French replica of revolutionary frigate sets sail for Boston
FOURAS, France (AP) ? With champagne, fireworks and a presidential blessing, a painstakingly built replica of the frigate once used to bring French troops and funds to American revolutionaries is setting sail for Boston.
Suicide attack in Afghanistan kills at least 30 people
Gas-line blast at California shooting range injures 11
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) ? A natural gas pipeline explosion at a California sheriff's gun range shot flames well over 100 feet into the air, left 11 people injured and brought traffic on a busy highway to a halt, authorities and witnesses said.
Tanzanian woman wins landmark case over childbirth operationBy Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A woman left unable to have children after a defective caesarian section operation in Tanzania has won a landmark case against a local hospital whose surgeon left a piece of cloth inside her. Mwamini Adam and her husband filed a lawsuit at the high court in western Tabora region against Urambo District Council's hospital four years ago, demanding 500 million Tanzanian Shillings ($265,000) for physical and emotional distress. Adam, 37, accused Jacob Kamanda, a gynecologist and obstetrician at the district hospital, of professional negligence and misconduct after he left a piece of cloth in her stomach after performing a caesarian section operation. She said the defective operation meant she can no longer give birth because doctors performing a life-saving corrective operation decided to remove her uterus.
Collapse of illegal Tanzanian gold mine kills 19 peopleThe collapse of an illegal gold mine has killed 19 people in northwest Tanzania, a senior police official said on Friday. The accident occurred on Thursday night at Kahama district, Shinyanga region, near Acacia Mining's licensed Bulyanhulu gold mine which is majority-owned by Canada's Barrick Gold Corp. The bodies were recovered on Friday. All the bodies have been recovered," Justus Kamugisha, Shinyanga region's police chief, told Reuters by telephone.
Suicide bomber kills 33 outside Afghan bank: hospital chief
A suicide bomber killed at least 33 people and wounded 100 others in an attack Saturday outside a bank in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, according to officials. "Thirty-three dead bodies and more than 100 wounded were brought to the hospital," Dr Najeebullah Kamawal, head of Nangarhar's provincial hospital, told AFP. "The explosion happened outside a bank where government employees collect their monthly salaries," Nangarhar provincial police chief Fazal Ahmad Shirzad said. Provincial government spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai confirmed the attack and said dozens were killed and wounded.
Italian navy takes back fishing boat seized near LibyaBy Antonio Denti PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - Italian navy personnel on Friday boarded a Sicilian fishing boat and took custody of a Libyan soldier on board after the vessel was seized overnight off the coast of the North African state, the defence ministry said. A defence ministry statement said a tugboat apparently belonging to Libyan security forces had stopped an Italian trawler early on Friday, around 90 km (55 miles) from the port of Misrata. "This is probably an act of piracy because the tugboat that approached the trawler had no Libyan governmental insignia," the spokesman, Francesco Mezzapelle, told Reuters. HARROWING CONDITIONS Libya has descended into anarchy as two rival governments and various armed factions fight for control.
Obama, Italy's Renzi say military strikes not answer to Libya
U.S. President Barack Obama and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Friday urged a political solution to the conflict in Libya, saying foreign military operations were unlikely to solve the crisis there. "Libya is obviously an area of great concern," Obama said. He earlier said he and Renzi did not discuss possible drone strikes during their meeting at the White House. "We will not be able to solve the problem with just a few drone strikes or a few military operations," he said at a joint news conference with Renzi after their talk.
Trillions of dollars needed for new bid to end poverty by 2030
By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - World leaders have drawn up ambitious goals to end extreme poverty by 2030 and promote development over the next 15 years, but now they have to figure out how to pay the bill. Trillions of dollars would be required to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the United Nations is expected to adopt in September, global experts said. Total official development aid (ODA) currently runs at about $131 billion a year. Heads of state must embrace a new financing framework, one that mobilises ODA, private investment and higher levels of government revenues, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday.
Philanthropist, shopping mall developer Taubman dies at 91
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) ? A. Alfred Taubman, the self-made Michigan billionaire whose philanthropy and business success ? including weaving the enclosed shopping mall into American culture ? was clouded by a criminal conviction late in his career, has died. He was 91.