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Barcelona: 13 killed as van rams crowds in Las Ramblas

Barcelona: 13 killed as van rams crowds in Las Ramblas

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThirteen people died and dozens were injured when a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona's famous Las Ramblas area, Catalan police and local officials say.The vehicle sped along the pedestrian area that is popular with tourists, mowing down people and sending others fleeing for cover.Police say it was clearly a terrorist attack designed to kill as many people as possible.Two people have been arrested, but police say neither was the driver.Spanish media reports said the driver of the white van, which had been rented in the city, fled the scene on foot.Police have confirmed that a man who drove into police officers at a checkpoint in another part of Barcelona was shot dead by officers, but there is no evidence that he was connected to the attack i...
'Hora Cero': The Venezuelan crisis through one young mother's eyes

'Hora Cero': The Venezuelan crisis through one young mother's eyes

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"Upheaval" describes everyday life in Venezuela. The South American country has been mired in an economic, political and humanitarian crisis that has spilled into the streets, with almost daily protests affecting the lives of 30 million people who either participate in them or are forced to navigate through roadblocks and debris. In cities and towns across the country, people have come out by the thousands since early April to protest a government many no longer recognize as legitimate. Since then, the streets of the capital, Caracas, have become the backdrop for a deadly battle of wills between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and a coalition of opposition groups intent on ousting him. Maduro has called the protests a violent attempt to overthrow his government. But behind ...
Pence won't address Trump comments but condemns supremacists

Pence won't address Trump comments but condemns supremacists

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Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday skirted questions about President Donald Trump's comments voicing sympathy for Charlottesville protesters, but said he stands with the president nonetheless. Pence wouldn't say during a press conference in Chile whether he agrees with Trump that there were "fine people" among the white supremacists, KKK members and neo-Nazis who took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, and whether "both sides" were to blame for the deadly violence between white supremacists and counterdemonstrators, as the president claimed. One woman died when a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting the white nationalist rally. In a carefully-worded statement, Pence called what happened in Charlottesville "a tragedy" and said, "the president has bee...
Report: South Korea office says reports Seoul 'warned' U.S. are 'excessive'

Report: South Korea office says reports Seoul 'warned' U.S. are 'excessive'

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Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in is refuting claims the president challenged the United States in a speech he delivered on the 72nd anniversary of Korean independence on Tuesday.South Korean newspaper Asia Business reported Wednesday the presidential Blue House disagrees with news reports suggesting Moon was warning the United States, and particularly U.S. President Donald Trump, on the anniversary marking Korean liberation from Japanese colonial rule."War must never break out again on the Korean peninsula. Only the Republic of Korea can make the decision for military action on the Korean peninsula," the president said, while making no mention of the United States.Following his remarks, newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported...
400 bodies found after 'huge' mudslides

400 bodies found after 'huge' mudslides

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Nearly 400 bodies have been found so far after "huge" mudslides hit the capital of Sierra Leone - and more heavy rain is feared to be on the way.Relatives have been gathering at a morgue overloaded with bodies in Freetown and national TV showed images of people bringing bodies to the morgue in rice sacks.The chief coroner, Seneh Dumbuya, said he expected the death toll would rise to more than 500.Rescuers are still trying to find people buried under tons of mud when a hillside collapsed after storms lashed the West African country on Monday.Image:Diggers have been helping sift through the mud Sky News' Rebecca Williams, in Freetown, said some people were "digging with their bare hands" to try to find signs of life."The biggest worry is the forecast is not looking good," said Williams. "The...