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Ethiopia rubbish landslide kills 48 in Addis Ababa

Ethiopia rubbish landslideAt least 48 people have been killed in a landslide at a vast rubbish dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, officials say.

They say dozens of people are still missing since the landslide on Saturday night at the Koshe landfill. A resident said 150 people were there at the time.

A number of makeshift houses are now buried under tonnes of waste.


Turkey promises harsh retaliation after Netherlands bars ministers

T urkish president ErdoganTurkey told the Netherlands on Sunday that it would retaliate in the "harshest ways" after Turkish ministers were barred from speaking in Rotterdam, as a row over Ankara's political campaigning among Turkish immigrants escalated.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the Netherlands was the "capital of fascism" as it joined other European countries in stopping Turkish politicians holding rallies due to fears that tensions in Turkey might spill over into their communities.


U.N.: 20M face starvation in largest humanitarian crisis since 1945

Greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945 in Africa- U.N. humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien said Friday the world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since 1945 as some 20 million people in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria face famine and starvation.

O'Brien, speaking to the U.N. security council in New York, issued a plea for $4.4 billion by July to "avert a catastrophe" in the countries. Without a collective global effort, children will face severe malnutrition and economic development gains will be lost, said O'Brien, the U.N.'s under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs.


Death toll in Guatemala fire rises to 38 girls

Death toll rises to 38 in Guatemala fireHospital officials say the death toll has risen to 38 girls in a fire that began when mattresses were set ablaze during a protest by residents at a youth shelter.

Authorities at the Roosevelt Hospital where many of the girls were taken for treatment of their burns said Saturday that another girl had died. Nineteen of the adolescents perished at the scene of the Wednesday inferno and another 19 died later in local hospitals.


Twin bombing kills at least 40 in Damascus' Old City

Twin bombings in SyriaTwo bombs killed at least 40 people, mostly Iraqi Shia pilgrims, and wounded more than 100 others in the Old City of Damascus on Saturday in a rare attack in the Syrian capital.

Syria State TV aired footage from the scene showing blood-soaked streets and several damaged buses in a car park, apparently where the explosions went off near Bab al-Saghir cemetery.

The cemetery is one of the capital's most ancient and is where several prominent religious figures are buried.


Pope Francis: Church should consider allowing married priests

Pope considers allowing priests to marryTo combat a shortage of priests, Pope Francis said the Roman Catholic Church must consider allowing married men to join the priesthood, and consider what role they could play.

During an interview with Germany's Die Zeit, Francis said the lack of Catholic priests is an "enormous problem" for the Church.

He said the Church should consider allowing viri probati -- married men tested to be of exemplary religious faith and virtue -- to be ordained as priests.


South Korean president ousted over corruption scandal

S Korean president oustedSouth Korea's top court has unaniminously ruled to formally end impeached Park Geun-hye's presidency over a corruption scandal that has plunged the country into political turmoil.

The Constitutional Court's ruling on Friday sparked violent protests from Park's supporters, two of whom later succumbed to their wounds following clashes with police outside the building in downtown Seoul, according to authorities.




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