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Colombia records lowest murder rate in four decades

Bogota - Colombia recorded its lowest murder rate in four decades this year in the wake of a peace deal with the leftwing FARC rebel group, the government said Tuesday.

65 journalists and media workers killed globally in 2017: RSF

Paris - Sixty-five journalists and media workers were killed worldwide in 2017, according to annual figures published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday.Among them were 50 professional reporters, the lowest toll in 14 years.

FDA is warning Americans to stay away from kratom

At a time when we have hit a critical point in the opioid epidemic, the FDA has found that patients believe they can use kratom to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms, and this is cause for concern because of the drug's side effects and risk of death.

Op-Ed: Inaction on the opioid crisis is killing people and our economy

How many more people need to die before we realize federal and state governments have not been doing much to help stem what has become an epidemic that is now affecting our economy, job growth and legal system?

Deadly heatwave grips 10 European countries

In what appears to be a taste of the future, a relentless heat wave has gripped parts of Europe this week, sending temperatures soaring to record highs and causing two deaths.

Canada investigating surge in Atlantic coast right whale deaths

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is working with mammal experts, scientists and fisheries officials across Atlantic Canada to investigate the deaths of at least five endangered right whales off Canada's eastern coast.

Deaths in Stockholm truck attack: Swedish intelligence agency

Stockholm - A truck that drove into a crowd of people outside a busy department store in central Stockholm on Friday was a deliberate attack, Swedish intelligence agency Sapo said, adding that there were deaths.

CDC — Drug overdose deaths have more than doubled since 1999

Atlanta - New figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that drug overdose deaths in the U.S. have more than doubled since 1999, with a sharp spike in heroin overdose deaths.

Some 100 killed in one week in Brazil's prisons

Manaus - At least four inmates were killed Sunday in a facility in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, sending the number of violent prison fatalities over 100 in just one week.

New grisly Brazil prison massacre kills 31

Boa Vista - Brazil was hit Friday by its second grisly prison massacre in a week, as inmates beheaded and mutilated fellow prisoners at a northern jail, leaving 31 dead.

57 journalists killed worldwide in 2016: rights group

Paris - At least 57 journalists have been killed around the world in 2016 while doing their job, Reporters Without Borders said on Monday.

Identifying migrant deaths in Arizona desert

Tucson - A tiny orange-striped baby sock, a hand-written prayer on a crumpled piece of paper, or a lock of hair.

Journalist killed every 4.5 days, says UNESCO

Paris - One journalist is killed every four-and-a-half days, according to a shocking report released by UNESCO on Wednesday.During the last decade, 827 journalists have been killed while on the job, the UNESCO director-general's report said.

Op-Ed: Warning to heroin addicts — Elephant tranquilizer is in your fix

Addicts searching for the ultimate high from their heroin fix got more than they bargained for this week. In one region alone, up to 36 overdoses were recorded along with two deaths, all because their heroin was spiked with an elephant tranquilizer.

Five beachgoers die in Britain on hottest day of year

London - Five beachgoers died as Britain sweltered on the hottest day of the year Wednesday, officials said, bringing to 12 the number of people to have perished in the past week.

Barcelona unveils 'shame counter' that tracks refugee deaths

Barcelona - Spain's seaside city of Barcelona on Thursday unveiled a large digital counter that will track the number of refugees who die in the Mediterranean, next to one of its popular beaches.

More than 3,000 migrants lost in Med in 2016

Geneva - More than 3,000 migrants and refugees have died while trying to cross the Mediterranean this year, while nearly 250,000 have made the perilous journey to Europe, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday.

FDA suspends clinical trial after three deaths

A clinical trial of a promising new therapy in which white blood cells are reprogrammed to attack cancer cells has resulted in the deaths of three patients. As a result, the U.S. FDA has suspended the trial.

'Considerable drop' in Mediterranean migrant deaths: IOM

Geneva - The number of migrants dying while trying to cross the Mediterranean has fallen sharply, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday, voicing hope the lethal trend seen since 2013 may be turning.

Nepali sherpa guides die of Himalaya altitude sickness

Kathmandu - Two Nepali sherpa guides have died of suspected altitude sickness in the Himalayas, a tour operator said Wednesday. The guides were assisting an 11-member team on the 8,481-metre (27,825-feet) tall Makalu peak, the fifth-highest mountain in the world.

Dance ban pulls rug from under Buenos Aires partygoers

Buenos Aires - A party-pooper Argentine judge on Friday banned all "commercial dancing with live or recorded music" in Buenos Aires, possibly making even wedding receptions illegal.

Eleven dead in Rio Olympics construction over three years: Official

Rio De Janeiro - A total of 11 people have been killed over the last three years on construction projects for the Rio Olympics, an official told AFP on Monday."It's a frightening number," said Robson Leite, inspector for the labor office in the state of Rio de Janeiro....

Five dead 'from drugs' at Argentina dance music event

Buenos Aires - Five young people died and five others were in critical condition after apparently taking drugs at an international electronic music festival in the Argentine capital, emergency responders said Saturday.

Strong earthquake shakes buildings across South Asia

Kabul - South-western Asia was hit by a 6,6 magnitude earthquake today that was felt in a number of cities. The epicenter of the earthquake was in Afghanistan, close to its border with Tajikistan, at 10:28 GMT, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Indian temple fire kills 110, injures over 350

Trivandrum - A fireworks display at a temple in the southern Indian state of Kerala resulted in a fire breaking out, that has killed at least 110 and injured over 350 people.

Surprising jump in deaths in Britain

London - In parts of the U.K., notably England and Wales, there has been the biggest rise in the death rate in a generation. These figures require government action, according to a health campaigner.

Black Lives Matter shuts down 6 cities

Minneapolis - This afternoon, the Black Lives Matter movement staged protests across six cities to call attention to police killings of African Americans in the United States.

Eight militants killed in Paris attacks: Investigation source

Paris - A total of eight militants were killed, including seven by their suicide belts, during Friday's attacks in Paris that left at least 120 dead, a source close to the investigation said.

Death toll from lethal roads leaves S.Africa reeling

Johanesburg - This Christmas holiday season an estimated 1,300 people will be killed on South Africa's roads -- and the government accepts its hard-hitting campaigns against dangerous driving seem to do little to prevent the carnage.

Evacuations, death and destruction as wildfires ravage California

Two massive raging wildfires in California have left one person dead, several more unaccounted for and hundreds of homes and other structures gutted as they continue to gain ground, despite efforts to contain them.
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