Airstrikes kill 35 civilians
A fresh wave of airstrikes in eastern Syria killed at least 35 civilians including women and children, state media and a monitoring group reported Friday, as the U.N. human rights chief said civilians are increasingly paying the price of escalating attacks against the Islamic State group in the country. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein’s comments came hours after airstrikes on the IS-held eastern Syrian town of Mayadeen, where airstrikes Thursday night killed dozens, many of them family members of IS fighters. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrikes were conducted by the U.S.-led coalition fighting IS.
Four taxi drivers killed
Drug violence may be behind the killing of four taxi drivers in the picturesque central Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende, a popular tourism destination that is home to thousands of American retirees, authorities say. Mayor Ricardo Villarreal said that while the investigation into the slayings was continuing, the bloodshed appeared to be a “score settling” within the world of street-level drug sales. Villarreal said in an interview with Radio Formula on Thursday that because San Miguel is a tourist destination, it is prone to small-scale drug sales.
Tourism visits limited
Panama says it’s halving the maximum time for tourism visits by people from Colombia, Venezuela and Nicaragua to 90 days. President Juan Carlos Varela’s announcement of the plan Friday comes amid concerns that many visitors have been staying on in Panama after coming as tourists. Panama will also seek to verify that people seeking to enter as tourists have sufficient funds. While there has long been immigration from neighboring Colombia, many people are now arriving from crisis-wracked Venezuela. Many of the migrants stay and work under the table. Some have been linked to crimes, angering some Panamanians.
Heavy rains leave many dead
Floods and torrents of mud unleashed by heavy rains in Sri Lanka killed 91 people and left 110 others missing Friday. Authorities appealed for international help for rescue and relief operations. The Disaster Management Center said 2,040 people were evacuated to safer locations and more than 61,000 were affected by the rain that started early Friday. The Foreign Ministry appealed for assistance from the United Nations and from other countries.
Compiled from wire reports.