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A sightseeing boat carrying 33 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew on the Danube in Budapest, Hungary, collided with a Viking River Cruises boat on May 29 and sank. At least seven people were killed, with 21 still missing at press time. Only seven people were rescued, all South Koreans. No passengers or crew aboard the river cruise boat were injured.

Surveillance video shows the stricken boat, the Mermaid, was passing underneath the Margit (Margaret) Bridge when it appeared...

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An outbreak of ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, ongoing since September 2018, was continuing unabated at press time, at which point there had been 1,738 confirmed cases of ebola in the DRC, resulting in 1,130 confirmed deaths. It was considered probable that another 88 deaths in the region were also the result of ebola infections.

In this outbreak, ebola infections have occurred primarily in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces, which averaged about 100 new cases each week...

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A magnitude-8.0 earthquake struck Peru’s north-central region of Loreto on May 26, killing two people and injuring 26. It was the strongest earthquake in Peru since 2007.

Though the quake was felt across the country as well as in neighboring Colombia and Ecuador, the epicenter was in a sparsely populated area in the Amazon, so structural damage was limited.

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At least six people were killed and more than 200 injured in Jakarta, Indonesia, when people protesting the reelection of president Joko Widodo were fired upon in a clash with police on May 21. The protests were peaceful until some protesters began throwing objects at police and vandalizing vehicles. Police responded with tear gas but deny using live ammunition against protesters.

The US Department of State posts up-to-date travel advisories on every country and many territories, ranking each 1 (Exercise normal precautions), 2 (Exercise increased caution), 3 (Reconsider travel) or 4 (Do not travel). Note: A country’s regions are also ranked and may have different rankings than the country as a whole. Visit travel.state.gov and click on “Travel Advisories” at the top of the page.

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MSC Cruises’ Opera experienced an engine fault in the Giudecca Canal in Venice, Italy, on June 2, causing it to crash into a sightseeing boat and pier, injuring four people.

The presence of cruise ships traveling into the canals of Venice is much criticized, with locals and government officials calling for a ban on large ships within the city. In addition to the potential for accidents, residents contend that the large ships are speeding up the erosion of buildings and polluting...

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The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the countries of Algeria and Argentina to be malaria-free on May 22. On separate continents, both countries had not reported a single indigenous case of the disease in more than the three consecutive years required for the declaration. (Algeria had its last confirmed indigenous case in 2013 and Argentina, 2010.)

Malaria is caused by a single-celled protozoa and is spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms include high fevers, headache, muscle pain and...

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A division of rebel troops entered Tripoli, Libya, on April 4 with the intent to capture the city. At press time, rocket and artillery fire were still being reported, the clashes between rebel troops and Libyan armed forces having killed at least 220 people, including 18 civilians, and injured more than 900. More than 2,800 civilians fled the city.

A UN-backed government controls Tripoli and much of western Libya, while militias, some allied with the government, control areas of...

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