Baltimore Sun Sunday : 2019-02-10

NATION & WORLD : 17 : 17


17 NEWS NATION & WORLD SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019 | | THE BALTIMORE SUN NEWS BRIEFING Demonstrator loses 4 fingers in clashes with police in Paris Staff and news services Illegal construction blamed in fatal Istanbul building collapse PARIS — A French yellow vest protester’s hand was ripped apart Saturday during clashes in Paris as demonstrators tried to storm the French National Assembly in a 13th consecutive week of unrest. Police said the injured protester lost four fingers as police swooped in to stop protesters from breaching the parliament’s exterior. Police could not confirm French media reports that the hand of the demonstrator, who is now being treated in the hospital, was blown up by a grenade used to disperse unruly crowds. Police used batons and fired tear gas in Paris to disperse demonstrators, some of whom threw debris at riot police. Cars, motorbikes, an anti-terror military car and trash bins were set ablaze as the protest moved toward the city’s Invalides monument and onto the Eiffel Tower. ISTANBUL — Officials blamed illegal construction for the collapse of an apartment building in Istanbul as they joined hundreds of mourners Saturday at a funeral for nine members of one family killed in the disaster. As the death toll rose to 18, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said there were “many lessons to learn” from the tragedy. The eight-story residential building collapsed in the city’s Kartal district Wednesday. Experts say a majority of buildings in Istanbul lack proper licenses and are built illegally or without engineering services. Istanbul, Turkey’s biggest city of over 15 million people, is located on a seismic belt. Officials haven’t disclosed how many people are still unaccounted for. The collapsed building had 14 apartments, 43 registered residents and three businesses. Israeli police arrest Palestinian suspect in slaying of teenager JERUSALEM — Israeli police said Saturday that they arrested a Palestinian suspect in the killing of an Israeli teenager, as thousands of people in Gaza buried two Palestinian teenagers killed by Israeli fire a day earlier in protests along the perimeter fence. Police said Arafat Arpaya, 29, was arrested in Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority, but originally comes from the southern West Bank city of Hebron. The body of Ori Ansbacher, 19, was found in the woods in the West Bank near Jerusalem on Thursday with stabbing wounds. She was buried Friday amid calls by hardline Jews for revenge. Over 600,000 Jewish settlers live in the Israelioccupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, territories the Palestinians want as part of their future state. The U.N. said three crew members died after an Ethiopian military helicopter crashed inside the compound of a peacekeeping mission for the disputed Abyei region on the Sudan-South Sudan border. Ten of the 23 passengers were injured. The nations claim ownership of the oil-rich Abyei area. In Ethiopia: Dozens die from tainted liquor in Indian villages, officials say LUCKNOW, India — At least 39 people have died and another 27 fallen sick from drinking cheap spurious liquor containing toxic methanol in several villages in the northern India, officials said Saturday. Senior police Officer Ashok Kumar said 26 died in two separate incidents in the state of Uttar Pradesh, 190 miles east of capital New Delhi, while 13 others died in the neighboring state of Uttarakhand. Kumar said victims consumed liquor during two customary functions Thursday night. Police have arrested eight suspected bootleggers while the provincial governments have suspended 35 officials. Deaths from illegally brewed alcohol are common in India because the poor cannot afford licensed brands. U.S. military: Airstrike kills 8 extremists in Somalia Buckingham Palace said Saturday that Prince Philip, 97, has decided to stop driving, less than a month after he was in a collision that left two women injured. Philip was behind the wheel of a Land Rover when he smashed into another car Jan. 17. He was photographed two days later driving without a seat belt. In Britain: JOHANNESBURG — The U.S. military said it killed eight al-Shabab extremists during an airstrike in southern Somalia. A U.S. Africa Command statement said Friday’s strike hit near Kobon, not far from the port city of Kismayo. The U.S. said Kobon has been used to stage attacks against Somali forces. Its statement said no civilians were killed in the airstrike. The U.S. military has carried out at least a dozen such airstrikes this year in Somalia against the alQaida-linked al-Shabab, the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa. The United States has dramatically stepped up airstrikes against al-Shabab since President Donald Trump took office. Experts say it will take more than airstrikes to defeat the extremists, who continue to carry out attacks in the Horn of Africa nation and neighboring Kenya.

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