A boat carrying migrants capsized in the Mediterranean Wednesday, along the shore in the Egyptian port city of Rosetta. The boat, carrying up to 450 migrants, drowned at least 42 people and prompted a search operation that rescued at least 163 passengers, officials said.
The Costa Rican authorities suspended operations at the country’s main airport Monday after the nearby Turrialba volcano erupted, sending a thick ash cloud into the sky. Turrialba erupted twice Monday, first at dawn and again just before noon. The second eruption sent an ash cloud 13,000 feet into the air.
Monitor lizards are known as “hia” in Thai — a noun which doubles as the language’s most powerful swear word. Which may mean there’s a lot of cursing in Bangkok lately, with the lizard’s population soaring to 400 in the city centre’s main park. Given the glut, Thai officials have begun bagging the meaty reptiles and relocating them to a nearby sanctuary.
Authorities ordered the demolition of around 300 houses in three villages to evict people living on the periphery of the rhino sanctuary to stop rampant poaching of the rare animal, a top police official said. Two people were killed and several others were injured Monday when villagers clashed with police while protesting the demolition of their homes.
Nepal’s week-long Indra Jatra festival celebrates “Indra,” the king of gods and the god of rain.
Every September, Nepal’s living goddess is carried on a palanquin in a religious procession through parts of the capital in a festival celebrated by Nepalese Hindus and Buddhists.
Muslims are celebrating Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, from Sunday to Thursday to mark the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim — Abraham to Christians and Jews — to sacrifice his son. During the holiday Muslims slaughter sheep and cattle and distribute part of the meat to the poor.
Ticket sales for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games have surged following a slow start, to second-best in the games’ 56-year history, after London, according to the Associated Press. Competitions run through Sunday.
North Korea on conducted its fifth atomic test Friday, producing its biggest-ever explosive yield equivalent to 10 kiloton of TNT.
The date for the test coincides with the founding day of North Korea.