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60 killed, many beheaded in Brazil prison riot

Bodies butchered, decapitated and set on fire after conflict between rival drug gangs at a prison complex in Amazonas state.

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Sao Paulo, Jan 3: At least 60 people were killed brutally with many beheaded, some were set on fire in a clash between rival gangs over the weekend at the Anisio Jobim penitentiary in Manaus, the capital of Brazil’s Amazonas state, officials said on Monday.

The incident held on Sunday afternoon when a fight broke out between members of the Familia do Norte (FDN), the gang that controls the prison with members of the First Capital Command (PCC), a criminal organisation based in Sao Paulo, EFE news reported.

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Relatives of prisoners wait for information outside the Anisio Jobim Penitentiary Complex in Manaus, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. At least 60 inmates died during a prison riot here in the northern state of Amazonas, including several who were beheaded or dismembered, in the biggest killing at a Brazilian prison since 1992. (Edmar Barros/Futura Press via AP) NAO PUBLICAR NO BRASIL

Horrifyingly many inmates were beheaded, mutilated and set on fire in the fight, which the FDN started to give a “message” to the PCC about its power in the state, Amazonas Public Safety Secretary Sergio Fontes said in a press conference.

“There were only deaths on one side. The FDN massacred the suspected members of the PCC and a few other inmates,” Fontes said.brazilprisonriotThe FDN is an ally of the Red Command (CV), a gang from Rio de Janeiro that is a rival of the PCC.

The incident was termed as “biggest massacre in the prison system” in Amazonas which produced the highest loss of life ever at the hands of inmates in a penitentiary fight in Brazil, the Public Safety Secretariat said.

An uprising 24 years ago at Sao Paulo’s Carandiru prison 111 inmates were killed, but the majority of the deaths were at the hands of police who stormed the penitentiary.

“Unfortunately, we are looking at the largest and most horrible massacre to occur in Brazil’s prisons,” the head of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) Human Rights Commission in Amazonas state, Epitacio Almeida, said.

The OAB assisted the inmates with the negotiations and worked to get the 12 hostages taken during the riot released.

 Wefornews Bureau

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North Korea suspends nuclear, ballistic missile testing

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Seoul, April 21: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Saturday announced the immediate suspension of nuclear and long-range missile tests.

“From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles,” Efe quoted Kim as saying.

According to the report, North Korea will also close a nuclear test site in the country’s northern side in a bid to guarantee transparency in suspending nuclear tests.

Having established a nuclear deterrent, North Korea can now turn to overhauling its economy, Kim said.

Pyongyang’s decision comes ahead of Kim’s April 27 summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the demilitarized zone that divides the two countries.

The last bilateral talks between the leaders of North and South Korea took place 11 years ago.

US President Donald Trump, who accepted Kim’s proposal for a meeting after months that saw the two men trade insults and threats, praised the announcement from Pyongyang.

“North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site. This is very good news for North Korea and the World — big progress! Look forward to our Summit,” Trump said in a tweet.

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DJ Avicii dead at 28

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Madrid, April 21: World-renowned Swedish DJ and electronic music producer Avicii was found dead in Muscat, Oman, his agent said on Friday. He was 28.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” Efe quoted Diana Baron as saying.

“The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time,” Baron said. “No further statements will be given.”

Bergling had struggled with health problems, some caused by excessive drinking and was hospitalized for 11 days in 2012 for treatment of acute pancreatitis.

In early 2016, he announced his temporary retirement from touring, citing a desire to “explore other interests.”

“To me it was something I had to do for my health,” Bergling told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016, adding that he had taken on board “too much negative energy” from the music scene.

Avicii achieved global fame in 2011 with the release of his smash hit “Levels,” which was followed by other chart sensations, such as “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother”.

He was known for his collaborations with other artists, including Coldplay, David Guetta, Lenny Kravitz, Robbie Williams and Rita Ora.

In 2014, he teamed up with Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean and Alexandre Pires on the official FIFA World Cup anthem, “We Will Find a Way”.

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IMF expects India’s role to expand in Indo-Pacific region

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United Nations, April 21: The International Monetary Fund expects India’s role in the Indo-Pacific region’s development to continue to expand because of its robust growth, but it has to carry out more trade reforms, Ken Kang, the deputy director in IMF’s Asia Pacific Department said on Friday.

“Given our robust growth forecast where we see India’s growth rising from 7.4 per cent in 2017-18 to 7.8 per cent in 2019, we do expect India’s role in the region to continue to expand,” he said at a news conference in Washington.

“That being said, India does have room to expand its export orientation and to reduce further trade and non-trade barriers,” he added.

“The statutory tariff rate in India is relatively high at about 15 per cent, and higher than those in the rest of the region,” he added. “So there is room to do more on trade reform.”

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