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Burkina Faso’s military has announced it has removed the president, Roch Marc Kaboré, from office, suspended the constitution and dissolved the government and parliament, confirming a coup in a statement on the state broadcaster.
In a statement signed by the coup leader, Lt Col Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, and read by another official, the army announced the takeover by a previously unknown group – Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration (MPSR). “MPSR, which includes all sections of the army, has decided to end President Kaboré’s post today,” said the statement, which came following a frenetic day of confusion, as well as silence from the now-deposed government. Read more HERE
Adams said nine adults and eight children died. He did not immediately provide a reason for the lower count.Doctors were working to save several people gravely injured by smoke. Dozens were hospitalized and as many as 13 were in critical condition after the deadliest New York fire in three decades. Read more HERE
The death toll from record tornadoes that roared across hundreds of miles this weekend is expected to exceed 100 in Kentucky alone, with dozens still unaccounted for as crews scramble to search wreckage.
One tornado that tore through four states over four hours of nighttime devastation is believed to be the longest distance for a tornado in US history, leaving destruction, death and a frantic search by survivors to find family and shelter, from Arkansas to Kentucky. Read more HERE
The US is hoping pressure from Russia, China and some Arab Gulf states may yet persuade Iran to moderate its negotiating stance in regards to the steps the Biden administration must take before both sides return to the 2015 nuclear deal.
Talks in Vienna faltered badly last week, when the new hardline Iranian administration increased its levels of uranium enrichment and tabled proposals that US officials said at the weekend were “not serious”since they had gone back on all the progress made in the previous round of talks. Read more HERE.
At least 31 people including five women and a young girl have died trying to cross the Channel to the UK in an inflatable dinghy, officials say, in what is the deadliest incident since the current crisis began.
Two survivors are in intensive care while police have arrested four people suspected of being linked to the drownings. The International Organisation for Migration said it was the biggest single loss of life in the Channel since it began collecting data in 2014. Read more HERE