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Huge power outage hits much of Central America

AFP, San Salvador

A power supply line went down in Honduras, hitting it and Nicaragua with a massive blackout Monday, with power cuts reaching El Salvador and Guatemala as well.

“There was an emergency in the Central American Electrical System due to a failure in the 230 kilowatt supply line in Honduras,” a statement from electricity operator EOR in El Salvador said.

The issue left almost the entirety of Honduras and Nicaragua without power, EOR said.

Both countries had power restored in several hours, EOR reported, adding that there was no impact in Costa Rica or Panama.

 

Kyrgyzstan summons Tajik envoy over border shootout

AFP, Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan summoned the ambassador of neighbouring Tajikistan Tuesday after a Kyrgyz border officer was killed and more than a dozen injured in a shootout at the Central Asian countries’ contested frontier.

The disputed region sees regular clashes, which have intensified since the start of the year.

Kyrgyzstan’s foreign ministry said it had called in Tajik ambassador Sukhrob Olimzoda and issued a note of protest over the “illegal actions” of Tajikistan’s border service, which it accused of opening fire first.

But Tajikistan earlier said Kyrgyzstan’s border service opened fire at Tajik citizens following disagreements over construction works at the border, leaving “several” Tajik citizens injured.

Thirteen people, including one minor, were wounded in the violence, according to Kyrgyzstan’s health ministry.

 

South Korea confirms first swine fever outbreak

AFP, Seoul

South Korea yesterday reported its first cases of African swine fever, becoming the latest country hit by the disease that has killed pigs from China to North Korea, pushing up pork prices worldwide.

Five pigs found dead at a farm in Paju, a city near the inter-Korean border, were confirmed to have been infected with the virus, an official with Seoul’s agriculture ministry told AFP. “At this point, it’s too early to confirm if the case stemmed from the North,” the official added.

Seoul’s agriculture minister Kim Hyun-soo said 3,950 pigs from three farms in Paju were to be culled.

The country has raised its animal disease alert to the highest level and a nationwide 48-hour ban on the movement of pigs was issued, he added.

 

Norway mosque shooter who killed sister had racist motive

AFP, Oslo

A Norwegian man accused of killing his step-sister before opening fire in a mosque near Oslo in August had racist motives, police said yesterday, confirming he shot her because of her Chinese origin.

Philip Manshaus, 22, was arrested after opening fire in the Al-Noor mosque in an affluent Oslo suburb on August 10 before he was overpowered by a 65-year-old man.

Just three worshippers were in the mosque at the time, and there were no serious injuries.

The body of his 17-year-old step-sister was later found in their home.

Adopted by his father’s girlfriend, Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen, was killed by four bullets, police said in a statement.

 

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