Here is a summary of current global news briefs.
At least 10 dead as flash floods hit central Italy
At least 10 people have been killed by torrential rains and flooding in the Marche region of central Italy, authorities said on Friday, as rescuers continued to search for three people still missing. In Cantiano, a village near the neighboring region of Umbria, residents were clearing mud from the streets, Reuters footage showed, after torrents swept through several towns, leaving a trail of booby-trapped and damaged cars.
Ukraine says hundreds of bodies found in mass cemetery
Ukrainian officials said Friday they found hundreds of bodies, some with their hands tied behind their backs, buried in territory retaken from Russian forces, in what President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called evidence of war crimes committed by the invaders. . Zelenskiy told Reuters in an interview that many corpses had also been buried in other sites in the northeast and called on foreign powers to step up arms supplies, saying the outcome of the war depended on their quick delivery.
King Charles shakes hands with well-wishers in the Queen’s queue
King Charles shook hands and spoke to well-wishers queuing for hours in central London on Saturday to walk past the coffin of his mother, Queen Elizabeth, after thanking rescuers helping to organize the funeral of the late monarch. To cheers of “hip, hip, hooray” and cries of “God save the King”, Charles walked along part of the queue waiting to see the Queen in state, asking those who had been queuing for how long they were there and if they were warm enough.
Nepal landslide leaves 14 dead, 10 missing: officials
A landslide triggered by heavy rains has killed at least 14 people and injured seven in western Nepal, officials said on Saturday, as rescuers searched the disaster site in an attempt to locate 10 others disappeared. Rescuers extracted the dead and injured from the silt-covered wreckage of five houses buried under mud in Achham district, about 450 km (281 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu, Dan said. Bahadur Karki, a police spokesman.
Senegalese President Macky Sall appoints Amadou Ba Prime Minister
Senegalese President Macky Sall on Saturday appointed former Foreign Minister Amadou Ba as the West African nation’s prime minister, according to a statement from the presidency.
Iranian woman’s death after vice police arrest sparks protests
A young Iranian woman has died after falling into a coma following her detention by vice police enforcing Iran’s strict hijab rules, sparking protests by Iranians on social media and in the streets on Friday. In recent months Iranian human rights activists have urged women to publicly remove their veils, a move that could risk their arrest for defying the Islamic dress code as the country’s hardline rulers crack down harder against “immoral behavior”.
Disease-prone children and women in Pakistan’s stagnant waters
Children and women are increasingly vulnerable as tens of thousands of people suffer from infectious and water-borne diseases in flood-hit Pakistan and the death toll from the flooding tops 1 500, according to government and UNICEF data on Friday. As floodwaters begin to recede, which officials say could take two to six months, areas have become plagued with diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, diarrhea and skin problems, a the southern Sindh provincial government said in a report on Friday.
Hungary to submit new laws to unlock EU funds next week – Prime Minister’s aide
The Hungarian government will submit new laws to parliament next week to end a standoff with the European Commission and unlock access to European Union funds, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff said on Saturday. The EU executive will recommend suspending billions of euros earmarked for Hungary over corruption concerns, two officials told Reuters on Wednesday, in what would be the first such action against Orban.
Exclusive-Zelenskiy suggests resuming Russian ammonia exports in exchange for POWs, Kremlin says no
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Friday he would only support the idea of reopening Russian ammonia exports through Ukraine if Moscow surrenders prisoners of war (POWs), an idea the Kremlin quickly rejected. In an interview, Zelenskiy told Reuters he had proposed the arrangement to the United Nations, which suggested taking back Russian ammonia through Ukraine to ease a global fertilizer shortage.
Kyrgyzstan reports heavy fighting with Tajikistan, 24 people killed
Kyrgyzstan on Friday reported “intense battles” with its Central Asian neighbor Tajikistan and said 24 people had been killed in the latest outbreak of violence to hit the former Soviet Union. The two small, poor landlocked countries have accused each other of resuming fighting in a disputed area, despite a ceasefire agreement.
(With agency contributions.)