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PARIS | Minister says 409 injured in gas tax protests around France

PARIS — Grassroots protests over hikes in taxes on diesel fuel and gasoline have continued in France, though on a far smaller scale than the ones that paralyzed traffic around the country. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Sunday increased the number of people reported injured during Saturday’s protests to 409. He said 14 of them … Continue reading PARIS | Minister says 409 injured in gas tax protests around France

JOHANNESBURG | Pik Botha, apartheid-era minister, dies in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG — Pik Botha, South Africa‘s foreign minister in the last years of apartheid, has died at the age 86. Botha’s son, Roelof, on Friday told South Africa’s eNCA news outlet that his father died at his home after an illness. Pik Botha was a prominent figure in the country’s white minority government at the … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Pik Botha, apartheid-era minister, dies in South Africa

JUBA, South Sudan | 17 dead as plane crashes into lake in South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan — A local official says 17 people are dead after their aircraft crashed into a lake in South Sudan. The minister of information for the town of Yirol, Taban Abel Aguek, tells The Associated Press that the 19-seater commercial Baby Air plane had been traveling from the capital, Juba. Officials are investigating … Continue reading JUBA, South Sudan | 17 dead as plane crashes into lake in South Sudan

LONDON | Ireland says Church ‘should pay’ to address baby deaths

LONDON  — The Children’s Minister in Ireland has told Pope Francis that the Catholic Church should contribute funds to help make reparations to survivors of a former church-run orphanage where a mass grave of babies’ remains was discovered. Katherine Zappone raised the issue with the pope on Saturday during his visit to Ireland, and on … Continue reading LONDON | Ireland says Church ‘should pay’ to address baby deaths

WELLINGTON, New Zealand | 42 weeks pregnant, New Zealand minister cycles to hospital

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — It was a beautiful morning, according to New Zealand’s minister for women, so after 42 weeks of pregnancy she decided to hop on her electric bicycle and ride to the hospital to give birth to her first child. Julie Anne Genter this week posted a picture of herself outside the Auckland … Continue reading WELLINGTON, New Zealand | 42 weeks pregnant, New Zealand minister cycles to hospital

ALAPPUZHA, India | Indian navy opens airport to commercial planes amid floods

ALAPPUZHA, India  — Indian officials say a military airport has opened to commercial flights in the flood-savaged southern state of Kerala to help speed in relief and fly out residents. Suresh Prabhu, the minister of civil aviation, says the first flight landed Monday morning at the Indian naval air base in the city of Kochi, … Continue reading ALAPPUZHA, India | Indian navy opens airport to commercial planes amid floods

LISBON, Portugal | The Latest: French minister: Nation is adapting to high heat

LISBON, Portugal  — The Latest on Europe’s heat wave (all times local): 12:50 p.m. France’s health minister says only about 4 percent of the visits to hospital emergency rooms across the country are linked to the current heat wave, which the government considers a relatively low level. Minister Agnes Buzyn, visiting the Necker pediatric hospital … Continue reading LISBON, Portugal | The Latest: French minister: Nation is adapting to high heat

LISBON, Portugal | UK trade minister says ‘no deal’ Brexit more likely than not

LISBON, Portugal — Lisbon has broken a 37-year-old record to notch its hottest temperature ever as an unrelenting wave of heat bakes Portugal and neighboring Spain. Portugal’s weather service said the capital reached 44 degrees Celsius (111.2 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday, surpassing the city’s previous record of 43 C (109.4 F) set in 1981. The … Continue reading LISBON, Portugal | UK trade minister says ‘no deal’ Brexit more likely than not