Incidence & Issues

762 murders. 12 months. 1 American city.

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Murder in Chicago,USA. There was more than a 50% increase in murders in just one year. Chicago hit 500 homicides before the end of the summer in 2016. In 2015, the city had less than 500 homicides total. Five police districts on the south and west sides of the city accounted for nearly two-thirds of the ...

India mine collapse: Bodies of 13 recovered in Jharkhand

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The bodies of 13 people have been recovered from a coal mine which collapsed on Thursday in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. Dozens remain missing and their distraught families are waiting anxiously as rescue efforts continue. Two men were rescued alive but there were at least 60 working in the Lalmatia open cast mine in ...

South Korea scandal: Daughter of Choi Soon-sil arrested

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The daughter of the woman at the centre of a presidential scandal in South Korea has been arrested in Denmark, say South Korean police. Chung Yoo-ra, 20, is accused of staying in Denmark illegally, they said. They have requested her extradition. Her mother is accused of using her friendship with President Park Geun-hye for personal gain. ...

Almost 1,000 cars torched around France on New Year’s Eve but government insists it ‘went particularly well’

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Vandals in France torched 945 parked cars over New Year’s Eve in an arson rampage that has become a sinister annual “tradition” and amid a row over whether the government had sought to play down the figures. According to the French interior ministry, the total of 945, which included cars that were either “totally destroyed” or ...

At least 60 inmates killed in Brazilian prison riot

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Rioting inmates in Brazil decapitated and brutally assaulted their rivals, killing at least 60, when fighting erupted between two gangs at a prison in the Amazon region, officials said on Monday. The 17-hour riot broke out Sunday afternoon and lasted through the night at a prison on the outskirts of Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, said state public security secretary Sergio Fontes. He ...

Turkey cafe boss held for Erdogan ‘tea insult’

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The boss of a cafeteria at a Turkish opposition newspaper has been detained after saying he would refuse to serve tea to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Senol Buran, cafeteria head at Cumhuriyet, was remanded accused of insulting the president. He denies the refusal was an insult, his lawyer said. Turkey has cracked down on dissent since ...

Typhoon Nock-Ten kills four in the Philippines

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Powerful typhoon Nock-Ten has killed at least four people after making its way through the Philippines, officials say. Despite initial fears, the heavily-populated capital, Manila, was spared by the storm, which had winds of up to 120 km/h (74 mph). Nock-Ten brought down trees and power lines, and forced more than 380,000 people out of their ...

Uganda: 30 drown after boat carrying football team capsizes on Lake Albert

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG At least 30 people have drowned after a boat carrying a football team and their fans capsized on Lake Albert in Uganda, police say. The overcrowded vessel was carrying some 45 people. Police say the boat became unbalanced when too many passengers moved to one side. Nine bodies have been recovered, and 15 people have been ...

Ambassador shooting highlights Russia’s long fight with Islamic radicals

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG For Russia, the assassination of its ambassador in Turkey may only be the beginning of a new chapter in a long, gloomy book. He shouted his support for the traumatized people of Aleppo, but exactly who the killer represented is still unknown — or if he simply acted on his own. Ghastly, theatrical and public, the ...

India: Baby trafficking racket busted as police warn more children at risk

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Police in Mumbai have arrested six people in connection with a baby smuggling ring. The gang, five women and a man, would abduct babies in Mumbai and sell them to childless couples in other parts of India, according to senior police inspector Naresh Kasale. The activities of the gang came to police attention when they received ...