawalpindi, next to the capital, Islamabad, said Kashif Akhtar, a senior railways official in Quetta. Reuters


Hurricane Matthew kills 102, death toll in Haiti hits 98

Hurricane Matthew kills 102, death toll in Haiti hits 98

6 Oct

Hurricane Matthew has killed at least 102 people, the death toll in struggling Haiti alone rising to 98, local officials told Reuters, as the storm headed northward on Thursday battering the Bahamas en route to Florida. Many were killed by falling trees, flying debris and swollen rivers. Southern and western Haiti bore the brunt. Reuters


Belgium investigate possible terror attack

Belgium investigate possible terror attack

5 Oct

Two police officers were stabbed in Brussels on Wednesday in what prosecutors said could have been a terrorist attack. Brussels is on high alert after bombings in March killed 32 people at the city's airport and in a subway carriage. According to public broadcaster VRT, one officer was stabbed in the neck and another in the stomach. The attacker then broke the nose of a third policeman who had arrived on the scene. The attacker, identified as 43-year-old Belgian Hicham D., was shot in the leg and taken away by ambulance, prosecutors said in a statement, adding that the police officers' wounds were not life-threatening. BBC News


US states order evacuations as Hurrican Matthew looms

US states order evacuations as Hurrican Matthew looms

5 Oct

Hundreds of thousands of people in Florida and South Carolina have been told to evacuate as Hurricane Matthew churns towards the US east coast. "This is a serious storm," warned President Barack Obama, adding that it would have a "significant" impact on Florida by Thursday morning. Traffic jams are reported in the city of Charleston, in South Carolina, as residents flee the area. The category three system is currently battering the Bahamas. BBC News


Chinese Tourists Take to the Road in Record Numbers for Golden Week

Chinese Tourists Take to the Road in Record Numbers for Golden Week

4 Oct

If there is ever a time when one truly understands what it feels to live alongside 1.4 billion people in the world's most populous nation, it is the annual Golden Week holiday in China. The holiday always begins on Oct. 1, the celebration of the Communist founding of the People's Republic in 1949. And this year, the crowds have gotten even more epic in scale, with hordes of travelers taking to the highways, the rails and the air. People's Daily, the Communist Party newspaper, said 589 million people were expected to travel this week, almost twice the population of the United States. The New York Times


Hurricane Matthew, Category Four storm pounds Haiti

Hurricane Matthew, Category Four storm pounds Haiti

4 Oct

The most powerful Caribbean hurricane in nearly a decade has hit Haiti, bringing 145mph (230km/h) winds, heavy rain and dangerous storm surges. Hurricane Matthew, a Category Four storm, made landfall at about 11:00 GMT and is heading towards eastern Cuba. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Haiti was "getting everything a major hurricane can throw at them". BBC


Potentially 'catastrophic' Hurricane Matthew nears Haiti, may hit U.S.

Potentially 'catastrophic' Hurricane Matthew nears Haiti, may hit U.S.

3 Oct

Hurricane Matthew bore down on Haiti on Monday, where towns and villages braced for "catastrophic" floods and mudslides that forecasters fear will be triggered by 140 mile-per-hour (220 kph) winds and up to 3 feet of rain over its denuded hills. Winds and rain began picking up in the southwest of the Caribbean country, but the center of Matthew, a violent Category 4 storm, is not due until late on Monday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Reuters


September

At least one killed, more than 100 injured in New Jersey train crash

At least one killed, more than 100 injured in New Jersey train crash

29 Sep

At least one person was killed and more than 100 injured, some critically, when a commuter train plowed into Hoboken station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour on Thursday, officials and media said. Reuters


Europol warns of Android tap-and-go thefts

Europol warns of Android tap-and-go thefts

28 Sep

Law authorities have warned they believe criminals are using Android phones to trigger fraudulent tap-and-go payments. The alert comes in Europol's annual Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment report. Experts had previously said that the rollout of smart wallet systems could raise such a threat. BBC News


Blasts kill at least 17 in Baghdad

Blasts kill at least 17 in Baghdad

27 Sep

Three blasts killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 50 in predominantly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said. A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a commercial street in the eastern Baghdad al-Jadida area of the Iraqi capital, killing nine people and wounding more than 30, they said. Another suicide attack hit a commercial street of Bayaa in western Baghdad, killing six and wounding 22, the sources said Reuters


Colombia, Marxist rebels to sign accord ending 52-year war

Colombia, Marxist rebels to sign accord ending 52-year war

26 Sep

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Marxist rebel leader Timochenko will use a pen made from a bullet on Monday to sign an agreement ending a half-century war that killed a quarter of a million people and made their nation a byword for violence. After four years of talks in Havana, Santos, 65, and Timochenko, nom de guerre for 57-year-old revolutionary Rodrigo Londono, will shake hands on Colombian soil for the first time. Reuters


Thousands march in Dublin, abroad for Irish abortion rights

Thousands march in Dublin, abroad for Irish abortion rights

24 Sep

Thousands of protestors marched in Dublin, and Irish expatriates joined in demonstrations around the world on Saturday, to put pressure on the Irish government to hold a referendum to repeal restrictive abortion laws. Regulations in the once stridently Catholic Ireland are among the strictest in the world and next month Prime Minister Enda Kenny will call a citizens' assembly to advise the government on whether a vote should be held to boost access to abortion. Reuters


Bomb kills three Thai police officers in southern ambush

Bomb kills three Thai police officers in southern ambush

23 Sep

Three Thai policemen were killed and two wounded on Friday in a bomb and gun attack in the southern province of Yala where Muslim separatists have been waging a simmering insurgency against the state. The attack came just over a month after a series of bombs in three of Thailand's main tourist towns killed four people and wounding dozens and raised fears the insurgents were expanding their fight to tourist targets. Reuters


State of emergency declared in US city

State of emergency declared in US city

22 Sep

North Carolina's governor has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte, after violence erupted during a second night of protests over the police killing of a black man. Keith Lamont Scott was shot dead by a black officer on Tuesday. One protester remains in a critical condition after a "civilian on civilian" shooting, police said. Mr Scott was the third black man killed by US police in a week. Such shootings have sparked nationwide protests. Riot police in Charlotte used tear gas as they faced hundreds of protesters. The local police department said four officers were injured. BBC


Bus drivers bring chaos to Caracas

Bus drivers bring chaos to Caracas

22 Sep

Bus drivers in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, paralysed the city for eight hours by blocking the streets with their vehicles to protest against the country's economic crisis. Hundreds of drivers demanded more pay and protection from violent crime. Many said they needed more money to maintain their buses and complained of a scarcity of spare parts. BBC


French police clash with migrants trying to reach Calais port

French police clash with migrants trying to reach Calais port

21 Sep

Hundreds of migrants trying to make their way to Britain from Calais in northern France clashed with French riot police on Wednesday. Police used tear-gas grenades and led charges to disperse migrants trying to make their way to the approach road for Calais port. The clashes took place not far from where a British-financed wall is being built to seal off the road, where migrants frequently try to jump on trucks bound for Britain. Under the current arrangement, thousands of migrants fleeing war or poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia have built a shanty town near Calais known as "the Jungle", which French authorities are currently dismantling. Reuters


Flash floods in Indonesia kill 20, rescuers hunt for missing

Flash floods in Indonesia kill 20, rescuers hunt for missing

21 Sep

Indonesian search and rescue teams worked on Wednesday to find victims of flash floods that killed 20 people and damaged hundreds of homes, authorities said. The floods hit the Garut area, about 200 km (125 miles) southeast of the capital, Jakarta, on Tuesday after torrential rain. Military personnel and volunteers helped evacuate about 1,000 residents of the area. Debris floated in gradually receding floodwater in inundated villages and there appeared to be widespread damage to vehicles and buildings. Flash floods and landslides are common in Indonesia, often caused by heavy rain at this time of year. Reuters


Congo protest death toll reaches 32, police spokesman

Congo protest death toll reaches 32, police spokesman

21 Sep

Thirty-two people were killed in Democratic Republic of Congo during two days of violent protests against election delays that would allow President Joseph Kabila to stay in power beyond the end of his term, a police spokesman said on Wednesday Reuters


Protesters march in Brussels against transatlantic free trade deals

Protesters march in Brussels against transatlantic free trade deals

19 Sep

Thousands of protesters marched through Brussels on Tuesday to demand the European Union abandon planned transatlantic free trade deals they say will worsen labor conditions and allow big business to challenge governments. Organizers, including unions, environmental and consumer groups and public health insurers, said between 10,000 and 15,000 people headed to the EU quarter of Brussels by early evening. Police put the number at 6,000. Reuters


Police arrest New York bombing suspect following gunfight

Police arrest New York bombing suspect following gunfight

19 Sep

Police arrested an Afghanistan-born American suspected of carrying out this weekend's bombing in New York City that injured 29 people and planting other devices in New York and New Jersey following a Monday morning gun battle with the suspect. Reuters


Italy earthquake toll rises to 297 after two die of injuries

Italy earthquake toll rises to 297 after two die of injuries

16 Sep

The number of dead from last month's earthquake in central Italy has risen to 297 after two more people died, the Italian civil defence service reports. One had been injured in Amatrice, the town which saw the heaviest loss of life, and the other in Arquata del Tronto, which was also badly damaged. BBC News


Explosion on tourist boat kills two people in Bali

Explosion on tourist boat kills two people in Bali

15 Sep

An explosion on a tourist boat off the Indonesian island of Bali has killed two people and injured at least 14 others, police say. An Austrian woman was one of the dead, according to police, while the identity of the second victim, also a foreign woman, was still unclear. A short circuit near the fuel tank may have been the cause, officials said, ruling out a bomb. BBC News


French police fire teargas at labor reform protesters

French police fire teargas at labor reform protesters

15 Sep

Riot police fired teargas and water cannon at protesters marching on Thursday in France against labor reforms in what unions say will likely be the last demonstrations to try to overturn the law. Scuffles broke out in Paris and the western city of Nantes. Hooded youths hurled bottles, beer cans and on occasion makeshift firebombs on the fringes of marches against the law that will make hiring and firing easier. As turnout fades after six months of protests, the head of the Force Ouvriere union signaled that the focus of opposition would now shift to legal challenges against the application of the new law, and that street marches were at an end. Reuters


Super Typhoon Meranti targets Taiwan

Super Typhoon Meranti targets Taiwan

14 Sep

Hundreds of people have been evacuated in southern Taiwan and China has issued a red alert as the region braces for the impact of the strongest storm of the year. Super Typhoon Meranti is barreling down on Taiwan, bringing wind speeds of up to 230 miles per hour (370 kph), faster than a Formula One race car, and torrential rains. Schools and offices across the south of the island have closed and dozens of flights have been canceled, according to the official China News Agency. Two people have been injured, and more than 260,000 households have lost power in counties across southern Taiwan, according to Taiwan authorities. More than 370 domestic and international flights have been canceled and train services have also been suspended. CNN


Big eruption of Japan volcano due in 30 years

Big eruption of Japan volcano due in 30 years

14 Sep

One of Japan's most active volcanoes is due for a major eruption within the next 30 years, say scientists who have studied a build-up of magma there. The Sakurajima volcano on Japan's Kyushu island poses a "growing threat", researchers at the University of Bristol say. The volcano, located 49km (30 miles) from the Sendai nuclear plant, is also close to Kagoshima, a city of 600,000. Sakurajima's last deadly eruption was in 1914, when 58 people died. The Japanese archipelago, which sits on the Pacific "Ring of fire", has more than 100 volcanoes. Sakurajima regularly spews ash and there are many small explosions there each year, with the latest eruption being in February. BBC News


