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News of the Day From Around the World
March 18, 2017
The rains have overwhelmed the drainage system in the cities along Peru’s Pacific coast and the health ministry has started fumigating around the pools of water that have formed in the streets to kill mosquitoes that carry diseases like dengue. The government has deployed the armed forces to help police control public order in the 811 cities that have declared an emergency. Sharp and Catalan had been looking into recent large-scale violence and alleged human rights violations by the Congolese army and local militia groups. Seven Congolese army officers have been arrested and charged with war crimes after a video surfaced last month that appeared to show uniformed soldiers opening fire on a group of civilians in a massacre that left at least 13 people dead, the military’s auditor general said Saturday. The Israeli military says it carried out air strikes against two Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, in response to a projectile fired from Gaza into southern Israel. Gaza is ruled by the Islamist militant Hamas group. Since a 50-day war between Israel and Gaza militants in 2014, a cease-fire has largely held. Faezeh Hashemi, the outspoken daughter of Iran’s late President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, has been sentenced to six months in prison for “spreading lies against the judiciary,” a semi-official news agency reported Saturday as the country prepares for a May presidential election.