1. 8 KILLED IN MINIBUS CRASH
MOSCOW: A minibus crash in central Russia killed eight people in the early hours on Thursday.
A local police said, minibus with nine people on board was attempting to overtake another vehicle on a highway in the Pskov region northwest of Moscow and crashed into an oncoming truck.
Seven passengers and the driver of the minibus died, and another passenger and the driver of the truck sustained injuries.
Police said the minibus was registered in Ukraine and all victims of the crash were Ukrainian nationals.
2. SOUTH SUDAN BURIES REPORTS ON OIL POLLUTION, BIRTH DEFECTS
PALOCH, South Sudan: The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits, the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals.
According to four environmental reports, there are also contain accounts of “alarming” birth defects, miscarriages and other health problems among residents of the region and soldiers who have been stationed there.
Residents describe women unable to get pregnant and having excessive numbers of miscarriages, and babies born with severe birth defects.
The reports, which date as far back as 2013, were presented to the oil companies and South Sudan’s ministry of petroleum but subsequently buried, according to four people with close knowledge of the oil operations and the documents.
3. CHINA REPORTS 254 NEW VIRUS DEATHS AND 15,152 DAILY CASES
BEIJING: China has reported 254 new daily deaths and a spike in new daily virus cases of 15,152, after new methodology was applied in the hardest-hit province of Hubei as to how cases are categorized.
The total deaths from the more than 2-month-old outbreak as reported on Thursday stood at 1,367, with the total number of confirmed cases mounting to 59,804.
The change in categorization appeared to push forward the process to a doctors’ on-the-spot diagnosis rather than waiting for the results of laboratory tests.