Global News Roundup

Deadly riot ends

Police and prison authorities in Venezuela have regained control of a prison after a riot lasting 20 days. Prisoners were protesting against compulsory transfers to other jails. At least 22 people were killed.

Deadly blazes

Raging forest fires in Spain’s east have killed four French men. The blaze, near the border with France, is being fuelled by strong winds and seven helicopters and two planes were needed fight it. Smoke has reached the provincial capital, Barcelona.

South Sudan’s big offer

South Sudan has offered Sudan $3 billion compensation for its independence. The money is to cover economic losses Sudan experienced after the countries split last year. Sudan is yet to respond.

Beijing floods

The heaviest rainfall in the Chinese capital in 60 years has killed 37 people. The deluge began when a storm hit on Saturday night and rains continued for several hours. Roads were flooded and the airport shut.

Court appearance

The man accused of murdering 12 people and wounding dozens more when he opened fire in a cinema in the United States, has appeared briefly in court. James Holmes, 24, was arrested shortly after the Friday rampage but is yet to be charged.

Deadly day

Iraq endured its deadliest day in two years on Monday with more than 100 people killed in attacks across the country. Attacks were recorded in 15 cities. The attacks came days after Al Qaeda threatened attacks in an audio statement.

Dissidents killed

Two of Cuba’s most high-profile dissidents have been killed in a car crash. A witness said Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero Escalante’s rental car hit a tree in the country’s east. Paya is known for starting petitions calling for democracy.

Black-market bandits

A World Wildlife Fund report has named Vietnam, Laos and Mozambique as the worst countries for actively trying to stop the trade of rhino horn, ivory and tiger parts.

Chemical admission

Syrian officials have confirmed the country has chemical weapons, but says it would only use them against foreign attack. The admission attracted international condemnation,

Royal recognition

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has praised the “dedication, hard work and personal sacrifice” of Olympic athletes ahead of Friday’s opening of the London Games. She spoke when she hosted the International Olympic Committee at Buckingham Palace.

Wild weather

Authorities in Hong Kong issued its most severe weather warning Monday as a massive typhoon headed for the city. Parts of the territory had already been affected by the storm, injuring more than 34 people. Winds of up to 140k/hr were detected.

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