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Indigenous protests cost Ecuador $1 bn, central bank says

Eighteen days of protests over the cost of living by Indigenous Ecuadorans who blocked roads and oil wells cost the country at least $1 billion, the central bank said Monday as the movement's leader went on trial.. He was arrested on the second day of protests, and held for 24 hours before being freed pending trial for the illegal road closures.

In the east of Ukraine, 'the best thing is to leave'

Andriy Gerasimenko was on Monday clearing the debris at the central market of Sloviansk, a city in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine ravaged by Russian strikes the day before.. Residents of another city in the Donetsk region, Kramatorsk, were also collecting debris on Monday.

Saudi welcomes 1 million for biggest hajj pilgrimage since pandemic

White-robed worshippers from around the world have packed the streets of Islam's holiest city ahead of the biggest hajj pilgrimage since the coronavirus pandemic began.. The following year, when the pandemic took hold, foreigners were barred and worshippers were restricted to just 10,000 to stop the hajj from turning into a global super-spreader.

Sudan's Burhan says army stepping back for civilian govt

Sudan's coup leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said Monday the army would make way for a civilian government and would "not participate" in national talks facilitated by the UN and regional blocs.. The United Nations, the African Union and regional bloc IGAD facilitated the dialogue.

Chile president receives draft constitution

Chile's constitutional convention on Monday handed its proposed new constitution to President Gabriel Boric ahead of a planned September referendum on adopting the text.. He immediately signed a decree calling a referendum on September 4, where voting in the deeply polarized country of 19 million people will be obligatory.

'Win war first, then rebuild,' say Ukrainians in shattered Bucha

On a sunny morning in Bucha, customers buy fresh cherries at a small market, a couple pushes a baby buggy and a teenager with piercings skateboards down the street.. Along Vokzalna Street, the long avenue that links Bucha to Irpin, numerous buildings have been destroyed or massively damaged -- houses, apartment blocks, stores and a shopping mall.

'Slim' chance of finding survivors after Italy glacier collapse

Rescuers warned Monday that hope of finding survivors was diminishing after an avalanche set off by the collapse of an Italian glacier during a heat wave killed at least six people.. On Monday, rescuers armed with thermal drones searched for body heat from potential survivors trapped in ice, though hope was rapidly dwindling. 

Macron reshapes French cabinet for tricky second term

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday reshuffled his government in search of a fresh start for his second term, dogged by his failure to win a parliamentary majority last month.. - Short of majority - Macron beat far-right leader Marine Le Pen a second time in April's presidential run-off to win a new five-year term.

Police say Copenhagen mall shooting suspect had mental health history

Danish police said Monday the suspect in a weekend shooting at a Copenhagen mall that left three dead, including two teenagers, was known to mental health services.. "Our suspect is also known among psychiatric services, beyond that I do not wish to comment," Copenhagen police chief Soren Thomassen told a press conference.

12 bodies found after South China Sea typhoon shipwreck

Twelve bodies have been found following a shipwreck in the South China Sea over the weekend that left more than two dozen crew members missing, Chinese authorities said Monday.. - 'Difficult and dangerous' - Typhoon Chaba formed in the central part of the South China Sea and made landfall in southern China's Guangdong province on Saturday.