One dead, four hurt in lifeboat crash in Harmony of the Seas accident

One dead, four hurt in lifeboat crash in Harmony of the Seas accident

13 Sep

One crew member has died and four others have been injured in an accident on the Harmony of the Seas, the world's biggest cruise liner. The 42-year-old Filipino crew member died when a lifeboat, with five crew, became detached from the fifth deck during a safety exercise. It fell 10 metres (33 feet) into the water. Two crew members are in hospital with life-threatening injuries. The accident happened during a stopover in Marseille. BBC News


Syria ceasefire takes effect with Assad emboldened, opposition wary

Syria ceasefire takes effect with Assad emboldened, opposition wary

12 Sep

A nationwide ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia came into effect in Syria on Monday evening, the second attempt this year by Washington and Moscow to halt the five-year-old civil war. The Syrian army, announced the truce at 7 pm (1600 GMT), the moment it took effect, saying the seven-day "regime of calm" would be applied across Syria. It reserved the right to respond with all forms of firepower to any violation by "armed groups". Reuters


Deadly train crash near O Porrino in north-west Spain

Deadly train crash near O Porrino in north-west Spain

9 Sep

At least four people have been killed and 47 hurt in a train derailment near O Porrino in north-western Spain. About 60 passengers were on the Portuguese train when it derailed at 09:30 (07:30 GMT) just outside the station. Those killed were the Portuguese driver and Spanish conductor, a US tourist and another Spaniard. BBC News


Paralympics 2016 set for opening in Rio

Paralympics 2016 set for opening in Rio

7 Sep

The Rio Paralympics will get under way later with a colourful opening ceremony watched by millions worldwide, following troubled preparations. The build-up featured low ticket sales, a funding crisis, Russia's ban and criticism of athlete classifications. But the focus will be on the Maracana Stadium from 22:15 BST, when thousands of spectators will experience the parade of more than 4,300 athletes. BBC News


Greece flash floods leave at least three dead

Greece flash floods leave at least three dead

7 Sep

Three people have been found dead and a woman is missing after torrential rain caused flash flooding in Greece. The worst casualties were in and around the south-western city of Kalamata, where a disabled woman aged 63 and a man of 80 died in their basement homes. A 90 year-old was also found dead. Another woman was missing after abandoning her car in floods in northern Greece. The floods destroyed homes and businesses and swept cars out to sea. BBC News


New rail line to connect high-tech Tel Aviv with holy Jerusalem

New rail line to connect high-tech Tel Aviv with holy Jerusalem

6 Sep

Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are only 60 km (40 miles) apart but they often feel like different planets, not just in terms of mentality but because the commute from the Mediterranean to the hills can sometimes take two hours. That is set to change in the next 18 months with the completion of a $2 billion, high-speed rail line that will slash the time between the high-tech, business center and Jerusalem's Old City to just 30 minutes. Reuters


Bomb attack on Davao market in Philippines kills 12

Bomb attack on Davao market in Philippines kills 12

2 Sep

At least 12 people have been killed in a bomb attack in the home city of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Dozens more were wounded in the explosion at a packed market in the southern city of Davao. Police in the capital Manila are on high alert following the deadly blast. At least 60 people were injured and 30 were taken to hospital BBC News


Florida coast battered by Hurricane Hermine

Florida coast battered by Hurricane Hermine

2 Sep

Hurricane Hermine, the first to hit Florida in a decade, has killed one person and caused severe damage along the state's northern Gulf Coast. As the system pushed into Georgia, it knocked down power lines leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Gusts of 80mph (130km/h) caused storm surges that flooded part of the coast. BBC News


Hundreds of thousands take part in rival marches in Venezuela

Hundreds of thousands take part in rival marches in Venezuela

1 Sep

Hundreds of thousands of rival demonstrators in Venezuela are marching through the streets of the capital, Caracas. One group is calling for the removal of President Nicolas Maduro. They blame him for Venezuela's deep economic crisis and accuse the electoral commission of deliberately delaying a referendum that could shorten his stay in power. Supporters of Mr Maduro are also rallying in huge numbers. BBC News


Powerful quake off north-east New Zealand coast

Powerful quake off north-east New Zealand coast

1 Sep

Residents of a small community on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island have been asked to evacuate after a severe earthquake at sea. Civil defence authorities asked people in the Tolaga Bay area to leave their homes after a 7.1 quake struck 169km (105 miles) north-east of Gisborne. People in some coastal areas were told to go to higher ground. The quake caused a tsunami but it has had no noticeable impact, an emergency worker told New Zealand radio. BBC News


August

U.S. resumes scheduled passenger flights to Cuba after more than 50 years

U.S. resumes scheduled passenger flights to Cuba after more than 50 years

31 Aug

The first scheduled commercial passenger flight from the United States to Cuba in more than half a century landed on Wednesday, opening another chapter in the Obama administration's efforts to improve ties and increase trade and travel with the former Cold War foe. A JetBlue Airways Corp (JBLU.O) passenger jet arrived from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the central Cuban city of Santa Clara. The route may be a commercial challenge, at least initially, but it is the first of a plethora of new flights by various U.S. airlines to destinations on the Communist-ruled island. Reuters


Storm bears down on Florida, hurricane threatens Hawaii

Storm bears down on Florida, hurricane threatens Hawaii

31 Aug

Forecasters issued a tropical storm warning on Wednesday for the Florida Gulf Coast, where preparations were being made for life-threatening flooding and fierce winds, while residents of Hawaii's Big Island were warned of an encroaching hurricane. Some local governments in Florida have begun distributing sandbags as the unnamed tropical depression heads toward the state's Gulf Coast where as much as 15 inches of rain could fall from Indian Pass on the panhandle along the Gulf of Mexico to north of Tampa, the National Hurricane Center said in an early morning advisory. Flooding, storm surge, fierce winds and tornadoes were all threats to the region, which could begin feeling the storm late on Wednesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement. On its current path, the system could make landfall on Florida's north-central Gulf Coast on Thursday, bringing storms into Georgia and the eastern Carolinas on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. [1] Reuters


Car bomb attack in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan at Chinese embassy

Car bomb attack in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan at Chinese embassy

30 Aug

A car driven by a suicide bomber has exploded after ramming the gates of the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, officials say. The suicide bomber died and three embassy employees, all Kyrgyz nationals, were injured, Deputy PM Zhenish Razakov said. China's foreign ministry condemned the bombing as an "extreme and violent attack." BBC News


Singapore confirms 41 locally transmitted Zika virus cases

Singapore confirms 41 locally transmitted Zika virus cases

29 Aug

Singapore has confirmed 41 cases of the Zika virus which were locally transmitted. Most of those infected were foreign construction workers, and all lived or worked within the same region of the country, said the health ministry. None were known to have travelled to Zika-affected areas recently. Thirty-four people have fully recovered but seven are still in hospital. BBC News


Wooden houses planned for Italy earthquake survivors

Wooden houses planned for Italy earthquake survivors

29 Aug

Italy plans to build simple, wooden chalet-style huts within three months for the 2,500 people displaced by the 24 August earthquake. Italian media say the structures - used in Onna after a devastating 2009 earthquake - are favoured over tents, such as those currently being used, or converted shipping containers. The 6.2-magnitude quake last Wednesday shattered Amatrice and two other towns in mountains north-east of Rome. BBC News


Uber suspends services in Abu Dhabi

Uber suspends services in Abu Dhabi

29 Aug

Taxi-hailing company Uber has suspended its service in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Rival service Careem has also put its service there on hold, after some of its cars were stopped by authorities. Uber, which has been operating in the Emirates since 2013, did not explain why it had suspended its service, but did say the move was "temporary". BBC News


Emergency declared after Italy quake as hopes for more survivors fade

Emergency declared after Italy quake as hopes for more survivors fade

26 Aug

Italy has declared a state of emergency in the regions worst hit by Wednesday's earthquake as hopes of finding more survivors fade. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has pledged €50m (£42m) in funds for rebuilding. At least 268 people are now known to have died and 400 were injured. Teams have continued to search the rubble of toppled buildings for a second night. BBC News


Italy earthquake: Aftershocks hamper rescue efforts

Italy earthquake: Aftershocks hamper rescue efforts

25 Aug

Hundreds of aftershocks have rocked devastated areas of central Italy, hampering search efforts after a deadly earthquake. A strong tremor with magnitude 4.3 struck on Thursday afternoon, sending rescuers fleeing from already fragile buildings. About 5,000 rescue workers are combing through rubble for survivors using heavy machinery or bare hands. At least 250 people are now known to have died after Wednesday's quake. BBC News


Italy quake tolls hits 250 as rescuers search flattened towns

Italy quake tolls hits 250 as rescuers search flattened towns

25 Aug

The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy climbed to at least 250 on Thursday and could rise further with rescue teams working for a second day to try to find survivors under the rubble of flattened towns. The 6.2 magnitude quake struck a cluster of mountain communities 140 km (85 miles) east of Rome early on Wednesday as people slept, destroying hundreds of homes. Reuters


Storm threats to Florida and Gulf Coast

Storm threats to Florida and Gulf Coast

25 Aug

A tropical system brewing in the Caribbean could strengthen into a hurricane before hitting Florida and the Gulf Coast in the coming days. Weather forecasters warn that the storm has a 60% chance of turning into a depression or named storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. The tropical disturbance would be known as Hermine if upgraded to a storm. BBC News


Gun, bomb attack on American University in Kabul kills 13

Gun, bomb attack on American University in Kabul kills 13

25 Aug

Thirteen people, including students and a professor, were killed in an attack on the American University in Kabul that had students leaping from the windows in panic, the Afghan government said on Thursday. The attack began on Wednesday evening with a large explosion from what officials said was a car bomb followed by gunfire, as suspected militants stormed into the complex where foreign staff and pupils were working. It ended early on Thursday when two gunmen were shot dead by Afghan special forces who surrounded the walled compound and worked their way inside, interior ministry officials said. Reuters


Turkey evacuates town amid anti-IS Syria campaign

Turkey evacuates town amid anti-IS Syria campaign

23 Aug

Turkey has ordered residents in the town of Karkamis to evacuate after it was hit by mortars from so-called Islamic State militants in Syria. Karkamis lies just across the border from Jarablus, an IS-held town which Turkish-backed rebels are expected to try to capture in the coming days. BBC News


Florida announces new zika cases

Florida announces new zika cases

23 Aug

Florida's governor has announced five new cases of Zika, including one in the Tampa Bay area, 265 miles (425 km) north of Miami. Four other cases of the virus, which is often spread by mosquitoes, were found in Wynwood in Miami, where officials have sprayed pesticides. BBC News


Four people injured in Romanian Black Sea refinery fire

Four people injured in Romanian Black Sea refinery fire

22 Aug

Four people were injured in a fire and blast at Romania's Black Sea Petromidia crude refinery, deputy Interior Minister Raed Arafat said on Monday. Arafat told Digi24 TV that a fire and blast at a nitrogen tank in the refinery was being dealt with by firefighters as footage taken from the nearby sea resort of Mamaia showed the facility spewing thick clouds of black smoke. Reuters


Woman stabs three on Brussels bus in unexplained attack

Woman stabs three on Brussels bus in unexplained attack

22 Aug

A woman stabbed and wounded three people on a bus in Brussels on Monday and was then shot and wounded by police, the public prosecutor's office for the Belgian capital said. Officials were not immediately available for comment but public broadcaster RTBF quoted unidentified sources as saying police did not believe the incident was politically motivated and that the assailant had mental health problems. Reuters


