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Powerful cyclone strikes Oman, Yemen; 5 dead, 30 missing

SALALAH, Oman (AP) — A cyclone more powerful than any previously recorded in southern Oman slammed into the Gulf country and neighboring Yemen on Saturday, deluging a major city with nearly three years' worth of rainfall in single day. The storm killed at least five people while more than 30 remain …

Weather

Irish voters set to liberalize abortion laws in landslide: exit poll | Reuters

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish voters are set to liberalize one of the world's most restrictive abortion laws by a margin of 68 percent to 32 percent, an exit poll showed on Friday, following one of the highest reported turnouts for a referendum.<p>Voters in the once deeply Catholic country were asked if …

Voting

Boko Haram survivors starved and raped by Nigeria's military

Women who survived the brutal rule of Boko Haram are now facing sexual violence at the hands of the Nigerian military.<p>Shortly after Halima* arrived at a displacement camp in northeast Nigeria, a soldier approached her offering chicken and yams. Halima recognised him as one of the men who had beaten …

Africa

Irish abortion referendum voting opens

<b>Polls have opened in the referendum on Ireland's abortion laws.</b><p>The vote will decide whether to repeal a part of the constitution, known as the Eighth Amendment, which effectively bans terminations in the country.<p>Currently, abortion is only allowed when a woman's life is at risk, but not in cases of …

United Kingdom

Cyclone Mekunu nears Oman's coast, kills 12-year-old girl

SALALAH, Oman (AP) — Cyclone Mekunu neared the Arabian Peninsula on Friday as its outer bands dumped heavy rain and bent palm trees in Oman, a sign of the approaching storm's power after earlier thrashing the Yemeni island of Socotra.<p>Already at least 40 people, including Yemenis, Indians and …

Weather

Two die, 18 injured in train accident in Italy

MILAN (Reuters) - Two people died and 18 were injured when a regional train crashed into a truck in the northern Italian region of Piedmont, emergency services said on Thursday.<p>The five-carriage train smashed into the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) late Wednesday after the truck had broken through a …

Italy

Divorce Is Prohibited In The Philippines, But Moves Are Underway To Legalize It

After 10 years of marriage to a husband she says was a philanderer, and dealing with her suffocating in-laws, Alpa Go, a mom in Metro Manila, threw in the towel. She wanted out, for herself and her two children.<p>"I just wanted to cut ties with him," she said speaking in Tagalog. "If I ever achieve …

Asia

Ebola virus in DRC has 'potential to expand' WHO reports

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the Ebola virus in the DRC could spread to other countries. Congo's neighbors have started taking …

Disease

Rohingya Insurgents Massacred Hindu Civilians in Myanmar, Amnesty International Reports

Last August, nearly 100 Hindu villagers were massacred, their bodies found buried in mass graves in Myanmar’s conflict-ridden Rakhine state. For …

Amnesty International

Heavy casualties as blast rocks Afghan city of Kandahar

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A blast in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday caused dozens of casualties, officials said, as fighting across the country showed no sign of easing off during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.<p>There was some confusion about the cause of the Kandahar …

Afghanistan

Suicide rates for black children twice that of white children, new data show

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>African American children are taking their lives at roughly twice the rate of their white counterparts, according to a new study that shows a widening gap between the two groups.<p>The 2001-2015 data, published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, confirm a pattern first …

Mental Health

Ireland, Enthusiastic About Gay Rights, Frets Over Abortion

CARRIGTWOHILL, Ireland — When it comes to the Roman Catholic Church, Judy Donnelly has been something of a rebel over the years. Like much of Ireland, she supported contraception, voted in a referendum to legalize divorce and, three years ago, backed same-sex marriage.<p>That last vote was joyously …

Same-sex Marriage

DRC: experimental Ebola vaccine to be administered in Mbandaka

Health authorities and NGOs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will begin administering an experimental Ebola vaccine on Monday in Mbandaka, the north-western city of 1.2 million people where the deadly disease was detected last week.<p>The campaign aims to “ringfence” the outbreak. The risk of …

Disease

Cuba confirms 110 killed in country's deadliest plane crash since 1989

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban authorities said the fiery crash of an aging Boeing passenger jet on Friday shortly after takeoff from Havana had killed 110 of the 113 on board, making it the Caribbean island's deadliest air disaster in nearly 30 years.<p>Flags flew at half-mast in Cuba on Saturday, marking …

Cuba

More than 100 people are dead after an aging airliner crashed shortly after takeoff on a domestic flight in Cuba

