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BBC news 2019-06-15

BBC News.

The United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has called for an independent investigation into Thursday’s attacks in two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Mr. Guterres said it was vital to get the truth of what happened. But that only the UN Security Council has the authority to establish such an inquiry. The U.S. has blamed Iran for the explosions.

The World’s Health Organization has reiterated its deep concern about the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the east of the Democrat Republic of Congo. But WHO spokesman said that it did not qualify as an international emergency.

Protests against pension reforms in Brazil have caused disruption to public transport in dozens of cities. Police in Rio de Janeiro used stun grenades to disperse one rally. President Jair Bolsonaro says he’s confident his pension plans will be passed by Brazil’s Congress.

Interpol says 5 key suspects in the Easter Sunday bomb attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka have been extradited from the Middle East. There’s no word on what part the 5 suspects might play in a suicide bombing in April , in which more than 250 people died.

Pop Francis has criticized the heads of the world’s top energy companies for searching for more fossil fuels despite the damage they are causing to the climate. He told energy bosses gathered in the Vatican that a radical change to energy use was needed to save what he called our common home.

The UN high commissioner for human rights will travel to Venezuela next week in the latest attempt to break the country’s political deadlock. Michelle Bachelet will have separate meetings with President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who is recognized as Venezuela’s legitimate leader by the United States and more than 50 other countries.

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