Bus blast near border kills Syrian rebels

Bus blast near border kills Syrian rebels

15 Aug

More than 30 Syrian rebel fighters are reported to have been killed in a suicide bombing on a bus near the Atmeh border crossing with Turkey. Sources told Turkish media that the attacker detonated an explosive vest on the bus at the entrance to a camp for displaced people late on Sunday. The death toll was likely to rise, activists monitoring the conflict said. [2]


Hundreds sick from tainted water in New Zealand

Hundreds sick from tainted water in New Zealand

15 Aug

Two people are in a critical condition and hundreds more are ill after drinking tainted tap water in a small town in northern New Zealand. At least 18 people were hospitalised in Havelock North town, officials say. They tested positive for campylobacter bacteria, the most common cause of food poisoning. The bacteria is usually spread by animal feces. Other residents have complained of gastroenteritis forcing local schools to close for two days. The council says the water is being treated but all residents should boil their tap water. [3]


Hundreds sick from tainted water in NZ

Hundreds sick from tainted water in NZ

15 Aug

Two people are in a critical condition and hundreds more are ill after drinking tainted tap water in a small town in northern New Zealand. At least 18 people were hospitalized in Havelock North town, officials say. They tested positive for campylobacter bacteria, the most common cause of food poisoning. The bacteria is usually spread by animal feces. Other residents have complained of gastroenteritis forcing local schools to close for two days. The council says the water is being treated but all residents should boil their tap water. [4]


Nearly 100 killed in Ethiopia protests

Nearly 100 killed in Ethiopia protests

8 Aug

Nearly 100 people were killed in the weekend's protests in Ethiopia as demonstrators clashed with security forces in different parts of the country, Amnesty International says. The rights group says the most deadly incident happened in Bahir Dar, where at least 30 people died on Sunday. The authorities have said seven died in Bahir Dar and that security forces were reacting to violence from protesters. There has been an unprecedented wave of protests in Ethiopia in recent months. [5]


Delta passengers stranded by power cut

Delta passengers stranded by power cut

8 Aug

Thousands of air passengers around the world have been left stranded after a power cut forced the US airline Delta to suspend flights. The incident caused delays across the US and in Japan, Italy and the UK. Airport check-in systems, passenger advisory screens, the airline's website and smartphone apps were affected by the systems failure on Monday. After six hours, Delta said flights had resumed on a limited basis but warned of continuing delays and cancellations. The airline suspended or cancelled dozens of departures early on Monday, with airport agents forced to write out boarding passes by hand. [6]


Freak floods kill 20 in Macedonia

Freak floods kill 20 in Macedonia

7 Aug

At least 20 people have died as storms caused Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, to flood. Some of the victims drowned in their cars. Parts of the city's ring road have been swept away in the floods, dragging cars into nearby fields. Three-and-a-half inches (93mm) of rain fell in Skopje in the storm - more than the average for the whole of August. Three villages in the north-east of the country were cut off due to landslides. More rain is forecast for Sunday evening. [7]


Storm Earl landslides kill six in Mexico

Storm Earl landslides kill six in Mexico

7 Aug

Six people died in eastern Mexico when their homes were buried under landslides caused by heavy rain in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Earl. It happened on Saturday in Veracruz state, and there are warnings that rivers may flood in the neighboring state of Puebla. They were not Storm Earl's first victims. At least nine people died on Monday as it gathered in the Caribbean. Six of the victims were passengers on board a bus that caught fire in the Dominican town of Nagua when it was hit by tumbling power lines. Three people drowned in Haiti when their tour boat capsized. Earl moved westward and struck Belize as a Category One hurricane on Thursday. The hurricane then weakened to a tropical storm and passed over Guatemala and parts of Mexico. It has now been downgraded from a storm to a tropical depression and wind speeds dropped to 30mph (48km/h) by Saturday, but the effects of the large amounts of rainfall it unleashed are continuing. [8]


Syrian rebels seize key town from IS

Syrian rebels seize key town from IS

6 Aug

A US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters has seized most of a key Syrian city from so-called Islamic State (IS), activists and commanders say. Manbij is situated at an intersection of roads just south of the Turkish border. It has been under IS control for more than two years. Small numbers of IS militants are still resisting, using civilians as human shields, the alliance says. [9]


July

Deadly shooting in Texas city center

Deadly shooting in Texas city center

31 July

One person is dead and four others have been hospitalised after two separate shooting incidents in the Texan city of Austin, police say. Both crime scenes are now secure, Austin police say, after earlier reporting an "active shooter incident". The shootings happened in the city's entertainment district. [10]


India Dalits protest over attacks

India Dalits protest over attacks

31 July

About 25,000 member of India's low-caste Dalit community have rallied in the western state of Gujarat in protest at attacks on their members. Anger among Dalits has been mounting since four young men were stripped and beaten in public as they took a dead cow for skinning earlier this month. Protesters pledged to boycott some of their traditional tasks, including the disposal of dead animals and manual cleaning of sewers. Cows are considered sacred by Hindus. Killing them is banned in Gujarat, although villagers said the animal that sparked the attack on the youths had died of natural causes. [11]


Armenia gunmen surrender after stand-off

Armenia gunmen surrender after stand-off

31 July

About 20 armed men who seized a police station in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, have surrendered, police say. The men seized the building nearly two weeks ago seeking the release of "political prisoners" including opposition leader Jirair Sefilian. A police officer was shot dead from inside the police station during the stand-off on Saturday. The shooting came as police issued a deadline for the anti-government group to surrender. When the deadline passed, thousands of protesters again took to the streets in support of the group. The Interfax news service said all of those inside the police station had now been detained. Police issued an ultimatum to the group to surrender following violent scenes late on Friday when police with truncheons and stun grenades clashed with protesters. About 60 people were injured, including some journalists, and more than 100 arrests were reported. [12]


Ansbach, Germany bomb blast

Ansbach, Germany bomb blast

25 July

A 27-year-old Syrian asylum seeker blew himself up outside a wine bar in the German town of Ansbach after being refused entry to a music festival shortly after 10pm on Sunday. He died at the scene. Twelve other people were injured, three seriously. The incident is the third violent, random attack on civilians in the past week in Bavaria following the Wurzburg train stabbings last Monday and the Munich shootings on Friday. [13]


More than 150 killed in China floods

More than 150 killed in China floods

24 July

Floods in north and central China have killed at least 150 people, with scores missing and hundreds of thousands forced from homes, officials say. Hebei and Henan provinces are the worst hit by the flash floods and landslides. At least 114 people have been killed in Hebei, with 111 missing and 53,000 houses destroyed, officials say. In one city, Xingtai, at least 25 people died, prompting people to demonstrate against the government for failing to warn them of the flooding. The summer rains have been especially heavy in China this year. It has estimated that more than 1.5 million hectares of crops have been damaged and said direct economic losses exceed $3bn (£2.3bn). [14]


Super typhoon hits Taiwan

Super typhoon hits Taiwan

8 July

Super typhoon Nepartak hit Taiwan, driving thousands of people from their homes, disrupting power supplies and grounding more than 600 flights, authorities said. By afternoon, the typhoon had moved into the Taiwan Strait, weakening as it headed towards China's southeastern province of Fujian, but flooding and strong winds continued to lash the island's central and southern areas. More than 17,300 people were evacuated from their homes, and over 517,000 households suffered power outages, emergency officials said. Three deaths and 172 injuries were reported, bullet train services were suspended and over 340 international and 300 domestic flights canceled, an emergency services website showed. [15]


Zimbabwe strike over economic collapse

Zimbabwe strike over economic collapse

6 July

The streets of Zimbabwe's main cities are deserted during a nationwide stay away to protest at the lack of jobs and unpaid wages. The protests were organised through the messaging site WhatsApp but it is not clear which group is behind it. [16]


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June

Several California wildfires force hundreds to flee

Several California wildfires force hundreds to flee

24 June

A wildfire has destroyed at least 80 buildings and forced hundreds of people to flee their homes in California. The fire is continuing to spread in the mountain town of Lake Isabella and officials say at least 1,500 more buildings are at risk. About 350 firefighters have battled the flames overnight, and their number is being doubled later on Friday. The blaze is one of several fires sparked by recent hot weather across the western United States. Thousands of firefighters in total have been involved in attempts to control blazes across California, where hot temperatures and 20-mph winds combined with five years of drought have helped fires to spread. [17]


Pound loses value after Brexit results

Pound loses value after Brexit results

24 Jun

The pound has fallen to levels not seen since 1985 following the UK's referendum vote to leave the EU. Shares have also been hit. The FTSE 100 index began the day by falling more than 8%, then regained some ground to stand 2.5% lower. The more UK-focused FTSE 250 fared even worse, down 8% in early afternoon trading. Banks were hard hit, with Barclays and RBS falling about 30%, although they later pared losses to below 20%. The FTSE 100 ended the day 3.15% or 199.41 points lower. The pound's dramatic fall started overnight as the outcome of the referendum became clear. At one stage, it hit $1.3236, a fall of more than 10%. By early afternoon, it had partially recovered, but was still nearly 8% down on the day. [18]


Brexit: UK votes to leave the European Union

Brexit: UK votes to leave the European Union

24 Jun

The UK votes to leave the European Union, prompting David Cameron to announce he is to step down as prime minister - and UKIP leader Nigel Farage to declare it "independence day". Look out for future alerts about Brexit having any effect on UK travel.[19]


Tornado kills dozens in eastern China

Tornado kills dozens in eastern China

23 Jun

A tornado has killed 51 people in eastern China and injured dozens more, state media say. Official news agency Xinhua reports that the tornado - accompanied by torrential rain and hailstorms - hit the province of Jiangsu on Thursday afternoon. Homes in Yancheng city were flattened, it adds. Floods in parts of southern China killed 22 people earlier this week. Video from the scene of the tornado shows injured children being transported on the backs of mopeds, overturned vehicles, snapped trees and street light poles, and toppled electricity pylons. Many parts of China have been hit by torrential rains this week. The floods in southern China displaced nearly 200,000 people, state media said. [20]


Protests in Paris

Protests in Paris

23 Jun

At least 85 people were arrested in Paris as thousands took part in a protest against France's labour reforms, police said. Many were carrying objects that could be used as projectiles, according to police, who searched protesters as they arrived at the Place de la Bastille. The march was initially banned but ministers reversed their decision after a public uproar. The last protest in Paris earlier this month ended in violence. Hundreds of masked protesters on 14 June threw paving stones and a children's hospital in central Paris was badly damaged. Union officials said 60,000 people were at the Paris march, but police said there were 20,000 demonstrators. Protests were also being held in other French cities, with reports of damage in the north-western city of Rennes. [21]


Indonesia: Floods, landslides kill 35 in Central Java

Indonesia: Floods, landslides kill 35 in Central Java

19 Jun

At least 35 people have died after heavy rains and floods triggered landslides in the Indonesian province of Central Java. The landslides buried dozens of homes, and floodwaters inundated thousands of houses, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency. An additional 25 people remain missing, the agency said. [22]


Okinawa protests against US military

Okinawa protests against US military

19 Jun

Tens of thousands of demonstrators have gathered on the Japanese island of Okinawa to protest against the heavy US military presence there. The protestors are angry after a former US Marine employed as a civilian worker was arrested over the rape and murder of a local 20-year-old woman. The case has intensified longstanding opposition to the military bases, spurring calls for US military personnel to be moved off the island. [23]


2016 Summer Olympics Rio Travel Alerts

2016 Summer Olympics Rio Travel Alerts

17 Jun

Brazil, along with many destinations in the Americas, is experiencing an outbreak of Zika virus. Because Zika virus infection in pregnant women can cause serious birth defects, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has special recommendations for pregnant women traveling to Brazil. [24]


