At least 50 people burned to death in a bus collision in Ghan

  At least 50 people were killed when two commercial buses collided and burst into flames in northern Ghana, police told CNN Friday.

  Ghana Police Service spokesman David Eklu said the accident occurred at about 1:30 am Friday morning when the two lo

ng-distance buses collided head-on on the main highway leading from Kintampo to Tamale, Ghana’s fourth largest city.

  ”The buses went up in flames when they collided,” Eklu said.

  ”It’s too early to ascertain how many died but 50 people have been confirmed dead.”

  He said both buses had about 100 people on board and some of the victims burned to death.

  At least 61 killed in collision of bus, truck in Ghana

  Eklu added that more than 50 people were injured in the crash

and the death toll could rise as police are still assessing the situation at the crash site.

  Victims’ families are being informed, although most of them have not yet been identified.

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Explosive device found in Ireland appears similar to thos

  A “viable improvised explosive device” contained in a plastic envelope was found in

a postal collection center in Limerick, western Ireland, the Irish police said in a statement.

  Police were alerted to a suspicious item shortly after 6 a.m. local time on Friday, authorities said in an earlier statem

ent. The army’s bomb disposal team arrived at the An Post’s collection center at 9:50 a.m. local time, where the package was found.

  ”On arrival a cordon was established and the building was evacuated for the duration of the operation. A viable impr

ovised explosive device contained in a plastic envelope was identified and made safe,” the Irish police statement said.

  London’s Metropolitan Police is cooperating with the Irish police on these investigations, both forces

said in separate statements on Friday. group calling itself the IRA previously claimed responsibility for sending five packages cont

aining improvised explosive devices to the UK earlier in March, but British police said they had only recovered four.

  On March 5, three devices were sent to major London transport hubs — Waterloo Stati

on and offices at Heathrow and City Airports — in what police said appeared to be part of a “linked series.”

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The people of Britain have voted. When is the political class

  going to give effect to that vote?” Bolton said in an interview with the British broadcaster Sky.

  Trump Jr. was more forceful in an opinion article published in the Telegraph, comparing the Brexit referen

dum to his father’s election and asserting both were subject to interference by a class of political elites.

  ”With the deadline fast approaching, it appears that democracy in the UK is all but dead,” wrote Trump Jr., who hasn’t weighed in previous

ly on foreign matters and isn’t a known expert in British politics. “Why is this important for us Americans? Because Brexit is an example of

how the establishment elites try to subvert the will of the people when they’re given the chance.”

  The White House declined to say whether Trump Jr.’s op-ed reflected the views o

f the administration, or whether he consulted with the White House about his message.

  On Brexit at least, Trump was not completely breaking from presidential norm. His predecessor President Barack Oba

ma traveled to London in the months leading up to referendum and encouraged voters against a decision to leav

e the EU, saying such a move would leave them at the “back of the queue” for a trade deal with the US.

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The visit was not only for Harvard but also on behalf of

  all of US higher education in order to promote bilateral educational exchanges, he said.

  ”I am here precisely because, like you, I believe these ties are extremely import

ant for our academic institutions, but even more importantly, for our nations,” he said.

  He noted that there are a large number of overseas students from China at Har

vard, and the Chinese language is among the most popular foreign languages at the institution.

  He also expressed his admiration for the great emphasis the Ch

inese government has placed on education and its efforts to enhance higher education, addi

ng that Harvard University is ready to move forward with exchanges with Chinese education and research inst

itutions.He calls for tapping partnership potential in such sectors as shipping, telecommunications

  China stands ready to work with Italy on the Belt and Road Initiative by strengthening its alignment with the Eur

opean country’s development strategies to bring bilateral ties to a new level, President Xi Jinping said.

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EU ready to grant Brexit delay if UK parliament backs dealpe

LONDON – The European Union could grant Britain’s request for a short Brexit delay if parliament vote

s next week in favour of a stalled departure deal, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Theresa May asked the European Union to allow Britain to delay its de

parture date by three months to June 30, and EU leaders are expected to discuss the matter at a summit on Thursday.

Tusk said it would be possible to grant Britain a short postponement if parlia

ment next week backs May’s divorce agreement, which it has already voted down twice.

Should that happen, Tusk said no extraordinary EU leaders’ summit would be need

ed next week before the current Brexit date of March 29. Otherwise, he might call another summit.

