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Bolivian mayor attacked in response to reports that protesters were killed

Bolivian mayor attacked in response to reports that protesters were killed

World
Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Protesters in Bolivia attacked the mayor of a small town on Thursday after reports that protesters had been killed. Masked men dragged Vinto Mayor Patricia Arce of the governing Mas Party barefoot through the streets, made her kneel down, cut her hair, doused her in red paint and forced her to sign a resignation letter before handing her over to police. People shouted "murderer, murderer" as she was dragged through the streets and protesters set her office on fire and smashed the town hall windows. The protesters accused Arce of bussing in supporters of Bolivian President Evo Morales to try to break a blockade of a bridge in Vinto set up by demonstrators protesting the results of the country's Oct. 20 election. Reports circulated that at least two protesters were killed i...
British police: All 39 found dead in trailer were Vietnamese

British police: All 39 found dead in trailer were Vietnamese

World
Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The 39 men and women found dead in a truck trailer near London were Vietnamese, police said. British authorities were working closely with the Vietnamese government on identifying the victims, and had already informed the families of some of the victims, Essex Police Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith said Friday. "At this time, we believe the victims are Vietnamese nationals," Smith said. "From the outset, our thoughts have been and remain with those who have lost loved ones in this tragic incident." On Oct. 24, the bodies of eight female and 31 male migrants were found in a refrigeration container on the industrial estates in Grays. "Despite having mentally prepared for the worst scenario, but when officially being informed by the British police, we are also very shoc...
Sir David Attenborough: ‘People thought we were cranks’

Sir David Attenborough: ‘People thought we were cranks’

Entertainment
Ahead of the launch of his most ambitious series yet, broadcaster Sir David Attenborough talks to the BBC about his cult status, a lifetime protecting the planet and finally finding its most elusive animal.This year's Glastonbury Festival was headlined by Stormzy, The Killers, Kylie and The Cure, but the highlight for many was the surprise appearance of a 93-year-old knight of the realm.Sir David Attenborough, who was there to promote his new series Seven Worlds, One Planet, walked out on to the Pyramid Stage to rapturous applause, thanked everybody on Worthy Farm for not drinking out of plastic bottles and urged them to keep looking out for all creatures great and small.Several months on, he admits he finds his growing influence on the environmentally wo...
How plastic bags were supposed to help save the planet

How plastic bags were supposed to help save the planet

Science
The plastic carrier bag has become something of a symbol for the problems caused by plastic pollution.But according to the family of the man who created it, Sten Gustaf Thulin, his design was supposed to help the planet and he'd be shocked and upset to see what it's become.The Thulin family make no money from the sale of the bags.BBC Environment Reporter Laura Foster explains what was supposed to happen and why paper and cotton bags can actually be worse for the environment than plastic ones that are recycled.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Science & Environment
Anak Krakatau volcano collapse: ‘Warning signs were there’

Anak Krakatau volcano collapse: ‘Warning signs were there’

Science
Anak Krakatau, the Indonesian island volcano that collapsed last December triggering a huge tsunami, did produce clear warning signals before the event.That's the assessment of a German-led team which has reviewed all the data.The scientists say satellites in the months leading up to the catastrophe had observed increased temperatures and ground movement on the volcano.Earthquake and infrasound activity was also detected two minutes prior to the collapse of Anak's southwestern flank.When this mass slid into the sea, it sent a wall of water, up to 4m high, around the Sunda Strait.More than 400 people died in the 22 December tragedy; a further 7,000 were injured and nearly 47,000 were displaced from their homes. ...