Ethiopia, Eritrea forces clash on border

Ethiopia, Eritrea forces clash on border

13 Jun

Ethiopia and Eritrea have exchanged accusations over who started Sunday's fighting at their disputed border. Ethiopia's Information Minister Getachew Reda described the clashes in the Tsorona area as "an Eritrean initiative". Earlier, the Eritrean government said that Ethiopia had "unleashed" the attack. A peace deal in 2000 ended the countries' two-year war border war but it has not been fully implemented. [25]


Istanbul bomb attack

Istanbul bomb attack

07 Jun

At least 11 people have been killed and several wounded in a car bomb attack in central Istanbul. A bus carrying Turkish police officers appeared to be the target of the blast, which struck during Tuesday morning's rush hour in the historic Beyazit Square district near Istanbul University and tourist sites. [26]


Frenchman planning Euro 2016 attacks arrested

Frenchman planning Euro 2016 attacks arrested

06 Jun

A Frenchman detained last month with a large cache of arms was planning mass attacks during the Euro 2016 football tournament, which starts on Friday, Ukrainian officials say. The man, identified by French media as Gregoire Moutaux, 25, was arrested on the Ukrainian border with Poland. Intelligence chief Vasyl Hrytsak said the man had planned 15 attacks and was driven by ultra-nationalist views. [27]


Severe weather hits Brisbane and Sydney

Severe weather hits Brisbane and Sydney

05 Jun

Severe weather has battered parts of eastern Australia. The weather system pushed across southern parts of Queensland, intensifying as it did so. Southeastern parts of the state were the worst hit. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, 382mm of rain was reported at Upper Springbrook on the Gold Coast and 357mm was reported at Mount Tamborine. This vast amount of rain caused major flooding. Numerous roads were inundated and became impassable, including the major Bruce Highway. As the rain strengthened, the winds also picked up. Thousands of homes suffered power cuts, the majority of which were on the Gold Coast. The strongest gust was nearly 100 kilometres per hour at Cape Moreton. As the system pushed southwards into New South Wales, it continued to produce severe weather. A gust of wind of 117kph was reported in Sydney Harbour, and across Sydney the winds were intense. More than 100 power lines were ripped down, the roof was torn off an apartment block and numerous trees were also brought down. The system is expected to become even more dangerous over the coming hours, as an area of low pressure develops off the coast of New South Wales. The winds will intensify and the wave heights are expected to reach up to eight metres in some areas. [28]


Bombings kill 15 in and around Baghdad

Bombings kill 15 in and around Baghdad

05 Jun

At least 15 people have been killed and more than 40 others were injured in bombings targeting a police checkpoint, a restaurant and two markets in and around Baghdad, Iraqi officials said. The deadliest incident occurred when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a checkpoint in Tarmiyah, about 50km north of the capital, killing eight people and wounding 15 others. In a separate development, the Iraqi army reported it managed to chase out the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group from a suburb of Fallujah, which lies just 50km west of Baghdad, after fierce clashes. [29]


Boko Haram attack in Niger kills 32 soldiers

Boko Haram attack in Niger kills 32 soldiers

05 Jun

At least 30 soldiers from Niger and two Nigerian troops were killed in a Boko Haram attack on Niger's border with Nigeria, Niger's defence ministry said. "On Friday, hundreds of assailants of Boko Haram attacked" the position of the army of Bosso, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday, giving a "provisional toll" of 32 soldiers killed and 67 wounded. The town of Bosso is part of the Diffa region, where many refugees and internally displaced people have sought shelter from Boko Haram violence elsewhere. The region has been targeted numerous times in attacks blamed on Boko Haram fighters. Around 200 people took to the streets on Saturday in Niger's capital Niamey to voice support for Diffa's population, calling for an audit of military spending as they denounced a "lack of results" from army action. [30]


Poland opposition rally draws thousands

Poland opposition rally draws thousands

05 Jun

Thousands of people have marched in Warsaw, protesting against Poland's conservative government, 27 years since the fall of communism. Opposition leaders, including two former presidents, led the rally against what they describe as the government's anti-democratic policies. The ruling Law and Justice party has been criticised by the European Union over its reforms of the judiciary, surveillance, and media laws. The opposition said about 50,000 people took part in the protest. Police estimated about 10,000 people were on the streets. [31]


Paris River Seine begins to recede

Paris River Seine begins to recede

05 Jun

AThe death toll from the flooding in France has risen to four, officials said Saturday, as the water level of the rain-swollen River Seine slowly started to decrease after forcing the closure of several Paris landmarks. From a peak of 6.10 metres in the early hours of Saturday, the river began to subside, falling to 5.99 metres at 5pm local time, the environment ministry's Vigicrues flood watch website said. But authorities warned it could take up to ten days for the river to return to normal after swelling to its highest level in nearly 35 years. The death toll from the flooding across the country has risen to four while 24 people have been injured, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said after a meeting at a government crisis centre. [32]


Paris river rising beyond six metres

Paris river rising beyond six metres

03 Jun

Floodwaters in Paris continue to rise with the River Seine due to hit a peak of up to 6.5m (21ft) later on Friday. The world-famous Louvre and Orsay museums have been shut so staff can move priceless artworks to safety. The number of dead in the floods has now risen to at least 15 - 10 in southern Germany, two each in France and Romania and one in Belgium. More downpours are forecast for the weekend across a band of central Europe from France to Ukraine. Several towns in southern Germany have been devastated. Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands and Poland have also been affected. Thousands of people have been forced from their homes. [33]


Twenty-four die in India eviction drive

Twenty-four die in India eviction drive

03 Jun

At least 24 people have been killed and 40 others injured during clashes between police and squatters in the northern Indian town of Mathura. Clashes broke out on Thursday as police tried to evict several thousand former members of a religious sect who had occupied a public park for two years. Two senior police officers were among those killed overnight. [34]


Europe floods

Europe floods

02 Jun

10 dead amid fears of fresh heavy rainfall. In the worst incident, the bodies of three women from the same family were found in a flooded basement in southern Germany. Some parts of central France have seen their worst floods in over a century. The Seine burst its banks in Paris. [35]


Shooting at UCLA

Shooting at UCLA

01 Jun

Two people are dead and the campus is on lockdown following a shooting at the University of California at Los Angeles, police say. Story is developing [36]


May

Malaysia officials sabotaged passports

Malaysia officials sabotaged passports

31 May

Malaysia has fired 15 immigration officers, accusing them of sabotaging passport systems to let in certain travellers undetected. Suspicions were raised after computer systems at Malaysian airports crashed several times a day. The 15 are accused of deliberately taking them offline, allowing people to bypass criminal background checks. [37]


Euro 2016 could be terrorist target

Euro 2016 could be terrorist target

31 May

The US has warned that the Euro 2016 football championships being held in France next month could be a target of militant attacks. "The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present greater targets for terrorists," the State Department said. The event is being hosted from 10 June - 12 July at various venues. [38]


Myanmar jade mine landslide kills 12

Myanmar jade mine landslide kills 12

24 May

Rescue efforts are underway in Myanmar's jade-producing area after a landslide killed at least 12 people with fears that there may be as many as 100 others buried under the rubble. The disaster happened at Hpakant, a town in the northern state of Kachin. Billions of dollars of jade are mined in Hpakant each year. Most of it is for the lucrative Chinese market. However, the industry is unregulated and landslides are common. Dozens of people were killed by a landslide in the Hpakant area in December and in November more than 100 were killed. [39]


Volcano eruption covers villages in ash

Volcano eruption covers villages in ash

24 May

A thick layer of ash has covered several villages in Indonesia after the eruption of Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island. At least seven people died after clouds of hot ash and gas consumed farmland around the mountain on Sunday. Rescuers are still searching for survivors. The ash reached towns 12km (seven miles) away, local military head Agustatius Sitepu told AFP, including Gamber village in North Sumatra. [40]


Deadly blasts rock Assad strongholds

Deadly blasts rock Assad strongholds

23 May

A series of car and suicide bombings has hit two government strongholds on Syria's Mediterranean coast. State media said at least 78 people were killed, while a monitoring group put the death toll at more than 120.BBC News


Libya intercepts boats carrying 850 people

Libya intercepts boats carrying 850 people

23 May

Libyan coastguards say they intercepted boats carrying 850 migrants trying to reach Europe on Sunday. A spokesman said the migrants from various African countries - including 79 women, 11 of them pregnant - were found in seven inflatable boats near Sabratha, west of the capital Tripoli. BBC News


Record hottest day in India

Record hottest day in India

20 May

A city in India's Rajasthan state has broken the country's temperature records after registering 51C(123.8F), the highest since records began, the weather office says. The new record in Phalodi in the desert state comes amid a heatwave across India. BBC News


EgyptAir wreckage found in Mediterranean Sea

EgyptAir wreckage found in Mediterranean Sea

20 May

Debris and body parts have been found in the Mediterranean Sea by teams searching for a missing EgyptAir plane, Greek and Egyptian officials say. Flight MS804 was en route from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew when it vanished early on Thursday. Items including seats and luggage have also been retrieved by Egyptian search crews.BBC News


Americas Zika Virus strain case in Africa

Americas Zika Virus strain case in Africa

20 May

The Zika virus strain responsible for the outbreaks in Brazil has been detected in Africa for the first time, the World Health Organization says. The WHO said it was concerned that the latest strain was spreading and was "on the doorstep of Africa". It is currently circulating in Cape Verde, an archipelago off the north west coast of Africa. BBC News


Pregnant women test positive for Zika in US

Pregnant women test positive for Zika in US

20 May

Nearly 300 pregnant women in the US have tested positive for Zika virus, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the US, 157 pregnant women have tested positive for the disease and 122 have tested positive in US territories. Until now, the agency had not reported the number of women infected by the diseases in the US and its territories. BBC News


Green Zone protests end in violence

Green Zone protests end in violence

20 May

The Iraqi army has declared a curfew in Baghdad after security forces opened fire to stop protesters storming the Green Zone, reportedly injuring dozens. They fired tear gas and live bullets to drive back the mainly Shia Muslim crowds, as they protested against corruption and security failures. Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr condemned the use of force.It was the second time this month that protesters had managed to break into the city's government area. [41]


19 May

EgyptAir flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo disappears from radar. The Airbus A320 went missing over the eastern Mediterranean, soon after entering Egyptian airspace. The Egyptian military has denied a report from EgyptAir that a distress signal was sent by the plane. [42]


Thailand to close Koh Tachai island

Thailand to close Koh Tachai island

17 May

Thai authorities are set to close the island of Koh Tachai, saying heavy tourism is negatively affecting natural resources and the environment. The island, off Phang Nga province, is part of the Similan National Park. Almost all Thai marine national parks close to tourists from mid-May to mid-October for monsoon season but Tachai will not reopen, the Bangkok Post says. The park is popular with tourists and divers - who will still have access to a few dive sites in the area.BBC News


Oil workers urged to flee Canada fire

Oil workers urged to flee Canada fire

17 May

Around 12,000 people have been urged to leave Canada's oil sands camps near the fire-hit town of Fort McMurray as a resurgent wildfire heads towards them. A regional official told the BBC that 8,000 people were given precautionary evacuation orders late on Monday, in addition to some 4,000 who had already been advised to leave.BBC News


Venezuela president declares emergency

Venezuela president declares emergency

14 May

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared a 60-day state of emergency on Friday due to what he called plots from within the OPEC country and the United States to topple his leftist government. Maduro did not provide details of the measure. A previous state of emergency, implemented in states near the Colombian border last year, suspended constitutional guarantees in those areas, except for guarantees relating to human rights. Venezuela's opposition is seeking to recall the unpopular leader, 53, amid a worsening crisis that includes food and medicine shortages, frequent power cuts, sporadic looting and galloping inflation. But the former union leader and bus driver has vowed to stick out his term, and accuses the United States of fomenting an undercover coup against him. [43]


