Global Briefs: April 16

The PHOENIX/Dominic Ciolli

Global Briefs: News from around the world.

The PHOENIX/Dominic Ciolli
The PHOENIX/Dominic Ciolli

Mexico (1)

Four people survived while 36 died in a bus crash in Veracruz in the southeastern region of the country. The bus crashed into a broken-down truck, resulting in a fire that  tore through the bus, which was filled with businessmen.

Ukraine (2)

Ukrainian President Olexander Turchynov announced the military would begin anti-terrorist operations against pro-Russia militants who have taken control of buildings in more than 10 cities in the eastern regions of the country.

Nigeria (3)

Members of Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group, kidnapped more than 100 school girls from an elementary school in Chibok in the northeastern region of the country on April 15.

Syria (4)

Two Lebanese journalists, Hamza Hajj Hassan and Mohammed Mantash, were killed in the town of Maaloula, just south of Damascus, when their car came under gunfire. It is unclear if the journalists were targeted.

Vietnam (5)

Democracy advocates Nguyen Tien Trung and Vi Duc Hoi were released from prison over the weekend. Trung and Hoi each served more than four years as political prisoners in the communist state.

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