Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: '3 Billboards' Protest in London for High-Rise Fire Victims

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: '3 Billboards' Protest in London for High-Rise Fire Victims

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Deadly explosions rattle Bolivia during Carnival

Children returned to school Thursday and nervous adults tried to get back to normal after being stunned by two deadly explosions in Oruro, during this mining city's exuberant Carnival celebrations.

People remained on edge as authorities sought clues for the two blasts Tuesday in normally peaceful Bolivia. A crater gouged into the ground at one site and splintered chairs scattered on a nearby street provide grim reminders of the 12 people killed and 50 injured.

'Three Billboards' inspires British activists * Activists for victims of a deadly London high-rise fire have taken inspiration from an Academy Award-nominated film to press for more action by police.

Three mobile billboards were driven through the British capital Thursday on behalf of the Justice 4 Grenfell campaign. The group was set up after fire ravaged the Grenfell Tower apartment block in June, killing 71 people.

The signs read: "71 dead. And still no arrests? How Come?"

In the film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," a mother played by Frances McDormand uses large signs to berate police for failing to catch her daughter's killer.

Justice 4 Grenfell says it hopes the billboards will "keep this tragedy in the national conscience."

High hopes for talks to end South Sudan's conflict * The U.N. envoy for South Sudan said he hopes "some form of agreement" will be signed Friday in Ethiopia's capital where talks are taking place aimed at ending the country's five-year civil war.

Envoy David Shearer said the negotiations "didn't start well" last week, but over the last three days the parties have split into smaller groups "and there appears to be quite a bit more progress." The two issues currently being discussed are security and constitutional and governance matters, he said.

There were high hopes that South Sudan would have peace and stability after its independence from neighboring Sudan in 2011. But the country plunged into ethnic violence in December 2013.

The conflict has killed thousands of people and forced 3.5 million to flee their homes. More than 1.8 million have left the country in what has become the world's fastest growing refugee crisis. …

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