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World in Brief August 19 2018

ECUADOR: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was made an honorary citizen of the Ecuadorian city of Guaranda on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of the country’s foundation.

Mayor Ramsses Torres Espinosa said it was a great honour to have Mr Kim as an honorary citizen as he was considered a “defender of peace in the Korean peninsula and in the world.”

BOLIVIA: President Evo Morales blasted the US for a “covert operation” against Venezuela yesterday after Secretary of Defence James Mattis and Colombian President Ivan Duque declared the “Venezuelan crisis” a national security threat.

“We condemn the covert invasion, sending a Pentagon ship to Colombia under the guise of ‘humanitarian aid’ for our Venezuelan brothers,” Mr Morales said.

Mr Mattis insisted the military ship USNS Comfort was sending “doctors, not soldiers.”

AUSTRALIA: Large numbers of emus have been flocking to Broken Hill, a mining town in New South Wales, in search of food and water.

The state, Australia’s most populous, was declared in drought earlier this month.

Wildlife worker Emma Singleton said: “They’re actually walking down our main street. We’re seeing mobs of them.” She said groups of emus have been seen “running laps of the main street, eating gardens and gatecrashing football matches.”

INDIA: Rescuers stepped up efforts in the state of Kerala after monsoon rains eased today, but large areas remain underwater.

More than 350 people have died in the devastating floods and thousands remain marooned.

The country’s air force has been airlifting those stranded and dropping food supplies. As many as 5,000 people are believed to be trapped in the riverside town of Chengannur.

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