Divided Bosnian Serbs rally for and against government

Divided Bosnian Serbs rally for and against government

14 May

Thousands of Bosnian Serbs gathered for rival demonstrations for and against the government in the capital of Bosnia's autonomous Serb region on Saturday, kept apart by ranks of police after warnings of violence. Police reinforcements and demonstrators' cars flying Serb Republic flags in support of the government streamed towards Banja Luka, where buses had already arrived with supporters of both factions. Authorities banned both sides from marching through the city to avoid confrontations in the politically charged atmosphere in the build-up to local elections in October. [44]


Spain tire fire creates toxic cloud

Spain tire fire creates toxic cloud

13 May

A huge fire at a tyre dump in Spain has sent a "toxic cloud" of black smoke into the air, and residents have been told to keep windows and doors shut. Emergency services were called to the town of Sesena, 35 km (22 miles) south of Madrid, at 01:00 local time (23:00 GMT on Thursday). They sent 10 teams of fire-fighters, who have battled the blaze all day.BBC News


Uber and Lyft halt Austin service

Uber and Lyft halt Austin service

09 May

Ride-sharing firms Uber and Lyft have stopped operating in Austin, Texas after proposals to let them self-regulate their drivers were rejected. The companies had sought to overturn city council regulations which meant drivers had to pass fingerprint-based background checks before they could operate. However, when put to a public vote, the regulations, introduced in December 2015, were upheld.BBC News


Massive Canada wildfire spreads south

Massive Canada wildfire spreads south

05 May

A massive wildfire in Alberta, Canada, has moved south, forcing more evacuations on Thursday. The fire is now 85,000 hectares, or 850 sq km, which is larger than the city of Calgary. It has grown five times its initial size since it broke out, prompting more than 88,000 evacuations. BBC News


Several hurt in Frankfurt shooting

Several hurt in Frankfurt shooting

05 May

At least three people were wounded, two seriously, when shots were fired in the German city of Frankfurt on Thursday. Police said that someone opened fire from a passing car and witnesses spoke of up to a dozen shots being fired close to the main police station.BBC News


Dozens killed in Aleppo battle

Dozens killed in Aleppo battle

04 May

Dozens of people are reported to have been killed in fierce clashes between rebel groups and government forces in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels advanced into government-held western districts overnight but were pushed back by Wednesday morning. BBC News


1,600 buildings damaged in Canada wildfire

1,600 buildings damaged in Canada wildfire

04 May

A wildfire has brought "significant destruction" to the Canadian city of Fort McMurray, with 1,600 structures affected, the premier of the province of Alberta says. Rachel Notley said the fire was still on the move, with more communities, including the airport area, in danger. Fire services said the high winds and hot temperatures would make Wednesday an "even worse day" than Tuesday. BBC News


US Cruise ship docks in Havana

US Cruise ship docks in Havana

02 May

A US cruise ship has docked in the Cuban capital, Havana, after sailing from Florida - the first such crossing in more than 50 years. The Adonia sailed from the port of Miami carrying some 700 passengers. Cuba and the US restored diplomatic relations last year. But several Cold War-era restrictions on travelling and trading are yet to be lifted. BBC News


April

Troops retake Mukalla in Yemen

Troops retake Mukalla in Yemen

21 Apr

The Yemeni port city of Mukalla, controlled by al-Qaeda militants for a year, has been recaptured by Yemeni and Saudi-led coalition forces. The coalition says 800 militants were killed in the first hours of a joint operation across the south of Yemen. But Mukalla residents said there had been little fighting in the city, with the militants apparently withdrawing. [45]


Police standoff in Acapulco

Police standoff in Acapulco

25 Apr

Police officers came under attack in a two-hour gunfight in the Mexican city of Acapulco, officials say. Several gunmen attacked a hotel where officers stay, in the tourist area Las Playas on Sunday evening. Dozens of people had to shelter in shops while shooting continued, until after 23:00 local time (04:00 GMT). [46]


Brussels station reopens

Brussels station reopens

25 Apr

The Brussels metro station where 16 people were killed by a suicide bomber last month has re-opened. A bomb was detonated on board a train pulling out of Maelbeek station, close to the European institutions, in the morning rush hour on 22 March. The attack followed suicide bombs at Brussels airport which also killed 16. BBC News


Pakistan contaminated sweets kill 23

Pakistan contaminated sweets kill 23

25 Apr

At least 23 people have died from eating contaminated sweets in central Pakistan, police say. The deaths began last week after a man in Punjab province bought the treats to celebrate the birth of his son. He and 11 other relatives are among the dead - in all 77 people were affected. Five remain in a serious condition. BBC News


Egypt president warns against protests

Egypt president warns against protests

25 Apr

Egypt's president has warned against what he called attempts to destabilise the state, ahead of planned anti-government protests. In a televised address, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi said "evil" forces were conspiring against the country but would not succeed. BBC News


Deadly blast hits Mexico oil plant

Deadly blast hits Mexico oil plant

21 Apr

A large explosion at an oil facility in the south-east Mexican state of Veracruz has killed at least three people and injured 136 more. The blast hit a facility owned by Mexico's state oil company, Pemex, in the port city of Coatzacoalcos. Hundreds of people have been evacuated and schools closed. Footage showed a large fire and vast plumes of smoke. The cause of the blast is unclear. Several explosions have been reported at Pemex facilities in recent years. [47]


2.2 billion people in at risk Zika areas

2.2 billion people in at risk Zika areas

21 Apr

More than two billion people live in parts of the world where the Zika virus can spread, detailed maps published in the journal eLife show. The Zika virus, which is spread by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, triggered a global health emergency this year. Last week the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the virus causes severe birth defects. The latest research showed mapping Zika was more complex than simply defining where the mosquito can survive. [48]


India says 330 million hit by drought

India says 330 million hit by drought

21 Apr

At least 330 million people are affected by drought in India, the government has told the Supreme Court Authorities say this number is likely to rise further given that some states with water shortages have not yet submitted status reports. The drought is taking place as a heat wave extends across much of India with temperatures crossing 40C for days now. India is heavily dependant on monsoon rains, which have been poor for two years in a row. The government said that nearly 256 districts across India, home to nearly a quarter of the population were impacted by the drought. Schools have been shut in the eastern state of Orissa and more than 100 deaths due to heatstroke have been reported from across the country, including from the southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh which saw more than 2,000 deaths last summer. [49]


Rainfall causes Houston flooding

Rainfall causes Houston flooding

18 Apr

More than a foot of rain fell Monday in parts of Houston, submerging scores of subdivisions and several major interstate highways, forcing the closure of schools and knocking out power to thousands of residents who were urged to shelter in place. Sylvester Turner, mayor of the nation's fourth-largest city, told residents to stay home to fend off a weather system he called "stubborn." More rain was projected over the next two to three days. [50]


Ecuador earthquake

Ecuador earthquake

17 Apr

At least 235 people have been confirmed dead and over 1,500 people injured after Ecuador was hit by its most powerful earthquake in decades. Some 10,000 troops and 3,500 police are being deployed in the affected areas, as rescue operations got under way. The magnitude-7.8 quake struck early on Saturday evening. Coastal areas in the north-west were closest to the epicentre and officials say the death toll is likely to rise as information begins to come in. At least 500 people were injured in the quake, which was felt across the country. Widespread severe damage is reported, with a bridge destroyed as far south as Guayaquil about 300km (190 miles) away. [51]


Japan struggles with quake-hit services

Japan struggles with quake-hit services

17 Apr

Japan is struggling to restore services in the south-western island of Kyushu after it was hit by two powerful earthquakes. Some 180,000 people are set to spend a third night in temporary shelters, including cars and tents. More than 62,000 homes remain without electricity and 300,000 homes have no water, Japanese media report. At least 11 people are still missing following the quakes which killed 41 people and wounded hundreds. Rescuers used improved weather on Sunday to fly helicopters to the worst-affected areas of Kumamoto prefecture as tremors continued. [52]


Earthquake topples houses in Japan

Earthquake topples houses in Japan

14 Apr

An earthquake has struck southern Japan, injuring several people seriously and possibly leaving others trapped beneath collapsed houses, authorities say. No tsunami warning was issued after the magnitude 6.4 quake. It struck at 21:26 (12:26 GMT) east of Kumamoto city, on the island of Kyushu, the Japan Meteorological Agency says. The two Sendai nuclear reactors on Kyushu are reported to be operating as normal. The three Genkai nuclear reactors still in operation on the island were already closed for routine inspection. [53]


Thousands join anti-Mugabe protest in Zimbabwe

Thousands join anti-Mugabe protest in Zimbabwe

14 Apr

Two thousand Zimbabwean opposition supporters, some holding placards calling for 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe to resign, have rallied in the capital Harare. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai called for countrywide demonstrations against the deteriorating economy. The march went ahead after a ruling by the High Court. Police had initially denied permission. It is the biggest such protest in many years. [54]


Myanmar shaken by earthquake

Myanmar shaken by earthquake

13 Apr

A strong earthquake has struck Myanmar, the US Geological Survey reports, with tremors in India] and China sending residents out into the streets. The 6.9 magnitude quake took place at a depth of 135km (84 miles) north-west of Mandalay. Casualties have been reported in north-east India. It could be felt in the north-east Indian state of Assam, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are staying. [55]


Drought fears grip Malawi and Mozambique

Drought fears grip Malawi and Mozambique

13 Apr

Food shortage fears over a drought in southern Africa have prompted Malawi to declare a state of national disaster and Mozambique to issue a "red alert". The President of Malawi, Peter Mutharika, warned in a statement some people needed aid for all of this year. Mozambique raised alert levels for southern and central regions. [56]


Dangerous temperatures arrive early in India

Dangerous temperatures arrive early in India

12 Apr

A heatwave across most of India has led to a hotter than usual summer in much of the country. Dozens of deaths have been reported in the south Indian states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and the city of Bhubaneswar in Orissa experienced its hottest April day on record on Monday, temperatures peaking at 45.8C. The run-up to the Indian monsoon season is always characterised by weeks of strong sunshine and increasing heat but this year, life-threatening temperature levels have set in rather earlier and more widely than normal. The heatwave extends across much of northern India with temperatures having exceeded 40C for several days in a row. And many parts of that interior are baked dry, following a poor monsoon season in 2015 due to the strong El Nino event in the Pacific. [57]


Yemen clashes rattle shaky truce

Yemen clashes rattle shaky truce

12 Apr

A truce aimed at ending more than a year of war in Yemen appears to be largely holding, despite reports of fighting in several places. The UN-brokered "cessation of hostilities" came into effect at midnight (21:00 GMT on Sunday). But soon afterwards, the government accused Houthi rebels of violations in the south-western city of Taiz and in Marib, east of the capital Sanaa. The truce is supposed to set the scene for peace talks in Kuwait next week. More than 6,300 people have been killed since the conflict in Yemen escalated in March 2015, when a Saudi-led coalition began a military campaign to defeat the rebels and restore the internationally-recognised government. [58]


Pirates attack cargo ship off Nigeria

Pirates attack cargo ship off Nigeria

12 Apr

Pirates have attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria kidnapping six of the crew, says the Nigerian navy. The ship carrying chemicals was believed to be travelling from Gabon to Ivory Coast. The pirates attacked the ship late at night as it was sailing close to the oil-rich Niger Delta. Analysts say winding down an amnesty to former Niger Delta militants has resulted in an increase in piracy. [59]


