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Bus crashes killing 11 tourists and their guide in Mexico

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At least 11 tourists from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship died while 20 people were injured in a coach crash in Mexico.

The accident happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Costa Maya, a stretch of Caribbean coast on Mexico’s eastern Yucatán Peninsula. The bus carrying the tourists veered off the road, flipped over and crashed.

The tourist guide who was taking the group to Chacchoben, a set of ancient Mayan ruins, was also killed bringing the death toll to 12. Early reports suggest a young child is among the dead. Seven Americans and two citizens of Sweden are among the injured, according to Quintana Roo state Civil Defense spokesman Vicente Martin. He said authorities haven’t yet established the nationalities of the dead.

Bus crashes killing 11 tourists and their guide in Mexico

People from Canada, America, Italy, Sweden and Brazil are also among those injured – five of which have already been discharged from hospital. The driver were also injured and police are waiting to interview him to find out what happened.

One report suggests a rear tyre may have blown out before the bus veered off the road and into an area of bushes. The bus was carrying 27 Royal Caribbean guests when it came off the road and rolled onto its side in the village of Mahahual.

Bus crashes killing 11 tourists and their guide in Mexico

They added: “Our 27 guests were on a bus tour to the Chacchoben Ruins. We are working with the local authorities to learn more about the accident. We are doing all we can to help our guests.”

Bus crashes killing 11 tourists and their guide in MexicoBus crashes killing 11 tourists and their guide in Mexico

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. tweeted in a brief statement: “The news from Costa Maya about a bus accident involving Celebrity Equinox and Serenade of the Seas guests is heartbreaking. Our hearts go out to all those involved. We are doing all we can to care for our guests, including assisting with medical care and transportation.”

 

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Mother, Son arrainged for killing alleged housebreaker.

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A 45-year-old woman and her 17-year-old son have been arraigned for beating an alleged housebreaker to death in Butterworth, Eastern Cape.

Police confirmed they were investigating a murder after a 23-year-old housebreaker, identified as Solomzi Gcanca, was killed on Wednesday, June 19.

SAPS spokesperson, Capt Jackson Manatha said members of the community witnessed the [mother and son] beating the young man”

The man was found dead in the street by community members on Wednesday evening at Ext 14B, Mcubakazi township, Butterworth.

“The community was so angry that they wanted the woman and her son to be evicted from where they live. But we could not do that. Our job was to arrest them,” 

The community was angry about what happened to Gcanca.

“The alleged killers took matters into their own hands by beating the man for breaking into their house. What they were supposed to do was come to the police,” he added.

Both suspects were expected to appear in court on Tuesday

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Nato warn Russia to refrain New Missle plan

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Source: Reuters – NATO urged Russia on Tuesday to destroy a new missile before an August deadline and save a treaty that keeps land-based nuclear warheads out of Europe or face a more determined alliance response in the region.

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NATO defense ministers will discuss on Wednesday their next steps if Moscow keeps the missile system that the United States says would allow short-notice nuclear attacks on Europe and break the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

“We call on Russia to take the responsible path, but we have seen no indication that Russia intends to do so,” Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference. “We will need to respond,” Stoltenberg said.

He declined to go into more details. But diplomats said defense ministers will consider more flights over Europe by U.S. warplanes capable of carrying nuclear warheads, more military training and the repositioning U.S. sea-based missiles.

The United States and its NATO allies want Russia to destroy its 9M729/SSC-8 nuclear-capable cruise missile system, which Moscow has so far refused to do. It denies any violations of the INF treaty, accusing Washington of seeking an arms race.

Without a deal, the United States has said it will withdraw from the INF treaty on Aug. 2, removing constraints on its own ability to develop nuclear-capable, medium-range missile.

The dispute has deepened a fissure in East-West ties that severely deteriorated after Russia’s seizure of Crimea and its involvement in Syria.


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