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_1 Acid at­tacks: Bri­tish po­lice have charged a teenager with a spate of Lon­don acid at­tacks, as au­thor­i­ties con­sider whether tougher sen­tences would curb a spike in as­saults with cor­ro­sive liq­uids. The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice force said a 16-year-old boy faces 15 charges, in­clud­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm. The boy was ar­rested af­ter five moped rid­ers were sprayed with a cor­ro­sive sub­stance last week. The num­ber of such at­tacks in Lon­don rose from 261 in 2015 to 454 in 2016. Some ap­pear re­lated to gang ac­tiv­ity or the theft of cars and mo­tor­cy­cles. The gov­ern­ment is con­sid­er­ing in­creas­ing sen­tences for acid at­tacks to a max­i­mum of life. Home Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd wrote in the Sun­day Times that those who use nox­ious liq­uids as a weapon should “feel the full force of the law.”

_2 Deadly fire: Au­thor­i­ties ar­rested a man sus­pected of set­ting fire to a twos­tory house in eastern China early Sun­day, killing 22 peo­ple, the of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency re­ported. In­ves­ti­ga­tors dis­cov­ered traces of gaso­line at the scene in Jiangsu prov­ince and found all the doors of the house locked, ac­cord­ing to the na­tional work safety agency. The house, lo­cated in the city of Chang­shu about 50 miles north­west of Shang­hai, was be­ing used as a dor­mi­tory for 29 peo­ple work­ing at a lo­cal restau­rant, ac­cord­ing to the news­pa­per Bei­jing News.

_3 Congo vi­o­lence: Five Congo park rangers have been found dead and an Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist has been found in good con­di­tion in the Okapi Wildlife Re­serve af­ter go­ing miss­ing dur­ing a mili­tia at­tack, a lo­cal of­fi­cial said Sun­day. “The Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist is safe and healthy. She hid in the for­est dur­ing an at­tack,” said Mam­basa ter­ri­tory ad­min­is­tra­tor Al­fred Bong­walanga. The re­porter was not iden­ti­fied. A rights group, the Cen­ter for Stud­ies of Peace and De­fense of Hu­man Rights, blamed the at­tacks on the Mai Mai SIMBA mili­tia, which is ac­tive in the area.

_4 Kash­mir crash: A bus plunged into a 150-foot-deep gorge in the In­dian por­tion of Kash­mir on Sun­day, killing at least 16 Hindu pil­grims and in­jur­ing more than two dozen oth­ers as they trav­eled to a shrine in the Hi­malayas, po­lice said. The bus swerved off a moun­tain road, but the cause of the ac­ci­dent was not im­me­di­ately clear. A po­lice state­ment said 27 in­jured, 19 in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, were taken to hos­pi­tals in Bani­hal, 75 miles south of Sri­na­gar. Po­lice said it had rained in the area, mak­ing the road slip­pery. Po­lice fig­ures show In­dia has the world’s dead­li­est roads, with more than 110,000 peo­ple killed each year in crashes.

_5 Cli­mate di­plo­macy: French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron says his Paris charm of­fen­sive on Don­ald Trump was care­fully cal­cu­lated — and may have changed the U.S. pres­i­dent’s mind about cli­mate change. Macron de­fended his out­reach to Trump last week, whose “Amer­ica first” poli­cies have elicited worry and dis­dain in Europe. “Our coun­tries are friends, so we should be too,” Macron said in an in­ter­view Sun­day in the Jour­nal du Di­manche news­pa­per. On their main point of con­tention — Trump’s with­drawal from the land­mark Paris cli­mate agree­ment — Macron is quoted as say­ing that “Don­ald Trump lis­tened to me. He un­der­stood the rea­son for my po­si­tion, no­tably the link be­tween cli­mate change and ter­ror­ism.” In­creas­ing droughts and other ex­treme weather blamed on man-made cli­mate change are wors­en­ing mi­gra­tion crises and con­flicts in some re­gions as pop­u­la­tions fight over dwin­dling re­sources. “We spoke in de­tail about what could al­low him to re­turn to the Paris deal,” Macron said.

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