Hot weather kills 80 in south India

Hot weather kills 80 in south India

6 Apr

At least 80 people have died of heatstroke in the south Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Temperatures in the states have risen as high as 45C and customary April rains have been delayed. State officials have said however, that the state was not suffering from a heatwave as there was no "abnormality" in temperature for this time of year. Over 2,000 people are estimated to have died in a heatwave that swept the two states last year. [60]


Syrian army attacks south of Aleppo

Syrian army attacks south of Aleppo

6 Apr

Syrian government forces have launched a counter-offensive to retake a village south of the city of Aleppo recently captured by jihadist militants. Troops and militiamen from Lebanon's Hezbollah movement began the assault on al-Eis overnight, backed by heavy air strikes, opposition activists say. Al-Eis was seized by the al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front on Monday. The fighting was said to be the fiercest in the area since the partial truce declared five weeks ago. The cessation of hostilities has largely held despite both sides accusing each other of breaches and has resulted in a significant reduction in violence across much of Syria. [61]


Mississippi passes controversial bill

Mississippi passes controversial bill

5 Apr

The governor of Mississippi has signed a controversial bill that allows businesses to refuse service to gay couples based on religious beliefs. Governor Phil Bryant signed HB1523 into law on Tuesday amid opposition from equal rights groups and businesses. He said the bill "protects sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions". Protesters say the bill would allow for lawful discrimination of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.[62]


Greece halts deportations to Turkey

Greece halts deportations to Turkey

5 Apr

Greece paused deportations of migrants to Turkey on Tuesday, a day after the first boats took back 202 people under a controversial EU plan to cut off a migrant route to Europe. Hundreds more are due to be removed later this week, but the migrants are arriving in Greece faster than they can be sent back.[63]


Flights resume at Brussels after attack

Flights resume at Brussels after attack

3 Apr

Brussels airport has reopened for three "symbolic" flights amid tight security controls, 12 days after an attack by suicide bombers killed 16 people there. Three Brussels Airlines flights were scheduled to depart for European destinations. The first left at 11:40 GMT for Faro in Portugal. Passengers were screened on an approach road and again before check in. Attacks on the airport and a Brussels metro station by so-called Islamic State on 22 March left 32 people dead. Airport workers gathered at Zaventem to watch the first flight take off. Under the new security arrangements:

  • Vehicles and passengers travelling to the temporary departures area will be screened on the access road. Special cameras will check number plates
  • An additional police check and ID and boarding pass check will take place at the entrance to the temporary departures area. Those not flying will not be allowed in.
  • Passengers will then proceed towards the departure gates, undergoing the usual access and security controls. [64]


Azeris call truce in Caucasus clash

Azeris call truce in Caucasus clash

3 Apr

Azerbaijan has announced a "unilateral ceasefire" in fighting with Armenian forces over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. A defence ministry spokesman said the Azeris were acting in response to international calls to halt violence. But the Armenia-backed Karabakh forces said this was false and Azerbaijan was continuing to fire shells. Nagorno-Karabakh has been in the hands of ethnic-Armenian separatists since a war that ended in 1994. Fighting had continued into Sunday, after clashes left 30 soldiers dead and caused civilian casualties. [65]


Vanuatu hit by 6.9 magnitude earthquake

Vanuatu hit by 6.9 magnitude earthquake

3 Apr

A 6.9 magnitude earthquake has struck off the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at 08:23 GMT, 420km (260 miles) north-west of the capital, Port Vila. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said the threat of tsunami waves had now mostly passed. The USGS said the quake was fairly shallow - at a depth of about 35km (21 miles) - but no damage had been reported so far. The quake, originally measured at 7.2, struck in the north of Vanuatu off Espiritu Santo. Quakes are fairly common in the region. Two similar sized tremors last October and December caused no damage. [66]


March

Casualties in Kolkata flyover collapse

Casualties in Kolkata flyover collapse

31 Mar

At least 10 people have been killed and several others injured after a flyover under construction collapsed in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta), officials say. Reports suggest as many as 150 could be trapped under the concrete and steel bridge, which fell on a busy road. Images showed residents using their bare hands to help the rescue effort. Construction projects in India have often suffered from safety issues with frequent collapses. Experts say there is a lack of inspections and substandard materials are used. [67]


EgyptAir hijack ends in surrender

EgyptAir hijack ends in surrender

29 Mar

A hijacking that diverted a domestic Egyptian flight to Cyprus has ended with all hostages released and the hijacker surrendering. EgyptAir Flight MS181 was taken over by a passenger claiming to be wearing a suicide explosive belt. Airline officials later said they had been told by Cypriot authorities that the belt was fake. The hijacker's motives remain unclear but the Cypriot president said the incident was not terrorism-related. No-one was injured in the hijacking, Cypriot government spokesman Nikos Christodulides tweeted. [68]


WHO downgrades Ebola

WHO downgrades Ebola

29 Mar

Ebola is no longer an "extraordinary health event" and the risk of the virus spreading is low, the World Health Organization says. It means the disease is not thought to be a public health threat to countries outside of those affected in West Africa. A small cluster of cases are still occurring in Guinea, but Sierra Leone, and Liberia have not had any in months. [69]


Australian park to fine trespassers of popular site

Australian park to fine trespassers of popular site

29 Mar

A national park in Australia is to fine visitors who disregard warning signs at one of its most popular natural attractions in order to snap social media-worthy photos. A metal safety fence currently blocks access to the spectacular Wedding Cake Rock, a pure white cliff-top platform in Royal National Park near Sydney. But groups of up to 30 people have been spotted clambering over the barrier, apparently unperturbed by warning signs noting that the rock is unstable and "may collapse suddenly without warning", the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Photographs of people wandering around on the rock over the Easter weekend have been posted on Instagram, to the alarm of park authorities. [70]


Washington D.C. shooter wounds officer

Washington D.C. shooter wounds officer

28 Mar

Gunshots have been reported at the visitor centre at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. and workers have been told to take shelter. The Capitol's Sergeant-At-Arms said the gunman has been caught and one police officer was wounded. The Capitol building is on lockdown due to the security threat, according to an email sent to congressional staffers. Washington's city police called it an "isolated" incident, saying there is "no active threat" to the public. [71]


Storm disrupts England transport

Storm disrupts England transport

28 Mar

Storm Katie has battered large parts of England, leaving flights cancelled, property damaged and thousands of people without power. Flights bound for Gatwick and Heathrow were diverted to other airports and dozens were cancelled as gusts of up to 106mph hit the south of the country. More than 200,000 homes were without power at the height of the winds, with thousands still awaiting reconnection. [72]


Blast in crowded Pakistan park

Blast in crowded Pakistan park

27 Mar

at least 60 killed. A Taliban faction, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, claimed responsibility for the attack and said Christians were the target of the blast, Reuters reported. [73]


Syria government forces enter Palmyra

Syria government forces enter Palmyra

26 Mar

Syrian government forces have advanced into Palmyra on several fronts backed by air strikes and artillery, a monitoring group has said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighting was the most intense yet seen in the army's campaign to recapture the city from so-called Islamic State (IS). IS seized the Unesco World Heritage site and adjoining modern town in May. It destroyed archaeological sites, drawing global outrage. Two 2,000-year-old temples, an arch and funerary towers were left in ruins. [74]


Zika World Cup theory dismissed

Zika World Cup theory dismissed

24 Mar

The Zika virus arrived in South America a year before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, say British and Brazilian scientists. Their study effectively dismisses one of the most popular theories about the outbreak's origins - that it was brought over by football fans. The findings, published in the journal Science, suggest the virus arrived between May and December 2013.[75]


India celebrates festival of colors

India celebrates festival of colors

24 Mar

Indians are celebrating Holi, the Hindu festival of colours which comes at the end of the winter season and marks the beginning of spring. Some of the biggest celebrations take place in the temples of Vrindavan, a town in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where, according to legend, the Hindu god Krishna played Holi with his consort Radha. The festival is celebrated over two days[76]


Brussels explosions

Brussels explosions

22 Mar

Airport and metro hit with 'at least 13 killed. [77]


Flights delayed and cancelled

Flights delayed and cancelled

20 Mar

French air traffic controllers start 3-day strike. Check with your local airport if your flight is affected. [78]


Brussels manhunt after gunfire

Brussels manhunt after gunfire

15 Mar

Belgian security forces and French police are hunting for at least two men after shots were fired at police during a counter-terrorism raid in Brussels. Three officers were reportedly hurt, one of them seriously. Streets in the suburb of Forest have been sealed off. [79]


Ankara car bomb kills at least 27

Ankara car bomb kills at least 27

13 Mar

A car bomb has exploded in the Turkish capital Ankara, killing 27 people and wounding another 75, the city governor's office has said. [80]


At least 16 dead Ivory Coast

At least 16 dead Ivory Coast

13 Mar

Four Europeans among dead and several injured after attackers launch assault on beach in Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast. [81]


US forces raid Somali militants

US forces raid Somali militants

9 Mar

US troops took part in a raid on the Islamist al-Shabab group alongside Somali troops, American officials say. Al-Shabab earlier said it had "fought off" an attack by foreign forces but US officials said several militants were killed in the raid early on Wednesday. Several countries have been supporting Somali officials in their efforts to combat al-Shabab's insurgency.[82]



Macedonia shuts Balkans route

Macedonia shuts Balkans route

9 Mar

Macedonia has said it will no longer let any migrants through its border with Greece, effectively blocking the Balkan route north. The decision came after Slovenia barred access to migrants transiting the country. Croatia and Serbia then said they would follow suit. Some 13,000 migrants are now stranded at the Macedonia-Greece border. The moves come after the EU and Turkey set out a plan to ease Europe's biggest refugee crisis since World War Two. [83]



Floods disrupt central England

Floods disrupt central England

9 Mar

Severe flooding has caused widespread disruption across parts of central England, with rail passengers stranded and many schools shut. British Transport Police formed human barriers in front of the main concourse at London Euston after trains between Rugby and Milton Keynes were cancelled. Passengers were warned people could be killed as some had fallen from earlier trains on Wednesday. [84]



US strike kills Somali militants

US strike kills Somali militants

7 Mar

A US air strike has killed more than 150 al-Shabab militants in Somalia, the Pentagon says. Spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said the strike hit a training camp where a "large-scale" attack was being planned. "We know they were going to be departing the camp and they posed an imminent threat to US and [African Union] forces," Captain Davis said. [85]


February

US warns of dam collapse in Iraq

US warns of dam collapse in Iraq

29 Feb

The US embassy in Baghdad has warned the risk of the Mosul Dam collapsing is "serious and unprecedented" and has urged people to be ready to evacuate. Maintenance work was disrupted after the dam was briefly seized by militants from so-called Islamic State in 2014. If the dam burst, floodwaters could kill 1.47 million Iraqis living along the River Tigris, the embassy said. Iraq's prime minister has said precautions are being taken, but that such a scenario is "highly unlikely". The dam, Iraq's largest has suffered from structural flaws since its completion in 1984, with the water constantly eating away at the soluble gypsum base on which it is built. [86]


Migrants break down Macedonia fence

Migrants break down Macedonia fence

29 Feb

Macedonian police have fired tear gas at a crowd of migrants who destroyed a barbed-wire fence on the Greek border using a makeshift battering ram. TV footage showed migrants pushing against the fence at Idomeni in Greece, ripping away barbed wire. A section of fence was smashed open with a metal signpost. It is unclear if any migrants crossed the border. About 7,000 people are stuck on the Greek side of the border, as Macedonia is letting very few in. The chaos on Monday erupted as hundreds of people pushed their way past Greek police, shouting "Open the border!", to reach the gate used to let trains through at the border crossing. Some threw stones at Macedonian riot police. [87]


