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Exhibit on genocide opens after complaint
UNITED NATIONS
An exhibit on the 1994 Rwanda genocide opened Monday at U.N. headquarters after organizers recast a section on the killings of a million Armenians in Turkey during World War I - a reference that angered the Turks.
The exhibit, originally set to open April 9, was postponed after a Turkish diplomat complained about the mention of the Armenian murders. The section now uses the term "mass killings" instead of "murders," does not include the number of people killed, and replaces "Turkey" with "Ottoman Empire."
Armenia's U.N. Ambassador Armen Martirosyan said the reference still reflects the truth, "to some extent. This is a Turkish version of history which is not acceptable for us, but to avoid further postponement of the exhibition, we compromised."
Historians estimate up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks around the time of World War I, an event widely viewed by genocide scholars as the first genocide of the 20th century.
Stampede in Tunisia
TUNIS, Tunisia
Seven people died and dozens were injured in a stampede during an open air concert in Tunisia, state news agency Tunis Afrique Presse and witnesses reported yesterday.
The concert on Monday night at the Sidi Mansour theatre in a poor suburb of the port city of Sfax featured contestants in the Star Academy Lebanon TV singing competition, which is highly popular among young people across the Arab world.
The stampede broke out when Tunisian singer Marwa began to sing her final song and a large group of enthusiastic teenagers surged forward, trampling people underfoot as the show's host tried in vain to calm the crowd of over 8,000, witnesses said.
Detained migrants
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau
Authorities in Guinea-Bissau on Monday detained 112 African illegal migrants who were preparing to leave for Spain in a boat from the small West African nation.
It was the latest interception in what Spanish police and international migration experts fear will be a renewed wave of departures this summer from West Africa of illegal job-seekers trying to reach Europe via the Canary Islands.
More than 30,000 illegal migrants came ashore last year in the Canaries after making long, risky voyages in rickety wooden boats.
Hundreds die in the attempt, through drowning, thirst, hunger or exposure. But thousands are prepared to risk death to escape Africa's poverty.
Guyanese lynching
GEORGETOWN, Guyana
A crowd lynched an elderly woman after villagers accused her of being an evil spirit of local lore who drinks the blood of babies, police said.
Police have arrested three people and are questioning others in the death of the unidentified woman, Superintendent Balram Persaud said Monday.
Authorities said the woman raised suspicions with unusual behavior and was set upon by villagers who apparently believed she was an "Old Higue" - the equivalent of a vampire in the local Obeah religion that blends folk magic and African rituals.
The woman's assailants reportedly beat her to death with a broom made from manicole trees and circled the body with white rice.


Updated : 2021-06-19 13:56 GMT+08:00