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The reservoirs of the city of Chennai, India, ran out of water in late June, requiring its more than 4 million citizens to find other sources. Water is being provided by the national government via tanker trucks, but it is heavily rationed. Water is also available at cost from private companies. Many hotels, restaurants and other businesses have been unable to provide water for their guests.

Traveling between the capital, Dhaka, in central Bangladesh, and Sylhet, in the northeast, a passenger train derailed while crossing a bridge over a canal on June 23, killing five people and injuring at least 100. The train was carrying at least 2,000 people at the time of the accident, the cause of which was under investigation at press time.

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Civilian protesters in Khartoum, Sudan, accused Sudanese troops of firing on the group on May 14, killing at least four people. Also, one member of the military was killed in a retaliatory attack. Five men, described as civilians, were later arrested on accusations that they were responsible for the attacks.

President Omar al-Bashir was deposed by the military in April 2019, and the protests were against the military’s being involved in the formation of a new government....


On central Victor-Hugo Street in Lyon, France, a parcel bomb exploded outside of a bakery on May 24, injuring 13 people. Witnesses saw a man who was wearing a face mask and riding a bicycle place the package shortly before it exploded. Authorities described it as an act of terrorism and said the bomb was designed to injure rather than kill.

A couple of days after the bombing, four people were arrested on charges of being involved in the incident. The man suspected of placing the bomb...


At Giza, Egypt, on May 29, a bomb was detonated as a tour bus passed near the Grand Egyptian Museum, still under construction next to the pyramids. Sixteen people were injured, most of them Egyptians who were near the location. The bus was carrying 28 people, mostly tourists from South Africa. No group had taken responsibility for the bombing as of press time.

In Gwadar, Balochistan province, southwestern Pakistan, gunmen attacked the Zaver Pearl-Continental Hotel on May 11, killing four employees. The Pakistan military responded to the scene, and three of the attackers and one soldier were killed.

A separatist group, the Balochistan Liberation Army, which opposes foreign influence in the province, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the hotel was targeted because it is part of a larger, China-backed infrastructure project in the...


At least three churches in Burkina Faso have been attacked in 2019 in an uptick of Islamist violence in the West African country.

In April, four people were killed when a Catholic church was attacked in the village of Dori. The attackers also destroyed parts of the village.

Also in April, a Protestant church in the town of Silgadji was targeted by gunmen on motorcycles. They killed six people.

On May 12, a Catholic church in the city of Dablo was attacked by at least 20...