Air strike on Yemen market kills 30 people

Air strike on Yemen market kills 30 people

28 Feb

At least 30 people have been killed in an air strike on a market near the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, witnesses say. Residents said at least 30 people were injured, most of them civilians, the Reuters news agency reported. It is not clear who carried out the strike, but Houthi rebels have accused the Saudi-led coalition. The Saudi offensive is aimed at restoring the government and driving back rebels loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Some 6,000 people have been killed since the start of the campaign last March, about half of them civilians, according to the UN. [88]


Somalia blast kills at least 10

Somalia blast kills at least 10

27 Feb

Militants have stormed a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu, leaving at least nine people dead, in an attack claimed by al-Shabab. The attackers set off a car bomb outside the heavily fortified Somali Youth League hotel before moving in. An explosion also targeted a popular park known as the Peace Garden. Police say the attack is now over after they shot and killed four attackers. Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda affiliate, is waging an armed insurgency in Somalia. [89]


Deadly attack on hotel in Kabul

Deadly attack on hotel in Kabul

27 Feb

A suicide bomber has killed at least 10 people in an attack near a market in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar, officials say. The provincial governor's office said the bomber rode up on a motorcycle to the entrance of a government office in the provincial capital Asadabad before detonating his device. In recent months, there has been an upsurge in fighting between the Taliban and government forces. [90]


Tornadoes hit southern US

Tornadoes hit southern US

24 Feb

At least three people were killed as several powerful tornadoes hit the southern United States on Tuesday. Tornadoes lashed Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida, destroying homes and businesses. The deaths occurred when mobile homes were destroyed in Louisiana and Mississippi, officials said. Meteorologists said the storm system could hit Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia later on Wednesday. [91]


Water partially restored in Delhi

Water partially restored in Delhi

23 Feb

Water supply has been partially restored in the Indian capital, Delhi, where up to 10 million were affected after protesters sabotaged a key canal. The army took control of the Munak canal in neighbouring Haryana state on Monday after Jat community members, angry at caste job quotas, damaged it. Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra said the "crisis was still not over" and urged people to use water carefully.[92]


Peru oil spill pollutes Amazon rivers

Peru oil spill pollutes Amazon rivers

23 Feb

At least 3,000 barrels of crude oil have been spilled in an Amazonian region after leaks from Peru's main oil pipeline, the state oil company said. The oil has polluted two rivers that at least eight indigenous communities rely on for water, the government and indigenous leaders said. Petroperu has promised a full clean-up and is also providing food and water.[93]


Ten million without water in Delhi

Ten million without water in Delhi

22 Feb

More than 10 million people in India's capital, Delhi, are without water after protesters sabotaged a key canal which supplies much of the city. The army took control of the Munak canal after Jat community protesters, angry at caste job quotas, seized it. All Delhi's schools have been closed because of the water crisis. Sixteen people have been killed and hundreds hurt in three days of riots. [94]


Post-cyclone clean up in Fiji

Post-cyclone clean up in Fiji

22 Feb

A clean-up operation has begun after the most severe cyclone to hit Fiji in living memory killed at least 20. Rescue workers said that number could rise as some of the worst-hit outlying islands have yet to be reached. Thousands are now in evacuation centres while many parts of the country remain without power. Cyclone Winston, which hit over the weekend, brought winds of over 320km/h (200mph), torrential rain, and waves of up to 12m (40ft). [95]


Water crisis fears in Delhi

Water crisis fears in Delhi

21 Feb

The Indian capital Delhi is on the brink of a severe water crisis after a key supply was cut during protests over jobs in a neighbouring state. Demonstrators from the Jat community damaged equipment in the Munak canal, a major source of water to Delhi. The city has introduced strict water rationing. Some areas could run dry on Sunday, officials warned, and schools will not open on Monday. Protesters want guaranteed jobs under India's caste quota system. [96]


Huge storm wreaks destruction in Fiji

Huge storm wreaks destruction in Fiji

21 Feb

Authorities in Fiji are assessing the damage after the most powerful storm left at least five people dead. Cyclone Winston brought winds of over 320km/h (200mph), torrential rain and waves of up to 12m (40ft). It destroyed hundreds of homes and cut electricity lines. There are reports of entire villages flattened. The government has imposed a nationwide curfew and 30-day state of national disaster giving extra powers to police to arrest people without a warrant. The Category-five storm - the highest level - moved westward since making landfall at 18:30 local time (06:30 GMT) on Saturday in the north of Fiji's main island, Viti Levu. It changed direction at the last minute, sparing the capital Suva the full force of its winds. The government had opened about 750 evacuation centres. More than 1,000 people were sheltering in one on the second largest island of Vanua Levu, north-east of Viti Levu, the Fiji Broadcasting Company said. [97]


Lion loose in Nairobi

Lion loose in Nairobi

19 Feb

Kenya's capital, Nairobi, is on alert after several lions escaped from a nearby national park overnight and strayed into the city. One lioness and her two cubs have been recaptured, and two other animals are believed to have gone back into the Nairobi National Park on their own accord. But it is not clear whether more lions remain on the loose. Residents have been told to report any sightings to a free telephone line. [98]


Annual Yosemite fireball returns

Annual Yosemite fireball returns

19 Feb

A rare phenomenon known as "firefall" has drawn visitors and photographers to Yosemite National Park in California. The stunning visual display happens every February when the light hits a waterfall tumbling down El Capitan. But the intensity of this phenomenon depends on the volume of water and the cloud cover. [99]


California methane leak sealed

California methane leak sealed

18 Feb

A leaking gas well near the US city of Los Angeles which has been polluting the air for four months has been "permanently sealed," officials say. The Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas) had been pumping in heavy fluids and cement to seal the well. The leak began in October in a vast underground storage field in Porter Ranch, on the outskirts of Los Angeles. The gas leak, one of the largest in American history, has caused thousands to relocate to temporary housing. [100]


Ankara explosion kills at least 28

Ankara explosion kills at least 28

17 Feb

A large explosion in the Turkish capital, Ankara, has left at least 28 people dead and 61 injured, Turkish officials have said. A vehicle full of explosives was detonated as military buses were passing by, according to the Ankara governor's office. The blast happened in an area close to parliament and Turkey's military headquarters. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag called an "act of terrorism". Large plumes of smoke were seen rising from the area and witnesses said the blast was heard all over the city. Some of the victims were civilians. [101]


France state of emergency extended on slim evidence

France state of emergency extended on slim evidence

17 Feb

France's decision to extend the state of emergency was passed on slim evidence that it would be effective in reducing the "terror" threat, rights groups and activists have said. Widely expected, the French parliament on Tuesday voted for a three-month extension until May 26, allowing authorities to keep carrying out warrantless police raids and putting people under house arrest without prior authorisation of a judge. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve argued in Tuesday's debate that the threat of new "terrorist" violence remains very high. [102]


Kosovo protests

Kosovo protests

17 Feb

Thousands of Kosovo's opposition supporters have called for the government to resign on the eighth anniversary of the country's declaration of independence, accusing it of violating the country's constitution in reaching deals with Serbia and Montenegro. Opposition supporters came from all over the country to Pristina for the rally on Wednesday. [103]


Burundi bans motorbikes among attacks

Burundi bans motorbikes among attacks

16 Feb

Burundi has banned the use of commercial motorbikes from the centre of the capital, Bujumbura, in a bid to end violence in the city. Motorcycle taxis, a common form of transport in the city, are being used by criminals to carry out attacks, Bujumbura's mayor Freddy Mbonimpa said. One person was killed on Monday when men on motorbikes threw three grenades. Burundi plunged into crisis last April when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his third-term bid. His decision sparked street protests, a failed coup attempt and tit-for-tat killings have become part of daily lives in some parts of the capital. [104]


Cliffs fall in New Zealand earthquake

Cliffs fall in New Zealand earthquake

14 Feb

Cliffs have collapsed in New Zealand during an earthquake in the city of Christchurch on the South Island. No serious damage or fatalities were reported in the Valentine's Day quake that struck at 13:13 local time (00.13 GMT). Beaches to the east of Christchurch were busy with swimmers and surfers when rocks began to fall into the sea. The 5.7 magnitude quake occurred days before the anniversary of a deadly one in 2011. That destroyed the city centre and killed 185 people. New Zealand lies on the notorious Ring of Fire, the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim. [105]


Mexico prison riot leaves 49 dead

Mexico prison riot leaves 49 dead

12 Feb

A battle between rival groups at a prison near Monterrey in northern Mexico has left 49 inmates dead. Nuevo Leon state Governor Jaime Rodriguez said 12 other people were injured in Topo Chico jail after prisoners fought with "sharp weapons, bats and sticks". A fire was also started in a storage room. Officials say the situation is under control and no inmates escaped. Crowds of relatives outside the jail blocked roads, demanding information. [106]


First Zika case confirmed in China

First Zika case confirmed in China

10 Feb

A 34-year-old man who recently travelled to South America has become China's first confirmed case of Zika virus infection, reports state media. China's National Health and Family Planning Commission said the man was from Ganxian county in the eastern province of Jiangxi, Xinhua said. The virus is carried by mosquitoes and has been linked to birth defects. But Chinese authorities have downplayed the risk of it spreading there, because of the winter cold.[107]


Storm Imogen batters England and Wales

Storm Imogen batters England and Wales

8 Feb

About 15,000 homes are without power after Storm Imogen's heavy rain and high-speed winds battered Britain. The brunt of the bad weather affected south-west England and south and mid-Wales - which is where the majority of homes without electricity are. Waves of up to 19.1m (63ft) have been measured off the Cornish coast, and winds of 70-80mph felt in many areas. Rail services are disrupted, some cross-Channel ferries cancelled and drivers urged to take extra care.[108]


Bootleg alcohol kills 24 in Central Java

Bootleg alcohol kills 24 in Central Java

8 Feb

At least 24 people have died in recent days in central Java, Indonesia, from drinking illegally-produced alcohol. Most died after buying the black-market spirits, made from ethanol, water and fruit, from a couple in Sleman, north of Yogyakarta city. Several people were also taken to hospital. The alleged maker and seller of the drink has been arrested.[109]


Zika pregnancy case confirmed in Spain

Zika pregnancy case confirmed in Spain

4 Feb

Spain has confirmed that a pregnant woman has been diagnosed with the Zika virus - the first such case in Europe. The health ministry said the woman had recently returned from Colombia, where it is believed she was infected. Zika, which is spreading through the Americas, has been linked to babies being born with underdeveloped brains. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the microcephaly condition, linked to the mosquito-borne virus, a global public health emergency. [110]


Zika case reported in Texas

Zika case reported in Texas

2 Feb

A rare case of the Zika virus being sexually transmitted, not from a mosquito, has been reported in the US. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a patient was infected in Dallas County, Texas. A patient was apparently infected after having sexual contact with someone who returned from a country where the disease is present. Zika is carried by mosquitoes and has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains. It is spreading through the Americas and the World Health Organization has declared the virus a global public health emergency. [111]


January

Deadly blast near Syria shrine

Deadly blast near Syria shrine

31 Jan

At least 50 people have died in blasts near the Shia shrine of Sayyida Zeinab, south of Syria's capital Damascus. A bus station and a building housing military headquarters were hit by the blasts, which mangled nearby vehicles. It happened as the government and opposition groups gathered in Geneva in a bid to start talks aimed at a political solution to the conflict. The attack, claimed by the Islamic State group, was aimed at disrupting the talks, the EU said. [112]


