Guatemala volcano eruption kills 25

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Police officers are posted in Alotenango municipality, Sacatepequez department, about 65 km southwest of Guatemala City, as the Fuego Volcano erupts on June 3, 2015. (AFP/Orlando Estrada)
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Police officers carry a wounded man after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano, in El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on June 3, 2018. (AFP/Noe Perez)
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A rescue worker helps a woman covered with ash after Fuego volcano erupted violently in El Rodeo, Guatemala June 3, 2018. (Reuters/Fabricio Alonzo)
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A woman covered with ash and burn wounds on the legs is taken to hospital after Fuego volcano erupted violently in El Rodeo, Guatemala June 3, 2018. (Reuters/Fabricio Alonzo)
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A police officer carries a baby after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano, in El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City on June 3, 2018. (AFP/Noe Perez)
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The Fuego Volcano in eruption, seen from Alotenango municipality, Sacatepequez department, about 65 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 3, 2015. (AFP/Orlando Estrada)
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A firefighter looks at the ash covered bodies of victims of Fuego volcano’s eruption inside the morgue in San Juan Alotenango, Guatemala June 3, 2018. (Reuters/Luis Echeverria)
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This handout picture released by the Guatemalan National Army shows soldiers cleaning ashes at the International airport in Guatemala City after the eruption of Volcano Fuego June 3, 2018. (AFP/Guatemala National Army)
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This handout picture released by the Guatemalan National Army shows army personnel as they evacuate a victim of Guatemala’s Volcano Fuego eruption in El Rodeo, Guatemala on June 3, 2018. (AFP/Guatemala National Army)
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A volunteer firefighter cries after leaving Rodeo village in Alotenango, Sacatepequez department, 65 km southwest of Guatemala City on June 3, 2018, following the eruption of the Fuego Volcano. (AFP/Orlando Estrada)
Updated 04 June 2018
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Guatemala volcano eruption kills 25

  • Search and rescue operations for the missing and dead have been suspended due to low light and dangerous conditions, and will resume early on Monday morning
  • Farmers covered in ash fled for their lives as civil defense staffers tried to relocate them to shelters during the event

GUATEMALA: At least 25 people were killed when Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted Sunday, belching ash and rock and forcing the airport to close, the country’s disaster agency said.
“The toll was 25 dead as of 9:00 p.m. (0300 GMT Monday),” the spokesman for the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) said in a WhatsApp group.
Search and rescue operations for the missing and dead have been suspended due to low light and dangerous conditions, and will resume early on Monday morning, the spokesman said.
The eruption sent ash billowing over the surrounding area, turning plants and trees gray and blanketing streets, cars and people.
Farmers covered in ash fled for their lives as civil defense staffers tried to relocate them to shelters during the event.
Earlier, Conred chief Sergio Cabanas and President Jimmy Morales held a news conference, saying that the eruption left seven dead, 20 injured and affected more than 1.7 million people.
Morales announced a red alert for Escuintla, Chimaltenango and Sacatepequez, the areas most affected by the eruption, and an orange alert throughout the country.
The president said he and his government would determine whether to ask Congress to declare a state of emergency in the areas, while at the same time appealing to the population for calm.
Hundreds of personnel from the police, Red Cross and military have been dispatched to support emergency operations, Morales said.
Cabanas said that the dead included a civil protection official and others trapped by muddy material that descended from the 3,763-meter (12,346-foot) volcano.
Twenty people suffered burn injuries, and more than 3,000 were evacuated due to the eruption, which affected rural communities around the volcano as well as Antigua Guatemala, a colonial-era town very popular with tourists in the Central American country, he said.
There are also “missing persons, but we do not know how many,” Cabanas said, adding that lava had blocked entry to several communities.
Dense ash blasted out by the volcano shut down Guatemala City’s international airport, civil aviation said.
People were working to clean ash off the runways to get the airport operating again.
It is the second major eruption this year from the peak, following another that subsided at the beginning of February after sending ash towering 1.7 kilometers into the sky.
Guatemala has two other active volcanoes, Santiaguito in the west and Pacaya just south of the capital.


India demands Pakistan release accused 'spy' after world court ruling

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India demands Pakistan release accused 'spy' after world court ruling

  • Kulbhushan Jadhav is a former navy officer
  • ICJ ruled that Pakistan review his death sentence and give him proper representation

NEW DELHI: India on Thursday demanded that Pakistan release an alleged spy after the International Court of Justice called for a review of a death sentence against him.

The arch-rivals each declared victory after the world court ruling made late Wednesday. But with 49-year-old Kulbhushan Jadhav still held in secret, his case risked setting off new tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

India’s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said Jadhav, a former navy officer, “is in the illegal custody of Pakistan under fabricated charges” as he welcomed the court ruling.

“Yesterday’s judgment is not only a vindication of India and Mr.Jadhav but for all those who believe in the rule of law and the sanctity of international conventions,” the minister added.

Jaishankar insisted that Jadhav “is innocent of the charges levelled against him” and had been forced to confess without access to a lawyer.

“We once again call upon Pakistan to release and repatriate him forthwith.”

The ICJ said Pakistan must give India consular access to the prisoner, give Jadhav proper representation and review the death sentence. But it rejected India’s demand that Jadhav be freed.

Pakistan said Jadhav was detained in its southwestern province of Baluchistan in March 2016.

It released a “confession” video in which Jadhav said he worked for Indian intelligence. A military court sentenced him to death in 2017.

According to Indian officials, Jadhav retired from the navy in 2001 and was running a “logistics” business in the Iranian port of Chabahar.

India insisted he was taken captive in Iran before being moved to Pakistan and then forced to confess.

It started an ICJ case in 2017. Throughout the hearings, Jadhav has been kept under strict lock and key in Pakistan.

Apart the video in which he said he graduated from India’s premier defense academy and began to help Indian intelligence in 2001, the only sighting of Jadhav was when his mother and wife saw him for 40 minutes on December 25, 2017.

Indian officials say relatives reported that he appeared to have been tortured.

Relations between the neighbors frequently boil over. They have fought three wars since independence in 1947 and staged air battles on their border in February.

New Delhi frequently says there can be no improvement in relations until its neighbor takes action to rein in militant attacks in India.

Keeping up the rivalry, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said late Wednesday that “truth and justice have prevailed” with the ruling.

His Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan hit back through his Twitter account.

“Appreciate ICJ’s decision not to acquit, release and return Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav to India,” Khan said.

“He is guilty of crimes against the people of Pakistan. Pakistan shall proceed further as per law,” Khan added.

Pakistan’s foreign ministry said the incident is a “clear case of Indian state terrorism.”

Media in the two countries also claimed victory in the case.

“India Wins in World Court,” said a Mail Today headline. “Justice in International Court,” declared The Indian Express.

“Pakistan vindicated” ran a banner front-page headline in Pakistan’s Express Tribune.