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Spain Recovers 24 Bodies From Migrant Boat Off Canaries

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The bodies of 24 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have been recovered in Spain.  The migrants are believed to have died of thirst and hunger while trying to cross the west coast of Africa to the Canary Islands.

Spain’s maritime rescue service brought the bodies to land on Wednesday night.  Two of them are said to be minors.  Rescuers say three persons on board were still alive, but barely moving.  Two men and one woman, in serious condition, were airlifted by a military helicopter to the island of Tenerife.

Their wooden boat was first spotted by a Spanish air force plane, drifting in the Atlantic Ocean some 265 nautical miles from the island of el Hierro on Monday morning.

Spanish air force rescuers told local media that survivors reported they had spent 22 days at sea.

The deadly Atlantic Sea journey has become a major route for migrants and asylum-seekers.

They’re fleeing conflict, violence and economic hardship exacerbated by the pandemic.

Spain’s interior ministry has said some 4,000 people have reached the canaries so far this year.

Last year, at least 849 people were reported to have died or gone missing trying to reach the canaries. Some 23,000 reached their destination according to the U.N. migration agency’s missing migrants project. But the true death toll is believed to be much higher.

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Israel Continues Gaza Air Raids As Calls For Ceasefire Grow

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Israel has launched another barrage of air raids on the Gaza Strip on Monday after prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the attacks on the Palestinian enclave would continue.

The Israeli military confirmed it killed a top commander of the Islamic jihad armed group, Hussam Abu Harbeed.

Explosions rocked Gaza city from north to south as Israeli fighter jets hit homes, clinics and government buildings.

212 persons, including 61 children, have been killed in Gaza since the latest violence began more than a week ago. Some fifteen hundred Palestinians were also wounded.

Gaza’s ministry of health has launched an appeal for help as it struggles to respond to the large numbers of injured persons seeking hospital treatment across the territory.

US army general, Mark Milley warned on Monday of potential destabilization beyond the Gaza Strip if the violence continued.

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French President Hosts Africa Summit On Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery

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African leaders are in Paris at the Africa Finance Summit. Part of the agenda is to address post-pandemic recovery on the continent.

Presidents of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo, South Africa and others landed in Paris on Monday for the Africa finance Summit set for today and tomorrow.

The meeting has been touted by some observers as attempting to create a “new deal” for African economies.

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Ariana Grande Marries Dalton Gomez In ‘Intimate’ Ceremony

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In 'Intimate' Ceremony

American pop star Ariana Grande has married her fiance Dalton Gomez in a “tiny and intimate” wedding.

Grande’s rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively. “It was tiny and intimate — less than 20 people. The room was so happy and full of love. The couple and both families couldn’t be happier.”

Last year December, 27-year-old Grande announced her engagement to Gomez, a 25-year-old real estate agent by posting a photo of her ring along with the caption, “Forever n then some.”

The TMZ website said the ceremony took place at Grande’s property in Montecito, a celebrity hotspot in southern California where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also live.

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