Pope Francis deplores ‘terrible outbreak of violence’ in Ecuador prison
05 October 2021 | 7:52 am
In his Angelus prayer, Pope Francis deplores the "terrible outbreak of violence" in the prison of Guayaquil, Ecuador, where at least 118 inmates died - including six beheaded - in rioting among rival gangs before police regained control.
Shanghai reported three COVID deaths — the first since a strict lockdown started last month. Meanwhile, Germany's health minister said the mask mandate may be brought back in autumn.
The Israeli army said it was reacting to a missile it had intercepted a day before. Tensions are high between Israel and Hamas amid violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in Jerusalem.
Although El Salvador has seen a fall in the number of homicides, the country suffers from another type of crime that the government avoids talking about. Gangs are stepping up kidnappings and forced disappearances, terrorising the most vulnerable, who increasingly end up dead. Faced with the authorities' silence, who keep no official register, victims' loved ones are speaking out. Our regional correspondents Laurence Cuvillier and Matthieu Comin report.
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In eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Lwiru Primates Rehabilitation Centre gives chimpanzees and monkeys a safe place to recover after they are rescued from the hands of poachers or illegal owners who tried to domesticate them.
Cardinal Angelo Becciu, on trial for corruption, says the pontiff gave his blessing for payment to a UK security firm to facilitate the release of a Colombian nun being held by an al-Qaeda affiliate in Mali.
State media in North Korea has reported the deaths of six people with a "fever" a day after officials confirmed the country's first COVID-19 infection. More than 180,000 people are said to be isolated for treatment.
Since North Korea reported its first official coronavirus case last week, the WHO has warned it might spread rapidly in the unvaccinated country. Ruler Kim Jong Un wants the military to turn the tide.
Portuguese officials confirmed five cases of the monkeypox disease. The viral infection, rarely found in Europe, has also been reported in Spain and Britain.
Papers in Spain brace for the first visit of former king Juan Carlos since he went into exile amid investigations of tax evasion. In France, a parliamentary candidate from Emmanuel Macron's party who was convicted of domestic violence has been forced to withdraw after the controversy overwhelmed the party. Papers in the US hail the landmark equal pay deal agreed between the men's and women's football teams. Plus, should elephants be considered human?
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