2 Killed in a major pileup outside Montreal, involving more than 200 cars

Two people were killed in a massive car pileup Wednesday that, according to Quebec police, shut…

14 Dead, hundreds fall ill from apparent leakage of toxic gas in Pakistan

Authorities could not explain the origin of an apparent gas leak that has killed 14 people…

Haiti: 15 children killed in fire at an orphanage

Fifteen children died in Haiti after a fire swept through an orphanage at the capital’s outskirts.…

Mali: At least 30 people killed in an outbreak of violence

In 3 separate incidents in Mali, at least 30 people, including nine soldiers, were killed.  Twenty-one were killed when a village in central Mali was targeted by gunmen, who burned homes, crops, and livestock. A squad of eight soldiers also died in an ambush, while another was killed during an assault on a Gao area military camp.  Mali has been blighted by chaos since an Islamist uprising erupted in the north in 2012. Ogossagou village, where one of Friday’s attacks took place, is primarily home to Fulanis, a largely-Muslim ethnic group that typically operates as herders. Other ethnic groups in Mali-including the Dogon community-are accusing the Fulani of being related to Sahel-wide jihadi groups.  Such allegations have, in recent years, fueled interethnic abuse. In another attack at Ogossagou, last March 160 people were killed, which authorities blamed on a Dogon militia.  The attack led to a number of demonstrations over alleged government failure, and later resigned the prime minister of Mali at the time, Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga. No one has claimed responsibility for the latest incident, but village chief Aly Ousmane Barry has told local media that the gunmen struck several hours after government troops withdrew from the area. Malian security forces said on Twitter in a separate incident that they had sustained “material damage” during an ambush in Bintia village which killed eight soldiers.  Another attack at a camp in Mondoro killed a ninth soldier, who is regularly targeted by militants. Since 2012, with the aid of France, which has 4,500 troops deployed in the area, Malian forces have managed to regain control of large swathes of territory seized from militants. But as Mali struggles to control the conflict which has spread to neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger, thousands of lives have been lost.  Combating extremists in the Sahel region, including Europe, is seen as critical to maintaining security further afield. France’s Foreign Minister Florence Parly traveled to Washington last month, seeking to convince the US to continue its logistical support – drones, intelligence, and transportation – which she said was vital for the French operation.

A human rights group reports hundreds of people have been killed in Syrian airstrikes

At least 71 people were killed and 325 others wounded in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta after a series of airstrikes and artillery bombardments were carried out by the Syrian government, the United Kingdom-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday. Of the victims, 62 were civilians, including 9 children and 5 women. Nine militants have been killed, the group said during a 24-hour duration about the attacks near Damascus. CNN has been unable to independently verify the claim. For more than four years the Eastern Ghouta region has been surrounded by Syrian…

Mississippi fire: Mother and six children were killed in a fire

A mother and her six children, including a one-year-old baby, died after a fire destroyed their…

Train crash in Italy: 2 dead in a high-speed derailment

Where people were killed following a high-speed train derailed early Thursday near the northern Italian town…

Turkey’s second landslide buries hundreds of rescuers

Two avalanches in eastern Turkey have killed at least 38 people, many of whom were rescue…

After skidding off the runway in Turkey, the plane splits into pieces; at least 52 injured

On Wednesday at least 52 people were injured when a plane skid off the runway at Turkey’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport in Istanbul, crashed into a field and broke into pieces until passengers were seen evacuating through cracks in the aircraft. Television footage showed the plane suffering serious damage, with the fuselage appearing to be broken…

Illegal South African miners ‘ stoned to death ‘

South African police have conducted a manhunt for killers of nine illegal miners in a western district of Johannesburg who was stoned to death.  The corpses of Lesotho’s miners were found lying in Matholeville’s streets, while another seriously injured victim was rushed to the hospital. Thousands of illegal miners working in the country, known as “Zama Zamas” (“the ones trying their luck” in Zulu).  Violent clashes between working-class rivals are commonplace, reports say.  The attack on Friday came around 24 hours after the police raid the town. For the investigation, police have arrested 87 people but are searching for more information. “We condemn this barbaric attack and we will ensure that we do not leave any stone unturned in making the Matholeville and Roodepoort people feel safe,” Lt Gen Elias Mawela Provincial Commissioner Gauteng said in a statement. “The suspects will be arrested at the earliest opportunity and the police will not sleep until we find them,” he said.  The chief of police also said he’d summoned officers from other Johannesburg units to join the manhunt. South Africa is one of the world’s most repressive countries. Last year at least 58 murders per day were registered, according to government data.