Biggest snowfall in decades blankets Chile’s capital
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s capital was blanketed this weekend by the biggest snowfall in decades, with some residents grumbling about blocked roads and downed power lines, while others made snowmen or tossed snowballs.
Tens of thousands of people had their power knocked out in Santiago’s metropolitan area with some parts receiving up to 16 inches of the white stuff, according to the National Emergency Office.
Residents woke up Saturday to find their city covered with snow and by late Sunday thousands of homes still lacked electricity. Andres Rebolledo of the energy ministry said power was expected to be restored by Sunday night or today. A worker at a Santiago hospital died when he slipped and hit his head.
Chile’s Meteorological Office said it was the biggest snowfall in the capital in 46 years.
16 Indian pilgrims killed as bus falls into gorge in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A bus plunged into a 150-foot-deep gorge in the Indian portion of Kashmir on Sunday, killing at least 16 Hindu pilgrims and injuring more than two dozen as they traveled to a cave shrine in the Himalayas, police said.
Police officer S.P. Vaid said the bus swerved off a mountain road, but the cause of the accident was not immediately clear.
A police statement said 27 injured, 19 in critical condition, were taken to hospitals in Banihal, a town 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of Srinagar, the main city in Indian-held Kashmir.
Police said it had rained in the area, making the road slippery. Some landslides caused a heavy traffic jam on the main highway linking Srinagar with the rest of India.
Police figures show India has the world’s deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed each year in crashes. Driver fatigue and negligence, low-quality roads and poor vehicle maintenance are the usual causes of such accidents in India.
Afghan girls robotics team to compete after visa obstacles
WASHINGTON (AP) — A robotics team of six girls from Afghanistan is attending an international competition in Washington, after clearing visa obstacles that prompted intervention from President Donald Trump.
The team was the first to be introduced at an opening ceremony Sunday for the three-day high school competition.
They will compete against entrants from more than 150 countries in the FIRST Global Challenge. It’s the first annual robotics competition designed to encourage youths to pursue careers in math and science.
The girls are entering a robot they made that can recognize blue and orange and sort balls into correct locations.
The team was twice rejected for U.S. visas. They arrived in Washington from their hometown of Herat, Afghanistan, early Saturday after Trump’s last-minute intervention to sidestep the visa system.
Teen charged in London acid attacks as UK plans crackdown
LONDON (AP) — British police have charged a teenager with a spate of London acid attacks, as authorities considered whether tougher sentences would curb a spike in assaults with corrosive liquids.
The Metropolitan Police force said late Saturday that a 16-year-old boy faces 15 charges, including grievous bodily harm. The boy, who can’t be named because of his age, was arrested after five moped riders were sprayed with a corrosive substance during a 90-minute period last week.
One man was left with life-changing injuries, police said. At least two of those attacked were drivers for food delivery services Deliveroo and UberEATS.
A 15-year-old boy who was also arrested has been released on bail.