News summary for Monday, August 14, 2017

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A quick look at the most important news of the last 24 hours:

  • Hundreds of homes have been swept away by a mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown, killing at least 350 people, including 100 children. Most people were asleep when the disaster struck. Rescue work is ongoing and hundreds of people remain missing.

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been briefed on a proposal to launch missiles near the U.S. territory of Guam in a show of force, according to state-run media. The leader stopped short of issuing an order to go ahead with the plan, saying instead that he would monitor U.S. actions “a little more.”

  • Protesters in North Carolina have toppled a Confederate statue that stood outside the old courthouse in Durham for nearly 100 years. It comes just days after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia ended in violence. Videos from the scene showed a rope being put around the statue, after which it was pulled down to the cheers of hundreds of protesters.

  • Internet hosting provider GoDaddy has banned The Daily Stormer after the prominent neo-Nazi website published an article that attacked a 32-year-old woman who was killed in Saturday’s car-ramming attack at the Charlottesville protest. The site later tried to move to Google, but they too have decided to ban the website.

  • A car has plowed into a pizza restaurant near the French capital of Paris, killing a 13-year-old girl and injuring a dozen more, local officials say. The suspect later told police that he was trying to commit suicide. Investigators say there is no link to terrorism.

  • A jury in Denver has sided with Taylor Swift in her sexual assault case against radio DJ David Mueller, who was fired after he grabbed the singer’s bottom during a photo shoot. At the singer’s request, Mueller was ordered to pay a symbolic figure of $1 in damages.

  • The number of cholera cases in war-torn Yemen has surpassed half a million. An update from the World Health Organization says at least 503,000 people have fallen ill since April 27, including nearly 2,000 people who have died of the disease. It is the world’s worst cholera outbreak ever recorded.

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