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Mexico's human rights ombudsman
has called an enquiry into the public
shaming of a group of teachers and
administrators in the state of Chiapas.
Up to 14 administrators and head
teachers were marched barefoot
through the town of Comitan after they
defied a strike.
A faction of Mexico's teacher's union,
the CNTE, allegedly placed signs around
their necks saying they were traitors.
Many of them had their heads
shaved while crowds of people
The ombudsman, Luis Gonzalez
Perez, said protests needed to remain
within the law.
Mexico's Education Secretary Aurelio
Nuno said he would ensure those
responsible were punished.
The Teachers Union have accused
"agents of the state" of infiltrating their
ranks to discredit their strike action.
Outrage over Mexican 'teacher shaming' in Chiapas state
Music megastar Prince died
from an overdose of opioid
painkillers, a law enforcement
official told the Associated Press
Minnesota investigators have
reportedly finished an autopsy and
toxicology testing, but have not
publicly released the findings.
The news follows weeks of spec-
ulation that the 57-year-old singer
was addicted to pain medications
when he was found dead April 21
at his Paisley Park estate.
Prince s use of painkillers and
how he obtained them has been
the focus of a criminal investiga-
tion. A judge has sealed all records
in the case, but no charges are
known to have been filed.
Prince s estate manager and per-
sonal assistant discovered the
singer s lifeless body in a Paisley
Park elevator at about 9.40 am.
Andrew Kornfeld, the son of a
well-known addiction and pain
doctor, phoned 911 after arriving
at the estate.
An autopsy revealed no signs of
trauma, and Carver County Sheriff
Jim Olson has said previously that
investigators don t believe Prince
Though the artist s closest
friends and family have not pub-
licly addressed his alleged addic-
tion, news reports have indicated
Prince may have started abusing
medications following hip surgery
several years ago due to the pound-
ing his body took from decades of
lively stage performances.
A week before his unexpected
death, a private jet carrying Prince
home from a concert in Atlanta
had to make an emergency landing
in Illinois when the singer report-
edly suffered an opioid overdose
and lost consciousness. Paramedics
who met the plane reportedly gave
Prince a shot of the opioid antidote
The sudden death of the enter-
tainer has shed light on what the
federal government recently called
a national epidemic of opioid relat-
ed overdose deaths.
A Minneapolis criminal defense
attorney has said Kornfeld was at
the singer s home on a "lifesaving
mission" to convince Prince to
come to California to start addic-
tion treatment. Neither Kornfeld
nor his father, Howard Kornfeld,
has been accused of wrongdoing.
William Mauzy, the Kornfeld s
attorney, said Prince s staff called
the elder Kornfeld on April 20 to
seek help with the entertainer s
addiction to painkillers. The doctor
sent his son on a red-eye flight
with a small amount of Suboxone,
a drug containing used to treat
pain and reduce opioid cravings.
Prince, who would have turned
58 next week, was cremated. His
family held a small, private memo-
rial, but no public funeral has been
PARIS---Rivers in Europe have burst
their banks from Paris to the southern
German state of Bavaria, killing six
people, trapping thousands more in
homes or cars and forcing everything
from subway lines to castles to shut
In France, authorities say areas along
the Loing River, a tributary of the Seine
River, are facing water levels unseen
since 1910, when a massive flood
swamped the French capital. About
25,000 homes were without electricity
because of floods in the Paris region
and central France.
And it isn t over---more rain is fore-
cast for the coming days, and author-
ities in Paris predict the Seine River
won t reach its peak until today.
The rains that have fallen across
Western Europe this week have already
killed six people, including an 86-
year-old woman who died in her
flooded home in Souppes-sur-Loing
southeast of Paris, the French govern-
German Chancellor Angela Merkel,
meanwhile, is promising continued
help for flooded areas of southern Ger-
many, where five people were killed
amid floods that swept Wednesday
through the southern towns of Sim-
bach am Inn and Triftern near the
Austrian border. (AP)
The German parliament has
approved a resolution declaring that
the mass killing of Armenians by
Ottoman Turks during World War
One was a "genocide."
Armenians say up to 1.5 million of
their people died in the atrocities of
1915. Turkey says the toll was much
lower and rejects the term "genocide."
The vote heightened German-Turk-
ish tensions at a time when Turkey s
help is needed to stem the flow of
Turkey has recalled its ambassador
and its leader threatened further action.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
said the recall was a first step and that
the government would consider further
action it might take in response to the
"We will do whatever is necessary
to resolve this issue," he said.
More than 20 nations, including
France and Russia, as well as Pope
Francis, have recognised the 1915
killings as genocide.
Turkey denies that there was a sys-
tematic campaign to slaughter Arme-
nians as an ethnic group during World
War One. It also points out that many
Turkish civilians died in the turmoil
during the collapse of the Ottoman
German MPs came under pressure
from Turks in the run-up to the vote,
receiving threatening and abusive e-
mails, German ARD news reports.
The reactions from Ankara are every
bit as strong as feared. Turkey s foreign
minister even accused Berlin of trying
to deflect from the dark episodes of
its own history, a clear reference to
Germany s Nazi past.
But for many German politicians
this vote was about exactly the oppo-
site: it was about dealing with not just
Turkey s difficult 20th century history,
but also Germany s.
Report: Prince died
Rivers in France, Germany
burst their banks
Residents use a canoe to evacuate in downtown Nemours, 50 miles south of
Paris, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Germany recognises Armenian
'genocide,' Turkey furious
PROTESTING FOR FOOD
People take cover from tear gas fired by Bolivarian National Police during a protest demanding food, a few
blocks from Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, yesterday. Venezuela is seeing rising
frustration with widespread food shortages and triple-digit inflation. AP PHOTO
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