Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Digest

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Flooding in Congo kills at least 50 so far

Officials say torrential rains and flooding have left at least 50 people dead in southwestern Congo.

Storms earlier this week battered the town of Boma, which is nearly 300 miles south of the capital, Kinshasa. Jacques Mbadu Nsitu, governor of Kongo-Central province, says as many as 20 other people remain missing.

The governor says water levels rose dramatically to between 6 and 9 feet high within about two hours' time.

The flooding has left at least 1,000 people in the area homeless. Officials in Boma were urging residents Thursday not to rebuild in the low-lying areas.

Argentina revisits accusation against ex-president * An Argentine court on Thursday ordered a renewed investigation into a prosecutor's accusation that former President Cristina Fernandez covered up the alleged involvement of Iranians in a 1994 attack against a Jewish community center. The bombing of the center in Buenos Aires killed 85 and wounded hundreds. Iran has denied any connection with the attack and declined to turn over the suspects. The country's top criminal tribunal accepted a request by a coalition of Argentine Jewish associations to re-examine the charge Alberto Nisman made on Jan. 14, 2015. Nisman was found dead with a gunshot to the head four days after filing his allegation.

3 Albanian officials removed from office * Albania's Central Election Commission has canceled the mandates of two members of Parliament and a mayor because of their criminal records. The actions taken Thursday were the first under a law passed last year that bars people with criminal records from holding public office and most civil service jobs. The commission terminated the terms of the two lawmakers Dashamir Tahiri of the main opposition Democratic Party and Shkelqim Selami of the Socialist Movement for Integration and of Kavaja Mayor Elvis Roshi. All three have denied having criminal records. But prosecutors say they had convictions in Italy and Switzerland for money laundering, drug distribution and human trafficking. …

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