Mexico City sees longest-running smog alert in 2 decades
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City is experiencing its longest-running pollution alert in nearly two decades as murky skies and high ozone levels prompt authorities to order hundreds of thousands of cars off the streets and warn residents against strenuous outdoor activity.
The stage 1 alert has doubled the number of vehicles not allowed to drive in the sprawling metropolis on a given day. It has been in place since Monday.
Ozone levels on Friday again topped the 150-point threshold that typically triggers a smog alert for the following day.
The last time Mexico City had five consecutive pollution alert days was in May 1998. Back then alerts were triggered at 200 points.
According to government air quality records, in March and April 1992 the city experienced 20 consecutive smog alert days.
Venezuelan leader to Trump: ‘Get your pig hands out of here”
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivered his most scathing critique of U.S. President Donald Trump yet Friday, telling him to stop intervening and “get your pig hands out of here.”
Speaking before a crowd of supporters, a fired-up Maduro accused Trump of promoting an interventionist policy that infringes on his socialist government’s sovereignty.
“Go home, Donald Trump!” he said in heavily accented English.
The remarks come a day after the Trump administration slapped sanctions against eight members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court, accusing them of damaging the nation’s democracy. A ruling by the court in late March stripping the opposition-controlled assembly of its remaining powers ignited a deadly wave of unrest.
While Venezuelan leaders have lashed out at U.S. presidents frequently in the past, Maduro had largely been careful not to antagonize Trump. But Trump’s repeated criticisms of the troubled South American nation appear to have struck a nerve.
Speaking alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Thursday, Trump expressed dismay at Venezuela’s crisis, asking how a country holding the nation’s largest oil reserves could be stricken by so much poverty and turmoil.
Trump’s comments and U.S. sanctions against Venezuelan officials played to the government’s longstanding accusations of U.S. imperialism.
“Get your hands out of here. Get your pig hands out of here!” Maduro said to the U.S. president.
India landslide strands 13,000 pilgrims near Hindu site
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A landslide caused by pre-monsoon rains stranded about 13,000 Indian pilgrims near a revered Hindu temple site in a mountainous area of northern India on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries, said Amit Chandola, a spokesman for the state government of Uttarakhand.
Authorities rushed food and drinking water to the stranded pilgrims and hoped to clear the debris soon from blocked roads leading to the Badrinath temple so the pilgrims could continue their journey, Chandola said.
Africa body seeks help against Lord’s Resistance Army
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The African Union says the rebel group led by one of the world’s most wanted fugitives could roar back to life if countries don’t “urgently” fill the void as the United States and Uganda give up the pursuit.
A statement Friday by the continental body’s Peace and Security Council says the Lord’s Resistance Army has not yet been eliminated and could “rejuvenate itself.”
The group is led by Joseph Kony, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes. He is accused of killing thousands and kidnapping children to become soldiers and sex slaves in Central Africa.
The U.S. military has said the rebel group’s active membership is now less than 100, and Uganda’s military has said the group has been neutralized. But Kony remains on the run.