“I believe that a short extension will be possible, but it will be conditional on a positive v

ote on the Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons,” Tusk told journalists.

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The pound fell on the uncertainty surrounding the poten

ial delay and the fact that a no-deal Brexit remained possible. By 1800 GMT it was down around 0.4 percent against the dollar.

Nearly three years after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, there is still no

clarity over how, when or even whether the world’s fifth largest economy should leave the bloc it joined in 1973.

When May set the March 29 exit date two years ago by serving the formal

Article 50 divorce papers, she declared there would be “no turning back”. But parliament’s ref

usal to ratify the withdrawal deal she agreed with the EU has thrust her government into crisis.

The Labour Party said that, by choosing a short delay, May was forcing

lawmakers to decide between accepting a deal they have already rejected or leaving without a deal.

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he EU’s preference is that Britain ratifies the Withdrawa

Agreement. This is where the prospect of a lengthy delay plays into the thinking of some.

A long delay presents the UK, potentially, with a choice. If it is to take part in the European elections, then it must legislate to do so before April 11. In that scenario, the

EU could propose a longish delay of around two years, with a fixed end point, but with a neat get-out clause. Were the Hous

e of Commons to approve May’s Brexit deal within that period, the UK would flip out of the EU and the Article 50 ex

tension would be reincarnated as the two-year transition, as per the current Withdrawal Agreement.

If that all sounds a little fiddly, here it is in simpler language. UK lawmakers would be presented with a choice of voti

ng to leave the EU with a deal that they may not love, or remain as a full member state and what that leads to is any

one’s guess: A general election, another referendum — take your pick of undesirable outcomes.

All of this was complicated further on Monday, when the Speaker of the House of Commons lobbed in a constitutional hand g

renade. John Bercow pronounced that Theresa May could not bring her Brexit deal back for a new vote in Parl

iament without the question being asked sufficiently differently from the one defeated last week.

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If Nyusi’s estimated death toll is confirmed, Tropical Cyclon

  clone Idai would be the deadliest tropical cyclone on record to have hit southern Africa.

  Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said there was no power in Beira and surr

ounding areas, and nearly all communication lines had been destroyed.

  ”Main roads leading into Beira have been cut off, buildings have been submerged and se

verely damaged, and all business has been shut down,” said the aid agency, adding that “medical acti

vities in Beira hospital, in local health centers, and throughout the community have ceased completely.”

  Though the cyclone hit Mozambique on Thursday, the extent of

the damage has taken days to come into focus due in part to the country’s poor infrastructure.

  The scale of #CycloneIdai in Beira, Mozambique, is truly heartbreaking. Initial assessments from @ifrc estimate at le

ast 90% of the area is completely destroyed. Read what IFRC aid workers are witnessing in the ar

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Tropical cyclones are known to hit Mozambique in the fall

  February 2000, Cyclone Eline also made landfall near Beira during a period of intense rain, killing hundreds and displacing 650,000 across the wider region.

  Zimbabwe and Malawi

  After making landfall in Mozambique, Idai moved through neighboring Zimbabwe and parts of Malawi as a Tropical Storm.

  In Malawi, 56 have died and nearly 600 are injured, according to MSF.

  On Twitter, Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Information said Monday that 98

people had been confirmed dead. Hundreds more had been reported missing, while anot

her 102 were injured and 42 marooned. The information has not been verified by CNN.

  Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has made a disaster declaration for affected areas, the ministry said.

  Idai triggered floods in Zimbabwe which swept away hundred

s of homes in the eastern and western parts of the country, authorities there said.

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A $50 million rescue and rebuild mission is now underway to

repair roads, bridges, schools, communication lines and provide healthcare to

those affected. The country is in poor shape to withstand the financial impact of a disaster: Zimbabwe is cur

rently in the grip of a deep economic crisis.
The Zimbabwe Information Ministry shared pictures of some pupils who had been res

cued from a boarding school in Chimanimani District, one of the worst-affected areas in the east of the country. Br

idges were swept away, and power and communication lines in the area have been cut off.

St Charles Lwanga School children are now safely in Chiping

e and currently receiving medical attention. pic.twitter.com/Ad9LSC7WhS

— Ministry of Information, Publicity & Broadcasting (@InfoMinZW) March 18, 2019

This cyclone follows a week of heavy rains and flooding across southeast Afri

ca that affected 1.5 million people in Mozambique and Malawi, killing at least 120 people in both countries, UN

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