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In New Zealand, a journey around the world and into darkness

In New Zealand, a journey around the world and into darknessUnder New Zealand’s contempt rules, there are limits on what can be published about him, to preserve his right to a fair trial. Although his social media profiles on Facebook and Twitter were taken down soon after news of the incident spread, police said Tarrant had lived in Grafton, an inland city split by a river and known for its logging industry, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) north of Sydney. Grafton High School did not return a Reuters phone call seeking comment.



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Venezuela plunged into darkness for fourth consecutive day as country teeters on brink

Venezuela plunged into darkness for fourth consecutive day as country teeters on brinkSunday was the fourth day since Venezuela’s power system went down, plunging most of the country, including Caracas, the capital, into sporadic darkness and dampening hopes of imminent resolution to a devastating blackout that has brought the country to the verge of social implosion. “We’re going to arrive at a moment when we’re going to eat each other,” said Zuly González, 40, a resident of Caracas’ Chacao neighbourhood. Venezuela has been devastated for years by hyperinflation and a failing economy that has led millions to flee.



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Medical equipment and internet fails as Venezuela is plunged into darkness during 16-hour blackout

Medical equipment and internet fails as Venezuela is plunged into darkness during 16-hour blackoutVenezuela was almost entirely without power on Friday morning amid a blackout that the Maduro government blamed on sabotage and which wrought chaos across much of the country. Communications went down, water pumps failed and transport ground to a halt as Venezuela was plunged into darkness at around 5pm local time (9pm UK) on Thursday night. The power cut was believed to have hit up to 23 of the country’s 24 states, though with mobile networks and internet largely out of action, the situation in some areas was unclear.  In Caracas and elsewhere, workers were forced to walk miles to get home as the lights went out in the oil-rich South American nation. There were reports of life support machines and other essential medical equipment failing at hospitals without back-up generators. In the capital, municipal officials said they had attended emergency calls from residents reliant on oxygen machines. School and labour activities were suspended, businesses were shuttered and many Venezuelans were virtually stranded in their homes. There was no word as to when the power cut might end, with fears that it could last for days – a daunting prospect for Venezuelans already struggling to survive amid punishing shortages of food, medicine and cash. People go about their business at a shopping mall in Caracas as the blackout continues Credit: Reuters Amid a deepening international crisis over his leadership, Nicolas Maduro blamed the blackout on an “electric war” waged by the enemies of his Socialist government, claiming “sabotage” at the Guri hydroelectric dam.  “The electric war announced and directed by US imperialism against our people will be defeated. Nothing and no one will be able to defeat the people of Bolívar y Chávez,” he said, calling for “maximum unity of patriots!" But for most Venezuelans, the government’s claims did not ring true, with many noting that Guri was state-operated and under tight security. Instead they pinned the blackout on years of infrastructural decay, a lack of investment and poor maintenance under the Maduro government. A view of Caracas during the blackout Credit: Reuters Juan Guaidó, the National Assembly leader who has been recognised as interim president by more than 50 countries, said the blackout demonstrated the “inefficiency of the usurper”, referring to Mr Maduro. The recovery of the electricity sector and the country would come with “the end of the usurpation,” he added.  Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, said: “The power outage and the devastation hurting ordinary Venezuelans is not because of the USA. It’s not because of Colombia.  It’s not Ecuador or Brazil, Europe or anywhere else. Power shortages and starvation are the result of the Maduro regime’s incompetence.” “Maduro’s policies bring nothing but darkness,” he wrote on Twitter. “No food. No medicine. Now, no power. Next, no Maduro.” In Caracas, long lines snaked around the few open shops and petrol stations as residents began to panic buy food and fuel. With cash in short supply, no electricity to process card payments and groceries running low, it was a fractious and gruelling task. In one store in the affluent Altamira area of the city, arguments broke out over bread as shoppers queued for up to two hours to purchase whatever food they could find.  Elena, a middle aged resident who did not wish to give her last name, told The Telegraph that previous power outages had never been like this. The severity, and the almost complete failure of phone networks, was frightening everyone, she said, speculating that more was afoot than a technical issue.  Travelers wait during the 16-hour power cut at Barquisimeto airport Credit: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP “No one knows what is going on,” she said. “Something is happening, whether it’s on one (political) side or the other”. A doctor working at the Hospital Vargas in the West of the city, who did not wish to be identified, said the blackout was making already difficult conditions even worse. She said intensive care and the emergencies department were relying on petrol-fuelled generators, but that would not last forever. The rest of the facility was already in darkness. In the hospital’s neighborhood of Cotiza, frustrated people were coming out of their homes into the streets, she said, while police were standing by, some in riot gear. She feared the situation could quickly descend into unrest, saying the atmosphere was one of “tension” and drawing parallels to the infamous Caracazo fuel riots of 1989 in which hundreds of people died. Javier, a 44-year-old lawyer who preferred not to give his last name, said he and his wife were worried for their 3 children. “We can hang on for a day, or maybe two, but what’s going to happen on the third day?”  He put the blame squarely on the Maduro government, and the “lack of investment throughout the last 20 years” as money was instead siphoned off by a “corrupt regime”. “They took the money for themselves”, he told the Telegraph, adding: “That is why all this is happening.” After almost 24 hours, much of the country still remained under blackout, though electricity began to be restored to some areas of Caracas yesterday afternoon. In the centre of the capital, there was a heavy police and military presence, with the road to Miraflores, the presidential palace, closed and guarded.  Outside the Hospital Vargas, Agustin, 34, who preferred not to give his last name, was leaning against a wall, sick and visibly jaundiced. He had arrived at 5pm on Thursday for treatment to find the hospital already almost entirely without power. Agustin had travelled from the town of Higuerote, more than an hour and a half away, after his local facility said he needed tests and likely an operation that they could not provide. But without electricity, all the hospital could do was give him a sedative, he told The Telegraph. “I can’t even go home because the transport isn’t running as there isn’t enough fuel.” There were reports from around the country of hospitals’ generators failing, and patients being ventilated by hand. Speaking in the neighbourhood of Los Palos Grandes, Mr Guaidó said nine deaths had so far been reported due to the power cut. This “crisis, this tragedy” was the fault of the “corrupt” Maduro regime, he added.



