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London sells water cannons

After the collapse of his political dreams, top “Brexit” campaigner Boris Johnson suffered one final humiliation on Friday — the sale of three unused water cannons he bought when he was mayor of London. His replacement, Sadiq Khan, said he would sell them off to fund youth services in the British capital. “This shows the inability of Boris Johnson to get a good deal... We want to get rid of them,” Khan said, complaining that the city had also had to pay storage costs. Khan said the whole deal “beggars belief.” Johnson bought the three vehicles second-hand in Germany two years ago for about £200,000 (US$265,460) to deploy them in case of rioting, even though police do not have authorization to use them in mainland Britain. Water cannons have only been used in Northern Ireland, not in the rest of Britain. Calls have grown for their use since London and other major British cities were hit by a week of rioting and looting in 2011.


Child killings investigated

The mother of four young children who were stabbed to death in a gated apartment complex in Tennessee is being held for questioning, but authorities have not charged her with a crime. The deaths of the children on Friday saddened and dismayed neighbors and county officials, as authorities try to piece together what happened in the apartment near a verdant golf course in a typically quiet neighborhood in suburban Memphis. Deputies were called to the complex in unincorporated Shelby County shortly before 1pm on Friday. Officials have not released the ages of the children, but sheriff’s office spokesman Earle Farrell said deputies responding to the scene called them “babies.” Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham called the killings an “egregious act of evil,” though he did not specifically allege that the mother had stabbed the children.


Tourist falls to death

Authorities said a German tourist plunged to his death in a deep Andean ravine while posing for a photo in an area above the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu that is closed to visitors. The director of the Machu Picchu archeological park said that 51-year-old Oliver Paps fell more than 100m on Wednesday after entering a dangerous area by crossing over a barrier meant to keep tourists away from the edge. Director Fernando Astete on Friday said that the body had been recovered. Astete said other tourists reported details of the accident at a platform overlooking Machu Picchu that can be reached from the citadel by hiking up a mountain for more than an hour. Machu Picchu is the main tourist destination in Peru.


Power rationing to end

President Nicolas Maduro said he is lifting electricity rationing that began more than two months ago because a drought had caused low water levels at the hydroelectric dam that provides most of the country’s power. Maduro announced that beginning tomorrow the government would no longer cut off electricity to much of the country for four hours a day. Only Caracas and four states had been spared from the power cuts that were instituted on April 25. Officials had previously reported that a resumption of rain was improving the water level behind the Guri Dam, which produces 60 percent of Venezuela’s electricity. On June 14, the government ended a two-day workweek for civil workers ordered for power conservation and it suspended power cuts on weekends.

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