Sunday 19 November 2017

Six deaths in Rio mudslide

Heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro have caused mudslides that killed at least six people. About 20 other people are missing, and thousands have fled their homes.

Rio state's civil defence department said mud loosened by the rain swallowed about 10 houses in the town of Sapucaia.

Five residents were confirmed dead. The six victim died when a house collapsed nearby.

Police 'beating' victim buried

A 39-year-old Canadian man has been buried in Grenada following his death from injuries allegedly inflicted during a beating by five police officers.

Grenada's prime minister, the police commissioner and hundreds of other Grenadians attended the funeral for Oscar Bartholomew, from Toronto.

Mr Bartholomew's relatives said he was savagely beaten after he hugged a plainclothes female officer and lifted her off the ground in front of a police station, apparently confusing her with a friend. Five officers have been charged with manslaughter.

Grand Canyon mining banned

The Obama administration has announced a 20-year ban on new mining claims on more than one million acres near the Grand Canyon.

The area is known to have large reserves of high-grade uranium ore, and critics contend the ban will eliminate hundreds of jobs and deprive the country of a critically important energy source.

The area near the Grand Canyon contains as much as 40pc of the nation's known uranium resources, worth tens of billions of dollars.

Stranded ship starts to sink

Half of the container ship Rena stranded on a New Zealand reef for more than three months is sinking after breaking up in rough seas and littering beaches with cargo and debris.

Most of the stern section of the 774-ft vessel has slipped off the Astrolabe reef and is submerged, according to a statement on the Maritime New Zealand website. The ship's bow remains on the reef.

The vessel ran aground in October.

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