Carnival disaster kills 16 in Haiti
At least 16 people were electrocuted during Haiti’s national carnival parade when a musician on a float touched overhead power lines. At least 78 people were reported injured in the incident and the ensuing panic. The government has cancelled the last day of the national festival and declared three days of mourning.
More burn in Iraq
Islamic State militants reportedly massacred inhabitants and security forces in a town they attacked last week. Communications with the embattled Western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi remain patchy but the regional police chief, Colonel Qasim al-Obeidi, told the BBC the attack was continuing and a military compound was besieged. He understood 45 people had been burned alive by ISIS. Colonel Obeidi called for air strikes to help repel the invaders.
Abbott pleads as Bali Nine win more time
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has pleaded with Indonesia to recognise Australia’s past generosity by granting clemency to condemned Bali Nine men Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. The men won some breathing space yesterday when Indonesia delayed their transfer to the island where they were scheduled to be executed later this month. Their plight remains dire. Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi today reaffirmed the country’s hard line on drug trafficking. “The decision to enforce the death penalty by the Indonesian courts is not directed toward any country nor national of certain countries, but it is directed to an extraordinary crime,” she said. – Compiled from web sources by Kayla Burke and Greta Levy
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