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March, 2019
Volume 45, Number 1
  
3 May 2019
Greg Kandra




The strongest cyclone to hit India in decades made landfall Friday. (video: AP/YouTube)

Tropical Cyclone Fani strikes India (CNN) The strongest tropical cyclone to hit India in 20 years made landfall Friday, killing two people and lashing the country’s east coast with ferocious winds and torrential downpours. Tropical Cyclone Fani struck near the city of Puri, in Odisha state, as the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane -- packing sustained winds of 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour). The storm is expected to weaken as it moves north-northeast in the next six hours toward Kolkata, one of India’s most populous cities, and Bangladesh…

Escalation in northern Syria threatens truce (AP) Syrian government forces have kept up an escalation against the last rebel-held enclave in northwestern Syria with a wave of airstrikes that killed several people Friday, activists and state media reported. The increased fighting threatens a cease-fire negotiated by Russia and Turkey, in place since September. The agreement has since been undermined with recurrent cycles of violence…

Houses face demolition in East Jerusalem (AP) Some 60 houses in the grassy quarter, known to its 500 residents as Wad Yasul, are facing demolition by Israeli authorities. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court declined to hear the residents’ appeal against demolition orders, saying the structures were built without required permits in a municipally designated green space…

Pope: Nations stirring up nationalism betray their mission (CNS) Migrants are not a threat to a nation’s culture, traditions and values, Pope Francis said. Every nation is a product of immigration and the integration of diverse peoples, united by specific values, cultures and “healthy traditions,” he said. That is why any nation that “stirs up nationalistic sentiments in its people against other nations or groups of people would betray their mission,” the pope said on 2 May…

Journalists cautiously celebrate press freedom in Ethiopia (Al Jazeera) The Ethiopian government says it is preparing legislation that would impose up to three years in prison for those found to be disseminating hate speech and fake news. Billene Seyoum, a spokeswoman at the prime minister’s office, says Ethiopia is trying to ensure accountability comes with renewed press freedom by drafting anti-hate speech legislation. ”Both citizens and government have responsibility to ensure the fabric of Ethiopian society isn’t broken,” she said…



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