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World in Brief October 10 2019

LATIN AMERICA: Nicaragua and Bolivia have joined forces to reforest areas burnt in an area close to Brazil following devastating fires that have now been extinguished.

Plan Paradise was initiated by the leftist governments on Tuesday to restore flora and fauna in Chiquitania.

“Together we managed to put out the fire and together we will begin the post-fire stage,” a joint statement said.

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales had earlier banned land sales in areas that were burnt to stop profiteering from the forest fires.

EUROPEAN UNION: EU interior ministers rejected a temporary scheme to distribute refugees saved from a watery grave in the Mediterranean by civil migrant rescue ships on Tuesday. 

The emergency mechanism put to the meeting of EU interior ministers in Luxembourg was drafted by France, Germany, Italy and Malta last month after a summer in which several migrant rescue ships were refused a port of safety. 

The so-called Malta deal was met by a tepid response. Of 28 member states, only three — Ireland, Luxembourg and Portugal — expressed any desire to join the initiative. 

GERMANY: At least two people were killed and two injured in shootings at a synagogue and Turkish kebab shop in the east German city of Halle yesterday.

Police detained a suspect but believe another of the shooters escaped in a vehicle.

A woman is believed to have died close to the Jewish cemetery and synagogue while another was shot dead in the kebab shop.

Further details were unclear at the time the Star went to print.

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