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Sunday, July 24, 2016

PressTV-Kashmir under curfew for 16th day

Indian authorities on Sunday extended a curfew for the 16th consecutive day in several parts of the Indian-controlled Kashmir. 
The move came more than two weeks after the killing of a popular rebel leader in the Himalayan region.
Media reports said a large number of paramilitary troops and thousands of armed police in riot gear patrolled the deserted streets of many towns and villages across the region, including the city of Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

PressTV-Zimbabwe slams anti-Mugabe statement

The government of Zimbabwe has lashed out at an anonymous group of war veterans for their open criticism of President Robert Mugabe, saying authors of the controversial communiqué will not go unpunished.
"Government ... dismisses the said traitorous so-called communiqué, which is treasonable in the constitutional democracy that Zimbabwe is," said Retired Brigadier General Asher Tapfumaneyi, the most senior civil servant in the veterans ministry, on Saturday.

Barack Obama’s Power Africa initiative makes slow progress — FT.com

When Barack Obama unveiled a $7bn plan to double access to electricity across sub-Saharan Africa it was hailed as game-changing step that could transform millions of lives.
Crumbling, mismanaged energy systems have long been an oppressive brake on economic growth in the region's 49 countries, which have less grid-connected electricity than South Korea and about 600m power-starved people.
However, three years after Mr Obama promised to bring "light where currently there is darkness" and "clean energy to protect our planet", progress on the ground is proving painfully slow.

Latin America Green News This Week: 7/14 - 7/20/2016 | NRDC

Food insecurity plaguing the region, Guatemalan town strives to become adaptation model, Mexico adds budget to mitigation efforts in Tabasco

Zimbabwe Mining industry expected to recover - NewsDay

Speaking at the Mining, Engineering and Transport (Mine Entra) 2016 conference in Bulawayo yesterday, CoMZ president Toindepi Muganyi said despite challenges the industry was facing, the future looked bright.
"Albeit lower than desired and somewhat mixed, the mining industry is expected to recover this year, with a number of minerals having already recorded significant growth in the first five months of 2016 compared to 2015," he said.
Muganyi said gold, for example, recorded growth output of 21%, platinum grew by 35% whereas nickel increased by 8% in 2015.
However, coal, chrome and diamond output remained below the previous year's levels, he said.

Police arrest 14 IS operatives, explosive seized Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Police anti-terrorist operatives nabbed 14 suspected Islamic State (IS) militants and seized an improvised-explosive device (IED) in a series of interstate operations recently. The militants included a man who possesses the know-how to build IEDs, and had became a trusted follower of Malaysian IS leader in Syria, Wanndy Mohamad Jedi.

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/07/160181/police-arrest-14-operatives-explosive-device-seized-interstate-crackdown

Five killed, 12 injured in clash in southern Mexico | Reuters

Five people, including a local mayor, were killed in a confrontation on Saturday morning in a picturesque small town in southern Mexican state of Chiapas, a government official said.

A group of protesters arrived in the town of San Juan Chamula to make complaints to the municipal government when some brandished firearms killing mayor Domingo Lopez, a driver, two other officials, and a local resident.

Sectarianism in Upper Egypt defeats state unity - Daily News Egypt

"There is no difference between Muslims and Copts; all are Egyptian citizens." Such was the rhetoric of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in a speech Thursday, commenting on the increased sectarian violence against Copts in parts of Upper Egypt, and vowing accountability for the perpetrators.
Meanwhile, incidents of sectarian strife have been occurring in successive instances in recent weeks. Additionally, perpetrators of such acts have not faced proper legal prosecution, as police briefly detained some groups then soon released them without charges. The state refused to recognise ongoing sectarianism by referring to them as "single cases".

Anger erupts over handling of China flood, East Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

BEIJING • Anger erupted yesterday over floods in northern China that have left more than 200 people dead or missing, with media and Internet users accusing officials of negligence.
At least 105 people are dead and 104 missing across Hebei province and local authorities have evacuated nearly 310,000 people. Flooding and rain-triggered landslides have caused the collapse of more than 52,000 houses and damage to 160,000.

Huge toxic algae bloom sickens more than 100 in Utah amid heatwave | US news | The Guardian

A huge toxic algae bloom in Utah has closed one of the largest freshwater lakes west of the Mississippi river, sickening more than 100 people and leaving farmers scrambling for clean water during some of the hottest days of the year.
The bacteria commonly known as blue-green algae has spread rapidly to cover almost all of 150-square-mile Utah Lake, turning the water bright, anti-freeze green with a pea soup texture and leaving scummy foam along the shore.