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Probes into New Zealand volcano tragedy to take months and carry criminal penalties

Probes into New Zealand volcano tragedy to take months and carry criminal penaltiesNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that official inquiries into last week’s fatal volcano eruption could take up to a year, and will carry potential criminal penalties of up to five years in jail. Ardern also announced a NZ$ 5 million ($ 3.2 million) fund to help small businesses affected by the eruption, after New Zealanders held a minute of silence to honor the victims a week on from the tragedy. The official death toll from the surprise eruption on White Island, also known by its Maori name of Whakaari, stands at 16.



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Pearl Harbor commemoration to go on after fresh tragedy

Pearl Harbor commemoration to go on after fresh tragedyOfficials will beef up security as usual for the ceremony to remember those lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor 78 years ago, with service members and dignitaries confronting a fresh tragedy after a U.S. sailor killed two civilians, wounded another and then turned the gun on himself at the storied military base. The National Park Service, which is hosting the event with the Navy, would not give specifics on the heightened security measures, many of which aren’t readily apparent, Pearl Harbor National Memorial spokesman Jay Blount said.



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The Vietnamese victims of UK truck tragedy

The Vietnamese victims of UK truck tragedyBritish police on Friday confirmed the names of the 39 victims, who are all Vietnamese nationals, found dead in a refrigerated truck in southeast England last month. After Tiep dropped out of high school, he told his family he wanted to work overseas instead of becoming a fisherman in his coastal home province. On October 21, two days before the truck was found, he wrote to his family asking them to get $ 13,000 to pay to smugglers for his trip to the UK, the last they heard from him.



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Vietnam 'strongly condemns' human trafficking after UK truck tragedy

Vietnam 'strongly condemns' human trafficking after UK truck tragedyVietnam said Saturday that it “strongly condemns” human trafficking, after British police confirmed 39 people found dead in a truck last week are believed to be Vietnamese. Most of the victims are thought to come from central Vietnam, where easy-to-find brokers help to arrange trips to Europe — often via Russia — for migrants hoping to earn money overseas. The extreme risks of the journeys were laid bare after eight women and 31 men were found dead in a refrigerated container in Essex, east of London, on October 23.



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Who are the Vietnamese feared dead in UK truck tragedy?

Who are the Vietnamese feared dead in UK truck tragedy?AFP has spoken to several families of Vietnamese nationals missing in Britain, feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Essex last week. DNA has been collected from relatives as officials in Vietnam and the UK scramble to officially identify the victims. On October 21 he wrote to his family asking them to get $ 13,000 to pay to smugglers for his trip to the UK, the last they heard from him.



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Tragedy marks Sabbath for Germany's Jewish community

Tragedy marks Sabbath for Germany's Jewish communityJews in Germany prepared to mark the Sabbath Friday with their confidence in the community’s miraculous rebirth shaken by the deadly anti-Semitic rampage in Halle on Yom Kippur. Nearly 75 years after the Holocaust, the Jewish minority that had staked its faith in peaceful, democratic Germany found itself asking troubling questions about its security after the synagogue siege by a suspected neo-Nazi. “We have always been careful and now we will be even more careful,” said Nina Peretz, head of Berlin’s Fraenkelufer synagogue community group.



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Injured crewman sues California dive boat owner after 34 diein fiery tragedy

Injured crewman sues California dive boat owner after 34 diein fiery tragedyRyan Sims filed the suit last week in Ventura County Superior Court saying the Conception dive boat was unseaworthy and operated in an unsafe manner.



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California boat fire: Investigation into tragedy that killed 34 people suggests safety violations

California boat fire: Investigation into tragedy that killed 34 people suggests safety violationsA preliminary investigation into the California boat fire that killed 34 people suggests serious safety violations.The Conception caught fire early Labour Day morning off the coast of southern California. Only five crew members survived. None of 33 passengers, who had signed up for a scuba trip on the boat, lived.



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Dayton Shooting Lasted Just 32 Seconds and Left 9 Dead: Here's the Latest on the Tragedy

Dayton Shooting Lasted Just 32 Seconds and Left 9 Dead: Here's the Latest on the TragedyHere's what we know so far



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Death of Saoirse Kennedy Hill from an apparent overdose the latest tragedy to befall the US political dynasty

Death of Saoirse Kennedy Hill from an apparent overdose the latest tragedy to befall the US political dynastyThe Kennedy family has been hit by yet another tragedy as Saoirse Kennedy Hill, granddaughter of Robert Kennedy, died from an apparent overdose at her family's compound aged 22. It was the latest in a long line of horrific events to befall the American political dynasty in what has become known as the "Kennedy curse." Miss Kennedy Hill, who had suffered from mental illness, was the child of Courtney Kennedy, Robert Kennedy's daughter. Her father Paul Hill is one of the Guildford Four, who were wrongly convicted of the 1974 IRA pub bombings in Guildford. Mr Hill married Courtney Kennedy shortly after his release from prison. They named their daughter Saoirse, meaning "freedom" in Gaelic, and she spent some of her childhood in Ireland. In a statement the Kennedy family said: "Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse. Her life was filled with hope, promise and love. She lit up our lives with her love, her peals of laughter and her generous spirit." Saoirse Kennedy Hill wearing a Bobby Kennedy t-shirt Miss Kennedy Hill died at the sprawling six-acre Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, along Nantucket Sound, which was known as President John F. Kennedy's "summer White House". It is now home to Robert Kennedy's widow Ethel. 91, who owns the house where Miss Kennedy Hill was found. In a statement Ethel Kennedy said: "The world is a little less beautiful today." The litany of tragedies that have hit the Kennedy clan include the assassinations of President Kennedy in Dallas in 1963, and of his brother Robert Kennedy five years later when he was running for the White House.  Joseph Kennedy Jr, their brother, died in the Second World War, and their sister Kathleen Cavendish perished in a plane crash in 1948. The main home in the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port Credit: AP John F. Kennedy Jr, the son of the former president, died with his wife and sister-in-law in a  small plane crash not far from Hyannis Port in 1999.  David Anthony Kennedy, one of Robert Kennedy's sons, died of a drug overdose in Florida, aged 28, in 1984. Another of his sons, Michael Kennedy, died in a skiing accident in Aspen, Colorado, in 1997, aged 39. This year is the 50th anniversary of a a fatal car crash in which Edward Kennedy, then a presidential hopeful, drove off a bridge at Chappaquiddick, not far from Hyannis Port. His passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, died. Miss Kennedy Hill was studying communications at Boston College and was due to graduate net year. She was vice president of the student Democrats, and had marched against gun violence. While at Deerfield Academy, an elite private school in Massachusetts, she had written about her struggles with depression and mental illness. Saoirse Kennedy Hill, as a child, places a white rose at the Eternal Flame, President John F. Kennedy's gravesite Credit: AP In 2016 she wrote: "My depression took root in the beginning of my middle school years and will be with me for the rest of my life.I totally lost it after someone I knew and loved broke serious sexual boundaries with me. "I did the worst thing a victim can do, and I pretended it hadn’t happened. This all became too much, and I attempted to take my own life." Local police said they responded to a "reported unattended death" on Thursday afternoon. Miss Kennedy Hill was taken to Cape Cod Hospital and pronounced dead. The Kennedy family did not confirm the cause of death but audio from a police scanner, which was picked up by US media outlets, indicated officers had been responding to a report of an overdose. A spokeswoman for the local district attorney’s office said: "The matter remains under investigation."



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