76 die from drink­ing bad liquor; more deaths ex­pected

The Columbus Dispatch - - Nation&world -

At least 76 peo­ple have died in north­ern In­dia af­ter drink­ing bootleg liquor, the lat­est in a se­ries of tragedies caused by il­le­gal al­co­hol that turned out to be poi­sonous.

Lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tor Alok Kumar Pandey said tainted liquor has killed at least 36 peo­ple since Thurs­day in the dis­trict of Ut­tar Pradesh, about 130 miles from New Delhi, the na­tion's cap­i­tal, and the death toll is likely to rise. Other vic­tims are be­ing treated in lo­cal hos­pi­tals, and “doc­tors are try­ing their best to save their lives,” Pandey said.

In the neigh­bor­ing dis­trict of Ut­tarak­hand, 32 peo­ple died af­ter con­sum­ing il­le­gal liquor served to them as part of mourn­ing rit­ual. Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve the two in­ci­dents are linked, with mourn­ers likely hav­ing made the jour­ney from Ut­tar Pradesh to Ut­tarak­hand while bring­ing back liquor to sell. cap­tured 41 po­si­tions held by Is­lamic State group mil­i­tants and de­stroyed their for­ti­fi­ca­tions in the last tiny pocket they hold in east­ern Syria amid fierce fight­ing, a spokesman said Sun­day.

Mustafa Bali said the Kur­dish-led Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces made the ad­vances overnight and on Sun­day, hours af­ter they launched a fi­nal push to clear the area from IS mil­i­tants Sat­ur­day night.

The fi­nal bat­tle to clear the vil­lage of Baghouz is play­ing out af­ter 20,000 civil­ians were evac­u­ated from the area in the east­ern prov­ince of Deir-el-zour over the past few weeks.

and has urged the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment to close de­ten­tion camps es­ti­mated to hold 1 mil­lion peo­ple, a rare re­buke from a ma­jor­i­ty­mus­lim coun­try.

In its state­ment Sat­ur­day, the Turk­ish For­eign Min­istry con­demned China’s “rein­tro­duc­tion of con­cen­tra­tion camps in the 21st cen­tury and the pol­icy of sys­tem­atic as­sim­i­la­tion” in its far western re­gion of Xin­jiang as a vi­o­la­tion of the “fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights” of Uighurs and other Tur­kic Mus­lims.

“It is no longer a se­cret that more than 1 mil­lion Uighur Turks in­cur­ring ar­bi­trary ar­rests are sub­jected to tor­ture and po­lit­i­cal brain­wash­ing in in­tern­ment camps and pris­ons,” said the state­ment from Hami Ak­soy, the For­eign Min­istry spokesman. He called on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and the sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the United Na­tions to take ac­tion to end the “hu­man tragedy.”

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