In our news wrap Friday, Saudi authorities launched an investigation into the deadly stampede among hajj pilgrims near Mecca, but officials also blamed the crowd as well as the will of god. Also Sepp Blatter, head of soccer’s world body FIFA, faces a criminal investigation for corruption charges in Switzerland. Continue reading
At least 717 people were killed and more than 800 wounded Thursday in a stampede near Mecca, Saudi Arabia, during the annual hajj pilgrimage. Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, the first two bodies recovered from the crash of AirAsia flight 8501 landed in Surabaya, Indonesia, but efforts to continue searching for more victims were delayed by strong winds and heavy rains. Also, in Afghanistan, 26 people who were celebrating a wedding were killed by a rocket during a fight between the government and Taliban insurgents. Continue reading
At least 35 people were killed and another 42 injured during a New Year’s celebration in Shanghai, local media reported.
In other news Tuesday, New Year celebrations were marked with traditional sights and scenes in the United States, including the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Meanwhile, celebrations in the West African nation of Ivory Coast turned deadly after a crowd stampeded a stadium, crushing more than 60 people. Continue reading
In other news Thursday, the head of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan conceded that peace with the Taliban is “unachievable” without a change in strategy, and a German court convicted four Islamic extremists for plotting to attack Americans. Continue reading