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Health workers worldwide face pandemic-related violence: Safeguarding Health in Conflict report

By: Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service (Eagle News) — Pandemic-related violence accounted for one-third of the attacks on health care workers, facilities and transport around the world last year, according to a new report by the Safeguarding Healthcare in…

18 killed as boat sinks in Brazilian Amazon

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AFP) — At least 18 people were killed when a riverboat sank in the Amazon rainforest region, Brazilian authorities said Monday, as survivors described fleeing the foundering boat in terror. The ferry was taking passengers up the…

Hitman for drug lord Pablo Escobar dies in Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (AFP) — Pablo Escobar’s most notorious hitman, known by the nickname Popeye, died on Thursday at age 57 after a life of crime he celebrated on YouTube, Colombia’s prison authorities said. Jhon Jairo Velasquez had boasted of killing…

More torrential rain in Brazil raises death toll to 54

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AFP) — Another torrential downpour left the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte paralyzed Wednesday, with ruined cars abandoned on streets cake with mud, as the death toll from days of violent weather reached 54. Another 47,000 people…

Volcano erupts on ecologically sensitive Galapagos island

QUITO, Ecuador (AFP) — A volcano erupted on an uninhabited island in the Galapagos, Ecuadorian authorities said, spewing lava on the ecologically sensitive environment. La Cumbre volcano on Fernandina island, one of the youngest in the archipelago, began erupting Sunday…