Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Digest; Mother and Daughter Killed in Crossfire in Rio Slum

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Digest; Mother and Daughter Killed in Crossfire in Rio Slum

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Girl killed in suicide attacks near Lebanese border town

Explosions, including five suicide bombings, shook the Lebanese border town of Arsal on Friday, killing a Syrian girl and wounding seven Lebanese soldiers as the army raided several refugee settlements, the military said.

The Lebanese army has been battling militants who have thrived in the border area with Syria during its war, now in its seventh year. Lebanon has been grappling with an influx of over a million Syrian refugees who escaped violence at home to take refuge in the neighboring country.

According to an army statement, the soldiers were conducting early morning raids Friday in Arsal when the attacks took place. The military said one suicide attacker blew himself up among a family of Syrian refugees during the raid in al-Nour settlement, killing the girl.

Mother, daughter killed in crossfire in Rio slum * A 76-year-old woman and her daughter have been killed in a shootout between police and drug traffickers in a Rio de Janeiro slum, apparently hit by stray bullets.

Marlene Maria da Conceicao was shot in the neck in the doorway of her home on Friday in the Mangueira slum. Neighbors said that her daughter, Ana Cristina da Conceicao, 42, was also shot and killed when she tried to help her mother. After the deaths, residents began protesting, blocking roads and burning a bus.

Brazilian military police were conducting an operation when the firefight began. It wasn't immediately clear whether the stray bullets came from shots by police or traffickers.

Violence has been on the rise in the hundreds of Rio slums amid an economic crisis in recent years.

Canada's Trudeau meets with aboriginal activists * Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has met with aboriginal activists who set up a demonstration teepee on Parliament Hill in Ontario ahead of Canada Day celebrations.

The prime minister and his wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, arrived at the site in Ottawa on Friday as the national capital was abuzz with preparations for the Saturday event that is expected to bring a half-million people into the downtown core. …

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