Published On: Mon, Jun 1st, 2015

India heat wave death toll passes 2,000

credit: shantishakti7/flickrThe intense heat will persist for a few more days at least.”Andhra Pradesh has been hit the hardest, with 1,636 people dying from the heat over the past month and a half, a government statement said. A further 561 people have died in neighbouring Telangana, said Sada Bhargavi, a state disaster management commissioner. “Cooling monsoon rains are expected this week in southern India before advancing north. The monsoon season will last until the end of September. Forecasting service AccuWeather warned last week of prolonged drought conditions in India, with the monsoon likely to be disrupted by a more active typhoon season over the Pacific.” (Guardian http://bit.ly/1K3hIue)

John Kerry breaks a leg. Literally…”U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in a bicycle crash Sunday after striking a curb and scrapped the rest of a four-nation trip that included an international conference on combating the Islamic State group. He planned to return to the United States on Monday.” (NYT http://nyti.ms/1K3hvHc)

Stat of the weekend: More than 5,000 migrants trying to reach Europe have been saved from boats in distress in the Mediterranean since Friday and operations are in progress to rescue 500 more, European Union authorities said on Sunday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1eKjWT6)

A bomb went off in the Gamboru market in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri on Sunday, a resident and a military source said. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1BAalDw)

The Burundian government said it was open to heeding a call by East African leaders Sunday to delay upcoming parliamentary and presidential polls by at least a month and a half amid violent protests sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1HYwUt4)

The United Nations human rights chief urged several countries to intensify their investigations of alleged sexual abuse of young children in the Central African Republic by French and African soldiers posted in the conflict-torn nation. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1HYx8Al)

At least 35 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in a week of clashes in villages near Somalia’s border with Ethiopia, officials and traditional elders said Sunday. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1eKkkkx)

A South African football official on Sunday admitted the country had paid out $10 million dollars in 2008 but denied that it was in any way a bribe to FIFA for the 2010 World Cup. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1FNmyIK)

South Africa today will impose tough new entry rules for minors aimed at preventing child trafficking, which airlines and travel agents say could hurt the important tourism industry. (VOA http://bit.ly/1HYx8R0)

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