Attack on Nigeria village kills 50

Attack on Nigeria village kills 50

31 Jan

At least 50 people are reported to have been killed in north-eastern Nigeria in a gun and bomb attack by suspected Boko Haram militants. Pictures from the village of Dalori show burned-out buildings and charred livestock. Fires from the burning village could be seen in the the city of Maiduguri, nearly 10km (six miles) away. One witness reported hearing the screams of children as huts were set on fire. Other survivors say the shooting on Saturday evening continued for hours and left barely any parts of the village untouched. Residents said at least 50 people were killed, although a Reuters reporter counted 65 bodies at a hospital morgue. [113]


Grenade thrown at Germany asylum hostel

Grenade thrown at Germany asylum hostel

30 Jan

Unidentified attackers threw a live hand grenade at a migrant hostel in south-western Germany, officials say. The grenade was found during the night near buildings housing 170 people in the town of Villingen-Schwenningen. Its pin had been pulled out but the explosives failed to detonate. News of the grenade incident came as new figures showed five times more attacks were carried out on migrant hostels in Germany last year than in 2014. The total for 2015 was 1,005, compared with 199 in 2014, the police report said. Far-right activists are suspected in 90% of the cases. [114]


Millions battle US snow travel chaos

Millions battle US snow travel chaos

25 Jan

Millions of commuters across the eastern US are battling into work as transport systems struggle to recover from a huge blizzard.Slippery pavements, crippled train networks, treacherous roads and cancelled flights are among the problems workers are facing on Monday. The US government in Washington, as well as many schools and businesses throughout the region, are shut.As the clean up begins, at least 31 people have been left dead.The fatalities were as a result of car accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning and heart attacks suffered while shovelling snow. The storm, dubbed "Snowmageddon" and "Snowzilla", has weakened and headed into the Atlantic Ocean. It is expected to bring heavy rain and gale-force winds to the UK. It affected some 85 million people, at one point cutting the power to 300,000 people. The heaviest fall was recorded in Glengary, West Virginia, which had 42in. [115]


Suicide blasts hit north Cameroon town

Suicide blasts hit north Cameroon town

25 Jan

At least 25 people are reported to have been killed after suicide bombers struck a town in northern Cameroon near the border with Nigeria.A local official said many of those who died had been in the market in Bodo. At least three suicide bombers were said to be involved. The Nigeria-based militant group Boko Haram is suspected of carrying out the attack. Last month, two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in Bodo. Cameroon is part of a regional coalition fighting Boko Haram, along with Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Benin. Although the militants have been driven from most of the areas they controlled in north-eastern Nigeria, they have continued to carry out suicide bombings and raids into neighbouring countries. [116]


NY travel ban lifted as snowstorm ends

NY travel ban lifted as snowstorm ends

24 Jan

A travel ban on cars in New York City has ended as the east coast of the US begins digging out from the weekend's massive snowstorm. But in Washington DC, the metro is set to remain closed and air travel in the region faces further disruption. As householders dug themselves out of drifts up to 40.5in (103cm) deep, the hazards of shovelling snow were brought home by at least six deaths.A further 12 people have died in other snow-related incidents since Friday.The storm, dubbed Snowmageddon and Snowzilla on social media, is lessening and heading for the Atlantic Ocean. It has affected some 85 million people, cutting power to 200,000 people. Some 7,000 flights were cancelled this weekend and disruption is to continue into the working week, with at least 615 cancelled for Monday. States of emergency were declared in New York, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. In Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, drivers were stranded for hours on snowbound highways.The heaviest fall was recorded in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, which had 40.5in (103 cm). [117]


Major Syrian rebel town recaptured

Major Syrian rebel town recaptured

24 Jan

Syrian government forces say they have seized the last major town held by rebels in western Latakia province. State TV said Rabia, in rebel hands for four years, was overrun by the army and "popular defence" forces. The head of the Syrian Observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP that President Assad's forces had surrounded the town from three sides in the space of 48 hours by capturing several villages. Rabia had been controlled by different groups including al-Nusra - an al-Qaeda affiliate. [118]


Rio announces Olympics Zika plans

Rio announces Olympics Zika plans

24 Jan

The Brazilian authorities have announced plans to prevent the spread of the Zika virus during the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games later this year. An outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease - which is being linked to severe birth defects - has caused growing concern in Brazil and abroad. Inspections of Olympic facilities will begin four months before the Games to get rid of mosquito breeding grounds. Daily sweeps will also take place during the Games. But fumigation would only be an option on a case-by-case basis because of concerns for the health of the athletes and visitors. [119]


Protesters in Moldova

Protesters in Moldova

24 Jan

Thousands of Moldovans are rallying in the country’s capital, Chisinau, demanding the resignation of the newly appointed government and early elections. The protest was organized by two pro-Russian parties and a pro-EU anticorruption movement. A counterrally in support of the government, which was also planned for January 24, has been canceled to avoid possible clashes. Protesters shouted, "We want the country back!" and "Unity, citizens!" in Romanian and Russian. The Associated Press put the number of protesters at some 15,000. Public anger toward what many Moldovans consider a deeply corrupt political class spiked after the appointment on January 20 of Pavel Filip as prime minister. [120]


Attacks at Lido beach in Mogadishu

Attacks at Lido beach in Mogadishu

21 Jan

Popular beachfront restaurants have been hit by car bombs and gunmen in the Somali capital Mogadishu. The first car bomb went off in the early evening, followed soon after by as many as five gunmen approaching from the beach. A second car bomb went off half an hour later, BBC Somali reports. One report said at least three people had died. The toll is feared to rise. [121]


Gunmen attack Pakistan University

Gunmen attack Pakistan University

20 Jan

Security forces have ended a gun and bomb attack on a university in north-west Pakistan in which 19 people were killed and 17 injured. Four suspected attackers also died in a battle that lasted nearly three hours at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda. One Pakistani Taliban commander said the group had carried out the assault, but its main spokesman denied this. [122]


Kenyan police kill four terror suspects

Kenyan police kill four terror suspects

20 Jan

Four terror suspects in Kenya have been killed during a dawn raid on a safe house in the coastal town of Malindi, police in the East African nation say. The officers recovered arms, ammunition and a map of the area detailing future targets for attack, regional police commissioner Nelson Marwa said. Suleiman Awadh, on Kenya's most-wanted list, was among those killed, he said. The Somalia-based al-Shabab Islamist militant group has launched a number of deadly high-profile attacks in Kenya. These include storming a shopping centre the capital, Nairobi, in 2013 and raiding a university in the north-eastern town of Garissa last year. [123]


Foreigners shot dead at Burkina Faso

Foreigners shot dead at Burkina Faso

16 Jan

At least 23 people of 18 different nationalities are now known to have died after Islamist militants attacked a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso. Al-Qaeda militants attacked the Splendid Hotel in the West African state's capital, Ouagadougou, as well as a cafe and another hotel nearby. Four of the attackers were killed, two of them reportedly women. The siege at the Splendid was declared over after a joint operation by local and French security forces. The Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) militant group has said it carried out the attack. [124]


Venezuela decrees economic emergency

Venezuela decrees economic emergency

16 Jan

The Venezuelan government has announced a 60-day economic emergency to deal with the country's worsening crisis. President Nicolas Maduro will govern by decree for two months. The edict includes tax increases and puts emergency measures in place to pay for welfare services and food imports. The government's move came as official figures released by the central bank showed that the Venezuelan economy had contracted by 4.5% in the first nine months of 2015. The emergency was declared hours before President Maduro delivers a State of the Nation address to Congress for the first time since his centre-right opponents took control of the legislature. The decree also instilled more state controls on businesses, industrial productivity and on electronic currency transactions. [125]


Explosion releases toxic gas in Brazil

Explosion releases toxic gas in Brazil

15 Jan

A chemical explosion at a cargo warehouse in Brazil has spread toxic gas over the country's biggest port. The company owners said the containers in Santos were full of acid and a disinfectant which came into contact with rainwater, causing a reaction. The area's mayor said at least 66 people were taken to hospital with breathing difficulties. Officials said the fire had been controlled but that there is still smoke in the area. The cargo terminal and nearby homes were evacuated and residents were asked to stay inside.[126]


New Ebola case in Sierra Leone

New Ebola case in Sierra Leone

15 Jan

Sierra Leone officials have confirmed a death from Ebola, hours after the World Health Organization declared the latest West Africa outbreak over. The country was declared free of the virus on 7 November, and the region as a whole was cleared when Liberia was pronounced Ebola-free on Thursday. Tests on a person who died in northern Sierra Leone proved positive, an Ebola test centre spokesman told the BBC. [127]


Jakarta attacks kill at least 6

Jakarta attacks kill at least 6

14 Jan

Armed men carried out a series of gun and bomb attacks in the heart of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. Four attackers were also killed, police said. A manhunt for more suspects is underway.There have so far been no claims of responsibility. [128]


Alps avalanche kills 3

Alps avalanche kills 3

13 Jan

Two French school children and a Ukrainian tourist have been killed in an avalanche at a ski resort in the French Alps, officials say. Three others - two pupils and a teacher - were seriously injured. The two pupils were found in state of cardiac arrest and the teacher was unconscious. All members of the group have now been accounted for by rescue teams. The avalanche struck the group, their teacher and the Ukrainian on a closed piste in the Les Deux Alpes area. [129]


Explosion rocks square in central Istanbul

Explosion rocks square in central Istanbul

12 Jan

Turkish media report several people killed and wounded by blast in historic Sultanahmet district of city. Ambulances rushed to the scene, close to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, in a major tourist area of Turkey’s most populous city. [130]


Gunmen attack Baghdad shopping center

Gunmen attack Baghdad shopping center

11 Jan

At least 17 people are reported to have been killed in an attack on a shopping centre in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, during which people were taken hostage. About 20 gunmen stormed the al-Jawhara shopping centre in the mainly Shia al-Jadeda area on Monday evening, after a car bomb exploded outside. Security forces sealed off the area and then stormed the building, killing the assailants and freeing their hostages, an interior ministry spokesman said. It is not clear who the gunmen were.[131]


Bushfire eases in Western Australia

Bushfire eases in Western Australia

11 Jan

A massive bushfire in Western Australia that killed two people continues to burn, but milder conditions are helping firefighters bring it under control. The fire engulfed the entire town of Yarloop near Perth last week, destroying at least 128 homes. Police say the bodies of two men in their 70s have been discovered in the debris of burnt-out houses. More favourable conditions on Sunday allowed firefighters to set up containment lines.[132]


Australia rains cause rare filling of desert lake

Australia rains cause rare filling of desert lake

05 Jan

Heavy rains have started to fill Australia's vast Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and are bringing the desert to life. Pictures captured by pilot Trevor Wright show water filling dry salt plains that lie 700km (435 miles) north of Adelaide. The area around the lake has been inundated with rain over the last week, with falls of over 150mm reported. Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre fills only a few times in a century. When this happens it is Australia's largest lake.[133]


California braces for El Nino storms

California braces for El Nino storms

05 Jan

Communities across California are bracing for two weeks of heavy rains generated by the El Nino system. Northern California could receive up to 15in (38.1cm) of rain over the next 16 days, with parts of the Sierra Nevada mountains getting up to 24in of snow. The El Nino system, a warming trend in the Pacific Ocean, is expected to spur extraordinary weather across the US in the coming weeks and months. The phenomenon is prompting warnings of flash floods and mud flows. Light rain began falling across the region on Monday, but stronger storms are expected to hit the area on Tuesday, with at least two more systems expected on Wednesday and Thursday. [134]




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