An aging airliner crashed Friday shortly after takeoff on a domestic flight in Cuba, officials and Cuban news media reported, leaving more than 100 people dead in an accident that highlighted the precarious state of the country’s commercial aircraft fleet.<p>The plane, a Boeing 737-200 leased by state …

Airplanes

Plane crashes on takeoff from Havana airport, Cuban TV reports

<b>Havana, Cuba (CNN) —</b> More than 100 people are believed dead Friday after a Cubana de Aviacion Boeing 737-200 crashed on takeoff from Havana's Jose Marti International Airport, according to Cuba's state-run media.<p>Three female passengers are in critical condition after surviving the crash into thick …

Airplanes

8 killed in shooting at Texas' Santa Fe High School, CNN affiliates report

<b>(CNN) —</b> The teenager who allegedly used a shotgun and a revolver to kill 10 people and wound 10 others at a Texas high school Friday admitted he didn't shoot people he liked and meant to kill the ones he did target, a probable cause affidavit says.<p>Suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, has cooperated …

Santa Fe

Migrant crisis emerges in Sahara Desert on Algeria-Niger border, IOM says

Dozens of migrants have died in the searing heat of the Sahara Desert and thousands more are stuck there amid a wave of expulsions by Algeria.<p>The United Nations migration agency, IOM, says it is providing shelter for 3,500 migrants in neighboring Niger, a landlocked nation that has become a …

Africa

2 Dead, 43 Injured in 'Horrific' School Bus Crash in New Jersey: The Latest

Two people died and 43 were injured after a school bus traveling to a field trip collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey highway on Thursday.<p>The …

New Jersey

Chinese mass-indoctrination camps evoke Cultural Revolution

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China's new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist Party.<p>When Bekali, a Kazakh Muslim, refused …

China

1 adult, 1 child killed in 'horrific' accident involving school bus and dump truck in New Jersey

<b>(CNN) —</b> A teacher and student on a field trip were killed Thursday when a school bus collided with a dump truck and flipped over in Mount Olive Township in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy said.<p>More than 40 others were injured, some critically, and were taken to local hospitals, Murphy told reporters. …

New Jersey

DR Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to Mbandaka city

<b>The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly hard to control.</b><p>Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga confirmed a case in Mbandaka, a city of a million about 130km (80 miles) from where the first cases were confirmed.<p>The …

Disease

About 60 Rohingya Babies Are Born Every Day in Refugee Camps, the U.N. Says

Nine months since military violence in western Myanmar forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee across the border to Bangladesh, …

International Criminal Court

India flyover collapse kills at least 18 in Varanasi

<b>At least 18 people have been killed and dozens trapped in the Indian city of Varanasi after a flyover collapsed, crushing vehicles beneath it.</b><p>The flyover was still being built when portions of its cement structure fell on the road being used under it.<p>Officials from the National Disaster Response …

India

Groups sue to stop Iowa's 'fetal heartbeat' abortion ban

(Reuters) - Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union's Iowa branch said they sued on Tuesday to stop a state law that would impose the strictest abortion limits in the United States from taking effect.<p>Iowa's Republican-controlled legislature voted last month to outlaw abortion …

Planned Parenthood

Taliban overruns parts of Afghan city of Farah in major offensive

KABUL — Taliban fighters overran parts of western Farah city early Tuesday but were reportedly repelled by late evening as Afghan ground troops and reinforcements, backed by U.S. and Afghan airstrikes, fought for hours to prevent the insurgents from capturing a second city since they were driven …

Afghanistan

Toll for Gaza protests rises to 61 as baby dies from tear gas, with more protests expected

GAZA CITY — Gaza residents buried their dead Tuesday as the death toll of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces at the Gaza boundary fence climbed to at least 60 after several succumbed to injuries overnight, according to local health officials.<p>Monday’s demonstrations, which coincided with the …

Israel

55 dead in Gaza protests as Israel fetes US Embassy move

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In a jarring contrast, Israeli forces shot and killed 57 Palestinians and injured more than 2,700 during mass protests Monday along the Gaza border, while just a few miles away Israel and the U.S. held a festive inauguration ceremony for the new American Embassy in …

Israel

Dozens of Palestinians killed in US Jerusalem embassy protests

Gaza has had its bloodiest day in years on Monday after Israeli forces shot and killed 58 Palestinians and wounded at least 1,200 as tens of thousands protested along the frontier against the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.<p>Fatal clashes in Gaza after opening of US embassy – in pictures<p>Read …

Israel

Anti-abortion activists rally in Dublin ahead of abortion referendum

Thousands gathered in Dublin on Saturday for a major anti-abortion rally. The predominately Catholic nation will vote in a referendum on May 25 on …

Feminism