Four people were killed today in Nigeria after a fan of the football club Manchester United drove a minibus into a crowd of Barcelona supporters. The supporters were celebrating after Barcelona’s win over Man U in the Champions League final. 10 people were also injured, In related news, over 100 people were arrested in Barcelona during celebrations, CNN.
A bomb at a mosque in Iran has killed at least 15 and wounded over 50. The attack happened during evening prayer, and police say other terrorists who were planning to detonate more bombs were arrested, BBC News.
Aid workers in Gaza are saying Hamas is attempting to control the distrubtion of aid to Gaza’s 1.5 million citizens. The territory almost exclusively relies on international aid for basic needs, and now both the Israelis and Hamas are controlling what he is allowed in the country, NPR.
A joint statement from the United Nations and the Organization of American States has expressed concern for a Venezuelan news station that criticized President Hugo Chavez. The statement says the government has been intimidating Globovision, which is now the only TV station in the country that openly criticizes Chavez. The government is currently investigating the station for the third time after Globovision reported an earthquake before the government issued an official report. If the investigation finds they broke the law, their license will not be renewed, CNN.
On the other side of the world, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the damage from fighting in Sri Lanka is “appalling.” The U.N. chief called the displacement camps in the country some of the worst he has ever seen and many civilian deaths have been reported, although the Sri Lankan government disputes these reports, CNN.
Pakistani forces are reported to have entered the Taliban-held city of Mingora in the Swat Valley. Fighting between Pakistani and Taliban forces has been constant in the month of May, with at least 17 Taliban militants being killed in the raid, BBC News.
The DNA of Amanda Knox, an American student accused of murdering her Bristish roommate in Italy in 2007, has been found on the handle of the knife that killed Meredith Kercher, Sky News.
The Iraqi suicide attack death toll from this morning has risen to 87 dead, making it the deadliest day in Iraq this year. 28 people were killed in central Baghdad and over 50 wounded by a female suicide bomber. There was a piece of good news from the war-torn country: Omar al-Baghdadi, leader of an al Qaeda-linked umbrella group, was captured in Baghdad yesterday, CNN.
The United Nations is sending a relief team to Sri Lanka to help over 50,000 civilians caught in a civil war between the government and a rebel group, the Tamil Tigers. Doctors Without Borders volunteers told BBC News that the hospitals in the area are overflowing, with one hospital having 400 beds for 2,000 injured or sick people, BBC News.
Turkey and Armenia have agreed to work on fixing their strained relations. The two countries have been on the outs for decades, notably because Turkey refuses to recognize the 1915 genocide of over a million Ottoman Armenians. The statement from Turkey’s Foreign Minister did not say how they would mend relations, but did say Switzerland was acting as a mediator, NY Times.
The AP is saying Iraq’s own tally has recorded 87,215 civilians dead since 2005, at a minimum. The tally only includes violent deaths, such as bombings, execution-style shootings, and beheadings. The numbers put the total of deaths since the U.S. war started in 2003 well over 100,000, NPR.