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MALI

Explosion kills five soldiers

Five soldiers were killed on Friday and four others wounded in the nation’s north when their vehicles were hit by an explosion, authorities said. “Two vehicles from the Malian armed forces were blown up by an improvised explosive device causing the death of five Malian soldiers and wounding four others,” an army statement said. The government pledged in the statement that “everything will be done to locate and bring those responsible to justice” for the attack between the localities of Ansongo and Indelimane.

VENEZUELA

Poll outlines shortages

More than 80 percent of basic consumer products, including food and medicine, are now in short supply, a poll showed. Stores are facing greater shortages than households, pollster Datanalisis president Luis Vicente Leon said on Friday. The company’s latest study, with data from last month, saw a jump in that index as the oil-rich country grapples with political and economic crisis. “The deterioration has been exponential over the last two months,” Leon said. “We are seeing indices worsen in a really dramatic way.” Datanalisis said inflation would reach 450 percent and predicted purchasing power would drop by at least 40 points compared with last year. The latest official inflation figures from December last year reported a 180.9 percent increase in prices. The study surveyed 800 people in eight major cities of varying socioeconomic status. The margin of error was 3.46 percent.

EGYPT

Black-box hunters hired

The government on Friday hired a private firm to help in the hunt for the black boxes from the EgyptAir plane that crashed on May 19 en route from Paris to Cairo, authorities said. Civil aviation officials said in a statement that they had signed an agreement with Deep Ocean Search (DOS) to carry out the search and retrieval process of the two data recorders. EgyptAir Flight MS804 crashed in the Mediterranean Sea south of the Greek island of Crete with 66 people onboard, including 30 Egyptians and 15 French nationals. DOS says it can operate in depths of up to 6,000m and has a robot that is capable of mapping the seabed.

BULGARIA

Blast hits weapons maker

A blast at the nation’s biggest weapons maker, Arsenal, in the center of the Balkan country killed one person on Friday night, the Ministry of the Interior said yesterday. A ministry’s spokeswoman told reporters that the accident, which killed a 52-year-old man, occurred at 10:20pm at Arsenal’s production unit in the town of Muglizh, 250km east of the capital, Sofia. “There are no other injured people,” she said. Prosecutors have opened an investigation into the incident, which is normal procedure in an incident when someone is killed or seriously hurt.

SRI LANKA

Buried people assumed dead

About 100 people still missing following landslides last week are believed dead, authorities said yesterday after failing to find signs of life under tonnes of mud. The Disaster Management Center said that 67 bodies had been recovered from the worst-hit central district of Kegalle, where 99 people were still listed as missing following the rain-triggered disaster on May 17. “The military is keeping up a search, but there is no hope of finding anyone alive now,” center spokesman Pradeep Kodippili told reporters.

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