Incidence & Issues

Chile’s worst wildfire destroys town as help arrives

KALAHAN DENG More international help has been arriving in Chile to help the country fight the worst wildfire in its modern history. Russia has sent a super-tanker aircraft capable of carrying tons of water to douse the fires. The series of fast-spreading fires, mostly in Chile’s central region, are being fanned by strong winds, high temperatures and a prolonged drought. ...

A murder shocks Iceland and dents women’s sense of safety

KALAHAN DENG Iceland is united in grief. The body of a young woman, Birna Brjansdottir, was found washed up on a desolate, cold beach last weekend. Birna, 20, had been reported missing over a week before. Such murder cases are rare in a country with one of the world’s lowest crime rates and a population of 330,000 people. No-one I ...

Malaysia tourist boat missing with 31 people on board

KALAHAN DENG A boat carrying 31 people, including at least 28 Chinese tourists, has gone missing off the Malaysian coast, maritime authorities say. The boat lost contact after departing the eastern state of Sabah on Saturday. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said search and rescue efforts were being hampered by bad weather. The incident coincides with the first day of ...

Tehran building collapse: Search continues for missing firefighters

KALAHAN DENG Emergency workers have dug tunnels into the wreckage of a collapsed high-rise in downtown Tehran in their search for survivors and bodies, Iranian state TV reported. They have not yet found any of the firefighters believed to be buried under the rubble, Iran’s fire chief told the official Islamic Republic of Iran News Network. More than 20 are ...

Melbourne car deaths: Four killed as driver strikes pedestrians

KALAHAN DENG Four people, including a young child, have died after a car deliberately hit pedestrians in central Melbourne, police say. At least 29 people were injured, among them a baby who is in a critical condition after the car hit a pram. Police say they rammed the car, shot the driver in the arm and arrested him. They say ...

Pakistan vegetable market bomb kills 20 and injures 40

KALAHAN DENG At least 20 people have been killed and 40 wounded after a bomb exploded at a vegetable market in northwest Pakistan. The blast happened in the city of Parachinar, a mainly Shia Muslim area on the Afghan border. The market was full of shoppers when the device exploded. Officials said the death toll was expected to rise. A ...

South China Sea: China media warn US over ‘confrontation’

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Blocking China from islands it has built in contested waters would lead to “devastating confrontation”, Chinese state media have warned. The angry response came after secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson said the US should deny Beijing access to new islands in the South China Sea. Two state-run papers carry editorials strongly criticising his comments. The ...

Brazil prison riot: ‘At least 27 dead’ in Natal violence

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENGAt least 27 people have died during a 14-hour riot in a Brazilian prison, police said. The revised death toll is three times what was initially reported, and could increase further, the sources said. On Saturday afternoon, violence erupted between members of rival gangs at Alcacuz prison, starting a riot which lasted until a dawn raid the ...

Six die in Mexico protests over 20% petrol price hike

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG One of those killed was a serving police officer who had tried to halt robberies at a petrol station. The government announced last month that it would stop subsidising petrol and prices would gradually increase through 2017. An increase of 20% came into force on 1 January. It brought the price of a litre of petrol ...

Indian man who hid wife’s body in fridge jailed for life

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG An Indian man who murdered his French wife and hid her severed body in the refrigerator has been jailed for life. On Wednesday, a court in Thane, a Mumbai suburb, had convicted Girish Pote, 35, for the 2013 murder. The prosecutors told the court that Pote killed his wife Madhuvanti Pathak and chopped her body into ...