Tuesday 20 February 2018

In brief: Gunmen kill at least a dozen at family party in violent Mexican border city

Gunmen sprayed bullets into a child's birthday party in the violent Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, killing at least 13 people, local media reported yesterday.

It was the second massacre at a party this month in Ciudad Juarez, which borders El Paso, Texas, and is one of the world's most violent cities as drug cartels battle security forces and each other over smuggling routes into the US."A group of heavily armed men arrived in two minivans. At least 10 men burst into the party," Carlos Gonzalez, a spokesman for state prosecutors in the northern state of Chihuahua, told the Reforma newspaper.

Cholera outbreak raises fears in Haiti

An outbreak of cholera has spread outside a rural valley in central Haiti, intensifying worries that the disease could reach squalid camps which house hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors in the capital.

By yesterday, nearly 200 people were confirmed dead in the poor Caribbean nation's worst disaster since the January 12 quake, and authorities said more than 2,000 people were sick as a result.

Health officials were fearful about the outbreak spreading into the capital, where thousands of people are living in unsanitary conditions in refugee camps.

Hundreds demand Putin's resignation

AROUND 500 people rallied in central Moscow yesterday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and political reform.

Opposition activists from left-wing and liberal groups gathered at the statue to the 19th century Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, known for his anti-government stance, in a rare opposition protest allowed by the Moscow authorities.

EU warns Italy over rubbish stand-off

The European Commission has warned Italy it may face sanctions if it doesn't clean up the 2,000 tonnes of rubbish that have piled up on Naples streets in the country's latest collection crisis.

The residents are protesting about stench and poor conditions of the local dump, as well as plans to open a new one in the Vesuvio National Park.

Officials try to defuse Tibet tensions

Chinese officials tried to defuse discontent following days of student protests in ethnically Tibetan areas, saying a plan to teach classes only in Mandarin Chinese was not aimed at wiping out Tibet's native tongue, state media reported yesterday.

Changes will not be forced in areas where "conditions are not ripe," said Wang Yubo, the Qinghai province education department director.

Crash spoils AU$250,000 of salmon

A truck carrying AU$250,000 (€176,000) worth of salmon crashed in Tasmania, spilling 15 tonnes of fish into the street.

The crash in the capital Hobart sparked a major clean-up operation and brought down power lines, cutting electricity to nearby suburbs. Tasmanian police told the Australian Broadcasting Corp that the driver crashed into a pylon and the truck tipped over.

Brand marries Perry in tiger reserve

comedian Russell Brand and pop singer Katy Perry got married yesterday in a closely guarded traditional Hindu ceremony at an exclusive hotel resort in India's Rajasthan.

The wedding took place on the grounds of the Amaan-i-Khas resort in the deeply wooded Ranthambore National Park, a tiger reserve 100km south of the fort city of Jaipur

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