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In darkness and chaos, deputy killed by friendly fire

In darkness and chaos, deputy killed by friendly fireTHOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — As terrified people scrambled out of broken windows, screaming and bleeding and fleeing a mass shooting inside a California bar, Sgt. Ron Helus and a highway patrolman decided to try to stop the gunman, running in together with assault-style rifles to what turned out to be an ambush.



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Power station blast plunges Puerto Rico into darkness

Power station blast plunges Puerto Rico into darknessMost of San Juan and a strip of northern Puerto Rico municipalities were plunged into darkness Sunday night after an explosion at a power station, five months after two hurricanes destroyed the island’s electricity network. The state electric power authority (AEE) said the blast was caused by a broken-down switch in Rio Piedras, resulting in a blackout in central San Juan and Palo Seco in the north. San Juan’s mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz, said on Twitter that emergency services and local officials attended the scene in the neighborhood of Monacillos, but no injuries were reported.



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Explosion At Power Station Plunges Northern Part Of Puerto Rico Into Darkness

Explosion At Power Station Plunges Northern Part Of Puerto Rico Into DarknessA power station caught fire and exploded in Puerto Rico on Sunday, causing blackouts in the city of San Juan and the northern part of the island, authorities said.



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Mayon Volcano Erupts in the Philippines, Leaving Towns in Darkness

Mayon Volcano Erupts in the Philippines, Leaving Towns in DarknessScientists fear a massive eruption may be imminent.



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As Puerto Rico Struggles In Darkness, Tesla Brings Light To Children’s Hospital In San Juan

As Puerto Rico Struggles In Darkness, Tesla Brings Light To Children’s Hospital In San JuanAs millions of Puerto Ricans struggle without power, automaker and energy company Tesla is bringing some much-needed light to the hurricane-ravaged island.



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Solar eclipse 2017: Curtain of darkness sweeps across America as country witnesses once-in-a-lifetime event

Solar eclipse 2017: Curtain of darkness sweeps across America as country witnesses once-in-a-lifetime eventCrowds along the West Coast of the United States were awed by the eclipse of the sun, turning out in huge numbers to observe the celestial phenomenon. People massed in an arc across the western part of the country to witness the rare event, with large gatherings reported in multiple states that fall under the “path of totality” in which a total eclipse is visible. Spectators directly in the path of totality were treated to a rare sight, when the sun and moon align directly and the only visible portions of the sun were the solar flares that shoot out from the sun’s surface, visible only along the edges of the black circle created where the moon obscured the closest star to earth.



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Through darkness to light: Photographs along the Underground Railroad

Through darkness to light: Photographs along the Underground RailroadThrough Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad,” a traveling exhibition by photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales presents a remarkable series of images taken in the dead of night that reveal historical sites, cities and places that freedom-seekers passed through, including homes of abolitionists who offered them sanctuary.



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