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At least 110 journalists
around the world were killed
over the past year, according
to a new report that warns of
"the increasingly deliberate
use of violence" against
The study by the monitoring
group Reporters Without
Borders reports that at least
67 of the journalists were
killed during or because of
their work. A further 43
journalists were killed for
"The motives or reasons for
their deaths remain unclear
because of the lack of
thorough and impartial official
investigations, the lack of
good faith on the part of
governments, or the difficulty
of investigating in unstable or
lawless regions," the report
France makes an
appearance near the top of
the list of the deadliest
countries for journalists as a
result of the Islamic terrorist
attack on the satirical
magazine Charlie Hebdo in
France ranked third deadliest country for journalists
Central American nations have reached
an agreement to allow several thousand
Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica
for more than a month to continue their
journey towards the United States.
The migrants will be airlifted to El Salvador
and put on buses, which will take them to
American legislation gives Cuban migrants
If they arrive at the US border by land
they are allowed to enter the country and
apply for residency.
Those who are intercepted at sea are sent
back, under the special immigration policy
known as "wet foot, dry foot."
Many Cuban migrants fear that the thaw
in relations between Washington and Havana
may put an end to the preferential treatment
given to them.
"We have agreed to make the first human-
itarian transfer in January," said foreign min-
isters from the Sica regional group and Mex-
ico.They met in Guatemala City to try to
find a solution to the crisis.
Cuba did not attend the meeting, but
said it expected "a quick and adequate solu-
tion" from the nations involved.
The current crisis began in November
when Nicaragua, a close ally of Cuba, denied
access to thousands of migrants arriving
from Costa Rica.
The Cuban government says an estimated
7,000 migrants have been living on the
Costa Rican side of the border since 14
Many of the migrants flew from Cuba to
Ecuador, which did not require Cubans to
have visas. Ecuador has since changed its
visa policy for Cubans.
From Ecuador, the Cuban migrants trav-
elled north through Colombia, Panama and
Costa Rica until they were stopped by
The move has caused tension between
Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Costa Rica had called for the creation of
a "humanitarian corridor" to allow the
migrants to continue their long journey to
the US border, about 1,500 miles away.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
has been ordered to serve 18 months in jail for
Olmert had been sentenced to six years by a
lower court in 2014, but this was reduced by the
The 70-year-old was convicted over a property
deal that took place while he served as mayor of
Jerusalem, prior to becoming prime minister in
Olmert, who stepped down in 2009, will become
the first former Israeli head of government to go
He is due to begin serving his sentence on 15
The Supreme Court acquitted Olmert of receiving
a 500,000-shekel ($130,000) bribe from the devel-
opers of Holyland, a controversial block of flats
in Jerusalem, after he appealed against the March
A separate conviction of illicitly taking a 60,000-
shekel payment for another project was upheld.
The charge related to the development of land
outside Tel Aviv owned by the Hazera company,
Haaretz newspaper reported.
Several other government officials and busi-
nesspeople were convicted alongside Olmert in
2014. The judge at the time said he was guilty of
In a separate case, Olmert was sentenced earlier
this year to eight months in prison for fraud and
breach of trust for accepting illegal payments from
an American businessman.
The Supreme Court is yet to rule on Olmert s
appeal in that case.
More than 6,600 gallons of sulphuric acid may
have leaked from a freight train that derailed in
Australia on Sunday, police say.
Carrying 819,000 litres of sulphuric acid, the
26-wagon train derailed 12.4 miles east of Julia
Creek, in north-west Queensland.
A 2-km exclusion zone is likely to remain for
at least 48 hours.
Regional flooding has hampered access, but
police say they hoped salvage teams would reach
the site shortly.
"Assessments to date indicate that one of the
carriages has likely ruptured and it is possible that
up to 31,500 litres of acid has leaked out," police
said in a statement.
Salvage crews have not yet reached the site but
police said that they hoped to have teams there
by the end of yesterday, depending on the weather.
It is not yet clear what caused the accident and
whether floodwaters played a role.
Sulphuric acid is a highly corrosive substance
that can cause severe burns on contact with skin.
Targeted US-led coalition air strikes
have killed 10 Islamic State commanders
in Iraq and Syria in the past month, a US
military spokesman has said.
Some were linked to last month s attacks
in Paris and planning further attacks on the
West, US Army Colonel Steve Warren added.
He named one as a UK-educated
Bangladeshi computer systems engineer, he
said. The US-led coalition has been targeting
IS in Iraq and Syria for over a year. Russia
recently began its own air attacks against
armed opponents of the Syrian government,
Another man with connections to the
Paris attackers, Abdul Qader Hakim, died
two days later in the northern Iraqi city of
Mosul, he added.
Warren added, "As long as Isil external
attack planners are operating, the US military
will hunt them and kill them."
Sulphuric acid leaks
after train derails
Israel ex-PM Ehud
Olmert to serve jail
term for bribery
IS commanders linked to Paris attacks killed
Stranded Cuban migrants
get to go to United States
Nur Elita, an Acehnese woman, screams during caning as part of her sentence in the courtyard of Baiturrahman mosque in Banda Aceh,
Indonesia's Aceh province Monday. Nur Elita received five strokes of the cane for having pre-marital sex with her boyfriend, according
to local media. Aceh is the only province in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, where Islamic law is implemented,
according to local media. REUTERS PHOTO
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