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St. Vincent volcano erupts twice in Caribbean amid evacuation

St. Vincent volcano erupts twice in Caribbean amid evacuation

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April 9 (UPI) -- A volcano on the southeastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent erupted twice Friday, hours after displaying increased seismic activity and prompting a mass evacuation of residents and visitors. St. Vincent is the largest of a chain of islands in the Lesser Antilles that make up the country St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The country's National Emergency Management Organization announced the eruption of La Soufriere volcano. Advertisement The agency tweeted that the volcano erupted four days shy of the 42nd anniversary of its 1979 explosion and that ash plumes Friday reached 20,000 feet and blew eastward. The second eruption was smaller than the first. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves issued an evacuation order on Thursday for those in the "red ...
Kim Jong-un warns of North Korea crisis similar to deadly 90s famine

Kim Jong-un warns of North Korea crisis similar to deadly 90s famine

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EPANorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un has urged citizens to prepare for hard times ahead, following warnings from human rights groups that the country faces dire food shortages and economic instability.Speaking at a party conference, Mr Kim appeared to compare the situation to a deadly famine in the 1990s.North Korea has shut its borders due to the coronavirus pandemic.Trade with China, its economic lifeline, has come to a standstill. This is on top of existing international economic sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear programme. Imagine a North Korean family...North Korea's sidelined human rights crisisThe South Koreans enslaved in the North's minesWhat did Kim say?In a rare admission of looming hardship, the authoritarian leader of the single-party state on Thursday called on officials to "w...
Ukrainian president visits eastern frontline as tensions rise with Russia

Ukrainian president visits eastern frontline as tensions rise with Russia

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Ukraine's president has visited the country's eastern frontline amid an escalation of tensions with neighbouring Russia that has raised fears of a resumption of large-scale hostilities.In Moscow, a senior Kremlin official sternly warned Ukraine against using force to reclaim control of the rebel east, saying that this might force Russia to step in to protect civilians there. The conflict with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine erupted shortly after Moscow's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula. More than 14,000 people have died in the fighting. Image: Ukraine's President Zelenskyy told soldiers they were 'a true example of heroism'. Pic: Associated Press Analysis: Russia using old Putin tactic to justify military pr...
N Ireland leaders call for calm after night of violence

N Ireland leaders call for calm after night of violence

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Young people set a hijacked bus on fire and hurled gasoline bombs at police in Belfast in at least the fourth night of serious violence in a week in Northern Ireland, where Britain's exit from the European Union has unsettled an uneasy political balanceBy PETER MORRISON and JILL LAWLESS Associated PressApril 8, 2021, 10:16 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Young people set a hijacked bus on fire and hurled gasoline bombs at police in Belfast in at least the fourth night of serious violence in a week in Northern Ireland, where Britain's exit from the European Union has unsettled an uneasy political balance.People also lobbed bricks, fireworks and gasoline bombs Wednesday night in both directions over a concrete “peace wall” that se...
South Korea’s opposition party sweeps to victory in key mayoral races

South Korea’s opposition party sweeps to victory in key mayoral races

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SEOUL, April 7 (UPI) -- South Korea's ruling Democratic Party was severely beaten at the polls as its mayoral candidates in the two largest cities, Seoul and Busan, lost by-elections widely seen as a bellwether for next year's presidential race. The Democratic Party's candidate in the capital city of Seoul, Park Young-sun, was defeated by her People Power Party opponent Oh Se-hoon on Wednesday by a margin of 57.5% to 39%, according to final results released by the National Election Commission. Advertisement Oh was mayor of Seoul from 2006 until 2011, when he resigned over a failed effort to restrict the city's free school lunch program. In Busan, a city of 3.5 million people, the PPP candidate Park Heong-joon beat the Democratic Party's Kim Young-choon 63% to 34%. For voters, the mayoral...